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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

In San Marcos, Davis hits Abbott on pre-K plan

While addressing the Texas State Teachers Association’s convention in San Marcos on Saturday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis accused her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, of backing away from his early education policy proposal.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Randian hero Ron Paul to address young libertarians at Texas State

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, the Lake Jackson gynecologist whose three unsuccessful presidential bids galvanized adherents of undiluted Randian libertarianism, will address a convention of young conservatives this weekend in San Marcos.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Van de Putte plans San Marcos visit in bid to mobilize Hays County Democrats

Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic Party’s nominee for Texas lieutenant governor, will rally volunteers visiting voters door-to-door on Saturday as part of an all-day effort to round up support in San Marcos and Kyle for the...

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

State board opts for compromise on Mexican-American studies

Instead of making Mexican-American studies an official high school course, the Texas State Board of Education settled on a tentative compromise that would leave the decision whether to offer it to school districts.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

China’s embrace of tequila affects Texas, Mexican markets

A whiff of tequila may conjure images of blue-green agave fields in the Mexican countryside, a raucous Texas dance hall or even a college frat house after a homecoming game.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

After ex-mayor’s death, silence and suspicion in Nuevo Laredo

Many residents of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, have reacted with silence to the death of a former mayor, who was allegedly kidnapped. It’s yet another signal that while violence has ebbed in the city, a climate of fear...

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Craft brewers seek further reforms from lawmakers

The 2013 legislative session was viewed by many observers as a watershed moment for craft brewers in Texas. But at a Thursday hearing, the House Economic Development Committee was encouraged to do more

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Force against Texas inmates on the rise

The population in Texas prisons dropped from 2005 to 2013, but statistics from the corrections agency show that officers are using “major” force against inmates more often. Officials say such changes are random, but experts point to...

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Texan first, American second

When the Texas Tribune asked Texans whether they considered themselves Texans first and Americans second, most said no. But the grandkids were more likely than their grandparents to say yes.

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Bartee Haile: Texas Rangers’ closest call came at the capitol

At the end of a lengthy public probe into charges of corruption and criminal misdeeds, the question Lone Star legislators faced on Apr. 2, 1919 was whether to do away with the Texas Rangers altogether or give...

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