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Immigration legislation under consideration in several states and similar to the controversial crackdown in Arizona would have a chilling impact on local law enforcement, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said Wednesday. McClelland was one of nine police chiefs from major...
President Barack Obama told lawmakers Tuesday he would send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a comprehensive plan to help provide security in light of escalating violence. The administration announced the deployment as part of a $500 million...
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...
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...