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The amount spent on lobbyists has grown in every Texas legislative session for a decade — until the national recession stemmed the spending for the 2009 Legislature, according to a report released Monday by Texans for Public Justice. The campaign finance group found lobby...
Texas Sen. John Cornyn sharply criticized Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Monday, hinting strongly that her lack of judicial experience, privileged background and role in Harvard University's efforts to bar military recruiters make it unlikely he will support her...
The first steps to freedom aren't between opening steel gates or beneath menacing guard towers, but through double glass doors and down the stairs to 12th Street. It's just about the only way out alive from the Texas prison system. About 90 percent of male prison inmates in the...
While BP says it will pay to clean up the mammoth oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil giant has repeatedly placed blame elsewhere for the tragic rig accident last month that started it all. How much longer it will be able to keep saying so, however, is another...
A leukemia diagnosis for Destiny Cantu, 10, devastated her family, up-ending their usual routine at home in Pearsall by her need for thrice weekly treatments at a hospital in San Antonio. Fortunately, Ronald McDonald House Charities has helped the Cantus, as it has more than 15,...
A couple of years ago, Lionel Sosa accepted an invitation to speak at a Dominion Rotary Club luncheon. The group of affluent local business leaders should have been Sosa’s crowd. A self-made San Antonio advertising mogul, Sosa carries an almost evangelical belief in the power of...
While oil and gas companies have pushed the frontiers of offshore drilling into deeper, more dangerous waters over the last decade, their government watchdogs stayed behind in the shallows, clinging to long-standing practices and failing to plan for new hazards, according to...
Incumbent Robert Schneider won a tight race Saturday for the District 7 seat on the Austin school board. Meanwhile, Tamala Barksdale , a marketing director at EnviroMedia, and Julie Cowan , a stay-at-home mom and school volunteer, are headed to a runoff to fill the open at-large...
Saturday's overcast sky would have boded ill for the annual Texas Solar Car Races if the Northside Independent School District, which has organized the event for 14 years, hadn't had a solution on hand: batteries. Each 1-foot-long, solar-powered car was outfitted before the...