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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

TxDOT chief named next LCRA general manager

Phil Wilson, the Texas Department of Transportation's executive director, will become the new general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority, LCRA's board decided Wednesday. Wilson will replace Becky Motal, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Much at stake as LCRA chooses new leader

To understand the level of crisis facing the Lower Colorado River Authority, look no further than the three-page job description the agency has drafted in its search for a new general manager.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Worsening Austin traffic prompts talk of toll road swap

As congestion worsens on Interstate 35 through Austin, state leaders are seriously discussing a drastic response: tolling the highway's lanes in the city and making part of the nearby State Highway 130 toll road free.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

ACLU sues feds over excessive force claim

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against what the advocacy group claims are egregious abuses of power within the ranks of border law enforcement.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Audio: New technology takes aim at reservoir evaporation

Scientists say a new technology — involving a material derived from vegetable oil — could save billions of gallons of water from evaporation in Texas. But the technology has faced a rocky path to implementation.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Water funding propositions make unusual allies

Proposition 6, a water financing measure that voters will decide on in November, is bringing together groups that are typically at odds politically.

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Audio: TxDOT to crack down on toll road scofflaws

Armed with new legislation, the Texas Department of Transportation is starting to put more pressure on the tens of thousands of drivers who use toll roads without paying. On Oct. 17, the names of habitual offenders will...

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Drought leaves Guadalupe tubers, business high and dry

Averaging 70 degrees year round, the Guadalupe River lures Texans to its banks every summer to float. Outfitted with the most tubing companies of any river in the state, vendors are up front about what to expect.

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Bexar among three counties to raise vehicle registration fees

As Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Legislature shot down efforts this year to boost fees statewide for transportation, they also granted exceptions to three Texas counties.

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Debate over LGBT ordinance roils San Antonio

A proposal to include sexual orientation and gender identity in San Antonio's nondiscrimination policy has turned the city into a new gay rights battleground.

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