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Newspapers' poll: Perry has comfortable lead as voting starts
The Austin American-Statesman    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Rick Perry heads into the start of early voting Tuesday with a comfortable lead over his two Republican primary challengers, but he could be in for a tough November fight against the Democratic nominee, a poll commissioned by the Austin American-Statesman and other Texas newspapers shows. Perry has the support of 45 percent of likely Republican primary voters, while 29 percent back U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and 17 percent support Wharton activist Debra Medina. Just 8 percent are undecided. More

U.S. home building activity hits highest level in six months
The Associated Press via The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Housing construction posted a better-than-expected increase in January which pushed activity to the highest level in six months. The solid gain raised hopes that the construction industry is beginning to mount a sustained rebound from its worst slump in decades. More

Who owns groundwater in aquifer?
The San Antonio Express News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ownership and control of groundwater pumping rights in Texas is now in the hands of the state Supreme Court. The nine justices heard arguments in a case that pits the right of a landowner near Von Ormy to pump from the Edwards Aquifer against the government's authority to regulate the use of ground and surface water. For more than a decade, the Edwards Aquifer Authority has argued that in order for it to regulate pumping, landowners cannot own the water in the Edwards Aquifer. It was first time the state's highest court considered that argument. More

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Hutchison and White sweep newspaper endorsements
The Associated Press via Connect Amarillo    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Houston Mayor Bill White, a Democrat, are sweeping up all of the major newspaper endorsements in the race for Texas governor. More

Shami camp fights gaffes, image issues
The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Businessmen Clayton Williams and Tony Sanchez bought instant credibility in their runs for governor through large investments of their personal fortunes, but hair-care millionaire Farouk Shami isn't finding it so easy. More

Perry tells Congress that Texas relies on Toyota
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Gov. Rick Perry urged the ranking GOP member of a House committee set to grill Toyota executives next week over a spate of recent safety recalls to consider the integral role the Japanese automaker plays in the Texas economy. Perry - in a letter sent this week to Texas Congressman Joe Barton of Ennis, the ranking Republican member of the Energy and Commerce Committee - called for lawmakers to keep in mind the thousands of Texas families "whose economic livelihoods depend on Toyota" when company officials testify before the committee. More

Perry not saying if he'd run again in 2014
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Perry didn't appreciate a question about whether he would run again in 2014 if he wins this year. "I think that is a totally inappropriate question from the standpoint of I have no idea what I want to be doing past November other than getting to be the governor of the greatest state in the nation," Perry said. "So I'll let you ask that some other time when it's more appropriate." More

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Texas sues to escape carbon dioxide limits
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Texas Republican leaders Tuesday ramped up their fight against federal environmental efforts by filing suit to avoid facing limits on carbon dioxide emissions. Gov. Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples started a legal battle against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More

Dems challenging GOP lieutenant governor mostly agree
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The prospect of challenging the wealthy, well-financed Republican incumbent who has held the state's No. 2 post since 2003 has not deterred three Democrats from seeking their party's nomination for lieutenant governor. The candidates – Linda Chavez-Thompson, Ronnie Earle and Marc Katz – are competing in a quiet campaign in which they agree on most of the issues and on their top priority: beating David Dewhurst. More

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Discipline sought against Keller
The San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller should suffer consequences for her conduct in a death row inmate's failed effort to file a last-minute appeal, special prosecutors in the case against her contended. More

UNT chancellor refuses to say why president resigned
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University of North Texas students and faculty members voiced frustrations Wednesday after meeting with UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson and other officials, who would not answer questions about why President Gretchen Bataille resigned suddenly last week. More

Board agrees on conservation plan
The Amarillo Globe-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The Texas Water Development Board sided with local water conservation districts at a special meeting in Austin on Wednesday, finding the goals of the districts are reasonable. Mesa Water's owner, T. Boone Pickens, and George Arrington, a Hemphill County landowner involved in oil and natural gas production, petitioned the board to revisit the decision. More

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