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  • After resigning, Texas coach seeks justice [Unethical Predator Claims to be VICTIM]

    01/10/2013 5:25:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/8/13 | Joe Sterling and Steve Almasy
    The University of Texas women's track coach who resigned under fire after the disclosure of an affair with a female student a decade ago doesn't understand why she was targeted for punishment and questions whether she's being treated fairly. "Is it because I have a disability? Is it because I'm black? Is it because I'm female? Is it because I'm successful? Is it now because of my sexual preference?" Coach Bev Kearney asked on CNN's "Starting Point" Tuesday.
  • Hoping to discourage car trips downtown, Austin may drop parking requirement

    01/09/2013 3:04:26 PM PST · by Jonx6 · 62 replies
    American-Statesman ^ | Dec. 11, 2012 | Ben Wear
    Austin might soon ditch a three-decade-old policy of requiring downtown buildings and tenant businesses to have a minimum number of parking spaces tied either to square footage or the number of condos and apartments in a building. Supporters of the move say the minimum requirement has caused a parking surplus downtown, encouraging people to use their cars rather than bikes, buses and rail. Take away that requirement, they say, and eventually garage parking will become a more scarce (and expensive) resource, encouraging people to use alternative transportation. (excerpt)
  • UPDATE: Amber Alert Issued for 2-Year-Old Girl Out of Crosbyton

    01/09/2013 11:05:54 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Everythinglubbock.com ^ | Updated: January 9, 2013 | Bryan Mudd
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an infant abducted from a home in Crosbyton. The little girl's name is LEAH MARIE AGUIRRE, and just turned two years old on January 6th. She is Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen with a man identified only as MIGUEL. And the two were last seen in a RED FORD FOCUS, or similar make and model with dark, tinted window.
  • Texas not the only state with a budget surplus

    01/09/2013 6:48:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/09/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    <p>With a $500 million budget surplus and $2 billion in reserves, Indiana Governor-elect Mike Pence has pledged to give back some of that money when he takes office next week by cutting personal income taxes.</p> <p>“An across-the-board tax cut for all Hoosiers would send a strong signal that we are managing our funds wisely and also reducing the tax burden on our taxpayers and businesses,” the former U.S. Congressman said while campaigning to replace outgoing fellow Republican Mitch Daniels as governor.</p>
  • Economy Grows, Revenues Increase After Texas Slashes Spending

    01/09/2013 5:33:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/9/13 | t lee
    The Texas state comptroller estimated Texas will generate $96.2 billion in revenue for the 2014-2015 fiscal cycle and reported Texas collected $8.8 billion more in revenue than expected during the last fiscal year. When unemployment in Texas was at its highest in a decade and the state government faced a $27 billion shortfall in 2011, legislators wrote what was then described as a “cut-to-the-bone” budget. And it worked. According to the Associated Press, “unemployment now is at a four-year low of 6.2 percent, sales tax receipts are skyrocketing and money is pouring into state coffers behind a new energy boom.”...
  • Cruz:Govt Shutdown Brought Balanced Budgets/Fiscal Responsibility

    01/08/2013 2:49:06 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 1 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Jan 7, 2013 | Ted Cruz
    If you don't raise the debt ceiling, that ... is temporarily stopped. Now, we did that in 1995. We didn't default on our debt. TED CRUZ: And the result was balanced budgets, and some of the greatest fiscal responsibility we have seen in modern times from Congress, because fiscal conservatives stood together and said, we need to be responsible.
  • Ted Cruz draws presidential buzz, but is he eligible?

    01/08/2013 3:15:17 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 71 replies
    Politico ^ | January 7, 2013 | DAVID CATANESE
    Ted Cruz may have the aura of a future presidential contender, but is he even eligible...? The newly sworn-in Texas senator and rising Republican star was born in Canada, to a mother who was born in Delaware and Cuban father. That’s triggered a debate about whether he’s eligible for the nation’s highest office... While there’s no legal precedent for Cruz’s situation, most constitutional scholars surveyed by POLITICO believe the 42-year-old tea party sensation would be OK. “The problem is, no one knows what a natural born citizen is,” agreed University of California, Davis law professor Gabriel Chin, who argued in...
  • Boom: Energy cash influx leads to a state budget surplus in Texas

