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"I don't pay any attention to freshmen," said Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, on the day he and his fellow House members began voting on proposals that would slice more than $20 billion from the current budget and the 2012-2013 spending plan. Normally, the good-natured disdain...
The new Cap Metro rail director has only been on the job for eight weeks, but he's already seeing a new challenge. "I think right now the biggest challenge we're faced with is growth," said Melvin Clark. "It's a good one to be at capacity constraint, which is not uncommon. We...
Three-year-old Alisandra Galavan was described as a firecracker. "She was going to be a ballerina and soccer player all at once," said Myla Galavan, Alisandra's mother. "She was neat." Every birthday, Alisandra got her picture taken in a pink tutu to compare her growth from year...
Proposed legislation that would establish a state-run guest-worker program would legally satisfy the state’s appetite for cheap labor but not grant amnesty to people already in Texas illegally, according to the bill’s author. House Bill 2757 , by state Rep. Aaron Peña , R-...
Claire Hirschkind was arrested for disobeying airport security and criminal trespass in December, after she refused what she termed an invasive pat-down at Austin's airport. “They insisted I let them squeeze my breasts and feel my crotch because it was the law,” said Hirschkind...
With the Texas House set to start floor debate Friday on the budget bill, Texans opposing deep cuts in health care for the poor and children demonstrated at the capitol Wednesday. They are afraid that thousands of low income Texans will lose health coverage if lawmakers do not...
In a potentially sweeping and politically charged escalation of the U.S. offensive against Mexican drug cartels, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, introduced legislation in Congress Wednesday to designate six murderous Mexican drug cartels "foreign terrorist organizations." Such a...
Nuclear radiation, invisible and insidious, gives us the creeps. Even before the Japanese nuclear crisis, Americans were bombarded with contradictory images and messages that frighten even when they try to reassure. It started with the awesome and deadly mushroom cloud rising...