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Frustration with the pace of recovery from the Deepwater Horizon disaster spiked Sunday as oil continued washing into sensitive marshlands and the schedule for the next attempt at stopping the spill slipped to midweek. “We are 33 days into this effort and deadline after deadline...
A federal effort under way to revise flood maps in 17 Texas coastal counties, including Harris and Galveston, could deliver an unpleasant surprise for many communities. The new flood maps, which add information gleaned from Hurricane Ike's storm surge, could place new chunks of...
Nestled alongside a buzzing highway and Grapevine's suburban sprawl lies the future of Texas agriculture. At least Jerry Delaney thinks so. And he has persuaded the Texas Department of Agriculture to help him. Delaney, who planted some of the first grapes in West Texas soil...
As Texas considers revamping rules for day cares, much of the public focus has been on a proposal to reduce the number of children each adult may supervise, which experts say is important for child development but center owners say would be costly to them and could price some...
Robert Rodriguez' new flick, Machete, is generating plenty of buzz. Part of that is due to the star-filled cast: Robert DeNiro, Danny Trejo, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson and, yes, Steven Seagal. But the film is also sparking controversy that’s reaching all the way to...
Some 350 miles of bicycle lanes could be added to San Antonio' s streets — triple the amount now — without widening a single road or impeding traffic, just restriping. The mayor, who sees bike lanes as a tool for urban renewal, is backing the plan. So is the Metro Health...
The Deepwater Horizon disaster has raised questions about the adequacy of a key piece of safety equipment called a blowout preventer, invented nearly 90 years ago, that remains the oil and gas industry's last line of defense in controlling runaway wells. BP, from the earliest...
As their mission to the International Space Station neared its end, the crew of Atlantis reflected on what has been a smooth and successful flight. Along the way, the astronauts said, they've managed to have some fun. "The main reason we're all having so much fun is that...
Exclusively Sunday in the Houston Chronicle: 60 percent of all high school students nationally require remedial classes -- and the number is even higher in Texas. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/side/7014406.html