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Friday, August 31st, 2012

Space-tech cameras may help spot wildfires

Rebecca Bell-Meterau couldn’t wait to move into her new home in San Marcos. Trees, trails and natural beauty promised peace and relaxation. But then the Texas State Forest Service marked her neighborhood as a high-risk area for wildfires. Now, she says, the peace is gone.

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Audio: A year after fires, communities focus on prevention

Sept. 4 marks one year since wildfires ravaged Central Texas, causing officials and residents to rethink how they manage their land. Since then, some communities have taken it upon themselves to make their surroundings safer in the...

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Michael Williams to head Texas Education Agency

Gov. Rick Perry is slated to name Michael Williams the new commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, a source close to the governor said Monday.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

At PUC hearing, a push for smart meter opt-out plan

In front of a crowd of more than 200 people, the Public Utility Commission on Tuesday heard repeated calls to create an opt-out program for people who do not want smart electric meters installed at their homes.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Despite two years of job growth, unemployment inches up

Texas may have reached a milestone in July, reporting two straight years of job growth. But the unemployment rate inched up again last month, from 7 percent to 7.2 percent, while economic growth remained relatively consistent.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

A&M trying to distance itself from shooting incident

A shooting that left three dead in College Station on Monday did not occur on the campus of Texas A&M University or involve members of the A&M community. Yet in headlines around the country, it is being...

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Audio: Amid Texas drought, a sweet silver lining

by JOY DIAZ Triple-digit temperatures and parched lands may not be ideal for Texas farmers. But the dry conditions this summer have bestowed an unexpected gift on farmers’ fruit and vegetable crops: enhanced flavor. » Download audio...

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Audio: State’s economic forecast a mixed bag

The comptroller's office announced Friday in its latest financial update that while the state will have more money in its coffers than previously thought, uncertainty about global economic strains could hurt Texas' two main money makers: energy...

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Audio: Drought not the only factor in Texas tree deaths

The 2011 drought wreaked havoc on the state's trees, but according to a new report, few of them died directly from dehydration. Rather, trees weakened by the drought likely fell prey to a different culprit: diseases and...

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Decision to allow booze at Alamo draws criticism

A decision to allow alcohol at the Alamo Complex, announced last week by the Texas General Land Office, is drawing criticism from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The hallowed ground, the group said, is no...

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