    01/08/2013 11:51:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/08/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    <p>Legislators in Texas, the biggest energy producer among U.S. states, will begin deliberating its next two-year budget with a surplus forecast today to match an $8.8 billion record set in 2007.</p> <p>As the taxable value of oil produced in Texas surged to $39.1 billion in 2011 from $18.4 billion in 2009, the state led the nation in employment gains, adding about 700,000 jobs, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The state unemployment rate has tumbled to a four-year low of 6.2 percent. Oil and natural-gas drilling rigs more than doubled by mid-2012 compared with two years earlier, and the industry’s workforce climbed 9.2 percent, Combs said.</p>
  • Texas Legislature to Wrestle Over What to Do with Unexpected Budget Surplus

    01/08/2013 6:57:39 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 59 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 7, 2013 | Mark Whittington
    Bloomberg reports that when the Texas Legislature begins its 2013 session it will face a problem that most states will kill for. Texas will likely have a budget surplus of around $8 billion. The question arises, how to spend it? How Texas arrived at a surplus In 2011, when it looked as if Texas was facing a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit, the Texas Legislature cut spending, especially funding for education, Bloomberg notes. However, partly because of the fracking boom, revenues from the sale of oil and gas soared, bringing in unexpected tax revenues. The jobless rate also declined sharply, currently down...
  • Repeal Obamacare bill: Michele Bachmann introduces first bill of 113th Congress

    01/07/2013 10:53:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    UPI ^ | 01/07/2013 | GABRIELLE LEVY
    The Minnesota Representative introduced a bill to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, the first bill of the 113th Congress--but it stands almost no chance of passing. Second verse, same as the first, apparently.Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Tea Party darling and former presidential candidate introduced the first House bill of the 113th Congress Thursday.Of course, the bill she introduced was to--you guessed it--repeal Obamacare in its entirety. At noon today, I introduced the first bill of the 113th Congress to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) January 3, 2013 Even if Bachmann's bill stood a chance of becoming...
  • Egyptian mag affirms Brotherhood infiltration of White House!

    01/04/2013 4:56:28 AM PST · by wesagain · 30 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 4, 2013 | Art Moore
    Effectively affirming the concerns of five much-maligned Republican House members and the evidence presented in an investigative book, an Egyptian magazine claims six American Muslim leaders who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who have significant influence on U.S. policy. Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine, in a Dec. 22 story, said the six men turned the White House “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.” "Claims 6 American Muslims have strong influence on U.S. policy " The Egyptian article was translated and...
  • Illegal immigrant pleads guilty in ‘total identity theft’ case in 18-month prison deal

    01/07/2013 6:06:07 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2013 | By Associated Press
    WICHITA, Kan. — An illegal immigrant accused of assuming the persona of a Texas teacher pleaded guilty Monday in a case that put a face on the growing crime of “total identity theft” in the United States.
  • Travis County Texas To Discuss Banning Gun Shows

    01/07/2013 5:04:47 AM PST · by grobdriver · 38 replies
    Heard on KLBJ ^ | 1/7/2013 | KLBJ Austin
    Driving in to work today I heard the KLBJ 590 boys discussing the latest in the Left's attack on the Second Amendment. From their web site: Officials to discuss banning gun shows from city and county owned facilities Newsroom 1/7/2013 Officials with Travis county and the city of Austin will discuss whether or not they want to ban weapons shows from city and county owned facilities. Travis county resident Ed Scruggs tells commissioners he thinks he's not against gun shows, but thinks they should not happen in publicly owned facilities following the tragic school shooting in Connecticut, "We have the...
  • GOP Senator Cruz: New Gun Control Proposals Are ‘Unconstitutional’ (Fox New Sunday Video at Link)

    01/06/2013 3:12:08 PM PST · by Red Steel · 51 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1:17 pm, January 6th, 2013 | Anjali Sareen
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a freshman Congressmen, appeared on Fox News Sunday and said he did not support most new gun control legislation because “it is unconstitutional.” Cruz was discussing his belief that after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, politicians used the opportunity to “try to exploit and push their political agenda of gun control.” Cruz said he would not back an assault weapons ban or a ban on high capacity magazines. RELATED: Former Marine Responds To Sen. Feinstein’s Gun Proposal: ‘Unconstitutional Laws Aren’t Laws’ Asked if there was any new gun legislation he might be willing...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: "I'm A Conservative Because Conservative Policies Work" (video)

    01/06/2013 8:25:34 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TEXAS): The reason why I'm a conservative is because conservative policies work and they improve opportunities. They are the avenue for climbing the economic dream. And what I have been talking about for many years is opportunity conservatism, that every policy should focus like a laser on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder. That we should be championing the 47%, to take that now infamous comment. Look, the great thing about Americans -- Americans don't want to be dependent upon government. Dependency saps the spirit, it doesn't work. Americans want to stand on their...
  • U.S. slams the door on parents hoping to see dying daughter

