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News of another oil rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico , so soon after the BP oil spill , has set off a wave of anxiety along the Gulf Coast and prompted calls for the government to extend its six-month ban on deepwater drilling. Just when it seemed the Obama administration might be...
Downsizing took on a new meaning for Jennifer Mathews and Eric Hancock when they moved into their new home earlier this year. The couple, who are engaged, bought the smallest model their builder offered: an 881-square-foot, two-story, two-bedroom unit. "The first thing I said...
Less than a week into the semester, one student reported that four of his textbooks were stolen from his car at the Intramural Fields. Although textbook thefts have increased for the past two semesters, UT Police Department Officer William Pieper said he hopes the incident will...
An 85-year-old man almost killed by a swarm of bees is home from the hospital and talking about his harrowing ordeal, for the first time Wednesday. Willard Duncan was mowing a vacant lot in East Austin two and a half weeks ago, when he was stung more than 500 times. Duncan says...
Thousands of new textbooks and a steroid-testing program for high school athletes would be among the casualties if the Texas Education Agency is forced to cut its budget by 10 percent over the next two years, according to its newly released budget plan. State agencies, courts...
The top 18 executives at CPS Energy earn more than $4.2 million collectively, according to salary records released to the San Antonio Express-News. The paper filed an open records request for the utility's top 20 salaries in response to CPS' recent pledge to be more open and...
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White said Tuesday that Texas governors should be limited to two four-year terms, a change he said would prevent incumbents from amassing too much power. White is trying to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Perry , who's seeking an unprecedented...
Mexican authorities Monday captured a notorious Texan who is accused of a bloody climb to the top echelon of one of the hemisphere's most powerful drug cartels. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie” for his looks, faces a slew of charges in Mexico but also is wanted in...
Even as Texas spends hundreds of millions to hire more workers to process welfare applications, it has skimped on replacing obsolete phone systems at more than 300 offices. At some, phones are more than two decades old and prone to "port failures" in which callers hear a ring,...