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The transgender widow at the center of a court battle focusing on her late firefighter husband's estate apologized Tuesday for her appearance on a tabloid talk show 15 years ago during which she surprised a man who once kissed her with the news that she was born a boy. Nikki...
The well-being of Texas children ranks in the bottom third among all states, and children's advocates fear upcoming budget cuts could make things even worse. Texas ranks No. 34 in the overall condition of its children, according to a state-by-state study released Tuesday by the...
Horse racing backers have put their money on a different kind of race this season, betting millions on candidates with some hope of expanding gambling at Texas tracks. The state's scramble for new revenue to fill its expected $18 billion budget hole has given gaming interests...
President Barack Obama's once solid support among Hispanics is showing a few cracks, a troubling sign for Democrats desperate to get this critical constituency excited about helping the party hold onto Congress this fall. Hispanics still overwhelmingly favor the Democratic Party...
When Texas House Speaker Joe Straus recently invited a group of Gillespie County Republicans to ask him anything they'd like, the most passionate questions didn't focus on a huge, looming budget shortfall, worries over education or high insurance rates. Instead, fired-up “...
Thirteen people from San Antonio, almost half of them former employees of a company that processes child-support payments for Texas and 15 other states, have been charged with diverting thousands of dollars of those payments to themselves. Federal and state authorities arrested...
Civil rights leaders are criticizing Obama administration education reforms aimed at turning around low-performing schools and closing the achievement gap for minority students. Eight organizations, including the NAACP, contend in a document released Monday that the Education...
For the first time in two years, Jeanne O'Neil left her picket sign at home Saturday. Instead of protesting near the local Petland store, she and other demonstrators are celebrating. The lone franchise here decided last week to close because of a proposed city ordinance aimed at...
Two area Tea Party groups have changed names to convey their wider reach, organizers said. The Burleson Tea Party disbanded this month and was replaced by the Johnson County Tea Party. The Weatherford Tea Party has renamed itself the Parker County Tea Party. http://www.star-...