    01/05/2013 9:05:34 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 5, 2013 | Harvey Rice and Aurora Losada
    GALVESTON — Jose Alfredo Sanchez and his wife may never see their daughter alive again. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials this week denied the Mexican couple's final attempt to obtain permission for humanitarian reasons to visit Maria Sanchez, 26, who's painfully living out the last days of her life in a Houston apartment under the care of her husband. It was the third time the agency denied humanitarian parole to the parents of Maria Sanchez, who's nearing death. Critics of immigration laws say the case illustrates a
  • Ted Cruz Spends First Day in the Senate Making News and Making Waves

    01/05/2013 6:22:59 AM PST · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has barely taken his oath of office as a United States Senator and he is already making news. He has a Washington Post op-ed in which he reiterates his "opportunity conservatism" approach to governance. The first bill he will file will be to repeal Obamacare. This and a combative stance on guns and fiscal policy have gotten the notice of the media.
  • PN Bakken: King of the hill

    01/05/2013 5:37:36 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 06, 2013 | RAY TYSON
    Liquids production from the Eagle Ford of South Texas could catch or surpass North Dakota’s output from the Bakken petroleum system in 2013, a recent study by EAI Inc. indicates. Meanwhile, a separate report by Wood Mackenzie projects 2013 capital spending in Eagle Ford will total a whopping $28 billion. “With $28 billion in capex being spent in 2013 and development now in full swing, the excitement in the Eagle Ford and value being extracted from the play continues to exceed expectations,” said Callan McMahon, upstream research analyst for Wood Mackenzie. Behind the Bakken, Eagle Ford is currently the second...
  • Woman Found Dead On Plane That Is Diverted To Houston

    01/05/2013 4:57:58 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies
    CBS Hourston ^ | January 2, 2012 | Cicely Mitchell
    A woman died on an international flight Wednesday. The flight was American Airlines flight 962 and originated from Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to police, the 25-year-old woman made her way to the airplane’s lavatory then collapsed and died after walking from the lavatory. The plane was headed to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport but was diverted to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport; it landed around 6:30 a.m. Officials are scheduled to perform an autopsy on the woman who was not identified at the time of this report. After several hours later, the flight continued onto Dallas and landed there just before before...
  • Teacher at Oak Cliff (Dallas) charter school accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old students

    01/05/2013 5:01:44 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Scott Goldstein
    A southeast Oak Cliff charter school teacher faces sexual assault charges involving two male students at school in multiple incidents last year, according to Dallas police documents. Geogery Lynn Shelton, who taught at Children First Academy, was being held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on Friday. His bail was set at $75,000 after his arrest this week on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 and a charge of continuous sexual assault of a child, police records said. [Snip] The crimes for which Shelton faces charges date to at least May and...
  • Off Duty Officer Who Saved Lives in Texas Movie Theater Shooting Deserves National Attention

    01/04/2013 10:01:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Big Frog 104 ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Polly Wogg
    Off Duty Officer Who Saved Lives in Texas Movie Theater Shooting Deserves National Attention By Polly Wogg December 30, 2012 Just two days after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, another shooting took place at a movie theater in San Antonio Texas. Did you hear about it? I didn’t. Why? Because no one died, thanks to an off duty police officer who shot the gunman. Sgt. Lisa Cuello Castellano, a 13-year veteran of the police department, shot 19-year-old Jesus Garcia after he fired several times inside a restaurant and a movie theater parking lot. She saved several lives and was given...
  • TxDOT signs to keep giving directions to gun shows

    01/04/2013 7:52:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | na
    HOUSTON - The Texas Department of Transportation will continue to use freeway message signs in Houston to provide directions to firearms-related events, state officials said Thursday evening. On Thursday afternoon, local TxDOT officials told KPRC Local 2 that gun show directions would no longer be displayed on the signs. A short time later, state officials said that an error had been made. "The decision 2 suspend use of these signs for similar future events in Houston was made in error by the district office," a tweet from TxDOT read. The electronic signs are routinely used to direct traffic or tell...
  • TX:Dallas Church Hosts Gun Buyback Program

