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Tropical Storm Alex was gaining strength Monday as it swirled across the Gulf of Mexico on a path toward Mexico's northeastern coast that threatened to push oil from the massive spill farther inland. The tropical storm's center wasn't expected to approach the area of the oil...
Dolph Briscoe Jr., 87, a rancher, banker and businessman from the Texas Brush Country whose promise to restore integrity to a scandal-plagued state government propelled him into the Governor's Mansion in 1973, died Sunday at the family home in Uvalde. He had been hospitalized in...
Even with an exemption from having to pay the Texas business tax, times are tough for Darrin Forse's family-owned transportation firm. If the exemption expires, he said, it'll be one more blow for the Pasadena firmthat has already downsized, taking several trucks off the road...
School districts are taking the Texas education commissioner to court today to argue that they have the right to boost failing report card grades to at least a 50. Many Texas districts have had policies for years that establish minimum grades of 50, 60 or even 70 for assignments...
This morning Tropical Storm Alex has weakened into a 40-mph storm as it tracks across the Yucatan Peninsula. But as I will discuss below there are some slight reasons to be concerned about this storm, and as a harbinger of things to come it is somewhat more concerning. First,...
Texas Democrats, after a bitter debate that replayed the 2008 fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to keep the controversial Texas "Two Step" presidential nominating process. Texas Democrats gained the national spotlight two...
A new requirement that will place many Jefferson High School students in JROTC is intended to promote student engagement, but some parents fear that the changes will have the reverse effect. In an unusual move, incoming freshman at the school must sign up for a semester of JROTC...
For all the things that Democrats wanted to talk about at their state convention, there was one thing they didn't: Washington. Republicans made Washington the message at their convention two weeks ago. They blamed the Beltway for every evil befalling Texas — profligate spending...
The 5,000 feet of water between the Gulf of Mexico's surface and the Deepwater Horizon blowout has kept the oil and natural gas flowing. Each time BP has tried to cap its runaway well, the company has warned that no one has ever tried it at such a depth. But off the coast of...