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Reaction to Train Plan Less Rosy in Rural Texas

texastribune.org — DALLAS - Steve Drake regularly makes the nearly four-hour drive from this city to Houston to visit his fiancée's family. So he was excited about the news that a private company intended to build a bullet train that would cut that trip to 90 minutes. "I'm passionate about this.
Nov 21, 2014

Meanwhile, opposition to the proposed Dallas to Houston line is growing among rural residents. texastribune.org/2014/11/21/rea…

Nov 21, 2014

Dallas and Houston excited about Texas bullet train plan, areas in between not so much #txlege texastribune.org/2014/11/21/rea…

In San Antonio, Ambitions Rise for Hispanic Democrats

texastribune.org — In the beginning, there were two Henrys. Henry B. González made history in 1961 by becoming the first Hispanic from Texas elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Twenty years later, Henry Cisneros followed, becoming the first Hispanic mayor of a major U.S. city when he was elected to lead San Antonio in 1981.
Nov 21, 2014

+1 RT @MorganSmith: Great piece from @alexazura on San Antonio’s history as political springboard for Hispanic Dems trib.it/1HrYrAJ

Nov 21, 2014

RT @MorganSmith: Great piece from @alexazura on San Antonio’s history as a political springboard for Hispanic Dems trib.it/1HrYrAJ #txlege

Nov 21, 2014

Great piece from @alexazura on San Antonio’s history as a political springboard for Hispanic Dems trib.it/1HrYrAJ #txlege

Nov 21, 2014

Nothing better illustrates SA's role as a springboard for Hispanic Dems than the current political turnover trib.it/1HrYrAJ #txlege

Drilling Brings Rise in Health Complaints

texastribune.org — Video: Watch ranchers use an infrared camera to hunt for dangerous emissions. Bradford Gilde, a Houston lawyer, stumbled across some unexpected evidence as he was preparing to sue Aruba Petroleum on behalf of a North Texas couple who believed fumes from the company's natural gas wells were making them sick.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @Jmalewitz: As drilling booms, so do health complaints – & rumblings about TX regulators' response texastribune.org/2014/11/21/dri… via @neenarepo…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Jmalewitz: As drilling booms, so do health complaints – & rumblings about TX regulators' response texastribune.org/2014/11/21/dri… via @neenarepo…

Nov 21, 2014

As drilling booms, so do health complaints – & rumblings about TX regulators' response texastribune.org/2014/11/21/dri… via @neenareports #ShaleLife

Nov 21, 2014

While drilling surges in TX, fines for violating environmental laws are few trib.it/1t8wNPw via @neenareports pic.twitter.com/ZtlPeEFWlo

Analysis: In the Texas House, a Dose of Moderation

texastribune.org — The rapidly fizzling challenge to House Speaker Joe Straus undercuts a noisy populist wing of the Republican Party in favor of an establishment hoping to quell what it regards as an unnecessary storm of temper tantrums and manufactured drama. In this provincial version of the divisions that the new Republican Congress could face, the establishment appears to be winning.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @rossramsey: The fizzling race for speaker of the House, and the two-party GOP… bit.ly/1tamTgb #txlege

Nov 21, 2014

The fizzling race for speaker of the House, and the two-party GOP… bit.ly/1tamTgb #txlege

West Ceremony: "We Were, and We Will Be"

texastribune.org — WEST - Side-by-side, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Bohuslav Sobotka - the prime minister of Czechoslovakia - dipped their shovels into a mound of Central Texas dirt and gently flung it forward. Officially, under Thursday's clear skies, the chief executives broke ground for a new gymnasium about 20 miles north of Waco.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @corriemac: .@Jmalewitz went to West, TX, and brought us kolaches, plus this great report on the town's recovery from disaster: trib.it/1vu6AkK

Nov 21, 2014

.@Jmalewitz went to West, TX, and brought us kolaches, plus this great report on the town's recovery from disaster: trib.it/1vu6AkK

Nov 21, 2014

Nice @Jmalewitz story on the groundbreaking of a gym in disaster-ravaged West, Texas: "We Were, and We Will Be": texastribune.org/2014/11/20/wes…

Nov 21, 2014

Never read a Nicholas Sparks novel but pretty sure the end of this @Jmalewitz piece is the premise to all of them texastribune.org/2014/11/20/wes…

Nov 21, 2014

ICYMI: At groundbreaking, town of West -- still rebuilding after explosion-- declares "We were, and we will be."texastribune.org/2014/11/20/wes…

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The Brief: Right and Left Critique Obama Immigration Action

texastribune.org — Action being taken by President Barack Obama to shield four million-plus undocumented immigrants from deportation will fall disproportionately on states like Texas. The Tribune's Julián Aguilar wrote that Texas has the second highest population of undocumented immigrants, with 1.46 million. The state trails just California in that statistic.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @eramshaw: The Brief: Right and Left Critique Obama Immigration Action trib.it/1xY665j via @TexasTribune

Nov 21, 2014

The Brief: Right and Left Critique Obama Immigration Action trib.it/1xY665j via @TexasTribune

Publisher Pulls Textbook From SBOE Consideration

texastribune.org — A major publisher has decided to withdraw a social studies textbook under consideration for approval in Texas amid ongoing controversy over last-minute content changes. Houghton Mifflin pulled its U.S.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @TexasTribune: Publisher pulls textbook from State Board of Education consideration over last-minute changes trib.it/1taqsTG pic.twitter.com/TPo2bY3GIC

Obama Immigration Plan Could Affect Thousands in Texas

texastribune.org — President Obama on Thursday made good on his promise and said he will use his executive authority to grant millions of undocumented immigrants a work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings. About an hour before his official announcement, the White House released a fact sheet that detailed how more than 4 million people - specifically the undocumented parents of legal residents or U.S.

