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  • Is the Eagle Ford for real?

    01/30/2013 11:26:26 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller
    That’s the question that keeps dogging the South Texas oil and gas field. Even as thousands of workers and major oil and gas companies flood into the region, investors have been reluctant to invest in houses, apartments and other permanent infrastructure. A when-will-it-bust mentality hangs over the region. But participants in the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum’s Eagle Ford Forum II event Tuesday said the oil and gas development appears to be here to stay, and that it’s time for the region to figure out how to manage everything from water issues to roads. Lance Robertson, vice president of Eagle...
  • The run on guns and ammunition

    01/30/2013 5:46:49 AM PST · by thackney · 71 replies
    KHOU 11 News ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jeremy Desel
    ... "This is usually full of .22 up here. .45 and .40... "We used to sell 30,000 rounds a month of ammo and we’ve done that in a week, and sometimes even a day in ammo," James said. What little they do have is generally high end and there is a limit on all purchases: a three-box max or 150 rounds at a time. That’s for all types and all sizes. It’s not just one store. Ron Casady has been shopping for weeks. "I noticed online and everything is out of stock. Click add to cart. Sorry we are out...
  • Execution of woman in Texas postponed, lawyers to argue jury discrimination [Kimberly McCarthy]

    01/29/2013 11:42:57 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 11 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | January 29, 2013 | Corrie McLaggan
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The execution of Kimberly McCarthy was postponed by a Texas judge on Tuesday, the day she was to die, to give her lawyers time to argue that racial discrimination played a role in choosing the jury that convicted her. It was rescheduled for April 3 and, if carried out, McCarthy will be the first woman to be put to death in the United States in nearly three years.
  • Teen to stand trial as adult for ICE agent shooting

    01/29/2013 5:12:42 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    VALLEYCENTRAL.COM ^ | 01.29.2013 | Sergio Chapa
    An Hidalgo County Judge had ruled a teenager jailed on attempted murder charges will stand trial as an adult. Marquez Alvardo is accused shooting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Kelton Harrison in Hargill back in July 2012. According to reports, Alvardo was 16-years-old when he fired several shots at the federal agent striking him once. Officials say the teen, an older brother and his father pursued and shot Harrison while he was conducting surveillance in the area The former Economedes High School student, who is now 17-years-old, and will be transferred to the Hidalgo County jail. Judge Jesse...
  • Dallas Judge Halts Execution of Texas Woman; Uncertain If Prosecutors Will Appeal Reprieve

    01/29/2013 1:45:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A Dallas judge has halted the scheduled Tuesday night execution of a Texas woman who would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. in three years. The order from state District Judge Larry Mitchell moves the execution of Kimberly McCarthy, 51, to April 3. McCarthy faced lethal injection for the 1997 beating, stabbing and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
  • Texas oil output hits highest level in two decades

    01/29/2013 11:28:28 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jeannie Kever
    Texas oil production rose by almost 100 million barrels in 2012 over the previous year, to the highest level in two decades. It was the fifth consecutive year with an increase. Despite a drop in oil prices last spring, economist Karr Ingham predicts production will rise again in 2013. Ingham offered a look at the state’s energy industry Monday as he presented the Texas Petro Index, the snapshot he developed to track trends for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers almost 10 years ago. The 3,300-member alliance receives monthly updates from Ingham, covering rig counts, drilling permits, well completions, industry...
  • Sen. Cruz to Chicago Mayor: Keep gun control efforts "north of the Red River"

    01/29/2013 10:11:49 AM PST · by kristinn · 17 replies
    KETK ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) sent a letter to gunmakers, banks, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, after Emanuel reportedly sent letters to banks asking that they stop doing business with certain firearm manufacturers. In the letter, Cruz urged the mayor to keep his attacks on the Second Amendment to his own city, and informed gunmakers that their companies and business would be welcome in the state of Texas. Here is how the letter reads: To the CEOs of Bank of America and TD Bank Group: It has recently been reported that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent each of...
  • Texas woman’s execution first in US since 2010

