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  • Fire-disabled cruise ship on its way to Mobile

    02/12/2013 8:26:15 AM PST · by cll · 51 replies
    CruiseCritic.com ^ | 02/12/2013
    (10:15 a.m. EST) – Carnival Triumph is on the move again, under the power of two tugboats, and is expected to arrive in Mobile on Thursday afternoon, according to a new update from Carnival Cruise Lines. All passengers will then be flown to Houston. Limited onboard systems remain functional, though the sewage system did go down again last night for a short period. Technicians were able to gets "some of them [toilets] back on line this morning," Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said. Passengers "are doing well under the circumstances," and the ship's entertainment staff has planned various activities to try...
  • Father charged in murder of man who killed his 2 sons

    02/12/2013 6:51:08 AM PST · by Nickname · 47 replies
    Click2Houston ^ | Feb 11 2013 | n/a
    BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas - A Brazoria County grand jury has indicted a father for the murder of another man. According to investigators, David Barajas shot and killed a drunk driver who hit and killed his two young sons.
  • Texas Trumps Governor Moonbeam: Governor Perry goes on a recruiting tour in California

    02/12/2013 6:45:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/13/2013 | John Fund
    Texas governor Rick Perry knows how to start a rumble. Last week, he spent a mere $24,000 on radio ads in California, urging firms there to move to Texas, with its “zero state income tax, low overall tax burden, sensible regulations, and fair legal system.” The ad goaded Governor Jerry Brown into telling reporters that Perry’s effort wasn’t news. “It’s not a burp,” he sneered. “It’s barely a fart.” But his insult generated dozens of stories about the differences between Texas and California, playing into Perry’s hands. He begins a four-day barnstorming tour of California today, touting Texas’s virtues to...
  • Grenade attack at U.S. Consulate in Mexico

    02/11/2013 4:54:41 PM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies
    Examiner ^ | FEb. 8, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    On Thursday, the Dallas News reported: Three grenades exploded Thursday evening in Nuevo Laredo, just feet from the U.S. Consulate office, sources in the Mexican border city said. No injuries were reported, but the explosions rattled the neighborhood, as locals scurried for cover amid a firefight between what’s believed to be members of the Zetas criminal group and their former allies, the Gulf cartel, which is making a push to reclaim the territory. The two groups appear to be battling, leaving a trail of killings and burned houses. In recent days, sources said, seven people have been killed — three...
  • 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...