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Job applicants with some criminal history on their résumés have no problem getting approved to work among the state's most vulnerable foster care children, according to a Houston Chronicle/Texas Tribune investigation. A review of background check letters the Department of Family...
When Congress approved the $787 billion stimulus program last year for “shovel-ready” projects that could start immediately, San Antonio had one that was set to go. Trouble is, the federal government won’t let the city get started. The city was poised to spend its own money to...
A state lawmaker criticized a system to help Texans receive rebates for energy-efficient appliances as a "complete failure" Tuesday. The program run by Comptroller Susan Combs' office this spring frustrated thousands of Texans for several hours on April 7, when they tried to...
Federal food stamp officials have fined Texas nearly $4 million for making too many errors in calculating people's monthly benefits. U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon notified state officials late last week, offering to waive half of the $3.96 million fine if Texas...
A state judge upheld Texas' truth-in-grading law Monday, rejecting arguments by several school districts that contended that they could still require teachers to give minimum grades – such as a 50, 60 or 70 – on student report cards. State District Judge Gisela Triana-Doyal said...
He has been cast in the role of fixer, sent in to clean up after BP's gaffe-prone chief executive and oversee efforts to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher. But Robert Dudley is really more of a diplomat. In his first week running the spill response for BP, Dudley shuttled...
It seems straightforward enough: Managers manage. Workers work. But in the real workaday world, managing your manager can be critical to success and happiness in a job. "Frankly speaking, making sure you have an effective relationship with your boss and managing that...
A day after a large national study that included San Antonio showed that healthier food and more exercise in middle school can lower obesity rates in heavy kids, a second paper from the same study warned that there's a lot of them who are really, really heavy. The HEALTHY study...
Juan's room shows a life shaped by American education. It's painted in the colors of Dallas' Thomas Jefferson High School, his new alma mater. Trophies and medals brag for him: top 10 percent of his class, captain of two sports teams, a district first-place finisher in track, an...