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Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Video: In tough new ad, Paul plays Texan card

Showing no signs of quitting the 2012 race, Ron Paul is attacking his Republican rivals in a new ad as a "debt-raising fiscal liberal," a "moon colony guy" and a "moderate from Massachusetts" — and playing up his Texanness.

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Audio: Drought deepens worries over aging farmer population

by MOSE BUCHELE The U.S. is losing a generation of family farmers that may not be replaced, according to national agriculture statistics. And as Mose Buchele of KUT News reports for StateImpact Texas, the drought may be...

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Campus carry debate likely to return next session

The wrangling over the hot-button issue of allowing concealed firearms on college campuses has roiled the Texas Capitol for multiple sessions and is likely to return in 2013. The chief proponent of the allowing concealed carry is...

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Texas farms watered crops knowing they wouldn’t grow

Last summer, during the height of the drought, West Texas farmers kept watering their cotton crops despite knowing they wouldn't grow. They needed to do so to qualify for federal crop insurance.

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Audio: Drought could linger for years

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples talked with us about why there is still reason to worry even if rain has plentiful in recent weeks.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Outcomes-based Higher Ed funding plan moves forward

Last legislative session, efforts to alter the state's funding model for public higher education by tying a portion of it to student success rather than student enrollment stalled. But House Bill 9, authored by state Rep. Dan...

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Despite increased restrictions, urban water use climbs across Texas

During 2011, one of the driest years on record in Texas, residents of some of the largest cities increased their water usage — despite the widespread adoption of restrictions on lawn-watering.

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Feds will not renew women’s health program

The federal government will not renew the Women's Health Program, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in Houston on Friday, the day after Gov. Rick Perry announced Texas would continue the program with or...

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Audio: Another hot summer in Texas may bring rolling blackouts

In a new report, the state's electric grid operator has predicted another summer of above-average heat. And as Mose Buchele of KUT News reports for StateImpact Texas, that means Texans can expect another summer of close calls....

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Audio: Effects of Texas groundwater ruling still unclear

Legal experts and property owners are still digesting the ramifications of a Texas Supreme Court ruling that landowners own the water beneath their land.

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