    01/28/2013 10:03:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2013 4:14 PM EST | Michael Graczyk
    A Texas woman convicted of the gruesome slaying and robbery of her neighbor, a retired 71-year-old college psychology professor, is set to be the first woman put to death in the United States since 2010. A Dallas County jury already found former nursing home therapist Kimberly McCarthy guilty of the 1997 killing when evidence at the punishment phase of her trial tied her to two similar murders a decade earlier.“Once the jury heard about those other two, we were certainly in a deep hole,” recalled McCarthy’s lead trial attorney, Doug Parks. Jurors decided McCarthy should die. Her execution, set for...
  • Sessions: Comprehensive Reform Won’t Pass As Long As Admin Defies Existing Immigration Law

    01/28/2013 9:39:50 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    WTVY ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | Jeff Sessions
    U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and former Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the new push for comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty: “Americans overwhelmingly oppose illegal immigration. They have pleaded with Congress to end the mass illegality for decades to little avail. All the while, millions have been added to the total of those illegally here. It’s time to fix that broken system. Now we are told that the Obama Administration and members of Congress say they have a plan that they promise will do the job....
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Statement on Immigration Reform Proposal

    01/28/2013 3:39:16 PM PST · by kristinn · 46 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued the following statement regarding today’s bipartisan immigration reform proposal: I appreciate the good work that senators in both parties have put into trying to fix our broken immigration system. There are some good elements in this proposal, especially increasing the resources and manpower to secure our border and also improving and streamlining legal immigration. However, I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the...
  • Grief grips neighborhood

    01/28/2013 2:45:28 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 26, 2013 | Ana Ley
    A day after watching a 6-year-old neighborhood boy fly through the air when he was fatally struck by a teenage driver suspected of being intoxicated, Jane Withers refused to leave the spot where the boy's mother tried in vain to save him. Overcome by the magnitude of the tragedy that left Brandon Abrams' family grieving and a 17-year-old jailed on intoxication manslaughter charges, Withers helped set up a makeshift memorial soon after the incident at 6 p.m. Thursday in her Northwest Side neighborhood. Brandon was waiting on the sidewalk for an ice cream truck when he was struck. According to...
  • Shell’s latest offshore platform arrives in Texas

    01/28/2013 10:34:47 AM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 28, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    The hull of Royal Dutch Shell’s latest offshore platform, which traveled from South Korea, arrived Saturday from at a Texas port where it will be assembled before it sails to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico. The new offshore platform, the Olympus, traveled more than 18,000 miles in two months to Ingleside, Texas, where its topside will be assembled over the next two months. Shell designed the Olympus as a tension leg platform, which provides a large enough deck to process oil on deck. The Olympus will be Shell’s sixth tension leg platform and its largest to date....
  • The Texas Woman Who Should be Dead (Link In Article From FreeRepublic)

    01/28/2013 9:00:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Casey Mattox
    There is a 43-year-old woman, born in Texas, who should be dead right now. In fact, she should have never been born. Forty years ago, the Supreme Court decided that the Texas law that prevented Jane Roe from ending the life of her unborn daughter was unconstitutional. But by the time the Supreme Court issued its decision in 1973, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1258350/posts she had already been born and adopted by a family—likely not knowing that all that ink spilled in Roe v. Wade was about her. Norma McCorvey is “Jane Roe.” She claimed then that her pregnancy was the result of...
  • TX:Campus carry legislation filed in House

    01/27/2013 2:20:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    themonitor.com ^ | 25 January, 2013 | Reeve Hamilton
    Freshman state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, filed a bill on Thursday that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry weapons on college campuses. The measure is similar to a bill filed by state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, one week earlier. Campus carry has been a controversial topic for multiple sessions and has come back into the spotlight after an argument on a Lone Star College campus in North Houston on Monday led to gunfire and multiple injuries. For opponents of campus carry, the takeaway is that more guns lead to more harm on otherwise safe campuses. For supporters, such...
  • Halloween (Movie) Inspired Texas Teen to Kill Mom and Sister

