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  • TX:Deputies: Man shot, killed on apartment doorstep

    02/11/2013 7:28:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | 9 February, 2013 | NA
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Harris County deputies say they are investigating a shooting death that occurred Friday at an apartment complex on Barker Cypress near Western Pass. A man was shot and killed on the doorstep of a third-floor apartment at 10 p.m. Friday night, said deputies. Deputies believe he was shot when he tried to force his way into the apartment. They said he knocked on the door, and when the people inside refused to open it, he may have pushed his way inside the apartment. Deputies believe this is when he was killed.
  • Chris Kyle Memorial - live streaming

    02/11/2013 11:12:15 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 18 replies
    NBCWashington.com ^ | Feb 11, 2013
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  • The Texas Growth Machine: The data show that the Lone Star State’s prosperity is no mirage.

    02/11/2013 7:24:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | 02/11/2013 | Wendell Cox
    The American economy has had little to cheer about since the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting recession. Recovery has been feeble, and many states continue to struggle. One bright spot in the general gloom, however, is Texas, which began shining long before 2008. Not only has Texas created jobs at a stunning rate; it has also—pace critics like the New York Times’s Paul Krugman—created lots of good jobs. Indeed, the rest of the nation could turn to the Lone Star State as a model for dynamic growth, as a close look at employment data shows. The first thing to...
  • Wildcatter bets big on Eagle Ford’s fringe

    02/11/2013 4:48:35 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 10, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller
    FRIO COUNTY, Texas — Harvey Howell arrives first to the field where he hopes to turn $1.3 million into a whole lot more money. As he paces the orangey sand where he’s looking for oil, the only sounds are birdsong, the soft rush of a cool winter wind and the buzz of insects. “Nothing much happening,” Howell says. Which is the first problem. There’s supposed to be water in a drilling pit, but it’s dry. There’s supposed to be a drilling rig, but it’s still on the road. Besides Howell’s Toyota Forerunner, the only vehicle on site is a trash...
  • Perry Swoops Down From Texas on California Business, and Jerry Brown Is Not Impressed

    02/10/2013 7:49:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/10/2013 | ROSS RAMSEY
    What could be more fun than a throwdown between Governor Goodhair and Governor Moonbeam? Rick Perry is on a four-day “business recruitment trip” to California, escalating his raids on Jerry Brown’s economy and getting enough attention to, maybe, get some businesses to think about moving. With new taxes that were imposed by California and Congress at the end of 2012, Californians — including decision-making executives — are among those who pay the highest taxes in the country. Mr. Perry recently spent a pittance — $24,000 for a radio advertisement in a state like California has a smaller audience than a...
  • Some teachers at odds with CSCOPE (Texas, very scary stuff)

    02/10/2013 7:43:33 PM PST · by BobL · 51 replies
    Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX) ^ | Dec. 16th, 2012 | Ann Work
    Stan Hartzler has been a math teacher for a long time. The 40-year teacher has written textbooks, taught college math, and given hundreds of presentations on how to teach his subject. So when he was hired in August 2012 to launch a robust attack on Luling Independent School District's failing math scores, he brought a solid understanding of what his students needed. But Hartzler would soon become a casualty in a growing state controversy when, shortly after his hire, his superintendent adopted a new teaching system called CSCOPE. It organized each day's classroom topics — minute to minute — and...
  • Parents gain access to secret school curriculum

    02/09/2013 5:53:56 PM PST · by wesagain · 104 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | John Griffing
    AUSTIN, Texas – Parents of school children across Texas now are gaining access to a previously secret public school curriculum, according to an announcement from a state lawmaker. The CSCOPE program, an online offering that until now has prohibited, under penalty of law, teachers from sharing the lessons with parents, stirred up controversy because of its various lessons – some that were taken offline after the questions arose. Among those issues were that the curriculum at one point taught the Boston Tea Party was an act of terrorism and Christians were cannibals, and forced students to draw a socialist flag...
  • Texas Reaganauts: Rove Did Not Run 1980 Reagan Campaign in Texas, But He Was Involved (Anti-Reagan)

    02/09/2013 10:42:19 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    Republican political consultant Karl Rove went on The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday and said -- in response to conservative criticism of his new political action committee – that he had been the director of the 1980 Ronald Reagan campaign in Texas, a point questioned by veteran Texas GOP campaign leaders and which seems to be only partly true for the period after Reagan secured the Republican presidential nomination that year. Reagan won the nomination at the GOP convention in Detroit in July 1980, beating out George H. W. Bush, the candidate Rove had supported. In late August/early September of that...
  • Dan Rather on Reddit: No one proved that Bush documents were forged

    02/08/2013 5:13:35 PM PST · by george76 · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner: ^ | February 8, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    former CBS broadcaster Dan Rather (Now with AXS-TV) was understandably asked a question about ‘Rathergate’ – the story on George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard that used forged documents in the report. Rather responded brusquely: Number 1 – the facts of case are not in dispute. Number 2 – no one had ever established that the documents were forged
  • Cold Case: 1977 Texas Army Officer’s Killing Finally Leads to Arrests

    02/08/2013 4:05:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 8, 2013
    For 30 years the trail had been cold — Major Chester Garrett, a decorated U.S. Army officer, found murdered in the desert near El Paso, Texas in January 1977. Now, police say they have arrested his stepson and estranged wife. Maj. Garrett was 36 when he was found dead. He had suffered blunt force trauma to the head, and stab wounds as well. At the time, local authorities pursued leads, but eventually the case went cold. It was only in 2006 that the case was reopened after family members contacted the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to review the case....
  • El Paso: FBI Stats Deem Border City Safest In The Country 3 Years In A Row

