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Senators scrutinizing the Deepwater Horizon disaster Tuesday zeroed in on unusual pressure readings, bypassed tests and the application of cement barriers as possible problems contributing to the April 20 explosion of an offshore drilling rig and the growing oil spill in the...
A Jefferson High School teacher has been removed from the classroom after a student complained of racist remarks. Senior Augustine Ortiz said he was in English class one day late last week, and his teacher began the class with a discussion of the changes to immigration...
Bill White called on Rick Perry to help small businesses whose payroll taxes have doubled by returning $161 million in unemployment funds taken for the governor's Texas Enterprise Fund. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-white_12tex.ART...
State leaders facing a growing budget shortfall will exempt prison operations, inmate treatment programs, state mental hospitals, and some education programs from 5 percent spending cuts, a person with knowledge of the process said Tuesday. Leaders decided against whacking...
It's a question a mother doesn't expect to get from her 13-year-old son after school: What happens to a teacher who beats up a student? But Isaiah Reagins, a sixth-grader at Jamie's House Charter School in north Harris County, had good reason to ask. According to his mom and a...
Hours before the late-night blast on April 20 that engulfed the Deepwater Horizon in flames and killed 11, there were signs of trouble aboard the drilling rig. Shortly after 5 p.m. that afternoon, the rig unexpectedly stopped pumping drilling mud out of BP's Macondo well to the...
Ross Perot Jr. raised the stakes Monday in his battle with fellow billionaire Mark Cuban over the ailing financial performance of the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks are "insolvent and/or in imminent danger of insolvency," according to a lawsuit filed Monday in state district...
As congressional hearings on the Deepwater Horizon disaster kick off today, lawmakers are likely to get a tangle of finger-pointing from the corporate leaders whose companies are being sued for negligence in connection with the disaster. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...
The amount spent on lobbyists has grown in every Texas legislative session for a decade — until the national recession stemmed the spending for the 2009 Legislature, according to a report released Monday by Texans for Public Justice. The campaign finance group found lobby...