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The head of the House's tax-writing panel wants to find new money to minimize painful cuts to programs for needy Texans next session. So as they have each month since January, Rep. Rene Oliveira and his Ways and Means Committee spent hours Tuesday poking and prodding various...
Tom Hicks said he stands to lose "a couple hundred million" dollars on the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars, but he expects to make it up when he sells his stake in a leading English soccer team. He also said he will be glad to exit the professional sports business. "It's never...
Oil prices surged to $71 a barrel Wednesday as U.S. gasoline stocks fell more than expected and rebounding shares boosted confidence in a stronger fuel demand down the road. Benchmark crude for July delivery was up $1.89 to $70.64 a barrel at midday London time in electronic...
Update: BP is still running tests and will decide Wednesday morning if it will go ahead with an effort to seal the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well by pumping heavy mud into a massive device on top of the breach. BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said on NBC's Today show that if...
Texas tourism officials nervously are watching the progress of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but it seems the catastrophe might actually send more business to Texas beaches. Officials from Galveston to South Padre Island said they had been fielding scores of calls...
It takes a lot of paint to keep the lines drawn on Texas highways – more, it turns out, than is likely to be available this summer. A shortage of an obscure chemical compound that gives highway paint its reflective glow will make drawing the familiar white and yellow lines down...
Gov. Rick Perry is writing a book due out this fall that will blast Washington for overreaching and intruding on the rights of states and individuals. Titled Fed Up, it is described by publisher Little, Brown and Co. as a polemic that casts federal policies as a "legitimate...
Harris County has a whorehouse for sale. Commissioners Court has on its hands the Velvet Touch, a business that operated on Highway 6 South, and will consider this morning how to dispose of it. The county came into possession of the brothel after Houston police shut it down in...
Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have taken down a ring accused of providing fake identities for hundreds of people in San Antonio and Austin. After six months of investigation, ICE agents charged nine people in the case, and seven have been arrested. The...