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Friday, May 1st, 2015

Texas Supreme Court punts on major EAA water case

The murky rules for regulating groundwater pumping aren't going to get any clearer after the state Supreme Court declined to take a case that might have helped clarify when a property owner's right of capture can be restricted.

Friday, May 1st, 2015

With help from Campbell, Abbott’s pre-K bill headed to full Senate

The bill that helped spark last week's blowup between the state's top officials is suddenly moving in the Senate, despite fierce opposition from Tea Party conservatives.

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Jade Helm 15: The black helicopters are coming. Well, maybe not.

Gov. Greg Abbott only made matters worse by wading into long-simmering paranoia over a military training exercise scheduled to begin this summer in Texas. He has asked the State Guard to keep an eye on the operation,...

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Texas House passes $4.9B tax cut plan

The Texas House tentatively approved a $4.9 billion tax relief plan Tuesday that includes a cut to the state’s sales tax, marking a clear line in the sand against the Senate, which favors property tax cuts.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Austin software engineer drowns while training for Texas Water Safari

A 30-year-old Austin man training for the Texas Water Safari drowned Sunday afternoon in the rain-swollen San Marcos River near the Martindale Dam.

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Texas delegation scrambled over Pacific trade deal

Texans in Congress are trying to balance party loyalties, distrust of the president and the interests of their districts as they decide whether to give President Obama fast-track authority on a Pacific Rim trade deal.

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

State health tests prodded Blue Bell recall

Shortly after lab tests on two Blue Bell ice cream flavors came back “presumptive positive” for Listeria, an assistant commissioner at the state health agency reached for the phone to call Brenham.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Audio: Gulf disaster a potential windfall for habitat restoration

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, environmentalists say BP settlement funds are providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Gulf restoration projects.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

When in Texas: Wear a hat, eat a steak, thank a bee

One of the Legislature's less consequential duties came before a House committee Tuesday: designating state capitals and symbols, from the Steak Capital of Texas (Hico) to the official State Pollinator of Texas (the western honeybee).

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Eyes on the border, Tanger plans investment in San Marcos outlet center

Looking to thwart aggressive new competition in Corpus Christi and Laredo, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. plans to invest an estimated $5 million to renovate and update its sprawling San Marcos outlet mall.

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