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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Tuition breaks for veterans under microscope

Hazlewood exemptions cost Texas State $9.6 million forgone tuition from military veterans and their dependents.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Lawmakers look to fee hike to fund road construction

Texas lawmakers are mulling ways to raise more money for roads during next year’s legislative session and two proposals are drawing the strongest interest.

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Election 2012: San Marcos League of Women Voters Guide

Candidates for federal and state office will share a stage tonight for the first of two debates this month sponsored by the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters.

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Mexican military seen as best option against cartels

Despite uncertainty south of the Rio Grande in the aftermath of the killing of one of Mexico’s most brutal warlords, recent successes against organized crime suggest military intervention remains the best option there, according to the former...

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Speaker: ‘Water will be at center of discussion’ at Lege

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus promised to work on water issues and protect private property rights at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association annual meeting Tuesday in Austin.

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Audio: Quail making rebound but hunters may not return

After populations in Texas plummeted last year due to disease and drought, quail counts are on the rise this season. But that small increase might not be enough to bring hunters out in full force. Read the...

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Farm to Table caucus advances local food movement

On a mission to advance the local food movement, a Democrat from Austin is finding common ground with Republicans and rural Texans.

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Law to protect student athletes with concussions in place

As public school athletic programs adjust to a new state law on how to respond when student athletes get concussions on the field, doctors and legislators say the health of the players will benefit.

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Audio: Deferred maintenance imperils Texas State parks

by NATHAN BERNIER Fall weather may bring more Texans outside, but delayed maintenance and years of cuts have left state parks and historical sites struggling — and some on the verge of closure. » Download audio file...

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Texas sees rising tide of property-rights cases

The case of Julia Trigg Crawford versus the Keystone XL oil pipeline will soon return to the headlines.

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