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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...
As Houston today enters its second hurricane season since Ike devastated the region, there appears to be an increasing sense of urgency to protect the upper Texas coast from future storm surge events. The momentum for building something — dikes, floodgates or otherwise hardening...
Roger Rodriguez knew there was a childhood obesity problem in San Antonio Independent School District. As the district's physical education and health coordinator, how could he miss it? Rodriguez had looked at the results of Fitnessgrams, which are the yearly assessments of...
Underwater robots worked Monday to clear away clutter from the wellhead where BP officials hope as early as today to begin cutting broken pipeline in their latest bid to stanch the gushing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The plan entails cutting, then capping, a length of riser...
Todd Henry's death in a Tyler classroom last September was a predictable horror story. Cops and educators, judges and doctors, counselors and prison guards shuffled a throwaway kid named Byron through institution after institution – until he buried a butcher knife in the special...
As the school year ends, school board members across Texas are heading to class. Their lessons are board training sessions, some of which will teach them to put aside personal agendas, support their superintendents, and embrace the idea that board members and the superintendents...
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...
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...