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  • Waitress Says Rush Limbaugh Tipped Her $1,000 on Two Occasions — Here’s What She Did With the Money Just to Spite Him

    Waitress Says Rush Limbaugh Tipped Her $1,000 on Two Occasions — Here’s What She Did With the Money Just to Spite Him

    Photo: AP/Chris Carlson A waitress turned author claims she received two generous tips of $1,000 on two separate occasions from conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh — but she couldn’t find it in herself to keep the “blood money.” Instead, she allegedly donated a “sizable chunk” of Limbaugh’s $2,000 tip to… Read More »
  • The Other Prop. 1: State prop. gets overshadowed by electoral hot topics

    The Other Prop. 1: State prop. gets overshadowed by electoral hot topics

    PHOTO BY JOHN ANDERSON There's a multibillion-dollar transportation initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot. No, not that one. While Aus­tinites mull building a new rail system, also on the ballot will beState Proposition 1, which could put $1.5 bil­lion a year into road repair and maintenance. And chances are good that… Read More »
  • Texas lawmaker failed to disclose his own clout letter in UT flap

    Texas lawmaker failed to disclose his own clout letter in UT flap

    AP Photo/Eric Gay The co-chair of a legislative committee that investigated University of Texas regent Wallace Hall failed to disclose his conflict of interest in his conduct of the investigation: he had written one of the clout letters at issue in the controversy. When Hall began asking questions about legislators… Read More »
  • Is the conservative press legitimate? Texas speaker wants a rule

    Is the conservative press legitimate? Texas speaker wants a rule

    Photo from Texas Legislature Texas House Speaker Joe Straus wants a committee of journalists to decide which reporters are “legitimate” so the Legislature can limit Capitol access to sufficiently apolitical reporters. Straus made his suggestion to Ross Ramsey, executive editor of the Texas Tribune, during a public interview at TribFest,… Read More »
  • Dwaine Caraway says he has the votes on Dallas City Council to rename Lancaster Road for Nelson Mandela

    Dwaine Caraway says he has the votes on Dallas City Council to rename Lancaster Road for Nelson Mandela

    Photo: David Woo/ The Dallas Morning News Staff photographer On Wednesday the Dallas City Council will vote on council member Dwaine Caraway’s proposal to rename a six-mile stretch of Lancaster Road in honor of late South African president Nelson Mandela. He will need the support of three-fourths of the council.… Read More »
  • Abbott’s hard push for Hispanic votes has an eye to future

    Abbott’s hard push for Hispanic votes has an eye to future

    Photo: KXAS-TV (NBC5) Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott set their first debate in the Rio Grande Valley, where Abbott has visited more than a dozen times. EDINBURG — From billboards on high featuring his Latina mother-in-law to the ground game of knocking on doors, Greg Abbott this weekend is continuing an… Read More »
  • Migrant children, in limbo, settle across Texas, U.S.

    Migrant children, in limbo, settle across Texas, U.S.

    Photo: ROBERT CALZADA Since last October, more than 66,000 children from Central America have illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without parents — a steady flow that has overwhelmed Border Patrol agents and federal social workers who, following the law, dispersed the children to cities across the nation. Their arrival overflowed short-term… Read More »
  • Angry crowd opposes tollway link between Bush Turnpike, I-30

    Angry crowd opposes tollway link between Bush Turnpike, I-30

    Lara Solt/Dallasnews.com Staff Photographer ROCKWALL — A large and often angry crowd provided almost unanimous opposition Monday night to a proposed toll road that would link Bush Turnpike with Interstate 30 near Greenville. Neal Barker of the Texas Turnpike Corp. was interrupted repeatedly at the nearly full 1,500-seat Rockwall High… Read More »
  • Voter ID finishes Corpus Christi stage today

    Voter ID finishes Corpus Christi stage today

    Photo: MICHAEL ZAMORA CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas’ attorneys and opponents of the state’s voter ID law will make their final pleas to U.S. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Monday, but it’s unlikely that Ramos will have the final say on the matter because the case is expected to be appealed. By… Read More »
  • Tuberculosis tests on Providence babies start today

    Tuberculosis tests on Providence babies start today

    Photo: Rudy Gutierrez--El Paso Times El Paso health officials today will begin testing babies who may have been exposed to tuberculosis at Providence Memorial Hospital over a 12-month period. The El Paso Department of Public Health will begin doing TB skin tests at its main offices at 5115 El Paso… Read More »
  • A new, sillier ‘battle of the Alamo’

    A new, sillier ‘battle of the Alamo’

    Photo: MSN File As we've been reminded in several instances this year, far-right paranoia surrounding the United Nations can get a little unnerving, at times, even counter-productive to U.S. interests. But once in a while, the manifestation of this paranoia can get a little silly. Recently, for example, the United Nations Educational, Scientific… Read More »
  • Perry Declares His Legacy

