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Democrat Bill White’s new TV spot features attractive pictures, soothing music and a reassuring bit of biography about the former Houston mayor. The idea is to make voters think good thoughts about White, who’s challenging 10-year incumbent Gov. Rick Perry. But at the same time...
Dell Inc. officials said last month that they planned to acquire some smaller companies to grow the company’s enterprise solutions business. In quick succession in July, Round Rock-based Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) announced buying two California-based companies developing products to...
BP was on track Monday to begin a long-awaited procedure to seal the blown-out undersea well that scientists now say poured more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The well has been shut in since July 15 by a temporary set of valves placed on top of the...
An appeals court is scheduled to consider a lawsuit today that challenges the use of race and ethnicity in undergraduate admissions policies at the University of Texas at Austin. A three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to take up the...
Attorney General Greg Abbott likes to tout his office's child support enforcement as being the nation's best. Texas collected more child support in 2009 than any other state, including California. And it tops a federal ranking measuring cost-effectiveness. "During my tenure as...
Texas' minority student enrollment continues to surge, but the state's teacher corps isn't keeping pace. That has left large numbers of black and Hispanic children without the role models experts believe would help them achieve more. Hispanic students made up more than 48...
William Sowell pulls a 2-inch stack of photos from his backpack, aging reminders of his time as a merchant mariner. He shows the snapshots to a handful of people at the Workforce Solutions office downtown, flipping through images of when he worked as a deckhand on deep-water...
When drug violence in northern Mexico exploded in February and the mayor of the border city of Reynosa was trying to control rumors with accurate information, he found something that worked faster than press releases or media appearances — the social networking website Twitter...
An Irving parent says administrators at Irving's MacArthur High School violated his daughter's constitutional rights when they took her cellphone and read her text messages. The administrators argue they had probable cause to search the 16-year-old student's cellphone in April...