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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Study: Wildfire smoke harms air quality far from source

Texans are familiar with the devastation that wildfires can bring to land, property and community. But new research claims that smoke from those fires could pose hazards hundreds of miles away.

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Updated: Court rules abortion restriction unconstitutional

Less than 24 hours before new abortion regulations were set to take effect in Texas, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Monday blocked implementation of one provision challenged by abortion providers and partially blocked a second provision,...

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

USDA: Border cattle inspection sites will remain closed

Federal officials said this week they have no plans to reopen a cattle inspection site across the border from Presidio, citing continuing safety concerns in the Mexican town of Ojinaga, Chihuahua.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Commentary: Wendy Davis is no Ann Richards

Nor is Greg Abbott the second coming of Clayton Williams. Comparisons between the future and the past are bound to go awry, ROSS RAMSEY writes, because 1990 was about personality and 2013 is about politics.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Reverse mortgage plan’s fate is in voters’ hands

Currently the only state that doesn’t let seniors use reverse mortgages for purchasing homes, Texas could switch course if voters approve a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 5 election.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Audio: As Texas’ dams age, a scramble to find fixes

Texas' aging water infrastructure has raised safety concerns throughout the state, and a lack of mechanisms in place to prevent development downstream of dams has hastened the search for solutions.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Armed protesters rally at Alamo over gun restrictions

More than a thousand people, many sporting rifles and other long guns, turned out at the Alamo on Saturday for a protest over local, state and federal gun restrictions, according to organizers' estimates.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Audio: Aging dams stir concern in Texas

Despite a drought that continues to dry up the state's lakes and reservoirs, water experts have raised concerns about the quality of the state's 7,500 dams, many of which are in poor condition or are nearing the...

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, October 9th, 2013

Texas pols raise big cash through Red River Rivalry

More than 30 Texas legislators are hoping to cash in on the big Longhorn-Sooner rivalry game this weekend in Dallas, but they're not relying on bookies or their betting prowess.

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