9:45 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Lance Armstrong's Celebrity Confessor: Oprah

Winfrey photo flickr.com/vtkproductions; Armstrong photo Wikipedia user Haggisnl, bit.ly/WyMQEy

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 8:37 am

From his home in Austin, Lance Armstrong will speak with Oprah Winfrey for his first interview since having his seven Tour de France titles vacated.

It was a rough 2012 for Armstrong: He saw his wins vacated once he stopped fighting doping charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last summer. USADA then issued a scathing report detailing alleged doping throughout Armstrong’s career. The fallout lead to Armstrong’s formal separation from the cancer organization he founded, Livestrong.

Read more
2:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Straus Re-Elected Speaker Of The House By Acclamation

For the last month it seemed like Republicans in the Texas house were looking for a change in leadership, but instead of a contest the floor got an anticlimactic surrender, and went back to business.
After the last of his challengers dropped out Tuesday, San Antonio Republican Joe Straus was elected to a third term as speaker of the Texas House. That last challenger, Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, never found enough support to threaten the incumbent. An earlier challenger, Rep.
Texas Legislature
9:44 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Some Texas Lawmakers Ready To Tap The Rainy Day Fund


Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:00 am

As the state legislature prepares to open its session Tuesday, lawmakers are hearing a word not spoken in the capitol for a long time. It’s ‘surplus.’ Unlike two years ago, when they faced a massive deficit and cut $15 billion from the budget, there’s talk of an increase in money for state programs and a growing Rainy Day fund. The state comptroller will release the official budget estimate this morning, but the debate over whether and how to spend the Rainy Day money has already begun.

Read more
8:30 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Lance Armstrong Considers Doping Admission To Limit Damage

A New York Times article reveals that the cyclist is facing mounting pressure from his support network -- which includes wealthy donors to his Livestrong foundation -- to clear his conscious and admit to using performance-enhancing drugs. The article also points out that Armstrong has been wanting to compete in triathlons and other events; events that usually adhere to World Anti-Doping Code regulations, from which he has received a lifetime ban.
Lance Armstrong, who this fall was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and barred for life from competing in all Olympic sports, has told associates and antidoping officials that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career, according to several people with direct knowledge of the situation.
Texas Legislature
8:13 am
Mon January 7, 2013

StateWatch Texas: 2013 Legislature Preview

KUT News

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 5:30 pm

The 83rd Texas Legislative Session begins Tuesday. Let’s go over a short list of the expected session priorities.

It's Always the Budget

The recession and Republican opposition to raising taxes ended with about $15 billion cut from the last budget.

Read more
Texas Matters
1:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Texas Legislature Opens & A Billonaire Gets Busted (Sort Of)

Texas state capitol in Austin where the 83rd Texas Legislature will convene on Jan. 8.
Wikipedia Commons

Texas Matters: It's finally here! The 83rd Texas Legislature will be sworn in and start on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Political Action Committees, or Super PACs as they came to be so heroically known in last year's election, enjoyed fairly easy regulations on both organization and donations. However, there are rules and stiff penalties if you break them; one Texas billionaire was caught and fined a shocking $6,450!

Read more
State Health Options
12:35 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

State Of Texas Takes Over Women's Health Program

image courtesy The Texas Tribune

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 5:17 am

Texas Women's Healthcare Explainer

The state of Texas launched its Women’s Health Program this week. Texas is funding the program on its own because the federal government pulled money after the state blocked Planned Parenthood from participating.

Read more
10:36 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Could Same-Sex Marriage Come to Texas?


Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 10:46 am

In recent weeks, same-sex couples in Maine, Maryland and Washington have gotten the right to marry. That's after voters in each of those states approved ballot measures clearing the way for them.

That has some people wondering: Will same-sex couples in Texas be allowed to marry?

A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court expected later this year has some in Texas thinking it could be possible.

Read more
9:42 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

The Texas Tribune's Top Stories of 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, media organizations across the state are reviewing the stories that got Texans talking, and sometimes even taking action. The Texas Tribune, a non-profit online news organization based in Austin, names toll roads, water shortages, education, women's health, and wrongful convictions among its top stories of the year.
For the last week of the year, we picked a sampling of our best of 2012: Hamilton on four-year graduation rates from Texas colleges, Ryan and Galbraith map the troubling levels of the state’s water reservoirs, Galbraith on groundwater fights in the Panhandle, Aaronson on the state insurance commissioner’s turbulent first year, Grissom, Ryan and Dehn on prosecutorial errors in Texas, M.
2012 Election
12:45 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Dewhurst Accuses Campaign Manager Of Embezzling $600K

Ben Philpott, KUT News

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 12:39 pm

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is accusing one of his aides of stealing at least $600,000 from his campaign.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Kenneth “Buddy” Barfield, an Austin political consultant who has worked for Dewhurst for years, is alleged to have use accounting tricks and false invoices to take the money. The embezzlement allegedly goes back years, and could involve up to a million dollars of campaign funds.

Read more