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Monday, July 9th, 2012

Audio: Amid cattle deaths in Central Texas, an agricultural mystery

The sudden death of 15 cows on a Central Texas pasture in May was more than a tragedy for the rancher. It marked the beginning of a search for answers that has pointed directly to the grass on which the cows were grazing.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

TxDOT releases first rural transportation plan

by EMILY FOXHALL Small farm-to-market roads that once primarily took farmers to town and their children to country schools are now bustling with traffic, and the state’s transportation agency is developing a plan to serve the increasing...

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Audio: Drought, water and the future of Texas

Drought may be a part of life in Texas, but last year's crisis left an indelible mark on the state and raised tough questions about its future. In a special report on the 2011 drought, KUT News,...

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Decision frees cable companies to pursue state deals

Texas cable companies can break any contracts they have with cities and opt for state-issued deals instead, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that a 2005 Texas law...

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

A&M lands major federal biosecurity contract

A Texas A&M University System-led team has won a major federal contract to develop one of three new national centers — the only one led by a public university system — for developing and manufacturing medicine and...

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Audio: Study suggests Castle Doctrine increases homicides

States that embrace so-called Castle Doctrine laws experience a 7 to 9 percent increase in overall homicides, according to a new Texas A&M University study. ERA SUNDAR of KUT News reports on whether Texas' law is living...

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Heldenfels rips report on community colleges oversight

The report found that two existing entities, the coordinating board — which the San Marcos native oversees — and the Texas Association of Community Colleges, a nonprofit group that advocates for the state’s colleges, could serve as...

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Video: Rick Perry speech at Texas GOP convention

Courtesy of our friends at YNN Austin, full video of Gov. Rick Perry's speech Thursday morning at the state Republican Party convention in Fort Worth

Friday, June 8th, 2012

San Marcos keeps Stage 2 drought rules in place

San Marcos is continuing under Stage 2 drought restrictions as aquifer levels hovered around the Stage 2 trigger level despite more than six inches of rain in May.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

One in four Texas kids at risk of going hungry, study says

One in four Texas children was at risk of going hungry in 2010, according to a study released Monday by Feeding America, a charity focused on relieving hunger.

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