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Friday, June 1st, 2012

Report on electric grid cites concerns with reserves

A 135-page report by a Massachusetts-based consulting group adds to the mounting body of analysis that the Texas electric grid does not have adequate reserves for future years, and it outlines ways to address the problem.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Texas’ energy use could exceed capacity by 2022

Some Texans could face blackouts in 10 years as a result of electricity shortages, according to a report released Tuesday by the power grid operator for most of the state.

Friday, May 18th, 2012

How does Texas State tuition compare to others?

The cost of college in Texas is back at center stage, following speculation over the last week that University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers' job was in jeopardy over his public disappointment with University of...

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Higher Ed Coordinating Board releases new almanac

Texas higher education officials released the state's second annual higher education almanac on Tuesday, a publication designed to provide easily digestible information on every public college and university in the state, including average tuition and fees, students'...

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Audio: In Texas, price of oil hits a sweet spot

In Texas right now, gas prices are high enough to boost the oil industry but not high enough to hurt demand. Dave Fehling of KUHF News reports for StateImpact Texas on how the "Goldilocks price" — not...

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Texas inmate has long history of running for office

A Texas inmate on Tuesday picked up a surprising 41 percent of the vote in the West Virginia Democratic primary against President Barack Obama, who finished with 59 percent. His surprising popularity has generated national media attention,...

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Business group joins school finance lawsuit

The Texas Association of Business announced today that it will join a school finance lawsuit against the state, demanding a study of Texas school system efficiency.

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Audio: Ron Paul still pushing to win Texas

Ron Paul hasn't won a single state in the 2012 Republican primary season. And yet Thursday's rally in the shadow of the LBJ Library at the University of Texas rivaled any crowds Mitt Romney or President Obama...

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Neighbors often kill low-income housing efforts

Plans to build a low-income apartment complex for seniors in one of San Antonio’s most fashionable neighborhoods had been posted for barely a week in January when the fury began.

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Audio: Receding Texas drought exposes rural-urban split

Recent rains have improved drought conditions in Central and East Texas, but rural West Texas continues to struggle. Mose Buchele of KUT News reports for StateImpact Texas on what happens when cities see rain while rural lands...

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