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Texas Matters
3:20 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Kit Carson And The First Battle Of Adobe Walls

It was 150 years ago this November that the first battle of Adobe Walls was fought. A major military engagement in what is called the Indian Wars – the American genocidal campaign against the native peoples of the Great Plains.

The battle happened on November 25, 1865 and the American force was led by the famous scout Kit Carson. The battle ground is in The Texas Panhandle - Hutchison County about 75 miles north east of Amarillo.

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Texas Matters
2:54 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

State Lags In Women Office Holders

State Senator Wendy Davis campaigns in San Antonio for governor.
Credit David Martin Davies

As Texans head to the polls on Tuesday there will be many choices to make, issues to weigh and candidates to consider. But is the gender of the candidate a factor in Texas elections?

A first-of-its-kind data set reveals that Texas is among the worst in the country in the number of women represented in elected positions, ranking number 46 out of 50 states.

But are Texans less likely to vote for women candidates? Or are women candidates less likely to run for office?

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Health News
9:50 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Ebola In Dallas: A Timeline

Thomas Eric Duncan (L), Nina Pham (C) and Amber Joy Vinson (R). Duncan was the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the U.S. He died Oct. 8. Pham and Vinson, both Presbyterian healthcare workers, were also infected with the virus.
Facebook/The Texas Tribune

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 4:12 pm

The Ebola virus has dominated the news in North Texas since it was announced on Sept. 29 that a man at a Dallas hospital might have the deadly disease. On Sept. 30, medical tests confirmed that Thomas Eric Duncan had the Ebola virus. 

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Eagle Ford Shale
5:38 am
Sun October 12, 2014

In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom

Guillermo Gomez, husband of Vilma Marenco, holds his daughter in their home in Northeast Houston. Marenco was killed in April after being hit by an uninsured trucker who ran a red light.
Mayra Beltran Houston Chronicle

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 12:14 pm

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked huge reserves of oil and gas in shale formations in many states. The biggest winner, in terms of new jobs, has been Texas.

But an investigation by Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle shows Texas highways have become the nation's deadliest amid a fracking boom.

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Texas Matters
3:00 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Will Hispanics Turn Texas Blue?

Castro Brothers at St. Paul's Assembly Hall for Send-Off celebration as they head off to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Credit David Martin Davies

Monday was the deadline to register to vote in Texas. And the state’s larger county election offices are reporting a two percent increase in voter registration. That's interesting, because this is a non-presidential year election, which typically generates less enthusiasm. Some are taking that as a sign that the group Battleground Texas is making headway in changing voting patterns in Texas. Battleground Texas is led by veterans of the Obama presidential campaigns and is aligned with Wendy Davis. So is Texas getting ready to show on blue on election day?

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Energy
4:35 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Texas Comptroller Report Targets Wind Power

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Texas has been called the Saudi Arabia of wind energy. The state leads the world in wind energy production. That boom is due in part to tax breaks that wind companies receive for the installation of the giant turbines that can be seen in the panhandle, west Texas and on the coast.

“It’s time for wind to stand on its own two feet. Billions of dollars of tax credits and property tax limitations on new generation helped grow the industry, but today they give it an unfair market advantage over other power sources,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

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Texas
4:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Travis Co. D.A. To Wait On Sen. Ken Paxton Investigation

State Sen. Ken Paxton wins the GOP nomination for Attorney General
Credit KERA-North Texas Public Media

One of the biggest races on the November ballot is for Texas Attorney General. The two main candidates are Republican Ken Paxton and Democrat Sam Houston. State Senator Paxton has been running for the office under the dark cloud that the Travis County District Attorney’s office might reveal they are targeting him in a criminal investigation related to his previous guilty plea for securities fraud. But this week the Travis County D.A.s office announced they would delay making that decision until after the election.

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Texas
3:51 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Audit Uncovers Problems With Texas Enterprise Fund

Gov. Rick Perry and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk break ground near Brownsville for a spaceport which received $15 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund.
Credit Office of the Governor of Texas

The Texas Enterprise Fund, Governor Rick Perry says it’s a deal closer. With a half billion dollars at his disposal Perry uses it as big pot of money that he can use to bring companies to Texas. Toyota was awarded $40 million to uproot its U.S. headquarters from California to suburban Dallas. SpaceX got $15 million to build the space port in Brownsville. Perry says the fund has been instrumental in helping build Texas' booming economy.

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Texas Matters
5:37 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

"Blood Aces," The Story Of Benny Binion

There is definitely some kind of spiritual connection between Texas and Las Vegas. And that could be traced back to one particular murderous crook named Benny Binion. There’s a statue of Binion today in Vegas with him high on a horse with his cowboy hat tilted in a cocky fashion.

Doug Swanson has written the incredible story of this gamble cowboy - "Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion," the slam-bang thrill ride of a biography by Doug Swanson of the Dallas Morning News.

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Texas Matters
5:22 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Is ISIS Crossing The Texas-Mexico Border?

A screen grab from an ISIS recruiting video
Credit NBC news

As the United States engages the terrorist organization ISIS or ISIL in Iraq and Syria, there are people here sounding the alarm that the Texas Mexico border is being crossed by members of the Islamic State seeking to harm to Americans.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter was on Fox News this week (video below) saying that he believes that members of ISIS have already crossed the border.

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