Texas

Texas Matters
12:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Texas Matters: Changing The Beer Laws In Texas One Bottle At A Time

Maggie Villarreal, who owns Blue Star Brewing, and Blue Star employee Alicia Spence (handing the beer) distribute another tasty sample at Views and Brews.
Chris Eudaily TPR

There is speculation that beer is the reason the first human tribes stopped their nomadic wanderings and began to set up permanent settlements. They wanted to plant and cultivate the ingredients to beer.

Even before the first loaf of bread was baked these prehistoric partiers were home brewing their own suds. The settlement’s brew master was the community’s wise man, scientist, doctor and law giver.

Lawmakers vs. Brew Masters

Read more
Texas Veterans
11:02 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Afghanistan Veteran Writing Names Of 2,200 Fallen Vets From Memory

Lauren Silverman KERA News

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 4:17 pm

Ron White is spending the day writing the  names and rank of 2,200 soliders in Afghanistan who died on the same tour he served. He’s doing this all from memory -- more than 6,600 words in sequence.


Read more
Texas Legislature
8:56 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Jeb Bush Pushes Charter School Expansion, Rigorous Standardized Testing

Lizzie Chen/KUT News

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 6:00 pm

One of the biggest Republican stars in the country provided some advice on overhauling public education to the state Senate today. 

“I would advocate that when you have a chance to reform, it ought to be big,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told the Senate Education Committee. “You ought to go big or go home.”

Read more
Texas Musicians
12:17 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn, The 'American Sputnik' Of Piano, Dies At 78

Van Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 11:48 am

Legendary pianist Van Cliburn has died at his home in Fort Worth, former CEO of the Cliburn Foundation Richard Rodzinski confirms. Cliburn was diagnosed with bone cancer in August. 

Read more
Texas Legislature
9:10 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Farmers Market Bills Cropping Up at Texas Legislature

flickr.com/cbroders

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 7:40 am

Lawmakers are thinking locally at the Capitol.

Texas House members will hear two bills today that seek to loosen rules on local agriculture by lowering restriction of raw milk sales to consumers and placing a cap on the amount of taxes levied on farmers at local markets.

Read more
Texas Legislature
3:36 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Proposed Bills Would Shutter Gas Chamber For Texas Pets And Strays

I-Hwa Chang for KUT News

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 12:11 pm

More than 100,000  cats and dogs are euthanized every year in Texas shelters. Euthanasia by carbon monoxide – essentially a gas chamber –  is still common practice in nearly 30 shelters.  

Within the last five years, almost 30 Texas cities banned gas chambers, switching from carbon monoxide to lethal injection. Pennsylvania and Louisiana banned gas chambers statewide last year.Description: --break->

Read more
Texas Legislature
11:42 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Texas Lawmakers Renew Push On Statewide Texting And Driving Ban

flickr.com/indyplanets

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:59 am

Texas lawmakers are trying again to pass a statewide law banning texting while driving. A similar measure passed in the Texas House and Senate last legislative session, but was vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry.

Today, Texas Rep. Tom Craddick’s House Bill 63 is getting its first public hearing. The bill is going before the House Committee on Transportation.

Read more
Texas Education
10:09 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Agenda Texas: Will Safety Bills Make Schools Safer?

Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:31 pm

Agenda Texas as heard on KUT 90.5

The December school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut left the nation stunned and  grief-stricken – and scared it could happen again.

Texas lawmakers have filed a handful of bills they say could increase security for students and peace of mind for parents. But some say those bills are more show than substance.

"A couple of bills are obviously just designed to appeal to the NRA while making it appear that they’re trying to make schools safer, when in fact they wouldn’t," says Texas State Teachers Association spokesman Clay Robison.

Read more
Texas Matters
4:22 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Permian Basin On The Upswing While Panhandle Struggles

Ruben and Riene Olivas worry what will happen to their business now that the Cargill Beef plant in Plainview has closed.
Credit Mose Buchele

As Oil Revenue Rises, Cost Of Living Follows

Read more
Texas Education
10:02 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Senate Bill Proposes Using Empty Classrooms For Charter School Expansion

hdes.copeland flickr.com

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 5:12 pm

The head of the Senate Education Committee says 100,000 Texas families are on waiting lists for charter schools, and it's time to expand the number of charters and provide more funding. 

Read more

Pages