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In Landmark Criminal Case, Citgo Could Get Off Easy

Without the fear of enormous fines, a polluter could see violations simply as the cost of doing business.

Hot List: Day 51 of the Legislature

The Lead: It was Grammy day at the Capitol apparently, with the Josh Abbott Band and Paul Wall’s famous mouth jewelry appearing in the […]

‘Practicing Medicine without a License': Senate Takes Testimony on Abortion Bill

A Senate hearing today on a bill that would restrict use of RU-486, the so-called abortion pill, felt almost perfunctory.

At Emotional Hearing, Victims Urge Ban on Texting While Driving

Several victims and family members of victims of distracted driving testified at Tuesday’s House Transportation Committee hearing on a bill that would ban texting while driving in Texas. State Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) authored the bill, HB 63. In introducing the legislation, Craddick cited numbers about the dangers of texting while driving.

Death at Dawson: Why Is Texas’ Worst State Jail Still Open?

Horrific stories of medical neglect continue to emerge from Dallas’s privately run Dawson State Jail. As damning reports are released one after another, a bipartisan coalition is asking how Dawson isn’t closed yet.

Elizabeth Black’s “The Drowning House”

  Observer books editor David Duhr recently reviewed Houston author Elizabeth Black’s debut The Drowning House for the magazine, and found that the Galveston-set […]

Hot List: Day 50 of the Legislature

The Lead: After 10,000 people rallied for more education funding at the Save Texas Schools rally over the weekend, education was again the big […]

Bad Bill: Matt Krause’s License to Discriminate

House Bill 360  Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) Under this bill Rep. Matt Krause wants to allow student organizations, even those at private schools, […]

Federal Immigration Reform Proposals Ignore Workers’ Rights

The Austin-based nonprofit organization, Workers Defense Project, says workers’ rights need to be part of the conversation as legislators in Washington, D.C. hash out immigration reform. On Thursday the group released a study, “Build a Better Nation,” that found 50 percent of all construction workers in Texas are undocumented.

Lawmaker Wants to Limit Challenges to Harold Simmons’ Radioactive Waste Dump

Citizen challenges to a West Texas radioactive waste dump owned by Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons would be limited under legislation filed by Rep. Drew Darby.