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3 hrs ago | Star-Telegram.com

Texas overwhelmed by road debt

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.

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7 hrs ago | Marine News

Porter Voices Concerns Over Texas Pipelines

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.

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Related Topix: Texas, US News, Illegal Immigration, Terrorism

11 hrs ago | Amarillo.com

TxDOT offers child safety seat checks

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.

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15 hrs ago | Tyler Morning Telegraph

Don't roll the dice on more gambling

Gambling is a bad bet for Texas. We shouldn't tempt those among us who are liable to slip into destructive habits that will lead to no good.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Amarillo.com

Lawmaker: Texas GOP must court Latinos

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.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, US News, Texas, Gregg County, TX, Longview, TX

Star-Telegram.com

Arlington weighs $7.6 million land deal

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.

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Hispanically Speaking

Enrique Pena Nieto Criticizes Use of American Troops on Texas Border

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.

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Related Topix: Texas, Prison, Rick Perry, US Governors

Breitbart.com

DPS Reports on Border Crimes Detail Child Sex Trafficking, Border Agent's Murder

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".

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Star-Telegram.com

Richard Greene: Sympathy vote not enough for Wendy Davis

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.

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Off the Kuff

Voter ID trial testimony ends

Lawyers from the Texas attorney general's office presented witnesses Wednesday in federal court defending the state voter ID law as necessary and attempting to rebuff claims that it is discriminatory. The state's case in the federal trial, now in its second week, relies in part on the written testimony, read in court, of Republican state legislators.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Texas, US House of Representatives, Representative Marc Veasey, Democrat, University of Georgia, Rick Perry, US Governors

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Examiner.com

The Texas Whistleblower Act and the end of 'good faith'

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.

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MySanAntonio.com

On voter ID, same tired arguments

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.

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Business Journal

Opinion: Prop 1 will maintain Texas roads without putting burden on taxpayers

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.

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Fox News

FAA approves runway for drones in Texas

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.

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Related Topix: US News, Texas, Federal Aviation Administration, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX

Stars and Stripes

Mexican president condemns Texas' guard deployment

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.

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Reuters

Mexico President slams Texas governor over border crackdown

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.

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ABC News

APNewsBreak: Texas Will Allow Prada Marfa to Stay

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.

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Examiner.com

President's ISIS speech fails to mention plan to protect homeland

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.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, Rick Perry, US Governors, Texas, Illegal Immigration, US News

Wall Street Journal

Flashy Trial Lawyer Leads Perry's Defense

While Texas Gov. Rick Perry travels the world in preparation for another potential presidential run, he is relying on a colorful, cigar-smoking trial lawyer to fend off criminal charges back home.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

Dallas Morning News

North Texas traffic planners back off idea of toll lanes on Central

Cars pack Central Expressway's main lanes just north of LBJ Freeway, while a handful of drivers use the carpool lanes that run down the middle of the highway and connect to LBJ. The Regional Transportation Council on Thursday backed off plans for tolls on Central Expressway's car pool lanes amid hopes that state lawmakers will finally shore up transportation funding shortfalls next year.

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