    01/27/2013 1:33:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    WWSB ^ | http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/national/halloween-inspired-texas-teen-to-kill-mom-and-sister/article
    A Texas teen says a Halloween movie inspired him to shoot his mother and sister to death after watching the main character in the film murder his family “with ease and with little remorse.” Jake Evans, 17, wrote a chilling four-page confession for the killing of his mother Jamie Evan, 48, and his younger sister, Mallory, 15. Jake writes in his confession that after watching Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake of the horror movie “Halloween,” he lured his sister out of her room and shot her multiple times. He then killed his mother. “While I loaded the gun back up, I...
  • TX:Investigator: Lufkin man involved in wreck/shooting fired back in self-defense

    01/27/2013 10:53:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    lufkindailynews.com ^ | 25 January, 2013 | JESSICA COOLEY
    A Lufkin man charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in a Wednesday afternoon point-blank shootout was defending himself, according to an Angelina County investigator. Unlike Benjamin Bogany, 30, and Destini Williams, 23, who were both in another vehicle, Andrew Netherton, 30, has not been charged with aggravated assaulted with a deadly weapon following the Wednesday afternoon incident on Winston 8 Ranch Road near Hammer Equipment off Highway 59 north.
  • Saxet gun show draws eager buyers (TX)

    01/26/2013 4:54:46 PM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    KXAN ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | John Bumgardner
    This is the first day of the gun show since the City of Austin discussed possibly banning from the Travis County Expo Center. State law, however, prevailed because the move would have proved illegal in Texas... “It took 20 minutes to park the truck and about an hour waiting in line,” Another group, One Million Moms for Gun Control marched at the Texas Capitol... The group expected over 100 participants to join in the Austin event.
  • Reaction To Sheriff's Deputy Pointing Firearm at Immigrants

    01/26/2013 9:19:44 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    Pro 8 News.com ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Pro 8 News.com
    Video of a Webb County Sheriff has surfaced as he points his gun at Mexican nationals. It's stirred up controversy on the international level. The Sheriff's Department is now responding to video that surfaced of one of their deputies pointing a gun at undocumented immigrants. The Sheriff's Department says they received information that a wanted fugitive from Mexico who escaped from a Nuevo Laredo prison was now living in the United States, but a video that surfaced today shows a Webb County deputy forcing individuals trying to cross into the U.S. back into Mexico by pointing a gun. "I think...
  • TSA does surprise check at Lamar Boulevard Amtrak (Austin , TX )

    01/25/2013 6:17:17 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    KXAN ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | Chris Sadeghi
    Random checks happen at stations across country. Passengers catching the 9:30 a.m. Amtrak train from Austin to Dallas were met with an unexpected surprise when they got to the station. Transportation Security Administration agents, Austin police officers, and the Department of Homeland Security were all waiting for them. ... Random security checks are voluntary ... The random check takes about 10-15 minutes and happens hundreds of times a day at bus, train, and subway stations across the country.
  • TX:Trinity Co. armed neighbor saves woman's life

    01/25/2013 8:15:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    ktre.com ^ | 23 January, 2013 | Maegan Prejean
    TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Officials with the Trinity County Sheriff's Office believe that an armed neighbor prevented a violent confrontation between an armed convicted felon and a woman from the Glendale community from escalating into something much more serious Tuesday. Bobbie Prater says she got home around 1 p.m. Tuesday when she heard gun shots. Her dog was growling, so she decided to go to her front porch to see what was going on. "I went on to my front porch and my neighbor's son was there," Prater said. "He scared me. I kept asking what do you want....
  • Obama Successfully Kills Off Another 3,900 Jobs at Texas Power Plant

    01/25/2013 7:19:13 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Gateway ^ | January 24, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    In January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers.” He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket. ... Barack Obama’s EPA just killed off another 3,900 energy jobs in Texas. ... Obama’s new EPA regulations will cost the coal industry $180 billion and force electricity rates to skyrocket.
  • Closed refinery revived with Eagle Ford crude

    01/25/2013 6:32:14 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 25, 2013 | Vicki Vaughan
    When a Houston-based company purchased a refinery in Nixon about six years ago, it had been mothballed for years — and it showed. Rust streaked the plant’s storage tanks and piping. But after refurbishing, the 15,000-barrel-a-day refinery began to process crude oil about a year ago, with every drop coming from the Eagle Ford shale. “The drilling in the area is very impressive,” said Jonathan Carroll, CEO of Houston-based Blue Dolphin Energy Co. “You can look at maps and see that we are sitting right in the middle of the Eagle Ford, which is great.” Nixon, about 54 miles east...
  • Report: Sheila Jackson Lee is ‘worst boss’ on Capitol Hill

