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The Harris County sheriff jails 1,600 more people than he has beds for, so it is surprising how many he has serving their sentences at home in ankle monitors: None. The county will not build its way out of jail overcrowding soon, with voters having rejected a jail bond measure...
The message was cross-border cooperation, and the stage was a shuttered Levi's plant — a reminder of globalization's down side despite the factory's reincarnation as a county office building. Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos and Matamoros, Mexico, Mayor Erick Silva smiled last...
The Defense Department has kept up its immense purchases of aviation fuel and other petroleum products from BP even as the oil giant comes under scrutiny for potential violations of clean-water and oil-spill laws related to the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon...
Months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and its well started gushing oil, BP says it has yet to decide how to handle claims filed by religious groups and other charitable organizations that are endangered because people can no longer afford to contribute. Pastor Dan...
The latest hopes are riding on a massive new skimmer to clean oil from near the spewing well in the Gulf of Mexico, while a local Louisiana parish's plan to block the slick has been rejected by federal officials. A 48-hour test of the Taiwanese vessel dubbed "A Whale" began...
Concerns about hosting an affordable housing complex for veterans here have been eased, but not erased, by new project details released by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Kerrville Mission Homeless project slated to be built and run by River Vista LP should feature 40...
Most participants at the Dallas brainstorming session on the national debt couldn't quite lop $1.2 trillion from the federal budget. But organizers refuse to be disappointed that so few hit the target. "Frankly, that tells you something," said anti-debt crusader David Walker ,...
A spending bill approved by the House this week includes a rare Texas-specific provision that would establish strict requirements for the state to get almost $820 million in federal education funds. Specifically, the bill approved Thursday states that in order for Texas to be...
Despite a renewed emphasis on physical fitness in Texas schools, an annual study shows high school students are even more out of shape than last year, and most students are still short of the state's "healthy zone" benchmarks. Fitness tests on 2.9 million students in third grade...