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The phone call at home Sunday evening didn't begin with "Hello" or "How are you doing?" Instead, the caller blurted out, "I've had a change of heart. I've seen the light." I instantly recognized the voice, and I knew he was not talking about a sudden religious conversion but for...
Texas’ standards for what schoolchildren should learn in math are “clearly inferior” to recently written national benchmarks, though the state earned high marks for its language arts curriculum, according to a new study. The report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,...
A five-day operation that targeted foreign-born gang members and their associates has resulted in the arrests of nearly 40 people from the Arlington and Fort Worth area, authorities with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday. The arrests include members of at...
Dangerous and short-tempered subterranean gases have erupted to kill 29 oil drillers since 1979, and despite repeated recommendations aimed at quelling blowouts, years and even decades have passed as accidents continued unabated. The Houston Chronicle reviewed 66 blowouts in the...
A decades-long discussion about creating a Class 6A in the University Interscholastic League got a big push on Monday. The UIL's top official said “it's more likely now than ever” that Texas high schools could be split up into six classifications instead of the current five. UIL...
Gov. Rick Perry and his Democratic rival, Bill White, accused each other Monday of lying about or trying to hide their profits in the oil and gas industry, the latest spat in an increasingly nasty race. Perry said White, a former Houston mayor, lied about profiting from his...
BP and the Obama administration offered significantly differing views Sunday on whether the capped Gulf of Mexico oil well will have to be reopened, a contradiction that may be an effort by the oil giant to avoid blame if crude starts spewing again. Pilloried for nearly three...
In what would be a boon for needle-phobes of all ages, researchers have developed a skin patch that vaccinates against the flu and could be available in five years. The patch, which is lined with microscopic needles that dissolve into the skin, could provide a painless...
Hundreds of Texas campuses are expected to receive high marks again this month, thanks to a state rule that counts some students who failed a TAKS test as having passed. The Texas Projection Measure, introduced last year, predicts students' future TAKS scores in a given subject...