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GOP Senator Accuses Colleagues of Being ‘Shills’ for Payday Lenders

An ugly scene erupted in the Texas Senate today, with Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) suggesting that some of his Republican colleagues were “shills” for the payday loan industry and worrying that the GOP would be seen as “the party that is backed and bankrolled by payday lenders.”

In West Explosion, Echoes of Another Texas Tragedy

The explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on Wednesday raises the same questions that followed the 1947 disaster in Texas City, the largest industrial accident in American history.

Want Not: Homeless Vet Ticketed for Looking for Food, Houston City Council Okay With That

Pop quiz. Which is worse: A) someone starving to death, or B) littering? If you answered B), you might want to run for Houston […]

State of Texas: Who Pays How Much In Taxes

Texas’ tax system is one of the most regressive in the country, meaning it falls especially hard on the poor.

Hot List: Day 101 of the Legislature

The Lead: We’ll say this for Sen. Dan Patrick: He keeps it interesting. In an unusual move, the Houston Republican¬† pushed the Senate yesterday […]

Lawmakers Hear Proposals to Allow More Discrimination, Limit Ethnic Studies in College

House members considered a pair of bills Wednesday rooted in social conservative ideas about what’s wrong with universities, before briefly delving into a plan to let students access unspent state loan money. The first two got most of their attention.

The Standoff in Waco

Two survivors and an FBI agent recount the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco.