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William Sowell pulls a 2-inch stack of photos from his backpack, aging reminders of his time as a merchant mariner. He shows the snapshots to a handful of people at the Workforce Solutions office downtown, flipping through images of when he worked as a deckhand on deep-water...
When drug violence in northern Mexico exploded in February and the mayor of the border city of Reynosa was trying to control rumors with accurate information, he found something that worked faster than press releases or media appearances — the social networking website Twitter...
Despite numerous challenges and fixes to Texas' school funding system over the past three decades, school leaders say it's broken again and another school finance lawsuit is imminent. If it doesn't come this fall, before the next legislative session that begins in January, a...
Immigration is now a wedge issue in Texas Republican politics, dividing the traditional conservative coalition by pitting social conservatives against hard-liners. Evangelical ministers in Texas and across the nation are splitting off from the hard right, declaring a need for...
Here is a list of the richest and poorest members of Texas' congressional delegation, based on 2008 data from personal financial disclosure reports. The reports offer only a broad picture of each legislator's financial worth because ranges, not absolute numbers, are required on...
The U.S. Coast Guard let BP use "excessive" amounts of dispersants to treat the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, despite an EPA notice for the company to use the chemicals sparingly, according to a Democratic lawmaker. An analysis of communications between BP and the Coast Guard done...
The official who oversees the Alamo Area Council of Governments' $15 million federal weatherization program has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of mismanagement. AACOG Executive Director Gloria Arriaga confirmed Friday that she asked Housing Director Rose...
Dallas billionaires Sam and Charles Wyly were prolific donors to Republican campaigns for two decades, but the brothers lowered their profile in recent years as prosecutors investigated whether they used offshore trusts to hide stocks and other assets, according to campaign...
The man who came to the house Wednesday evening appeared angry, so Heather and Jeffrey Monroe's oldest son took his siblings to the backyard of their great-grandfather's place to play with their two dogs. When the shooting started, the 14-year-old ran to a window and peered...