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When Lubbock's Ron Givens entered the Texas House in 1985 as the first black Republican to serve there since R.J. Moore of Houston almost 100 years earlier, the reception he received was less than enthusiastic. The Legislative Black Caucus , founded by liberal Democrats , did...
Got a hole in your budget? Cut spending. Shake the couch for spare change. Raid your savings. Ask for a raise, if you think you can get away with it. And when all else fails, sell your assets, right? When Arizona needed money last year, its tax-averse lawmakers decided to...
One by one, Domanick Muñoz pulled bloody and battered bodies out of a pile of feathers, claws and beaks. Roosters that were still gasping for life he put out of their misery, plunging a syringe of drugs into their gouged and lacerated bellies. Those that were already dead animal...
Better stock up on allergy medicine, pain relievers, wart removers and eyedrops now. After Jan. 1, those items -- and all other over-the-counter drugs not specifically prescribed by a doctor except for insulin -- cannot be paid for using money socked away in flexible spending...
When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over "death panels," Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1. Under the new...
Republicans say they will follow "the people's priorities" when they gain power on Capitol Hill next month. Yet when it came to tax cuts for the wealthy and other top issues that dominated the lame-duck Congress, the GOP either defied what most Americans want or followed their...
Proprietors of small businesses in Houston's hardscrabble East End, resentful of criminals who can wreck their lives in a matter of moments, are striking back. Twice in the past five days, business owners or their relatives have fatally shot robbers on the premises of their...
Russell and Erin Miller met while deployed in Iraq in 2005 and discovered a shared passion for Dungeons and Dragons. Their interest in the popular role-playing game led to their marriage and settling down in Rice, 45 miles southeast of Dallas. The husband and wife, both in the...
The New Braunfels Police Department is investigating the death of a teen found Sunday morning in a field but few details were available. The 15-year-old boy's body was found just before 11 a.m. in the 2700 block of FM 1044, according to a news release from New Braunfels police...