According to oil field service company Baker-Hughes, almost half of all the oil rigs in the United States, and almost 25 percent of rigs worldwide, are in the Eagle Ford Shale region, working on "tight" oil deposits. The exploration explosion has been a boon for local economies, and also reaches statewide in its scope. Unemployment in these areas has dropped to as low as 4 percent in some counties.
With water on the minds of many, the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program is a citywide, long-standing effort to maintain sustainable water levels.
In April, the San Antonio city council will hear once again about the city's Aquifer Protection Program. It began around 2000, approved by voters to use 1/8th cent sales tax revenue to purchase land over the sensitive Recharge Zone in Bexar County.
In 2005 the program changed a little to include Medina and Uvalde Counties.
A new report out this week from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows Texas ranks third in the nation for the number of people registering under the Affordable Care Act, but a Texas conservative think-tank says many of those people weren’t previously uninsured and there are millions that haven't taken any action.
There's a new photo book out now by David K. Langford about his family’s Hill Country Ranch, and if you look back at the ranch’s history, it’s clear that their ranching philosophy is an extension of the property’s founder, Alfred Giles, a well-known South Texas architect in whose buildings you may have stood.
As Langford explains, when Giles established his ranch outside Comfort, his ranching philosophy has two themes.
“Always plan for drought. Always. And the second thing is if you have to feed, you have too many. Water is everything.”
"American" has never been a static term. The great flood of immigrants throughout the 1800s, the vast displacements of history that brought people to our shores, and the generational tides while less dramatic are proving to be no less turbulent to our understanding of that word.
These generational changes in attitudes, beliefs and endeavors are the focus of Pew Research Executive Vice President, Paul Taylor's new book, "The Next America." Taylor explores the character of our "boomer" and "millennial" generations with extensively researched polling data.
U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro says he’s changed his position on a boycott of the Texas-based Buc-ee’s gas and convenience stores after learning the company isn’t supporting Dan Patrick’s campaign.
In the past, Buc-ee’s owners Don Wasek and Beaver Aplin have donated to various Republicans, and on the night of the primary election, the two called Dan Patrick directly pledging their support and money. But Buc-ee’s general counsel Jeff Nalado says these campaign donations aren’t reflective of Buc-ee’s the company.
Hilda Valadez was known around the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center as Bexar County’s highest-paid court-appointed attorney, reportedly receiving more than $400,000 dollars over three years before 2010. She defended indigent clients, often in high-profile murder cases. Now she's on the other side of the law, entering a plea agreement that she hopes will keep her out of prison.