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An inspector from the federal agency overseeing animal welfare paid an unannounced visit to the Dallas Zoo on Tuesday, questioning an official there about the death of a zebra last weekend. Zoo deputy director Lynn Kramer said he met with a representative of the U.S. Department...
When AstroWorld was dismantled five years ago, many residents shed tears at losing the longtime Houston icon. A small group has since been studying and drawing plans for an upscale Disney-styled entertainment complex that would be seven times larger than Houston's original park...
Eight of 10 Texans want high schools to teach contraception, including the use of condoms and abstinence, according to a statewide opinion poll that also shows high support for letting teachers and scholars write public school curriculum standards instead of the State Board of...
The state is facing a shortage of 71,000 nurses by 2020 as demand continues to outpace supply, the Texas Department of State Health Services says. Tens of thousands of qualified applicants have been turned away from nursing schools for at least five years because there aren't...
A statewide group of environmental and energy experts, including many from the UT System, will work together to help prevent future disasters in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion. The group will convene as part of the Gulf Project, a...
After securing a new, tight-fitting cap on top of the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is preparing to begin tests to see if it will hold and stop fresh oil from polluting the waters for the first time in nearly three months. BP expects to know within 48 hours if the new...
Bill White tried to create some daylight between himself and Gov. Rick Perry on the hot-button issue of immigration Monday whiley denouncing Arizona's controversial new crackdown on undocumented immigrants. On Saturday, Perry told members of the National Council of La Raza that...
Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he won't attend a meeting of border state governors if it isn't held in Arizona, which some of the participants are boycotting in protests of the state's tough new illegal immigration law. For 27 years, governors representing U.S. and Mexican...
The credit scores of millions more Americans are sinking to new lows. Figures provided by FICO Inc. show that 25.5 percent of consumers – nearly 43.4 million people – now have a credit score of 599 or below, marking them as poor risks for lenders. It's unlikely they will be able...