    01/25/2013 4:28:10 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 24, 2013
    Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is a tough boss. Even she will tell you that. After all, one former staff member famously told the conservative web site The Daily Caller that the Democratic congressman once declared, “I’m a queen, and I demand to be treated like one.” A 2011 Texas on the Potomac investigation revealed that Jackson Lee went through more staff more quickly than any other member of the Texas congressional delegation. Now, a new study by the Washington Times found that the veteran Texas Democrat had the highest turnover rate for all of Congress over the past decade....
  • ‘Open carry’ bill latest proposal to expand gun laws in Texas

    01/24/2013 11:30:43 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 24, 2013
    As the federal government moves forward on its plans to tighten gun restrictions, Texas lawmakers are proposing legislation to expand gun rights in the state. The latest proposal is HB 700 filed Thursday by state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, that would allow individuals with concealed handgun licenses to carry weapons in plain view on a belt or shoulder holster. “For some it is a matter of personal safety, for others it is simply a convenience/personal preference issue,” said Lavender, who carried similar legislation that failed last session. He added others view it as a constitutional issue. [Snip] Other recent...
  • http://www.reagancoalition.com/articles/2013/20130122001-tx-dem-o.html

    01/24/2013 11:05:45 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 1 replies
    What is so interesting about this is what Rogers (who hails from the great state of Texas) is upset about; Obama’s lack of leadership and association with corrupt financial interests. Hmmm. She has a point there. The response from Democrats? Wait for the tolerance… They pulled her campaign funding. She won her primary anyway. Via Your Black World: Kesha Rogers is no longer getting any form of backing from the Democratic Party. The woman who once had aspirations of running for Congress, has lost the support of the party for committing a serious political sin: Calling for the impeachment of...
  • Confession: Horror Movie Gave Teen Idea to Kill Family

    01/24/2013 9:08:12 PM PST · by Ironfocus · 29 replies
    NBC5DFW ^ | Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 | Scott Gordon
    A Parker County 17-year-old wrote in a confession released Thursday that the horror movie remake of "Halloween" gave him the idea to kill his mother and sister. Jake Evans is on trial for the Oct. 3 slayings of his 15-year-old sister, Mallory, and mother, Jami in their upscale Aledo home. The confession was introduced as evidence. In a four-page written confession to police hours after his arrest, Evans said he had watched the remake of "Halloween" three times earlier that week. The 2007 Rob Zombie film is about a 10-year-old boy who murders several people and kills a number of...
  • Fort Bliss reacts to women in combat decision

    01/24/2013 8:57:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    kvue.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | ANGELA KOCHERGA
    EL PASO, Texas -- Reaction to the historic decision to allow women in combat roles was swift at Fort Bliss. “It’s absolutely the right thing to do," said commanding General Dana Pittard following Wednesday’s announcement made by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Most of the 230,000 combat jobs that will open up to women are in the Army, giving them the opportunity for higher pay and a path to leadership. “It’s about time they let women have those options -- if they want them,” said Marlana Quendau, 27, who has served eight years in the Army. “If they want to do...
  • Fort Hood shooting suspect wants death penalty out

    01/24/2013 6:21:20 PM PST · by Rabin · 48 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | : January 24, 2013 | AP Staff
    The new judge in the Fort Hood shooting rampage case faces a controversial decision next week: whether to spare Nidal Hasan a possible death sentence and let him plead guilty in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation. Hasan wants to plead guilty to 13 counts of premeditated murder, Army rules prohibit a judge from accepting a guilty plea in a death penalty case...
  • Homeless Veterans In Killeen Have Nowhere To Go

