Texas Constitution
10:46 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Believes County's Same-Sex Benefits Plan Legal

Bill Zeeble KERA News

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 3:43 pm

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins believes the county's same-sex benefits plan approved last fall is legal, despite Monday's opinion from the Texas Attorney General that said local governments and school districts offering marriage benefits to same sex partners violate the state constitution. 

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Texas Water
9:58 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Hays Seeks Alternative Groundwater Sources, Could Affect San Antonio

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:36 pm

Hays County is looking for alternative groundwater supplies. An open Request for Proposals seeks to pipe in water from aquifers that could be tapped to supplement water from the Edwards and Trinity aquifers.

County Commissioner Ray Whisenant (R-Precinct 4) says the existing supply of water appears to be unsustainable with the county's current growth rate.

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Texas Matters
11:26 am
Fri April 26, 2013

President And Politicians Rally Community For West, Texas

Gov. Perry at a press conference addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Officials are still trying to pin down who is responsible for the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, but national and state politicians attended a tribute to urge a national sense of community. Also on this show: The Geroge W. Bush Library was dedicated this week, which is bringing up conversation about the meaning of the former president's legacy. As Texas continues to cope with drought conditions, residents who depend on rivers like the San Saba are battling agriculture interests for water rights. The U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on the cross-border Texas-Oklahoma water war.

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Texas Politics
11:30 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Jeb Bush & Hillary Clinton Appear In Dallas Before Bush Center Dedication

U.S. State Dept., Gage Skidmore (cc) wikimedia

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 6:00 am

Two potential presidential candidates are in Dallas today. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will talk about immigration to one organization. Then in the evening, past Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address a group of apartment executives.  


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Texas Legislature
9:38 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Agenda Texas: Looming Legislative Deadlines

Calendar by Texas Legislative Council

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 5:31 pm

Over 6,000 bills were filed in the 2013 legislative session. And historically speaking, only about 20 percent of them will be signed into law.

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George W. Bush
4:40 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

The New George Bush Presidential Center’s Eco-Sensitive Design

Dane Walters KERA

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 11:42 am

This is the first installment in the KERA News series "Inside the Bush Center."

George W. Bush’s environmental legacy as president was decidedly . . .  mixed. He established the largest protected marine environment in American history – more than a hundred million acres set aside in our Pacific territories. But he also permitted more mountaintop removal by mining companies. And he refused to sign the Kyoto Protocols on global warming. Yet the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of SMU is unequivocally eco-sensitive. The new center will be dedicated Thursday.

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West, Texas
4:35 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Homes Destroyed, But School Back In Session In West

Lauren Silverman

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 4:15 pm

Only a railroad separated West’s intermediate school from the fertilizer plant that exploded last week. The blast destroyed that school -- and left three out of four West ISD campuses unusable. But many West students are going to finish the school year, just not in West. 

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Texas Matters
1:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Environmental Regulations And Their Role In Preventing Disasters

@vrbruno3 Instagram

Texas Matters: A former environmental inspector talks about regulations and their role in industrial safety following the deadly explosion in West, Texas. Also on this show, an update on the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is hitting some speedbumps along the way.

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West, Texas
12:45 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Officials: 12 Dead, 200 Injured In West Explosion

BJ Austin KERA News

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 6:14 pm

Update: 1:21 p.m..: Sen. John Cornyn said at a press conference that 60 people are still unaccounted for in the town of West.

"There are a number of confirmed dead but a number who are unaccounted for," he said.

Some headlines circulating now are skipping context, KERA's BJ Austin tells us.  Cornyn's announcement came with the cautionary point that many could be staying with friends and family, and they aren't presumed dead. Authorities still haven't scoured all the hospital lists for names, according to Cornyn.

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Kaufman County Killings
10:20 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Ex-Justice Of The Peace Eric Williams Charged With Capital Murder

Bill Zeeble KERA News

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 6:05 pm

Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams was charged Thursday with capital murder in the shooting deaths of the County’s DA, his wife, and the assistant DA.  Williams was under suspicion early on.

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