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Crime and politics

An "ecstatic" Tom DeLay dances away scot free after all: Conviction overturned, no jail time

By Tyler Rudick

The Third Court of Appeals in Austin overturned the conviction of one-time U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who was found guilty for his involvement in a financial scheme to influence Tex ...


Brew News

Brewpub freedom: Texas House loosens craft beer restrictions; Gov. Perry will decide

By Jonathan Rienstra

The sudsy five-some of beer laws that entered the state legislature earlier this spring passed through the Texas House this week. Now they are just waiting for Gov. Rick Perry to shoot off his gun ...


By Law

The finest pecan pie anywhere: Texas' new official state pie is best enjoyed at these restaurants

By Whitney Radley

While there are pressing matters of water rights and school funding on the table during the Texas Legislature's 83rd session, lawmakers opted to pass a more light-hearted measure: HCR ...


It Can Wait, Houston

Upping the "cool" factor: Mayor Parker teams with Bun B to discourage texting while driving

By Whitney Radley

Mayor Annise Parker has been a vocal proponent of legislation to ban texting while driving — and even as proposed bills await passage from Texas lawmakers (a similar one was stamped ...


Legislating It

Texas and Texas A&M could be forced to renew their football rivalry and play every year again

By Whitney Radley

As if the Texas Legislature didn't have enough important on its plate during the 83rd biennial session, what with across-the-board budget shortfalls and statewide water shortages, a state ...


Road Rules

Close-to-home fatality reopens the debate: Should Texas ban texting and driving?

By Whitney Radley

Early Wednesday morning, Chandler Small, a 19-year-old Montgomery County native and a student Texas A&M University, was returning to College Station from a visit to friends at Sam Houston State ...


Nearly $600 million saved

Crayolas but not computers: Tax-free weekend is the Christmas of back-to-school shopping

By Whitney Radley

The smell of a freshly-sharpened No. 2 pencil certainly has its place in heralding the start of a new school year, but for over a decade, perhaps nothing has done more to signal impending classroom ...


Just In Time

A win for Texas women: State blocked from cutting off Planned Parenthood funding (for now)

By Whitney Radley

In early 2012, Governor Rick Perry and Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Tom Suehs signed on a rule to exclude the state's Planned Parenthood affiliates from the federally-funde ...


An Ignorant Rule?

Planned Parenthood refuses to cow down to Rick Perry: Sues Texas to keep clinics open

By Whitney Radley

The so-called "war on women" continues — but as we all know, ladies won't go down without a fight.  On Wednesday, Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a federal la ...


A place for political junkies

New interactive site "Virtual Dome" is an online walk through the Capitol, complete with chatter

By Karen Brooks Harper

The Texas Legislature is a year away, as are the parties and hallway chatter and politically savvy downtown happy hour crowds and raucous floor debates.  This is usually the time that junk ...


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