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Speaker Joe Straus Opens the Door to ‘High-Level’ Radioactive Waste in Texas

Even as a low-level radioactive waste dump grows in West Texas, lawmakers are pondering the possibility of making Texas the home to at least some of the nation’s immense stockpile of “high-level” radioactive waste.

WTF Friday: ‘Freedom’ Is Just Another Name for Automatic Weapons

In this week’s WTF Friday we fire automatic weapons with Glenn Hegar, explore creationism with Dan Patrick and learn the one place Jerry Patterson thinks guns should be banned.

Observer Radio Episode 43: The Privatization of Mexico’s Oil

Shannon Young joins us from Mexico with a story about how Mexico is opening up PEMEX to private and foreign interests for the first time since 1938.

Wendy Davis’ Media Fail

The Wendy Davis campaign’s mismanagement of the press is damaging her candidacy.

How Texans Get Nickel and Dimed for the Sake of Big Business

Three examples of how Texans are paying more because of government’s catering to big business.

Triple D Security Settles Suit Over Deadly 2010 Wreck

A lawsuit over the on-the-job death of Ray Wauson, a 24-year-old guard with Triple D Security, revealed dramatic details about the dangers Triple D’s drivers confronted every day.

UPDATED: The Huge (or Nonexistent) Sex Abuse Problem at the Harris County Jail

Yet another Justice Department study says the Harris County Jail has a sexual abuse problem. Can Sheriff Garcia fix the problem without admitting it exists?

The Deepening Extremism in the Lieutenant Governor Primary

At a televised debate this week, all four candidates (David Dewhurst, Dan Patrick, Jerry Patterson and Todd Staples) agreed that abortions should be banned even in cases of rape or incest. It was not clear if any of them would make exceptions even for the life of the mother.

Near-Normal 2013 Caps Off Warmest Five-Year Stretch Ever in Texas

After the warmest year on record for Texas and the third-warmest year, last year provided a brief respite from the heat. So has global warming stopped? Not at all.

Prison Guard Union Calls on Texas to Curtail Solitary Confinement on Death Row

Texas’ largest prison guard union is calling for a partial end to the controversial use of solitary confinement on death row.