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If you want to see how profoundly the state's population is changing, look at the faces of the children in Texas public school classrooms. In all but rural areas, Hispanic enrollment is rapidly surpassing that of whites. Hispanic schoolchildren make up nearly 49 percent of Texas...
BP said Saturday it failed in its first attempt to contain a massive oil spill by drawing crude from the blown-out well through a mile-long tube, but would try again overnight. The oil giant's workers are using remotely operated submarines in their attempt to thread the tube...
Scientists have found huge plumes of oil lurking under the surface of the water in the Gulf of Mexico, as BP hit a snag in its latest effort to slow down the oil blasting out of a broken undersea pipe. At least 210,000 gallons of oil a day has gushed into the Gulf of Mexico...
The scuffle over the appointment of the next U.S. attorney for the Dallas-based Northern District escalated Friday, as Sen. John Cornyn urged the White House to choose his preferred candidate. Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins accused the Republican senator of...
Austin's electric utility is getting ready for an influx of energy-efficient cars that will be able to recharge their battery systems by plugging into the city's electric system. Austin Energy expects to build one or more public charging stations for those greener vehicles,...
The $1.4 billion price tag for new science textbooks and other materials has been causing sticker shock among state officials bracing for the upcoming budget shortfall. So, the State Board of Education on Tuesday must decide whether to push ahead despite the cost or delay the...
U.S. citizen? Your passport, please. Well, OK, a driver's license will do. But you're out of compliance. A year ago, the Homeland Security Department started requiring U.S. citizens to have passports or other special documents to cross the border from Canada or Mexico. http://...
A leading social conservative on the State Board of Education will push for further doubt to be cast on separation of church and state when the board goes back to work on proposed curriculum standards for social studies next week. Board member Don McLeroy, R-College Station, has...
Austin intersections with red-light cameras have seen a 30 percent drop in wrecks, city officials say. The cameras were phased in at nine intersections — with more than one camera at some — beginning in May 2008. They have brought in more than $100,000 in citations. Police Lt...