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    October 2, 2014

    Ebola Has Landed in Texas, But Keep Calm

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that a man was diagnosed with Ebola up in Dallas on Tuesday. For anyone that has ever seen Outbreak, this may seem like a good time to panic, but that's what both experts and politicians are urging everyone not to do. Dr. Charles Ericsso ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Attorney For Death-Row Inmate Slams State Secrecy On Eve of Execution

    As is typical before any scheduled execution, attorneys for death-row inmate Willie Trottie are fighting the clock. As Trottie - a Harris County man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her brother in 1993 - awaits his date with the country's most active death chamber tomorrow, his appellate ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    Wendy Davis' Chances Dismissed by Democrats

    It's one thing to have the opposing party saying a candidate doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell (or a Democrat's chance in Texas) but when the candidate's own party signals they aren't so sure, now that has got to be awkward. Case in point, state senator Wendy Davis became a political superst ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Plutocracy in Action: Rick Perry's Employment Agency and McCutcheon Simplified

    That quaking and creaking isn't from the Chilean earthquake, it's a destructive seismic shift to right-wing extremism and plutocracy in real time with its epicenter in Texas. The rumble began with Greg Abbott's new education model, "Teach the Best and Shoot the Rest" based on Charles Murray's white ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Just a Matter of Time Before Gay Texans Start to Legally Marry --- It's NBD!

    Just as arch-conservative Arizona Governor Jan Brewer crumbled to public and political pressure and vetoed Arizona's so-called "anti-gay legislation," a Texas federal court judge (Hon. Orlando Garcia) in San Antonio struck down Texas's ban on same-sex marriage because it violated the equal protectio ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    248 Dogs Face Uncertain Future, And Their Rescue Organization Won't Tell us Why

    Until last December, Hewitt-based Happy Endings Dog Rescue paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to board dogs at the Lavon-based Camp Diggy Bones kennel. But word went out among the animal rescue community that Happy Endings, run by a woman named Linda Robinson-Pardo, suddenly lost a major ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Federal Appeals Court Hears Texas Abortion Law

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday over the controversial Texas abortion law. The law, which was allowed to be enacted in October by the Fifth Circuit, requires doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges to conduct abortions. State Sen. Wendy Davis rocketed to p ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    The 20 Worst People of 2013

    Featuring threesome seekers, cokehead judges, hockey dads from hell and, quite naturally, Wells Fargo.

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    November 19, 2013

    UT Young Conservatives Plan to Play 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant'

    This is the time of year when the Pilgrims and their big immigration way back when are in everyone's thoughts (mostly because it created an entire holiday revolving around pie) but the Young Conservatives of Texas of the University of Texas has taken this immigration thing to a whole other level. A ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Appeals Court Reinstates Part of Texas Abortion Law

    Days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued an injunction blocking parts of the new Texas abortion law, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has reinstated the portion of the law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic. The le ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Pro-Lifers Planning a Protest Outside Planned Parenthood Wednesday (They Like the State Abortion Law)

    Not everyone was thrilled with U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel's ruling on part of the Texas abortion law on Monday, and some of the displeased are showing it with a protest. Yeakel ruled on a section of the law requiring doctors administering abortions to obtain admitting rights to a hospital withi ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott Agree on One Thing (Proposition 6)

    You may not have the foggiest notion what Proposition 6 is -- and/or you may not care -- but the proposition to change the state constitution to allow funding of the state water plan has got a few fancy supporters, including Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott and Sen. Wendy Davis, the two frontrunners for th ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    UPDATED: Federal Judge Blocked Part of Texas Abortion Law

    UPDATE: Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz have both issued statements about Yeakel's decision and we're shocked to report they're both agin' it. In other news, the world is round! Puppies are cute! There's gambling in Casablanca! Anyways, Perry said he'll continue the fight (or something John Wayne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    New Voter ID, Unavailable in Seventy Counties in State, Opens With Wealth of Issues Remaining

    Between Sen. Wendy Davis's filibuster and the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, this week has been a strangely successful one for progressives in Texas. However, there was a ruling before either of these realities that girded conservatives and tea partiers in the s ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    (Updated) Jesus FTW: God-Lovin' Kountze Cheerleaders Trounce Heathens in Court Battle

    Updated with statements from Governor Rick Perry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In a high-profile battle based on small-town football, the cheerleaders in the little East Texas burg of Kuntze have won a court battle to praise Jesus during football games. The Kountze case drew national a ... More >>

  • News

    May 2, 2013

    Rick Perry: Mum's The Word

    Rick Perry has adopted a more behind-the-scenes approach this time around. That doesn't mean he hasn't been busy.

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    March 12, 2013

    Lesley Pehrigo: Prison For Indeceny With Four-Year-Old Boy In 1999; Gets Out & Violates Parole By Having Contact With Him

    Lesley Pehrigo's career as a sex offender seems odd and details are sketchy. But if online records are correct, she went to prison for indecency with a child -- a four-year-old child. The incident, of which there aren't many details handy, happened in 1999. She did her time and got out. On Friday ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Darque Tan Settles With AG Over False Claims That Tanning Is Healthy

    With people so worried about skin cancer that they're looking for triple-digit SPFs, it takes guts to claim that spending time in a tanning bed is healthy. Orange-y, unnaturally colored guts. But Houston Darque Tans have apparently continued to say their beds increase Vitamin D in their GTL custome ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Judge Tosses Out Texas' Method Of Funding Schools, Saying It's Unfair

    A state district judge ruled today the method Texas uses to fund its schools is unconstitutional and unfair and must be overhauled. Ruling in a suit brought by the Houston school district and other districts, Judge John Dietz said the state has not met the basic requirements of fairness in funding ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    UPDATED Three People Shot at Lone Star College

    A shooting has taken place at the main campus of Lone Star College in north Harris County. Details are scant at this point, but according to other news outlets, three people were shot at the campus around 12:30 p.m. One of the people shot may be a gunman. It's also believed that another gunman got ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    George Prescott Bush, Yes, ANOTHER One, Considering Run for State Office

    Honestly, I thought George Foreman had a lot of Georges in his family, but now I'm beginning to wonder if the Bush clan doesn't have him beat. First there was George H.W. Bush, then George W. Bush. Now, there's George P. Bush (maybe even P.G. if you count his second middle name), son to Jeb and gran ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Feds Toss Out Texas's Redistricting Maps: Biased Against Minorities, Panel Says

    The Texas GOP's lengthy effort to create redistricting maps that federal judges say don't discriminate against minorities hit another snag today when a three-judge panel in D.C. threw out the latest plan. The judges said the proposed maps failed to meet fairness standards using various tests and an ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Texas Joins Suit Against Apple, Publishers for E-Book Price-Fixing

    Texas joined 15 other states and the feds today in suing Apple and three publishing companies for alleged price-fixing e-books. "Colluding to fix prices violates antitrust laws and raises costs for customers," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. "In this case, three of the nation's largest pub ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2012

    The Super Bowl Prostitution Hoax

    Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend.

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    January 20, 2012

    Is Texas Going to Have a Primary? Redistricting Maps Go Back to Drawing Board

    The Texas primary is allegedly a little more than two months away, but some people still don't know what congressional or state-legislature district they're in, and the people running for those seats don't know who to court. The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a redistricting map drawn up by a pa ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    BP to Pay $50 Million in Civil Penalties for Pollution Connected to Texas City Blast, AG Says

    The Texas City blast​Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has announced that BP has agreed to pay a $50 million fine "for unlawfully emitting pollutants during and after the March 2005 explosion" at its Texas City plant. The civil penalties come two years after BP paid $50 million to resolve fe ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    AG Sues to Preserve Galveston's Fort Crockett

