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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...