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Superintendents publicly criticize state testing

Posted: 05/22/2014 - DALLAS (AP) - Several Texas superintendents are publicly criticizing the state's standardized testing system in advance of the upcoming release of score results.

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Texas rules to combat zebra mussels extended statewide

Updated: 05/22/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Parks and Wildlife officials have expanded to the entire state a mandate that boaters on lakes and rivers drain their watercrafts to combat the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species.

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Debate invites latest tumult between Davis, Abbott

Posted: 05/21/2014 - DALLAS (AP) - Democrat Wendy Davis wants six debates across Texas before voters elect a new governor in November, but Republican Greg Abbott wants her to accept two proposals already on the table.

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Dewhurst raises only $1.6M as GOP runoff looms

Posted: 05/21/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has raised only about $1.6 million since late February, but lent himself nearly twice that while attempting to beat back a primary challenge from state Sen. Dan Patrick.

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DPS urges Texans to prepare for hurricane season

Posted: 05/21/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hurricane season doesn't start for another week-and-a-half, but the Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Texans - especially those near the coast - to begin preparing now for the approach of a hurricane.

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Texas nuke site increases monitoring of containers

Posted: 05/20/2014 - LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Workers at a West Texas nuclear waste disposal site are closely monitoring containers being stored there temporarily, a day after New Mexico officials said containers packed with organic kitty litter may pose a potentially "substantial" threat to public health.

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Drought forces park in Texas to use trucked water

Updated: 05/20/2014 - WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - Critical drought conditions in one North Texas city have forced an entertainment park to truck in well water for its slides and river float attraction.

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Perry sends Obama letter slamming energy policies

Updated: 05/19/2014 - HOUSTON (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has written a letter to President Barack Obama slamming his energy policies, EPA regulations and a lack of movement on whether to build a cross-border pipeline to carry crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

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Bush hosts Dallas conference on monetary policy

Posted: 05/19/2014 - DALLAS (AP) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he would like the history books to say he "did the best he could in tough circumstances."

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North Texas man indicted in beating of gay man

Posted: 05/16/2014 - FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a North Texas man on kidnapping and hate crime counts after authorities say he severely beat a gay man he met through an online service.

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University of North Texas addressing budget bind

Posted: 05/16/2014 - DENTON, Texas (AP) - Regents at the University of North Texas System have approved spending $1.35 million to a consulting firm to address financial problems at the Denton-based school.

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Perry aides enter grand jury room amid veto probe

Posted: 05/16/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Three top aides to Gov. Rick Perry have entered a grand jury room where a panel is investigating whether the governor abused the powers of his office with a 2013 veto.

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Perry to UT regents: Don't rush to raise tuition

Posted: 05/14/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Perry is again opposing tuition hikes within the University of Texas System as the flagship Austin campus proposes pushing the average semester cost past $5,000.

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Convicted killer of 2 stepsons loses appeal

Posted: 05/14/2014 - HOUSTON (AP) - Texas' highest criminal court has refused an appeal from a Dallas man sent to death row for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack that also killed his wife.

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