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The city of Leander got a larger-than-expected bill for construction of a railroad crossing at the Sunny Drive extension from U.S. 183 to Leander Drive. The extra expense, reportedly caused by Capital Metro Transit rail system issues, would be paid from 2007 bond funds. The...
When Republicans gather this week in Dallas for their state convention, they'll be joined by delegates from the new party in town -- the Tea Party. For the first time, activists with conservative grassroots movements such as the Tea Party and the 912 Project will join the state...
BP PLC chief executive Tony Hayward said Sunday he won't step down over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and predicted his company will recover from the disaster. Hayward told BBC television's "Andrew Marr Show" that he would not quit, and he had the "absolute intention of seeing...
The Hill Country peach season is in full bloom, and for the first time in years, even growers are licking their lips with anticipation. “It's the best crop we've had since at least 2004,” said Jamey Vogel, co-owner of Vogel Orchard near Stonewall. “I don't think the crop could...
A Houston Chronicle and Texas Tribune investigation finds children living in residential treatment centers have been provoked to fight, been punched and choked, forced to strip down to their underwear, and have engaged in sexual acts with staffers. The state of Texas spends...
A Houston inventor whose medical device turns out to have more market value as an adult novelty item was in federal court Friday, fighting against what he claims are sex-toy knockoffs. “Our business took a major detour when men started using our prostate massager for...
Border seizures of methamphetamine are surging after years of decline, indicating the drug once seen as a poor man's cocaine is becoming a key export of Mexican drug traffickers. The seizures soared in 2009 and are on pace for a record year in 2010. They range from the 340-pound...
Mosquitoes are massing. Ants are building their fortresses. New termite breeds are plotting their invasions. Even bed bugs are on the move. North Texas is under assault from what observers say is the region's most active insect season in years. Many kinds of bugs, nourished by a...
Students at nine of the worst-performing middle and high schools in HISD would get paid $60 a month to attend class on Saturdays as part of Superintendent Terry Grier's effort to boost achievement. His reform plan for those campuses, detailed to the school board Thursday, also...