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Perry against Arizona law for Texas
The San Antonio Express-News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement he released late Thursday that portions of Arizona's tough immigration law concern him and that "it would not be the right direction for Texas." The governor did not say whether he would veto similar legislation. When asked about the controversial Arizona law earlier in the week, Perry, through a spokesman, simply called immigration policy a federal responsibility. More

IECA completes 'SWPPP It or Sweat It' online training course for TAB
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The International Erosion Control Association recently launched the "SWPPP It or Sweat It" online stormwater training course for the Texas Association of Builders. The "SWPPP It or Sweat It" training course provides a basic understanding of stormwater management and the common tasks necessary to manage runoff from construction sites for contractors. The course is a collaborative effort between the Texas Association of Builders, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency. More

Mansion addition concept approved
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After nearly seven months of politically charged debate, Texas Historical Commission officials have approved a modified plan for an addition to the burned-out Texas Governor's Mansion — a far smaller add-on than one that triggered controversy last fall. The approved plan is the larger of two that the State Preservation Board had proposed in April to replace the separate, two-story, 3,000-square-foot addition that drew howls of protest from former governors, preservationists and historical officials before it was abruptly shelved in January. More

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Perry's stimulus snub leads to higher taxes
The Houston Chronicle Falkenblog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Larry Temple, executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission, acknowledged to the Senate Committee on Economic Development that Texas' decision not to take $556 million in unemployment stimulus dollars directly led to higher taxes for business owners and more borrowing from the federal government to replenish the state's broke unemployment trust fund. More

Texas backers of safety of offshore drilling stand firm
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Politex Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram contacted a few Texas officials who had previously touted the safety of offshore drilling and asked about their thoughts on the issue in light of the British Petroleum incident. All said they still supported expanding offshore drilling. More

Texas lawmakers offer different takes on missed CNN immigration 'debate'
The Houston Chronicle Texas Politics Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The mini-debate between two Texas legislators on the immigration controversy was scheduled to air live on CNN Monday morning until the weekend attempted car bombing in Times Square postponed it. So Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, and Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, had to wait. Their scheduled appearance for Tuesday also got postponed because of the arrest of the alleged bomber of the failed car bombing. So CNN scheduled the mini-debate for 10:45 Wednesday morning. Martinez Fischer waited in the Austin studio to go on air. CNN teased the issue, but the mini debate never happened. More

Top Texas official warns that building high-speed rail is a marathon, not a sprint
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Building a high-speed-rail network in Texas will be a long process, and those who wish to someday zoom across the state in rail cars traveling 150 to 220 mph should not expect instant success, the state's top rail official warned. Rail supporters have expressed excitement in recent weeks that Texas — which was all but passed over this year when the Obama administration pledged $8 billion for high-speed-rail development — is finally getting serious in its efforts to connect cities by rail and perhaps qualify for the next round of funds. More

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Fort Hancock prepares plan to contain possible spillover violence
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Federal and local officials on Wednesday told residents of this rural community they are ready to respond if the violence in the Valley of Juárez spills over the border. Officials told about 50 residents they are adopting new measures to prepare the community in case of an emergency because of the violence, which recently struck on the Mexican side. More

Texas governor warns against speculating about cause of rig explosion
The Associated Press via The Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that it's not wise to speculate about what caused an explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and he defended his use of the term "act of God" to describe the disaster. Perry said Tuesday that the phrase — which he used in a speech in Washington, D.C. when discussing the spill — is a legal definition and that his point is "nobody knows what happened" at the oil rig off Louisiana. The undersea well has been spewing an estimated 200,000 gallons of oil a day. More

Rule change helped BP on Gulf project
The Associated Press via The San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A rule change two years ago by the federal agency that regulates offshore oil rigs allowed BP to avoid filing a plan specifically for handling a major spill from an uncontrolled blowout at its Deepwater Horizon project — exactly the kind of disaster now unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil rig operators generally are required to submit a detailed "blowout scenario." But the federal Minerals Management Service issued a notice in 2008 that exempted some drilling projects in the Gulf under certain conditions. More

Oil spill likely to push Texas Gulf seafood prices up
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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico isn't likely to raise prices of seafood at restaurants and grocery stores yet. The restaurants and markets that rely on the Gulf seafood industry are anxiously waiting to see how bad the damage will be from the growing slick off the Louisiana coast. More

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