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Five days after Harvey, here's where things stand in Texas

Nearly five days after the hurricane-turned-tropical storm first touched Texas soil, Harvey has broken state rainfall records and sparked unprecedented flooding across Southeast Texas and the city of Houston, where residents are desperate for relief. ... Read more»

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Texas bullet train moving ahead despite obstacles

The private firm hoping to build a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston has been celebrating a summer of successes. But three years after Texas Central Partners first revealed its ambitious venture, challenges remain.... Read more»

Houston mayor: City will drop subpoenas for sermons

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced Wednesday that the city will withdraw its subpoenas of five pastors who opposed a rule banning discrimination against gays and lesbians... Read more»

Program helping to reduce waits at Texas border bridges

Nine months into a federal pilot program created to reduce wait times at international ports of entry, operators of bridges on the Texas-Mexico border say it appears to be accomplishing that goal. But they also say it’s difficult to measure whether cars, trucks and pedestrians are moving faster across the border.... Read more»

Central American kids pushed north by poverty, violence

Unlike many undocumented adult immigrants, minors from Central America cannot be quickly deported under U.S. law. Some may have legitimate claims for asylum or refugee status. ... Read more»

Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth mayors back bullet train

The mayors of Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth on Thursday announced their unified support for the construction of a privately funded bullet train between the two metropolitan regions.... Read more»

Border roundup: The cost of immigration, changes in 2013

A look at the national, local and human costs of immigration policy as well as possible changes in store for 2013, plus a summary of recent Border Patrol activity.... Read more»1

Trafficking crimes tough to measure, harder to combat

Lawmakers will address the challenges of combating human trafficking in Texas — a state known as a national center for the difficult-to-measure crime — at a joint interim hearing in Houston on Tuesday. Texas has created harsher penalties for the crime, but advocates say it's hard to know whether they are working.... Read more»

Texas prison radio show is inmates' link to the outside world

On Friday nights, in prison cells across parts of Texas, a window opens to the outside world — a radio show for inmates that links inmates to family, friends and the world outside.... Read more»

A divide on the payoff of legalizing immigrants

Granting legal status to the illegal immigrants living in one of Texas' largest metropolitan areas would generate at least $1.4 billion a year in revenue for state and federal agencies, with Social Security and Medicare being the largest potential beneficiaries.... Read more»1

Man wanted in Peterson killing surrenders

The man wanted for first-degree murder in the killing of 21-year-old Jordan "JP" Peterson surrendered in Texas on Saturday.... Read more»3

In Tx debate, Gingrich and Cain don't mention Perry

Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich went to Rick Perry's home turf to debate Saturday night. But in an event hosted by the Texas Patriots PAC that was far more dialogue than debate, the two had little to say about their Texas rivals, Perry and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. ... Read more»

Giffords gets OK to spend campaign funds on security

The Federal Election Commission unanimously voted Thursday to let Rep. Gabrielle Giffords use about $2,200 in campaign funds for heightened security at her Houston home... Read more»

Education reform

Nation's wealthiest learn making the grade is tough work

Philanthropists spend $4.4 billion over 10 years to improve schools, but are humbled by setbacks and the need for new approaches. Has this big money made the big impact that they — as well as teachers, administrators, parents and students — hoped for?... Read more»

Giffords plans trip to shuttle launch

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is planning to attend the April 29 launch of the space shuttle, which will be commanded by her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly.... Read more»

Giffords upgraded to good condition, moved to rehab

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been upgraded to good condition, and was moved to a rehabilitation facility Wednesday, the Texas hospital where she was transferred for treatment said.... Read more»

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