    01/04/2013 7:33:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    nbcdfw.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | Randy McIlwain
    The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas will host a gun buyback program later this month in hopes of taking a few weapons off the streets and lending its voice to the national debate about gun control. "I think today there is rarely a family or individual who has not been touched by some incident of a violent gun accident or death," said Reverend Bruce Buchanan who will run the program. The gun buyback is actually a return to the church's roots. In 2000, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas held the first of six annual gun buybacks, collecting more than 500...
  • Cruz Sworn In As Texas’ First Hispanic US Senator, Will Introduce Bill To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

    01/03/2013 8:06:43 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 47 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass.
  • Inmate Ordered Retrial In ’80 ‘Waiting Ever Since’

    01/03/2013 9:37:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | January 3, 2013
    Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when an uncle visited him in prison to tell him that his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial. Not long afterward, he was moved off of death row. “A sergeant told me to pack my stuff and I wouldn’t return. I’ve been waiting ever since for that new trial,” Hartfield, now 56, said during a recent interview at the prison near Gatesville where he’s serving life for the 1976 robbery and killing of a Bay City bus station worker. He says he’s innocent.
  • America lives under the shadow of George W. Bush

    01/03/2013 5:58:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu January 3, 2013 | Julian Zelizer
    Princeton, New Jersey (CNN) -- Somewhere in Texas, former President George W. Bush is smiling. Although some Democrats are pleased that taxes will now go up on the wealthiest Americans, the recent deal to avert the fiscal cliff entrenches, rather than dismantles, one of Bush's signature legacies -- income tax cuts. Ninety-nine percent of American households were protected from tax increases, aside from the expiration of the reduced rate for the payroll tax. In the final deal, Congress and President Barack Obama agreed to preserve most of the Bush tax cuts, including exemptions on the estate tax. When Bush started...
  • [South Texas:]Local police chief says illegal immigration is on the rise

    01/03/2013 10:46:16 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KGBT ^ | 12/26/20012 | Katie Lopez
    The problem is not going away. "Most of them have people here or they're just trying to make it over here so they can start making a better living for themselves," La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez told Action 4 News. No matter how many miles of border fence is erected—it seems nothing will stop the thousands of immigrants, crossing our border illegally, from continuing their journey. "A lot of times we talk to them and ask them why they're coming here,” Gutierrez explained. “They say they're coming for the 'American Dream.' I always tell them that they're here illegally---how...
  • If demography is destiny, good news for Texas, North Dakota and D.C.

    01/02/2013 7:55:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/02/2013 | Michael Barone
    Demographics buffs get a special Christmas present every year courtesy of the Census Bureau: its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This gives demographers a chance to see where the nation is growing and where it is not, and to get an idea of the destination of immigrants and of the flow of people into one set of states and out of another. Nationally the Census Bureau estimates that the United States has grown from 308 million people when the census was conducted in April 2010 and to almost 313 million in...
  • Pete Sessions only Republican in North Texas to vote for Fiscal Cliff bill

    01/01/2013 9:10:33 PM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 22 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | January 1, 2013 | Arec Barrwin
    Pete Sessions makes me sick - he's voted RINO every single time. I'll be supporting his opponent next time or not voting for him.
  • 95.9 The Ranch Is The Greatest Radio Station Ever.

    01/01/2013 8:15:02 PM PST · by Drew68 · 33 replies
    Streaming available. I just can't believe how incredibly awesome this radio station is!!!! Yes, I've had several beers tonight...
  • Texas Man Takes Last Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

    01/01/2013 9:47:16 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 62 replies
    npr ^ | December 25, 2012 | Elizabeth Shogren
    David Daniel, an east Texas landowner, was so determined to block the Keystone XL pipeline from coming through his forest that he built an elaborate network of treehouses eight stories above the ground. It popped into my head a long time ago, actually," says 45-year-old David Daniel. "If I had to climb my butt on top of a tree and sit there, I would. It started with that." ...Staging A Tree-sit For 80 days, a couple dozen protesters took turns living up in Daniel's treehouses. Some wore masks to hide their identities. TransCanada, in a lawsuit it filed against the...
  • Texas judge OKs ban on Planned Parenthood funding

    12/31/2012 11:51:54 AM PST · by fwdude · 11 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday.
  • Eagle Ford top business news

    12/31/2012 6:28:11 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | December 28, 2012 | Valentino Lucio
    Across South Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale dominated business activity in 2012 as it emerged as one of the biggest oil-and-gas shale plays in the nation. The shale formation reaches across 25 Texas counties, but much of the drilling this year centered on Gonzales, DeWitt, Karnes, LaSalle and McMullen counties — areas producing more crude oil or natural gas liquids than the currently uneconomic dry gas. Eagle Ford production topped the equivalent of 1 million barrels of oil per day in the third quarter. New “man camps,” RV parks and hotels to house workers continued to open. And the activity...
  • Dick's Sporting Goods Customers Complain About Guns Paid For, But Not Delivered

