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When social conservatives on the State Board of Education put the final touches on social studies curriculum standards this week, it will be a significant victory in their years-long push to imprint their beliefs upon what Texas students learn. But it could also be the peak of...
A former safety consultant for BP asked a federal judge Monday to order the oil giant to cease drilling at its Atlantis platform in the Gulf, citing federal regulators' failure to investigate potential dangers at the site — described by BP as the deepest off-shore well in the...
Texas doctors are opting out of Medicare at alarming rates, frustrated by reimbursement cuts they say make participation in government-funded care of seniors unaffordable. Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren't taking some new Medicare patients, new...
City Manager Sheryl Sculley has declared war on sugar. Well, at least when it comes to sodas and candy bars. Sugary sodas no longer have a home in the city's 250 beverage vending machines, and unhealthy foods in the 75 snack machines in city facilities are next. “I asked the...
The landscape for electronic health records in North Texas and across the nation has changed dramatically during the first half of this year. Every major health system in the area has implemented, or has budgeted to implement, a system for sharing patient records electronically...
If the American Dream is upward economic mobility and arrival in the middle class, the grim statistics show only a small percentage of Texas' Hispanics are on the road to success. As the state's Latino population continues to expand over the next two decades, if current trends...
It was a tax born in a barbecue joint, the story has it, and now it's giving state budget writers heartburn. The Texas business tax comes due again today, and no one's suggesting it will yield anywhere near the approximately $6 billion it was initially forecast to produce...
Nearly a month into their quest to contain a gushing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP officials had their first major success Sunday, when robots threaded a thin tube into a broken pipeline almost a mile underwater. The tube was expected to work like a straw, sucking as much...
Even after thousands of drug-related slayings in this border city, U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials say that a war between rival cartels could continue for years – contradicting reports that one group had gained control over a key smuggling route. "Our intelligence...