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Texas Education
10:02 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Senate Bill Proposes Using Empty Classrooms For Charter School Expansion

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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. 

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The Alamo
4:31 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Travis' 'Victory or Death' Letter Returns To The Alamo On Friday

The famous 'Victory or Death' letter written by Travis before the final battle of the Alamo only made it as far as Gonzalez.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The famous Victory or Death Letter written by William B. Travis during the fall of the Alamo will be returned to the shrine here in San Antonio on Friday.

Travis wrote the letter on Feb. 24, 1836 as a plea for help when the Alamo’s defenders were surrounded by several thousand Mexican troops; it's now been 177 years.

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Texas Education
9:04 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Barbara Cargill Named New State Board of Education Chair

Caleb Bryant Miller, Texas Tribune

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:31 pm

For the first time since 2005, the Texas Senate has confirmed someone to serve a full term as head of the State Board of Education. Barbara Cargill, a Republican from The Woodlands, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011.

Cargill has supported a measure that requires students to question evolution. State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, says Cargill reassured him that she would not allow her religious conservatism to interfere with her leadership of the board.

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Texas Transportation
2:16 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Google's Driverless Car Stops At TxDOT Conference, Watch It In Action

Wells Dunbar, KUT News

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:52 pm

A Texas Department of Transportation conference wouldn’t normally attract much attention. But invite a robot car to your meeting, and everything changes.

Google and its self-driving car were on hand at the Texas Transportation Forum today. The car – which relies on technology like radar and cameras to pilot itself – was the star of a panel on transportation and technology this morning.

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Fort Hood
8:57 am
Tue February 19, 2013

From the Fort Hood Tragedy, An Unlikely Friendship Emerges

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 8:14 am

http://kut.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/QA-Bernier-Cahill-Hasan-NAWAL.mp3

The daughter of a man killed in the Fort Hood shooting rampage is now friends with the cousin of the accused shooter.

Kerry Cahill lost her father Michael Cahill at Fort Hood in 2009. Now, she's working with Nader Hasan, cousin of alleged shooter Nidal Hasan the alleged shooter, on Nader's effort to speak out against extremism through his organization, the Nawal Foundation.

Listen to our conversation with them by clicking the player above. 

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Lance Armstrong
9:15 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Livestrong Marathon Organizers See Little Effect From Armstrong Scandal (Updated)

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Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 8:54 am

Update: Omar Martinez, 27, was the overall winner at this year's Austin Marathon. He finished the 26.2 miles in just over 2 hours and 35 minutes. Kyle Smith, 26, was the fastest finisher from Austin. He came in 4th place overall.

Thirty-one year old Mariko Neveu of Austin took first place among the women. She finished in just over 2 hours and 55 minutes.

You can check your own, your friend's, or any other competitor's time at the Austin Marathon results page.

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9:11 am
Mon February 18, 2013

StateImpact: A Boom In Theft Costs Texas Industry Millions

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The gas boom in the Eagle Ford Shale has led to an economic boost for the area along with strained infrastructure, but the increase in business also means expensive equipment, and theft. The losses were causing so many problems for drilling operations that local police teamed with the FBI to form the Permian Basin Oilfield Task Force. In spite of their efforts, theft continues.
If you drive west from Houston out Interstate 10, about the time you've gone 100 miles and reached the edge of the Eagle Ford Shale, you'll begin noticing them: Big rigs and other assorted trucks. They're heading to the oil and gas fields of South and West Texas.
Texas Education
6:36 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Martinez Fischer Pushes Legislature To Restore Education Cuts

Ben Philpott/KUT News

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:35 pm

The Texas legislature cut more than $5 billion from public education in 2011 to help balance the state budget. Then last month lawmakers were told previous revenue estimates were wrong – and that they had more than $8 billion left to spend on that budget.

Spending That Money

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Texas Matters
12:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Cruz And Stockman Waste No Time Mixing It Up In D.C.

Ted Cruz in a September 2012 photo.
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Ted Cruz and Steve Stockman have quickly established themselves as vocal and active members of Congress, and their gusto is ruffling some feathers. How much do we know about the cost of state lawmaker pensions? Apparently not much, but why not? Debate about changing the way electric utilities get paid; should they be paid for capacity? Quail hunting used to be a part of everyday life, but quail populations have been declining for the past 25 years.

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The Alamo
10:32 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Photos: William Travis' 'Victory Or Death' Letter Returns To Alamo

Tyler Pratt, KUT News

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 11:41 am

 

More on the Travis letter

In 1836, William Barret Travis famously wrote “Victory or Death” in his appeal for more troops during the Battle of The Alamo. 177 years later, the iconic letter is returning to the Alamo for a brief exhibit later this month.

Currently, the letter is safely held at Austin’s Texas State Archives and Library Building, away from the harmful UV rays that have deteriorated its condition. 

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