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Saturday, May 18th, 2013

As Texas grows, infrastructure shrinks

Touting Texas’ low taxes and light regulations, Gov. Rick Perry has relished trying to poach jobs from other states. In February, he described building a business in California as “next to impossible.” Last month, he warned Illinois entrepreneurs to “get out while there’s still time.”

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Legislature honors WWII vets, including Perry’s father

Amid a tense week when end-of-session deadlines leave the fates of hundreds of bills hanging in the balance, the Texas House and Senate took time Wednesday to honor the state’s dwindling group of living World War II...

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

For fire departments, more to state budgets than numbers

This isn’t about the town of West, but the devastating fire and explosion there underscore something you might not have known: the vast majority of fire departments in Texas are staffed by volunteers.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Law enforcement officials fault drone bill

State Rep. Lance Gooden’s bill to prevent unmanned drones from capturing indiscriminate surveillance — a measure that has more than 80 co-authors in the House — might hit the lower chamber next week.

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Galveston still healing 5 years after Hurricane Ike

Ike was directly responsible for at least 103 deaths, 17 of them in Texas. The storm caused more than $50 billion in damage, making it what probably was the costliest hurricane ever to hit the state, according...

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Inspired by West disaster, college board establishes first responders scholarship fund

Inspired by the efforts of first responders during the recent bombing in Boston and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, the College Board on Wednesday announced the creation of a First Responders Scholarship Fund.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Perry: Will he stay or will he go?

Every morning, people in Texas politics stand in front of their sinks, brushing their teeth, staring at someone they think could someday be the president of the United States. It is the nature of these beasts.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

West explosion raises regulatory questions

Recovery efforts continued Friday in West, two days after the town was devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion. And as investigators search for the cause of the explosion, environmentalists said that the situation highlighted lax regulations in...

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Perry backs dedicated car sales tax for highway funds

Gov. Rick Perry on Friday came out in support of dedicating a portion of future sales tax revenue from car sales to the state’s highway fund, while also leaving the door open to spending more of the...

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Tesla seeking to sell electric cars in Texas

Electric car maker Elon Musk wants to bet big on Texas – but he’s having trouble getting his chips on the table.

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