| Jan 31, 2012
The state Legislature heads back to work in less than a year, and the state’s improving economy won't likely save legislators from the protracted budget battle that awaits them.
The state ended 2011 with about $1.6 billion more in...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 3:30 PM
Good news for people who still have homes that are under water, and we’re not talking about flooding. More than 40 states have agreed to a nationwide settlement with the nation’s five biggest banks. That agreement would force Bank of America,...
| Feb 11, 2012
For several months, Stacy Smith has tried to coax her newly-adopted collie out from under the desk in Smith's Flower Mound office, but the dog won't budge. Smith says Emme was rescued from an alleged puppy mill and is now fearful of humans after being...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 1:01 PM
Payday lenders are about to come under the microscope.
New laws aimed at curbing predatory lending take effect this week, meaning payday and auto title loan businesses will have to be licensed by the state and post a schedule of fees in...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 12:28 PM
The Texas Legislature has cut $15 billion out of its budget for the next two years, affecting virtually every state agency and almost all state services. Bluebonnet Trails, a mental health services provider based in Williamson County,...
| Feb 20, 2012
Despite polls showing overwhelming public support and endorsements from celebrities like Lance Armstrong, efforts to establish a statewide workplace smoking ban have fallen flat in recent sessions of the Texas Legislature. But a state...
| Feb 21, 2012
| 3:36 PM
The Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on the future of affirmative action at the nation’s colleges and universities, agreeing to hear an appeal from a white student in Texas who seeks an end to "racial preferences" in college admissions.
| Mar 16, 2012
| 11:35 AM
Redrawing Congressional voting district maps is never easy. But in Texas, in the midst of this election year, the already contentious process has been made even more volatile with its mix of race and politics.
When 2010 Census numbers showed that Texas's...
| Aug 16, 2011
Adam Rivera can quickly tell you which small packages inside the smoke shop he manages in Bedford are the hot sellers.
"We sell a lot of this product," Rivera, who operates The Dragon's Breath, said.
Rivera says the botanical incense sold under...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 4:05 PM
He says he doesn't believe in evolution or global warming. But there's one science Rick Perry is 100% behind, adult stem cell treatment.
The governor pushed a bill through the Texas Legislature in June to get his own doctor's company, Celltex...
| May 13, 2011
Bryson Lewis plays the trumpet to fill a void. The Lancaster sophomore isn't able to do what other teenagers can because of a rare syndrome. Lewis has no kidneys and undergoes 10 hours each day of dialysis. For two years he has waited for a kidney and the...
| May 16, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Just like the Texas Legislature, school districts have deadlines to meet in setting budgets for the fall.
“Yes, there’s some very important deadlines that are fast-approaching, actually,” said Jackie Lain, head of the...