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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Policy shift in Mexico seen as push for soveriegnty

Security initiatives recently announced by the Mexican government suggest that the country may move to reaffirm its sovereignty and focus less on the interests of the U.S. and other foreign countries, a former assistant special agent at the Department of Homeland Security said.

Monday, December 31st, 2012

In Mexico, a new plan to end drug violence

The tank that has stood at the entrance to this Mexican border city since 2008 was not here on Christmas Eve. Neither was the machine gun turret that pointed down this gritty town’s main street.

Monday, December 17th, 2012

State encouraged to use arts as economic development

Just south of the river that runs through this West Texas city, Howard Taylor stood in front of a row of brightly painted buildings on a leafy brick sidewalk that will soon be dotted with streetlamps.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Commentary: Tackle the water crisis

— COMMENTARY by LAURA HUFFMAN During the last legislative session here in Texas, about 6,000 bills were filed. Fewer than 1,400 of them were passed. That’s a lot of legislative traffic with very low odds of success....

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Audio: Will U.S. try to snuff out state marijuana laws?

The Justice Department has a big decision to make.

Monday, November 19th, 2012

What if Bush leapfrogged other Texas Republicans?

If you are, like many political journalists, a fight promoter at heart, you can make out faint rumblings about something bigger. What if George P. Bush wanted to run for governor in 2014?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Petitioners renew talk of Texas secession

Following President Barack Obama's re-election last week, the White House has received nearly two dozen petitions asking his administration to allow individual states to secede peacefully from the United States of America. The leading petition, by far,...

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Audio: In Texas, extreme weather is the new normal

Increasingly hot summers and new extreme weather patterns have helped activists raise awareness of climate change. But in Texas, weather that once would have been considered extreme has become commonplace. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Texas cities differ on texting-while-driving bans

Austin and San Antonio are among 28 cities that have banned some degree of cellphone use while driving.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Board proposes major overhaul of TEXAS Grants program

TEXAS Grants, the state’s primary need-based financial aid program for college students, could get a major retooling next session if lawmakers follow new recommendations by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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