    Perry Declares His Legacy

    The Associated Press  Republican Gov. Rick Perry says Texas adequately funded public schools on his watch and still believes in offering in-state tuition rates to students who are living in the country without legal permission. Perry on Sunday sat for a wide-ranging interview at the Texas Tribune Festival about the… Read More »
  • SpaceX To Break Ground On Texas Rocket Launch Site

    SpaceX To Break Ground On Texas Rocket Launch Site

    Photo: AP File  Gov. Rick Perry will attend as SpaceX breaks ground on the state's southernmost tip for the company's first commercial site for orbital launches. The Monday ceremony will mark the start of construction of the $85 million site at Boca Chica Beach, east of Brownsville. The site will… Read More »
  • Opinion: Are We Prepared For An ISIS Threat At The U.S.-Mexico Border?

    Opinion: Are We Prepared For An ISIS Threat At The U.S.-Mexico Border?

    By Nelson Balido The president’s recent address on the threat of the Islamic State terrorist group and its effect on U.S. security resulted in a mixed bag of post-speech analysis and commentary, and it should affect the way policymakers consider U.S.-Mexico border security in the future. The departing director of… Read More »
  • Straus Says He’s “Awfully Sick” of UT Regents Drama

    Straus Says He’s “Awfully Sick” of UT Regents Drama

    Photo by: Bob Daemmrich *Correction appended. Speaking at the University of Texas at Austin on Saturday, House Speaker Joe Straus said he's "awfully sick" of the drama between regents and legislators that is making it the "only campus in the state of Texas that gets this much attention." "I think we're hopefully about… Read More »
  • Weeks After Davis Revelation, Dukes Says She Had Abortion

    Weeks After Davis Revelation, Dukes Says She Had Abortion

    Photo: The Texas Tribune  *Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. Two weeks after news emerged that state Sen. Wendy Davis terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons, another Texas legislator talked about her own abortion during a heated debate Saturday on women’s health. During a panel discussion at The Texas Tribune Festival,… Read More »
  • Eva Longoria producing drama loosely based on Vogue story about Castro twins

    Eva Longoria producing drama loosely based on Vogue story about Castro twins

    Photo By Charles Dharapak/Associated Press  Eva Longoria is producing a drama loosely inspired by a Vogue article about Julián and Joaquin Castro, according to Deadline Hollywood, a website that reported will explore the "lies, blackmail and manipulation" it takes wield political power The idea for the project came from a… Read More »
  • Transgender man says AT&T violated city’s NDO

    Transgender man says AT&T violated city’s NDO

    Photo: Screen Shot from KSAT report Matthew Hileman left job over claims of discrimination, harassment SAN ANTONIO - The AT&T fired back at claims that it violated the city's nondiscrimination ordinance on Monday.RELATED CONTENT Non-discrimination ordinance marks one year anniversary NDO complaint heads to SAPD Lesbian couple claims ice house violated… Read More »
  • Park Cities-area race for Texas House features clashes on abortion, other social issues

    Park Cities-area race for Texas House features clashes on abortion, other social issues

    Photo courtesy of The Dallas Morning News  The rivals for a Park Cities-based House seat have staked out strikingly different views on abortion, pay equity for women and other social issues as the campaign heads into its final six weeks. Republican Morgan Meyer and Democrat Leigh Bailey recently cranked up… Read More »
  • Leader against abortion is under attack from the right

    Leader against abortion is under attack from the right

    Photo: AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN - RALPH BARRERA This should be a moment of triumph for Texans who oppose abortion. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, Texas has passed every abortion restriction possible under current law. Clinics closed. State money is cut off. Hospital rules dissuade doctors. So why would activists turn against… Read More »
  • Is John Culberson A Jeffersonian-Republican…Or Not?

    Is John Culberson A Jeffersonian-Republican…Or Not?

    By Kelly Horsley "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie down the second with chains of the constitution so the second will not become legalized versions of the first."-Thomas Jefferson. I share that with you because the person I'm writing about espouses on… Read More »
  • Statement on Scotland’s Referendum

    Statement on Scotland’s Referendum

    Photo courtesy of TNM Over the last two weeks the Texas Nationalist Movement has been asked to comment on the independence referendum in Scotland and its impact on Texas. We have done so. Our message has been clear. The TNM supports the right of self-determination for the Scottish people. The… Read More »
  • SUNSET COMMISSION LEFT PUBLIC FEELING UNHEARD

    SUNSET COMMISSION LEFT PUBLIC FEELING UNHEARD

    Photo courtesy of WatchdogWire The first Texas Sunset Commission decisions hearing of this review cycle opened with Chairwoman Senator Jane Nelson expressing gratitude for the 246 oral and 3,234 written public testimonies presented for this round of agencies. Combined with Sunset staff, members and public, the testimonies resulted in over 380 recommendations,… Read More »