DuPont Tragedy One of Many Toxic Gas Releases

texastribune.org — A Saturday morning tragedy introduced Texans to an invisible killer. Methyl mercaptan, a foul-smelling gas, overwhelmed five workers at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte on Nov. 15, killing four - including two brothers - and sending another to the hospital. Such rapid deaths from toxic chemical exposure are rare, experts say.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @eramshaw Since ’09, TX manufacturers have reported >19 releases of chemical responsible for DuPont tragedy texastribune.org/2014/11/20/gas…

Nov 20, 2014

Since ’09, TX manufacturers have reported >19 releases of methyl mercaptan — chemical responsible for DuPont tragedy texastribune.org/2014/11/20/gas…

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Former Senator, UT Counsel Ray Farabee Passes Away

texastribune.org — Ray Farabee, who parlayed success as a Wichita Falls attorney into subsequent careers in the Texas Senate and the University of Texas System, died on Thursday. He was 81 years old. Farabee was first elected to the Senate in 1975. He represented the North Texas-based Senate District 30 as a Democrat through seven legislative sessions.
Nov 21, 2014

Former Senator, UT Counsel Ray Farabee Passes Away trib.it/1z0bLpV

Nov 20, 2014

@TexasTribune: Longtime state senator and UT counsel Ray Farabee passes away. trib.it/1z0bLpV

Panetti Attorneys File Stay Request With CCA

texastribune.org — Attorneys for schizophrenic death row inmate Scott Louis Panetti on Thursday asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to halt his impending Dec. 3 execution, claiming their client is too incompetent to be legally put to death. "This is not a last-minute filing designed to delay the execution," wrote Kathryn Kase of Houston, Panetti's volunteer attorney.
Nov 21, 2014

Attorneys for Mentally Ill Texas Inmate File Request For Execution Stay trib.it/1x7h18V via @TexasTribune

Van de Putte Resigning to Run for San Antonio Mayor

texastribune.org — Two weeks after losing her bid for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte on Wednesday night announced that she was running for mayor of San Antonio and would not finish her term at the Texas Capitol. "I'm running for mayor. I'm coming home," Van de Putte said in an interview with KSAT-TV.
Nov 20, 2014

Updated story from last night w/ @leticiavdp intrvw (inclu explanation for "under no circumstance" comment) trib.it/1uKNa9o #txlege

Nov 20, 2014

.@leticiavdp told @alexazura that @mikevillarreal’s candidacy was “not a factor in her decision” texastribune.org/2014/11/19/van…

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The Brief: Van de Putte Will Pursue Mayoral Bid

texastribune.org — State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte will run for mayor of her hometown of San Antonio, she confirmed Wednesday night. Her action creates another vacancy in the San Antonio legislative delegation and will likely spur a contest among Democrats to move up a rung and take the Senate seat held by Van de Putte since 1999.

TribCast: Speaker Status, Incentives and More Elections

texastribune.org — Reeve, Ross, Emily and Aman discuss the status of the race to be Texas House speaker, the latest on Gov. Rick Perry's indictment, concerns about economic incentive programs and a coming cascade of elections.

Report: EPA Power Plan Would Save Texas Water

texastribune.org — As state regulators fret about how President Obama's effort to combat climate change would affect the Texas power grid, a new study says the rules would be simpler to adopt than those regulators suggest - and that it would save the state billions of gallons of water annually.

Audio: Assessing the Perry Legacy

texastribune.org — Two of Gov. Rick Perry's top former aides, GOP strategists Deirdre Delisi and Rob Johnson, sit down with two Democrats, consultant Harold Cook and Rep. Donna Howard of Austin, to size up Perry's legacy after 14 years as Texas governor.

Dismay Rises as Border Agent Hiring Bogs Down

texastribune.org — A massive security breach and failure rates on polygraph tests are slowing down the hiring of 2,000 new Customs and Border Protection agents, sowing frustration among lawmakers and business owners who were expecting quicker results.
Nov 19, 2014

Border Agent Applicants Failing Polygraph Tests, Slowing Hiring, Frustrating Lawmakers. trib.it/1HhbxjY via @TexasTribune

Nov 19, 2014

Massive security breach & failure rates on polygraph tests are slowing down the hiring of 2K new CBP agents trib.it/1HhbxjY #txborder

Nov 19, 2014

RT @eramshaw: Security breach, polygraph failures slowing hiring of 2,000 new Customs & Border Protection agents trib.it/1HhbxjY via…

Nov 19, 2014

Security breach, polygraph failures slowing hiring of 2,000 new Customs & Border Protection agents trib.it/1HhbxjY via @NachoAguilar

Meet the New Guys: A Conversation With Incoming Members of the Texas Senate

texastribune.org — Join us for coffee and conversation with three members of the incoming Texas Senate.
Nov 19, 2014

Confirmed: I’ll sit down with @vantaylortx @konniburton @creightonfortx at the Austin Club on 12/11. RSVP: texastribune.org/events/2014/de… #txlege

North Texas District Grapples With Immigrant Influx

texastribune.org — Immigration is transforming Texas and its suburbs. Take North Texas' Grapevine-Colleyville school district, where over the last decade the student population has shrunk but the number of English language learners has climbed by 60 percent.
Nov 19, 2014

Grapevine-Colleyville schools in North Texas grapple with immigrant influx | trib.it/1yRhBK2 via @TexasTribune