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Friday, August 30th, 2013

Minors can no longer use tanning salons under new law

This year, Texas joined a number of states that ban minors from tanning indoors.

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

DOJ still messin‘ with Texas voter ID

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it will again seek to dismantle Texas’ voter ID law, this time with a lawsuit alleging the measure violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The department...

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Health, economics spurring Texas cities to promote bikes

In Fort Worth, the mayor hosts occasional bicycle rides called “Rolling Town Halls.” The Dallas City Council may soon require new businesses to set aside space for bicycle parking. Over in El Paso, officials are developing plans...

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

U.S. officials troubled by drug lord’s release

The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that the release of Rafael Caro Quintero, a legendary drug boss in Mexico connected to the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, was “troubling and disappointing” –...

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Lawmakers pass roads cash plan, adjourn special session

The Texas Legislature adjourned its third special session since May on Monday night after passing a measure estimated to increase transportation funding by $1.2 billion annually if Texas voters approve it next year.

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Study links prison reforms to decreased welfare costs

Prison reforms may result in better conditions for inmates, but those improvements come at the expense of welfare cash assistance and other government relief for the needy, according to a study released this month by Rice University...

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Texas ranks high for electric grid improvement

Texas ranks first out of 41 states for modernizing its electric grid, according to a new report — although that doesn’t mean Texans pay significantly less for electricity, or that the grid is safe from strain due...

Friday, July 19th, 2013

For veterans, a fight for college credit

Texas Army veteran Ryan Rafols worked as a missile defense engineer during his time in the U.S. Army, operating military defense systems, calculating targets and maintaining computer systems.

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

House backs TxDOT funding plan but hurdles remain

A new transportation funding plan, the only unresolved issue on the agenda of the current special session, inched forward Monday as the House tentatively approved a measure while setting up a potential battle on the issue with...

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Greg Abbott launches campaign for governor

With his wife and daughter standing near, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott kicked off his campaign for governor Sunday in San Antonio’s sun-drenched La Villita plaza, where he promised to fight for a Texas of "boundless opportunity...

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