    01/24/2013 4:47:34 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 65 replies
    KCEN ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | Sophia Stamas
    Killeen's homeless have nowhere to go, and that means dozens, possibly hundreds of our veterans are stuck out in the cold. More than 62 thousand American veterans are living on the streets. Nickie, a 58-yr old Vietnam Marine veteran, is one of them, but the Fort Hood area doesn't have any homeless shelters, turning cold nights into life or death battles that leave Nickie wondering. "Am I going to make it until tomorrow? Am I going to make it, straight up," said Nickie with tears in his eyes. A few warming centers open, but only when temperatures dip below freezing,...
  • Ted Cruz shoots down Feinstein gun ban: 'Real assault weapon' are already illegal

    01/24/2013 2:17:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    As Senate Democrats unveiled an “assault weapons ban” encompassing a variety of rifles, shotguns, and pistols, the newest lawyer in the U.S. Senate pointed out that “real assault weapons” have been illegal since 1934. “Washington politicians shouldn’t be taking advantage of recent tragedy to try to push an aggressive gun control agenda,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in a statement today. “Real assault weapons—machine guns—are already functionally illegal, and they have been since 1934. This proposal would have done nothing to prevent the terrible murders in Newtown, but it would limit the constitutional liberties of law-abiding citizens.” Through the National...
  • Texas Women Sue X-Rated Revenge Website

    01/24/2013 11:06:04 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 71 replies
    CBS local ^ | 01/23/2013 | J.D. Miles & Angela Martin
    FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Sexy pictures, taken for private purposes, are finding their way online. The website, described as a revenge porn site, is posting explicit photos submitted by men seeking revenge on their ex-girlfriends. But a group of Texas women may get the last laugh, after filing a lawsuit against the site. Hollie Toups, 32, says she “stopped breathing for awhile” when she found semi-nude pictures of herself on the site. Toups went from being a modest teacher’s aide in Beaumont to an unintended porn star, after an ex-boyfriend posted explicit photos along with personal information. “I...
  • 53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

    01/23/2013 8:54:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 23, 2013 6:07 PM ET | Matthew Daly
    More than half the Senate on Wednesday urged quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ramping up pressure on President Barack Obama to move ahead with the project just days after he promised in his inaugural address to respond vigorously to the threat of climate change. A letter signed by 53 senators said Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of a revised route through his state puts the long-delayed project squarely in the president's hands. “We urge you to choose jobs, economic development and American energy security,” the letter said, adding that the pipeline “has gone through the most exhaustive...
  • Help with Texas CHL question (vanity)

    01/23/2013 7:19:05 PM PST · by Feckless · 25 replies
    Vanity | 1/23/2013 | Feckless
    My employer (TxDOT) is requiring a xerox copy of my CHL
  • TX:Family uses firearm to stop attempted home invasion

    01/23/2013 6:57:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    woai.com ^ | 20 January, 2013 | NA
    SAN ANTONIO - A scary situation for a family on the Northeast Side. Just before 10 am Sunday morning Bexar County Sheriff's Deputies say someone tried to kick-in the front door at a home on Sunlit Trail. We're told the mom called 911 and the son fired one shot through the door. The suspect then took off after firing his gun.
  • Texas Republicans offer prayers, Sheila Jackson Lee demands action after Lone Star shootings

    01/23/2013 6:19:35 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 19 replies
    Houston Comical ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    <p>Gov. Rick Perry’s spokesman Josh Havens said, “(Perry’s) thoughts and prayers are with those that have been impacted,” Havens said. “We have nothing more to add at this point, but the governor will continue to closely monitor the situation.”</p> <p>My prayers are w/ those who were injured in today’s shooting, the entire Lone Star College community, & our first responders on the scene.</p>
  • Marines and strangers rush to aid of victimized veteran

    01/23/2013 3:37:53 AM PST · by humblegunner · 37 replies
    ABC13.com ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Miya Shay
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- There's a good news update on a home ransacked and spray painted by a pair of teen burglars in northwest Houston. While the burglars are now in custody, community members and Marines stepped in to help the homeowner -- a 93-year-old World War II veteran. The Marines quickly marched into the defaced home of WWII veteran Elbert Wood, eager to help. "It's important that he knows we're here for him and that we're always his brothers," Major Roberto Rodriguez said. The presence of these local Marines is just one example of the outpouring of support for Wood...
  • Part to make AR-15s draws dozens to local gun store

