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Undaunted by failure in last year's legislative session, supporters of a statewide smoking ban are gearing up to resurrect the measure to combat what they say is a public-health menace caused by secondhand smoke. Similar legislation died in the waning days of the 2009...
The federal government is proposing to cut financial aid for some students in the fastest-growing sector of higher education — for-profit colleges and universities — saying they put students on a fast track to failure. The schools are fighting back, arguing the proposal would...
Churches, parks and even grocery stores morphed into make-shift yoga studios to offer free classes to Austin residents on Monday. Austin Free Day of Yoga started in 1999 to attract more people to the recreational activity. Since then, yoga instructors around the city have...
Labor Day was the perfect backdrop for the buzz of a potential economic boom in the Southeast Travis County community of Elroy Monday, the site of the newest Formula 1 racetrack. Talk of jobs and prosperity permeated the air at the Elroy Corner Store on FM 812 and beyond. “Every...
Judges at the State Fair of Texas' big Labor Day food competition favored the back-to-basics approach: beer and Frito pie. Fried, naturally. The Texas fried Frito pie won the top award, Best Taste. The fried beer was named Most Creative. The sixth annual contest -- decided by a...
University of Texas junior Mariano Pintor said when he was growing up in Dallas, most of his friends thought "only rich kids go to college." But Pintor, the son of a Dallas city maintenance worker, had plans: He wants to start some sort of business that will help people and make...
More than 10,000 times in the 12 months ending Aug. 31, oil and gas operators in Texas sank steel pipe into the ground and cemented it in place -- a critical process aimed at preventing groundwater contamination before and after a well goes into production. Texas Railroad...
The day before Michael Brown turned himself in Aug. 24 on a charge accusing him of beating his fourth wife, the Brown Hand Center's marketing department sprang into action. The department pulled from the airwaves some of the advertising that has helped make Brown such a wealthy...
The Texas general election opens this Labor Day looking like the Year of the Angry Voter. Two years ago, the momentum was with Democrats. Though Barack Obama lost the state while winning the presidency, excitement for his campaign produced regional turnouts that helped at least...