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Astronauts hope they have a solution for repairing a water recycling unit that is critical for allowing the international space station crew to grow to six members. A pivotal piece of equipment is needed to convert urine and sweat into drinkable water. Flight controllers asked...
The decision is whether the city of Austin wants to invest an additional 36-millions dollars into a south Texas nuclear project run by the company NRG. Austin energy already is able to pool some it's energy resources from the plant, owning 16 percent of the company, but NRG...
A county prosecutor who brought indictments against Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and others pounded his fist and shouted at the judge. The table-pounding rant on Friday by Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra (GWAY'-yuh)...
Texas' unemployment rate increased to 5.6 percent in October, up half a percentage point from the previous month because of Hurricane Ike and national economic trends, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday. The state had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.1...
Two inspectors who were fired from the inspector general's office at the Texas Education Agency are suing the agency. James Catazaro and Jim Lyde allege wrongful termination after they tried to investigate fraud and waste in the TEA. They want to be reinstated and are seeking...
The Texas Ethics Commission has fined state Representative Carl Isett $6,400 for using campaign money to pay his wife more than $30,000 for bookkeeping services. The Lubbock Republican and certified public accountant says he made a mistake when relying on the Internal Revenue...
Austin police have recovered 6-year-old Jewel Noel Klein, who was kidnapped earlier this week in Comal County. She was found safe at a home in east Austin. The girl’s mother, 41-year-old Tonya Martin, was arrested. She did not have the legal right to custody of the girl...
Retail gasoline prices in Texas fell to an average $1.88 a gallon this week. AAA Texas reported the 12-cent decline in the average cost of gasoline, compared to one week ago. The nationwide price for gasoline tumbled by 15 cents, to settle at $2.02 per gallon. AAA Texas reported...
Hundreds of musicians and nightclub owners filled Austin City Hall for a presentation to the City Council by the Live Music Task Force. That group is urging the city to create a Music Department to handle music-related issues and to attract the record labels, booking agents, and...