Posted: 09/14/2006 - A governor's race with two independent candidates isn't enough to entice Dallas billionaire Ross Perot to get involved in a campaign again. The man who twice ran for president as a third-party candidate tells The Dallas Morning News he's staying out of politics and sticking with issues.
Posted: 09/14/2006 - Tom DeLay's lawyer calls it "just another bump in the road." The highest criminal appeals court in Texas says it will consider reinstating a conspiracy charge against the former US House Republican Leader.
Posted: 09/14/2006 - Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst plans to push for tougher penalties for child molesters during the 2007 legislative session. Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, will encourage lawmakers to pass a version of Florida's "Jessica's Law."
Posted: 09/14/2006 - US House Republicans seeking to get tough on illegal immigration plan a new vote Thursday on a border fence proposal. The bill calls for building more than 700 miles of double-layered fencing along the nearly two-thousand-mile border with Mexico.
Posted: 09/13/2006 - A study finds that the majority of Bible courses being offered as electives at Texas high schools are devotional and sectarian in their approach. The yearlong study by the Texas Freedom Network found the courses do not teach about the Bible in a historical or literary context as is required under state law.
Posted: 09/13/2006 - Supporters of Ellington Field say a plan to retire 17 fighter jets there would jeopardize the defense of the Houston Ship Channel and area petrochemical plants. The Defense Department's Base Realignment and Closure Commission has recommended that the Air National Guard jets be retired from the Houston airport to help cut expenses.
Posted: 09/13/2006 - Atlantis astronauts Dan Burbank and Steve MacLean are expected to venture outside the shuttle Wednesday. Two of their colleagues ventured outside the shuttle Tuesday and started hooking up a 45-foot addition to the international space station. That's the first since construction was put on hold following the Columbia disaster in 2003.
Posted: 09/13/2006 - Blame it on the lingering drought. The dry spell is a big reason behind the US Department of Agriculture predicting a 35 percent drop in Texas cotton production, compared to last year.
Updated: 09/12/2006 - Brazos County Commissioners have approved this year's budget, but it didn't come without a few disapproving remarks. County Judge Randy Sims voted against the budget, which is roughly 5 percent higher than last year's, because of several amendments approved Tuesday morning.
Posted: 09/12/2006 - Brazos County Commissioners have declared the week of September 10-16 as National Preparedness Week. The declaration coincides with the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001. The Texas Cooperative Extension proposed the declaration because they say the organization recognizes a great deal has changed since 9/11, and residents are more aware of the devastation caused by unexpected disasters.
Posted: 09/12/2006 - Residents of three overwhelmingly Hispanic counties along the Texas-Mexico border enjoy some of the longest life spans in the state. Hidalgo and Cameron counties ranked first and second when it comes to Texas residents and life expectancy, living an average of 80-point-two and 80-point-one years, respectively.
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