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US Justice Department Investigates HPD for Excessive Force

The Houston Chronicle reported today that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating six relatively recent cases of shootings or alleged use of force violations […]

Susan Combs Throws Cold Water on Texas Public Pensions “Crisis”

So, about that public pension crisis… According to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, and the data-driven report she released yesterday, there really isn’t one. “We’re actually in pretty doggone good shape,” she said at a news conference yesterday. Teachers, city workers, cops and firefighters can rest a little easier.

One Thing Perry Gets Right In His Battle With the EPA Over Ethanol

Like the proverbial broken clock, Rick Perry is occasionally right, even if his motives aren’t exactly pure. Sometimes it all comes together: the cronyism, the states’-rights belly-aching, the (situational) concern for federal subsidies, and bad ingredients turn into a decent dish.

Notes from the Texas Charter Schools Conference

The Texas Charter Schools Association’s annual conference is wrapping up this afternoon in downtown Austin, with almost 1,200 in attendance (by the official count), […]

Too Heavy To Bear: How the Armored Car Industry Leaves Workers Unprotected

At 24, Ray Wauson was thrilled to land a job as an armored-car guard. But he was entering an unregulated world in which the people guarding the cargo are often defenseless against the cargo itself.