    01/22/2013 1:10:13 PM PST · by WCH · 28 replies
    FOX ^ | 1.21.2013 | Noelle Newton
    Dozens of people lined up outside a South Austin gun shop Monday. They fear this new presidential term will mean tougher gun laws. Monday morning dozens of people lined up outside Central Texas Gun Works in South Austin. Some waited as long as five hours to get the chance to purchase a part to make an AR-15. "Lower receivers seem to be sold out throughout the nation so as soon as you find out one's in stock like the line shows, everybody rushes for them," gun owner Jeremy Paul said.
  • Shots fired at Lone Star College (Houston, TX)

    01/22/2013 10:55:10 AM PST · by bgill · 162 replies
    KXAN | Jan. 22, 2013 | vanity
    It's being reported on KXAN.com noon news that multiple people shot at on Lone Star College in Houston, TX. It's a tech school.
  • Texas takes up abortion as Roe v. Wade hits 40th anniversary

    01/22/2013 9:42:37 AM PST · by wk4bush2004 · 4 replies
    AUSTIN -- Forty years ago the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the case of Roe vs. Wade. The ruling confirmed that the right to privacy includes making your own personal medical decisions, including abortion. However the fight over abortion rights continues. One of the biggest is playing out among state lawmakers. Polls show most Americans still support the Supreme Court's ruling. According to a 2012 Gallup Poll, 77 percent think abortion should be legal in some or all circumstances. The battle at the Texas Capitol centers on just how far abortion rights should go. Several bills have...
  • Masked Mexican vigilantes take to the streets to protect their villages from the drug cartels

    01/21/2013 9:13:46 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | 21 January 2013
    Tired of the scourge of organized crime, civilians in two rural towns in southwestern Mexico have taken matters into their own hands over the last two weeks. Since the second week of January, around 800 masked and armed residents have set up vigilante groups who are manning checkpoints, imposing curfews and arresting alleged criminals. This unofficial police force says they are providing security for the municipalities of Ayutla de los Libres and Teconoapa in Guerrero state, an area that has been hit hard by Mexico's drug violence. More than 70,000 people killed across the country since 2006 and residents in...
  • 2 Parades Mark MLK Day - Houston(Separate But Equal)

    01/21/2013 12:22:35 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 9 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 21, 2013 11:55am | Minh Dam |
    The Black Heritage Society is sponsoring the 35th annual "Original" MLK Parade beginning at 10 a.m. on the corner of Texas and Jackson in downtown. Glorice McPherson, event coordinator for the Black Heritage Society, said the festivities will include an awards gala, a health fair, and a groundbreaking for a statue of MLK Jr. Charles Stamps, chairman and CEO for the MLK Parade Foundation, said the parade will have two battle of the bands contests this year instead of just one, as well as the youth parade.
  • Be Bold Texas: A principled case for substantial franchise tax reform (Part I)

    01/20/2013 6:04:56 PM PST · by manic4organic · 33 replies
    TCCRI ^ | 01/16/13 | Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton, et al
    This report lays out the case for elimination of the franchise tax. Part II of this report (which is forthcoming) advocates for a transition Be Bold Texas! Franchise Tax Report Be Bold Texas! Franchise Tax Report (PDF) away from property taxes to consumption taxes to fund the maintenance and operations of public schools. That report will also make the case for a lower property tax appraisal cap or property tax revenue cap to provide homeowners and business owners with relief from inexorable appraisal growth. Taken together, these reforms would represent a substantial transformation of the state’s tax structure, and thus,...
  • Ted Cruz talks the Second Amendment, debt ceiling on Meet the Press

    01/20/2013 11:42:42 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop via NBC ^ | 1/20/2013 | The Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz was on Meet the Press this morning to primarily discuss the Second Amendment and the debt ceiling. The downside to this clip is that he’s on with Schmucky Schumer. Watch:
  • Pickup truck used by George W. Bush auctioned for $300,000