    02/08/2013 10:44:10 AM PST · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    http://www.myfoxdc.com/ ^ | February 8, 2013 | FOX News
    EL PASO, Texas - This dusty desert city sits directly across the Mexican border from what has been widely labeled as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Ciudad Juarez. The bloody drug war has claimed an estimated 10,000 lives in Juarez in the last five years. Yet this week, for the third year in a row, El Paso was ranked as the safest U.S. city with a population greater that 500,000 by CQ Press, which compiled FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.
  • Homeowner shoots intruder twice for climbing into backyard

    02/07/2013 2:11:28 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    www.khou.com ^ | 6 February, 2013 | Rekha Muddaraj
    HOUSTON - A suspected robber is in the hospital Tuesday after a homeowner shot him twice after he caught him climbing over his back fence. The suspect ignored a “no trespassing” sign on the fence and climbed over the fence into the bed of a truck. That is when the homeowner came out to investigate. -------------------cut--------------------------------- From the comments, Greg Thompson writes: "KHOU he did not shoot him for climbing into the yard as your headline states, he shot the POS because he was trespassing and he feared for his safety. You morons. "
  • 911 call: 'He was talking kinda babble,' says relative of shooting suspect

    02/07/2013 10:28:55 AM PST · by Valpal1 · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed February 6, 2013 | CNN Staff
    The Saturday afternoon call from Routh's sister, Laura Blevins, came from her home in Midlothian, some 30 miles southeast of Fort Worth, after Routh, she said, had come to visit her and her husband. "He's left now, but he told me that he's committed a murder, and I'm terrified for my life because I don't know if he's going to come back here," Blevins says in the call, her words spilling out in a torrent of worry. "I don't know if he's being honest with me." Asked for detail, she says, "He says that he killed two guys. They went...
  • Oilmen hope to make new history at Spindletop

    02/07/2013 7:20:12 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | February 7, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Spindletop. The name evokes an oil discovery that made history. When a well piercing the salt dome near Beaumont first gushed in 1901, it introduced a cheap supply of commercial energy that transformed the oil industry and American life. More than 100 years later, the oilmen are back at Spindletop, calculating how to extract even more oil from deeper levels at the hallowed site, which they believe may contain millions more barrels of crude. Two exploration companies are working together to finance and build a well at Spindletop, based on new data that allows them to better predict where profitable...
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz Needs Letters Supporting the Second Amendment

    02/06/2013 7:41:00 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 47 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    Houston, Tx --(Ammoland.com)- U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, & Human Rights : The Senate committee listed above will take up the subject of “Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment” next Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Senator Cruz is the Ranking Member of this subcommittee. Senator Cruz is asking for your help. Please be willing to submit your thoughts on a relevant topic for Sen.Cruz and the committee to consider in the form of a formal letter to the committee which makes either a pro 2nd Amendment...
  • House bill could create new 'national nurse' public health position

    02/06/2013 4:05:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Pete King (R-N.Y.) and more than two dozen Democrats have introduced legislation that would create a national nurse to work alongside the surgeon general. The National Nurse Act, H.R. 485, would designate the chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) as the "National Nurse for Public Health." The bill would have the national nurse work alongside the surgeon general and "focus on health promotion, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities." "As the first registered nurse in Congress, I know from experience how nurses play a critical role in health promotion and...
  • Jerry Brown to Rick Perry: That "come-on-down-to-Texas" ad is “barely a fart”

    02/06/2013 2:53:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/06/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    I love federalism. Which is to say, really, that I love competition. When states, like businesses, compete for their desired goals in a free-market scenario, everybody wins in the long run, because the policies that really work and appeal to the most people will come out on top.Texas and California are often compared as polar opposites in terms of their business-friendly policies; i.e., Texas is reliably ranked number one and California usually comes in around dead last. There are plenty of traditional and cultural factors that keep California an attractive place for venture capital investment, but an incoming raft of...
  • TX:Homeowner shoots, wounds would-be burglar

    02/06/2013 10:17:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    chron.com ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Dale Lezon
    Police arrested a 39-year-old man Monday night after a homeowner shot and wounded him while he was trying to break into a house in north Houston, officials said. Kenneth Wayne Shepherd is charged with attempted burglary of a home in connection with the shooting about 9:40 p.m. in the 200 block of Janisch near Werner, said Jodi Silva, a spokeswoman for the Houston Police Department.
  • Boy Scouts board delays vote on controversial policy banning gays from Scouting

    02/06/2013 9:16:43 AM PST · by drinktheobamakoolaid · 18 replies
    The Boy Scouts of America board has deferred any decision on its controversial membership policy that bans gays and lesbians from Scouting. Daron Smith, a spokesman for organization’s national headquarters in Irving, released a statement this morning saying that the national board won’t make a decision today on altering the policy. Instead, he said, the Boy Scouts will gather more information and opinions from its stakeholders around the nation and then reconsider the membership policy at its annual meeting in May.
  • Reagan’s Four Principles and Texas’ Prosperity (Happy Birthday today, to a Great President)

    02/06/2013 8:47:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/06/2013 | Peggy Venable
    Ronald Reagan was born Feb 6, 1911. This week marks the 102nd anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birthday. It provides a time to reflect on the leader and on his vision for America. A former Democrat turned Republican, he had led a labor union and as an actor was an unlikely Presidential candidate when he first ran for President in 1976 against then-President Ford. He was not the typical Republican and frankly rocked the Republican establishment. But he eloquently articulated optimism for our country and a vision which garnered the support of voters from both parties as well as citizens who...