    12/29/2012 2:33:01 PM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | december 28, 2012
    Kellner says the store advertised them for $799 each, a $300 dollar discount. They got two of them, then received this letter from Dick’s on Christmas Eve, telling customers, it’s not fulfilling any more orders.
  • Trains carrying more oil across US amid boom

    12/29/2012 8:51:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK
    Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse - the locomotive - to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand. ... The environmental fears carry an ironic twist: Oil trains are gaining popularity in part because of a shortage of pipeline capacity - a problem that has been worsened by environmental opposition to such projects as TransCanada's stalled Keystone XL pipeline. That project would carry Bakken and Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico. Wayde Schafer,...
  • Man fatally shot by ex-girlfriend during burglary in Abilene

    12/29/2012 6:14:55 AM PST · by texas_mrs · 18 replies
    Abilene Police have released the following information about a fatal shooting this morning. "On 12-25-12 at 2014 hrs, APD responded to a disturbance call in the 1000 block of Minda Lane. Upon arrival, responding officers contacted Lawanda Taylor. She reported her estranged ex-boyfriend, Earnest Gonzales, came to the residence and attempted to gain entry by kicking a side door. Gonzales fled the scene after he discovered Taylor called the police. "On 12-26-12 at 0209 hrs, Gonzales returned to the residence and gained entry to the house by forcing open the front door, causing considerable damage. Gonzales entered the residence and...
  • Man pulls gun over Obama bumper sticker dispute

    12/27/2012 3:21:34 PM PST · by Ron H. · 72 replies
    YahooNews & Various ABC News Locals ^ | 12/27/12 | Evening News
    News video about armed altercation between Obama supporter and anti-Obama veteran opposer.
  • Officer who brought down Whitman dies (UT Tower)

    12/27/2012 2:25:21 PM PST · by bgill · 58 replies
    KXAN ^ | Dec. 27, 2012 | KXAN
    Houston McCoy, who as an Austin police officer in 1966 climbed up the staircase of the University Tower to help kill Charles Whitman and end what at the time was the nation's largest mass murder, died Thursday.
  • Spokesman: George H.W. Bush in intensive care

    12/26/2012 4:08:51 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 90 replies
    <p>HOUSTON (AP) — A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital.</p> <p>Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said late Wednesday that the former president was admitted to the ICU on Sunday at Methodist Hospital, "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever."</p>
  • Rep. Hall becomes oldest member to serve in House

    12/26/2012 4:17:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) became the oldest lawmaker to ever serve in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Hall, 89, beat out Rep. Charles Manly Stedman (D-N.C.), the previous record holder, who was 89 years, 7 months and 25 days old in Sept. 1930 when he died. all was elected to his 17th term in Congress in November. Hall recently said he might even run for reelection again. "I’m just an old guy — lived pretty clean," Hall said according to The Associated Press. “I have no ailments. I don’t hurt anywhere. I may run again. I’ll just wait and...
  • California’s Largest Corporation is Headed for the Exit (Golden State Death Watch™}

    12/25/2012 2:02:32 PM PST · by Kolath · 161 replies
    Front Page ^ | 12/25/2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Chevron is California’s largest corporation, but it seems to be making the move to becoming Texas’ largest corporation instead. That’s 800 jobs out the door which gives Chevron a larger presence in Texas than it still has in California.
  • Fatal shooting of driver after 2 boys killed in wreck remains a mystery

    12/24/2012 9:08:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON – Investigators are searching for answers after a suspected drunken driver was found shot dead after he allegedly slammed into a family's truck on a rural Houston-area road, killing two young brothers. 12-year-old David Barajas and his 11-year-old brother, Caleb, were helping their father push his disabled truck down the road when 21-year-old Jose Banda allegedly slammed into them from behind, MyFoxHouston.com reports. Neighbors say they heard gun shots minutes after the crash. Police responding to the crash found Banda shot in the head, but no gun at the scene. Banda and both boys died.
  • GOP Senator Hutchison On Gun Control: Semi-Automatic Weapons And Large Clips ‘Need To Be Looked At’

