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Capitol Recap

Bills to ban texting while driving and start Homemade Pie Day make way through Texas legislature

By Katie Friel

While the rest of us are waiting in SXSW lines, drinking free Lone Star and hoping to run into Justin Timberlake in Austin, our dutiful legislators are still working hard. Last Friday marked the de ...

Bored With Your Stuff?

Tricks of the trade: Refresh your space — on any budget — and fall in love with your home again

By Karon Karter

This time of year, we always become antsy to start anew — and that includes refreshing our abodes. For these sorts of problems, we turn to a pro, like Bill Lawrence of William & ...

Homestate Glory

Texas takes another top business honor, but national mag wonders if the focus makes education suffer

By Whitney Radley

Texas has been named — again and again and again and again,  almost ad nauseam— a great state for doing business.  And our business savvy has been reconfirmed ye ...

Getting It Done

Houston Grand Opera pulls off a balanced budget in hard art times

By Whitney Radley

In times of economic instability, slashed budgets and financial shortfalls are all too common. The fine arts are oftentimes the hardest hit, so it's refreshing to hear that some organizations p ...

The Toll

Last summer's drought cost Texas $253.1 million before the wildfires: $7.62 billion in lost crops overall

By Whitney Radley

Last summer's drought and resulting wildfires were devastating, and the financial toll should come as no surprise. Still, a report recently released by the Texas' Legislative Budge ...

save $ in 2012

The best time to buy anything: Shopping strategically brings bargains & January's a big month

By Samantha Pitchel

Got your eye on a new laptop, but worried the price will drop right after you shell out the cash? Avoid those wish-I-waited moments with Lifehacker’s annual “Best Time to Buy Anything&r ...

$380 billion in savings?

Green Scissors brings the left and right together on a budget-cutting mission against subsidies

By Karen Brooks Harper

From federal beach projects to loan guarantees for a South Texas nuclear site, the United States can cut some $380 billion out of its budget and help clean up the environment at the same time, a co ...

Forming new opinions

Texas Tribune's "festival of ideas" brings leaders together to tackle state's problems

By Karen Brooks Harper

Noisy and alcohol-soaked and covered in mud? Not even close. No live bands and not a single festival chair in sight. But then again, a political “festival of ideas” is a little diff ...

Turning the page

Read it & weep: Hipstrict libraries get their Saturday hours back, but at what cost?

By Steven Thomson

The public outcry that followed the April 2010 decision that all but two Houston library branches would be closed on Saturdays has paid off — sort of. As part of the 2012 budget, Houston Publ ...

Budget Breakdown

Senate hope: Texas arts commission advocates 53-percent cut in its own budget to survive

By Steven Thomson

The Texas Senate has passed its proposed 2012-13 budget, and while the Texas Commission for the Arts (TCA) originally anticipated that the bill would cut funding by a severe 50 percent, an addition ...

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