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Lawmaker Tied to Leach Seeks Opinion On Contracts

Posted: 05/03/2011 - A state lawmaker wants the Texas attorney general to consider whether private money given to public institutions, including large sums tied up in lucrative athletic contracts, should be controlled by legislators.

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Report: Hurricanes Pose Risk to 1.8M Homes

Posted: 05/03/2011 - More than 1.8 million homes along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts are at great risk of being damaged by a hurricane, three times the number located in federally defined flood zones.

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Ex-Postal Leader Gets Prison for Theft

Posted: 05/03/2011 - A former postal worker's leader in Houston is going to prison for faking hotel receipts after Hurricane Katrina and stealing union funds.

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UT System Top Urges More Enrollment and Less Tuition

Posted: 05/03/2011 - The top University of Texas System regent is suggesting increasing undergraduate enrollment by 10 percent each year for four years and cutting tuition system wide by about half.

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Dallas Area Teen Dies After Prom, Alcohol Related

Updated: 05/02/2011 - An 18-year-old student who attended a Dallas high school prom and then went to a party with friends has been found dead in a hotel of apparent alcohol poisoning.

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High Humidity Helping West Texas Fire Crews

Posted: 05/02/2011 - DALLAS (AP) - Higher humidity readings in West Texas have given an assist to crew battling wildfires in the arid reaches of West Texas.

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Man Must Spend Victim's Birthdays in Jail

Posted: 04/30/2011 - A 22-year-old man given a 10-year probationary term in an intoxication manslaughter case must spend the victim's birthdays in the Tarrant County jail.

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DPS Seizes Nearly Five Tons of Pot

Posted: 04/30/2011 - The Texas Department of Public Safety seized almost 5 tons of marijuana after an 18-wheeler crashed into a utility pole near downtown McAllen.

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Fires Still Causing Problems Across Texas

Posted: 04/30/2011 - Firefighters continued battling blazes across Texas, including a fire six miles southwest of Wichita Falls that prompted the evacuation of 500 homes and destroyed two houses.

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Rodeo Rider Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

Posted: 04/29/2011 - A 44-year-old Linden man known as the "Texas Kid" in his professional rodeo act has pleaded guilty to transportation of minors with intent to engage in illicit sexual activity.

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No Texas Market Manipulation During Feb. Storms

Posted: 04/29/2011 - An independent review of February electrical outages and power plant failures during freezing weather across Texas has found no evidence of market manipulation.

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Firefighters Fight 2 Day Old Texas Wildfire

Posted: 04/29/2011 - Firefighters continue to work to contain a wildfire that has scorched 8,200 acres in West Texas, burned a home and injured four firefighters.

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Texas House Approves Redistricting Bill

Updated: 04/29/2011 - Texas lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a redistricting bill to re-draw the lines for the House of Representatives.

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State Senators Approve Teacher Effectiveness Bill

Posted: 04/28/2011 - The Texas Senate has approved legislation meant to improve evaluation of the state's public school teachers and develop methods to help them succeed in the classroom.

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Auditor: Perry's Tech Fund Needs More Transparency

Posted: 04/28/2011 - The state auditor says in a new report that Gov. Rick Perry's Texas Emerging Technology Fund needs "significant improvements to promote greater transparency and accountability."

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