    12/24/2012 4:59:48 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Anjali Sareen
    Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison told Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer Sunday that she may embrace tighter regulations on high capacity magazines and semi-automatic weapons. “I think we ought to be looking at where the real danger is,” she said. “Like those large clips, I think that does need to be looked at.” “It’s the semi-automatics and those large magazines that can be fired off very quickly,” Hutchison continued. “I think we should be looking at those mega-opportunities as one of the things that might be looked at.” She also discussed the need to reach out to gun owners...
  • Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons

    12/22/2012 4:20:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:25pm EST | Dave Warner and Kevin Murphy
    Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms. Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, crowds around the dealer booths, a rush to buy assault weapons even at higher prices and some dealers selling out. …
  • Local gun store owner receives death threat

    12/22/2012 9:22:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    chron.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Carol Christian
    A Harris County gun shop owner received a letter Saturday threatening him, his family and his employees. "Live by the gun. Die by the gun. You will not live to see Easter," reads the typed letter that was mailed Thursday in Houston and arrived Saturday at Jim Pruett's Guns & Ammo. Jim Pruett was photographed and quoted in the Houston Chronicle last week saying that restricting sales of military-style arms wouldn't prevent tragedies like the Connecticut massacre. "All it's going to do is make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to get the best protection they can for their home against,...
  • Police investigating fatal shooting near TSU campus(TX home invastion)

    12/22/2012 10:06:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 20 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- An intruder was fatally shot by an apartment complex resident near the Texas Southern University campus last night, say police. It happened around 8:30pm on Wentworth and Ennis in Houston's Third Ward. Police say a man, who is a TSU student, was in an apartment complex with his girlfriend and two-year-old child when he heard a loud noise outside. When he went to check it out, an armed man forced his way into the apartment.
  • Pangea applies to export LNG to non-Free Trade countries

    12/20/2012 5:28:54 PM PST · by shove_it · 15 replies
    Houston Business Journal ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | Deon Daugherty
    The Woodlands-based Pangea LNG Holdings LLC has requested authority from the U.S. Department of Energy to export liquefied natural gas from its proposed facility in South Texas to non-Free Trade Agreement nations. Pangea has applied to export up to 8 million metric tons of LNG per year. In November, Pangea applied for export authority to countries in which the U.S. has Free Trade Agreements in place. Pangea’s South Texas LNG Project is being developed on a 550-acre site along the north shore of Corpus Christi Bay. The South Texas LNG Project is being designed in two phases, each capable of...
  • Thai Noodle House makes national waves after owner posts inflammatory message about Sandy Hook

    12/20/2012 8:09:45 AM PST · by bgill · 35 replies
    Culture Map Austin ^ | 12-17-12 | Aleksander Chan
    Eddie Nimibutr, who is the chef and owner of Thai Noodle House off of Guadalupe near the University of Texas campus, posted a Facebook status update that decried sympathy for the Sandy Hook victims. Nimibutr posted that he had received threatening phone calls after posting the message, which has since been deleted. “I am failing to give a damn about the CT shooting,” Nimibutr said on Facebook. “I don’t care if a bunch of white kids got killed.” Nimibutr’s post also criticized media coverage of minority groups and recent military strife in the Gaza Strip.
  • Off-duty deputy praised for taking down gunman at Mayan 14 theater

    12/19/2012 1:40:45 PM PST · by Phillyred · 30 replies
    KENS5News ^ | December 18, 2012 | Gary Cooper
    The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is calling one of their own a hero after deputies say she stopped what could have been a disastrous shooting inside a south-side movie theater lobby. Jesus Garcia, 19, was at the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 at SW Military and I-35 on Sunday night. According to San Antonio police, he was upset over a recent breakup with his girlfriend. According to both police and deputies, Garcia called into his girlfriend's work at The China Garden restaurant and said he was going to shoot somebody. The restaurant is located outside the theater. At 9:30 p.m., Garcia...
  • Study: Texas leads nation in unconventional oil and gas jobs

    12/19/2012 12:41:47 PM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 19, 2012 | Harry R. Weber
    Texas accounts for almost half the nearly 1.3 million industry jobs associated with unconventional oil and gas production in the 16 producing states this year, according to a new study. Some 576,000 Texans were in jobs linked to unconventional oil and gas in 2012, and that is expected to rise to almost 930,000 by the end of the decade, the IHS Global Insight study released Wednesday says. Oil shales, oil sands, gas-to-liquids and coal-to-liquids are examples of unconventional oil and gas resources. The resources are often extracted using techniques other than traditional ones like wells. There are big economic impacts...