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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...
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...
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...
Conventional wisdom is that the average fan has a one in a million chance of scoring Super Bowl tickets. But the deadline is approaching for what should be a one in a hundred shot of getting inside Cowboys Stadium in February. The NFL operates an annual drawing giving 500 fans...
The toll roads are some of the fastest ways to get around town and have become a pipeline for hundreds of thousands of commuters across Central Texas. But convenience comes at a cost. 7 On Your Side investigates why some drivers are calling the TxDOT late payment fees excessive...
BP worked on Friday to thread a mile-deep needle it hopes will help sew up a massive oil spill, and it received federal approval to inject chemical dispersants at the site of the leaking well in an attempt to dissolve the crude before it can rise and further threaten shorelines...