Battle Over Term Limits Roils Governor's Race

At the end of his first term as president of the Texas Republic, Sam Houston had to leave office before seeking another term three years later. Under the republicís constitution, the storied Texas hero was barred from serving two consecutive terms. Nearly 170 years later, the on-again, off-again question of term limits for Texas chief executives is now emerging as an ingredient in the roiling Republican primary battle between incumbent Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. More

Friedman Tossing Cowboy Hat Back in the Ring for Governor

Calling himself the "only true man of the people" in the race, Austin author-entertainer Kinky Friedman plans to launch his Democratic campaign for governor with a statewide media tour starting in Austin. Friedman had little to say about the other Democratic candidates, saying his main objective is ousting Republican Gov. Rick Perry. More

Mansfield Republican Larry Kilgore: "I Hate the U.S." and the Flag

Mansfield Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Kilgore is drawing a lot of blog attention around the state for his speech Saturday at the "Draw A Line" rally Saturday at the Texas Capitol, which called for "sovereignty or secession." More

Travis District Offers Settlements to Appraisal Protesters

Travis Central Appraisal District officials, swamped by a record number of appraisal protests and looking for ways to modernize the system, are giving some homeowners a chance at a fast-track resolution of their property tax disputes. In recent weeks, appraisal officials have mailed settlement offers to more than 15,000 homeowners who were waiting for hearings on their protests. More

Texas Loses More Than 32,000 Oil and Gas Jobs

The Texas oil and gas industry is continuing to trim jobs at a rapid pace, according to the latest Texas Petro Index (TPI), which measures employment levels in the oil and gas industry. So far this year, the stateís oil and gas sector has shed more than 32,000 jobs through July 2009. And thousands of more jobs are expected to be lost before the year is up. More

Texas School Districts to Share $62.8 Million

Texas will funnel more than $62.8 million in reimbursements to school districts for the cost of repairs incurred as a result of Hurricane Ike and for lost funding resulting from school closures due to the H1N1 outbreak in the spring. More

Swine Flu: Ten Things You Need to Know

Since it first emerged in April, the global swine flu epidemic has sickened more than 1 million Americans and killed about 500. It's also spread around the world, infecting tens of thousands and killing nearly 2,000. So how worried should you be and how do you prepare? The Associated Press has tried to boil down the mass of information into 10 things you should know to be flu-savvy. First of all - no need to panic. More

Energy Company Boosting Incentives for Solar

CPS Energy wants to spur San Antonio's solar industry by promising to buy power produced by local solar facilities. The plan, based on feed-in tariffs that helped launch the solar industries in Spain and Germany, offers local solar producers 20-year contracts for their power at 27 cents per kilowatt-hour. That's roughly three times the rate that local residents pay CPS Energy for power. More

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course Now Mandatory in Seven States

Seven states now have laws on the books that require construction workers to complete the OSHA 10-hour construction safety training course before they can work on certain construction projects. The states with an OSHA law already in effect are Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, and most recently, Missouri. The state of Nevada OSHA training law becomes effective January 1st, 2010. More