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The City Council's Quality of Life Committee on Monday recommended an unadulterated proposal to broaden the city's smoking ban, but when the full council takes up the measure next week, it's likely to be a battle that could end in a split vote in favor of adding smoking...
Christopher Smith learned at an early age that his parents never had a chance to go to college but that with academic focus, he could make it. "They wanted to go to college, but sometimes things just happen," said Smith, who graduated from DeSoto High School this year. Soon, he...
Activists for and against the city of Houston's red-light camera program crossed swords Monday as opponents of the devices turned in more than 30,000 signatures backing a proposed charter amendment to have the cameras banned. The debate immediately turned from the merit of the...
A nationally acclaimed program that has helped even the hardest-core addicts to sober up and stop committing crimes is vulnerable to state budget cuts. A staggering 70 percent of the 72,000 offenders freed from Texas Department of Criminal Justice lockups last year were...
Texas has mainly provided a thorn in Barack Obama's side. The governor taunts him. The senators defy him. He lost the state by nearly 1 million votes in 2008. When the president lands today to raise campaign cash in Austin and Dallas, even the Democratic nominee for governor...
School districts across Texas are paying tens of millions of taxpayer dollars for private tutoring that has a mixed track record of improving student test scores. Even districts that want to stop footing the bill to ineffective providers are not allowed. The No Child Left Behind...
Gov. Rick Perry’s Economic Development & Tourism Office has become a sponsor of the 2010 Made in USA Qatar trade show and is seeking Texas companies to participate in the Oct. 12-15 event in Doha, Qatar. Among those working with the governor’s office are San Antonio...
When the Legislature passed a law last year requiring the swift examination of every mentally ill prisoner, it sought to lessen the flood of the mentally impaired into Texas jails, where many are accused of minor crimes. Yet experts say such concern is not matched by adequate...
President Barack Obama will give a speech at Gregory Gymnasium on Monday, White House officials announced Thursday. The invitation-only address is part of the president’s trip to Texas, which will also include a fundraising event for the Democratic National Committee in Dallas...