    01/20/2013 12:24:01 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 45 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 1/20/2013 | Marice Richter
    DALLAS (Reuters) - A pickup truck used by former President George W. Bush at his Texas ranch was sold for $300,000 at an auction on Saturday after he donated it to benefit a charity that serves U.S. military families.
  • (TX - Gay, Black Democrat Gun Shop Owner) Gun Shop Owner Auctions Off Bushmaster Rifle for Charity

    01/20/2013 10:04:37 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    MyFoxAustin.com ^ | Jan 08, 2013 | MyFoxAustin.com
    Gun shop owner to auction off Bushmaster rifle for charity A local gun shop owner is auctioning off one of his guns to help out one of his employees in need. "Buy a gun, annoy a liberal." That's a T-shirt you can buy at Central Texas Gun Works in Austin. The owner, Michael Cargill is pro-gun but what he is not...is a conservative. "Hey, I'm a Democrat and I support the second amendment. If someone wants to come in here and buy a gun, annoy a liberal, that's fine. They can do that!" Cargill said. That's what makes the following...
  • PN Bakken: Seaway launches new era

    01/19/2013 2:38:10 PM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 20, 2013 | Gary Park
    The Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline Co. has taken the biggest step so far toward reducing transportation bottlenecks between the U.S. Midwest and the Gulf Coast, setting the stage for significant changes by mid-2014 that will bring relief to Bakken producers. The 50-50 joint venture by affiliates of Enbridge and Enterprise Products Partners has completed a reversal of 500 miles of the Seaway system, increasing the flow between Cushing, Okla., and Houston to 400,000 barrels per day from 150,000 bpd. The partnership is now targeting 850,000 bpd by the first quarter of 2014 when it introduces a new twin line parallel...
  • 2 immigrants report rapes by South Texas smugglers

    01/18/2013 2:23:59 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    mySA.com ^ | January 18, 2013
    <p>MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says two Central American women have reported being raped by human smugglers in two separate incidents in South Texas.</p> <p>A Border Patrol statement Friday says a Honduran woman apprehended Tuesday in the brush by agents from the Kingsville station said she was raped Jan. 6 by three men at a stash house near Hidalgo. She was taken to a Kingsville hospital for evaluation.</p>
  • A Pro-Life Reminder for Planned Parenthood: Don’t Mess With Texas

    01/18/2013 12:34:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Anna Higgins
    In the days leading up to the 40th commemoration of Roe v. Wade, the pro-life cause is winning the legal war against America’s largest abortion provider. As reported recently in the Texas Tribune, the State of Texas has won round one in the battle to defund abortion providers. In 2011, the Texas legislature passed what is called the “Affiliate Ban Rule,” which prohibits any health provider affiliated with abortion, including Planned Parenthood, from participating in the state’s Women’s Health Program. In April 2012, a Texas judge granted a preliminary injunction to Planned Parenthood TX, exempting them from the new rule;...
  • Texans react to President’s proposed firearms plan

    01/18/2013 8:33:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    pegasusnews.com ^ | 17 January, 2012 | Maurice Chammah
    President Obama's plan, announced Wednesday, to curtail gun violence in the wake of recent mass shootings is drawing both criticism and praise in the gun-loving state of Texas. The president is calling for Congress to implement background checks for all gun purchases and to ban certain assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Republican Gov. Rick Perry said the president's plan "disgusts" him and that it is an effort by the political left to use the killings to accomplish an anti-gun agenda. He called for prayer and a rejection of evil, as opposed to gun regulation. But Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said...
  • Pro-Second Amendment Rally, Texas Capitol, Noon Sat. Jan 19

    01/17/2013 10:41:58 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 7 replies
    Join us at the Texas State Capitol in Austin for a family friendly, pro-second amendment rally to affirm your right to bear arms. The event begins at noon on the North Side of the Capitol this Saturday, January 19th. Confirmed Speakers: Sheriff Richard Mack; TX Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; TX Rep. Steve Toth; Eric Reed - National Coordinator for Guns Across America Events; Adrian Murray - Texas Political Activist; Alan LaFrance - Texas Gun Talk; Ralph Patterson - TX Rep. Co. Chair and Gun Rights Proponent; Toby Marie Walker - Tea Party & Political Activist. Others to be announced as...