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3 hrs ago | Star-Telegram.com
Texas has racked up $23 billion in road debt, and will spend an estimated $31 billion retiring it over the next two decades, lawmakers said. That financial burden is a big reason why elected leaders and transportation advocates are pushing for Proposition 1, a constitutional amendment that would allow part of Texas' oil and gas revenue to be spent on road and bridge projects.
7 hrs ago | Marine News
Commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission Tuesday visited several south Texas border oil and gas facilities and pipeline rights-of-way to meet with field staff, operators, law enforcement and security officials to examine the vulnerability of Texas' critical industry infrastructure. "While oil and gas operators take every precaution to limit any threat to their equipment and product, the unfettered flow of illegal aliens complicates their efforts," said Porter.
11 hrs ago | Amarillo.com
As part of a National Child Passenger Safety Week campaign, Texas Department of Transportation is reminding drivers the agency offers free child safety seat checks year-round. Additionally, a recent study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found nearly 40 percent of children riding in Texas vehicles are either improperly buckled or not buckled at all.
For most of this year, the Dallas lawmaker, one of only three Hispanic Republicans in the 150-member Texas House of Representatives, has been touring the state periodically to deliver this stern warning to fellow Republicans: Embrace the rapidly growing Hispanic population or be prepared to become the minority party again. "Hispanics are Republicans - they just don't know it yet," Villalba recently told the Republican Women of Gregg County in East Texas, the Longview News-Journal reported.
Instead of passively waiting to see what the market brings, Arlington city leaders may snap up a $7.6 million plot of state land along Interstate 30 to exert more control over what is eventually built there. The Texas Department of Transportation no longer needs the 18-acre site at the northwest corner of Interstate 30 and Collins Street, which has been a maintenance facility.
The decision of Texas Gov. Rick Perry to station National Guard troops on the border with Mexico "is not only disagreeable" but "reprehensible," Mexican President Enrique PeA a Nieto said in an interview published Friday. Such a policy has no part "in the spirit of cordiality and friendship between two countries," he told El Universal newspaper.
The Texas Department of Public Safety released two reports on September 11 dealing with significant crime issues related to Texas' unsecured border with Mexico. The first report deals with a summary of what the DPS is calling "border-related incidents".
In an effort to close the big gap between herself and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis has executed an early October surprise - a tactic often used by candidates in the closing days of a losing campaign. Instead of the usual last-minute revelation of something that is supposed to put an opponent on the defensive while catapulting themselves into the lead, Davis has instead played the sympathy card.
Since 2002, the Texas Supreme Court has issued several opinions on how the courts may interpret the Texas Whistleblower Act. Up until the latest opinion, released Aug. 22, their decisions were a fair reading of what the act says.
Texas actually has a quite different - and more damaging - problem. The state can have no genuine confidence that many Texans will turn out to vote at all.
In November, Texans will have a unique opportunity to improve highways across the Lone Star State. Proposition 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would add billions in reliable transportation funding - an estimated $1.4 billion in the first year alone - without new taxes, fees or debt.
The skies over South Texas are about to get a lot more crowded after drone researchers at a Texas university were granted more airspace to test and fly their unmanned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved a new range for the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, providing the researchers with around 290 flying days a year over mountains, high deserts, agriculture, coastal and maritime topographies, including the Gulf of Mexico and other virtually unpopulated regions.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops along the border is "unpleasant" and "reprehensible." Last month's deployment had previously drawn Mexico's ire.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's deployment of National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexican border is "reprehensible" and puts neighborly relations at risk, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in an interview published on Friday. Perry, considered a possible contender for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination, in July ordered up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border, citing an influx of child migrants from Central America and drug cartel criminality.
This Jan. 10, 2006 photo shows Prada Marfa, an art installation, in Valentine, Texas. The state of Texas is backing off its claim that the Prada Marfa is an illegal roadside advertisement, and an agreement has been reached with the designers of the famous art installation that will allow it to remain on site in rural West Texas.
U.S. President and Commander in Chief Barack Obama on Wednesday night held a prime-time televised address to the American people, which was admittedly designed to explain to the people that the President actually has a strategy for taking on the threat posed by the Islamic State . That strategy entails air strikes and promises of coalition ground forces increasing in Iraq, as well as the possibility of the U.S. extending bombing missions to include Islamic State forces in Syria.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 03:09 pm
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