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Starting today Texas drivers can be ticketed if certain youngsters aren't strapped into booster seats. The new state law requires passengers younger than 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches to ride in car seats or booster seats. State Sen. Judith Zaffirini of Laredo filed the...
Greg Abbott was elected attorney general in 2002. But his political trek began decades earlier – in agony. At age 26, Abbott was partially paralyzed in a freak accident and bedridden for a month. His dream to practice law withered. But he tilled new ambitions, reading about...
While area school districts fret about balancing their budgets, trimming here or tweaking there, few are in danger of not having enough money to pay the bills. Many districts are sitting on healthy savings accounts, several holding more cash than the state recommends. Those that...
White House energy czar Carol Browner says BP's next effort to contain the oil spewing from a damaged well in the Gulf could result in a temporary 20 percent increase in the flow. BP's latest attempt to stem the leak involves cutting and removing a damaged pipe. Browner said in...
From carwashes to tattoos to bottled water, the list of items and services exempt from the state sales tax totals $30 billion in forgone revenue — a tempting target for some legislators as Texas faces a budget gap as big as $18 billion. But target a tax exemption, and you'll...
A little over a year ago, Edith Paulín stood amid thousands of soon-to-be college graduates on the University of Texas campus, reveling in the pride of being the first in her family to earn a college diploma. In the stands, she spotted her mother and father who had brought her...
On Friday, Mary Miranda lost Pinky, the only one of her dogs still clinging to life a week after being attacked by bees on her property near Castroville. A colony in a neighbor's yard, agitated by the sound of a lawn mower on May 22, went after the young man trying to mow. He...
Thousands of people from around the country marched to the Arizona state Capitol on Saturday to protest the state's tough new crackdown on illegal immigration. Marchers carrying signs, banners and flags from the United States and Mexico filled a five-mile stretch of central...
Dallas ISD has failed to install fire alarms in hundreds of portable buildings across the district, violating fire codes and leaving students without the built-in protection of blaring alerts that signal a blaze on campus. The potentially dangerous situation has been neglected...