    ​Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed a suit on behalf of Texas's state historical officer, asking a judge to order the owners of Fort Crockett to fix the buildings and not demolish them. The state is asking for a temporary restraining order against Max Bowen Enterprises and Juan Hijo ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    EPA Hits Texas, Other States With Tougher Air Pollution Regulations: Cue Outrage From Rick Perry, Greg Abbott

    Feds up the ante in battle against TCEQ, Perry​The Environmental Protection Agency announced stricter rules on air pollution, rules that will especially affect Texas, whose politicians have been fighting tenaciously to avoid federal regulation of the state's many pollution producers. The EPA ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Texas Cities and Nonprofit Entities to Get About $3.5 Million in National Settlement of JPMorgan Suit

    Settlement helps, a little.​Financial giant JPMorgan has agreed to pay $228 million to settle charges that it manipulated deals involving the government bond market, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the state's portion of it will be about $3.5 million. The money will go to Texas mu ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    UTMB Forced to Give PETA Documents on Animal Experiments

    UTMB must hand over more than 1,000 pages, AG says.​Attorney General Greg Abbott has ruled that the UT Medical Branch in Galveston must turn over documents sought by PETA regarding experiments done on animals. A PETA whistleblower alleged in January that animals were used in painful and dead ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Texas To EPA: Keep Your Hands Off Our Rubber Stamp!!

    Texas goes to court​As expected, Texas state officials are not just going to roll over and accept the Obama administration's taking away their right to rubber-stamp every application to let companies pour greenhouses gases into the air. Texas AG Greg Abbott went to court today, filing a petit ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    TCEQ Gets Slammed: Feds Take Powers Away From Texas' Air-Pollution "Watchdog"

    TCEQ step aside, feds say​Is an agency a "watchdog" when it doesn't watch? Apparently the feds don't think so. In a bold move today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was taking over the job of issuing greenhouse-gas permits in Texas because the Texas Council on Environmental ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    SunMart: Jury Hits Gas-Station Chain For $30 Million For Cheating At Pumps

    Not all gallons are created equal​SunMart is a Houston-based company that runs convenience stores across the Southwest. If you regularly got your gas from there, a Houston jury said this week, you got ripped off. You paid for a gallon but got less, through some pump trickery. A jury hit SunMa ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Rep. Pete Olson, Standing Up Against Those Pesky Pollution Rules

    Texas can police its own air, thankyouverymuch.​Republican U.S. Congressman Pete Olson may not officially be the poster boy for the oil and gas industry, but one could argue that he's really bucking for the job. Last week, Olson of Sugar Land announced that he and a few other politicians on Capit ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Mugshots: Sheriff Adrian Garcia Doesn't Want You To See Them

    This mugshot would be highly secret information in Harris County, says the sheriff​Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's office has announced a new policy where they will no longer provide the media -- or you, the public -- with mugshots of arrested people until they have been convicted of a crime ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    How Not To Repair Your Credit

    ​You might think that a business couldn't squeeze much money out people who are tens of thousands of dollars in debt, but where there's a will, and perhaps a paucity of ethics, there's a way.This week's Houston Press cover story takes a look at a rift between two "debt invalidation" companies, in ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Radnofsky's Claim About Texas Marriages Is Quite A Stretch

    ​Houston lawyer Barbara Ann Radnofsky, who plans to challenge Greg Abbott as a Democratic candidate in next year's Attorney General race, must feel that the spotlight isn't shining bright enough from her speaking gig at tonight's Tarrant County Young Democrats Gubernatorial Forum at Texas Christia ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Houston's Better Business Bureau Has No Love For Conn's, Despite What Conn's Implies

    Yesterday, when we told you about Texas AG Greg Abbott going after the Conn's appliance chain for deceptive practices, we included the company's response.Conn's said "a current measure of our dedication to customer service by our more than 3,200 employees is our Better Business Bureau rating. We cur ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Conn's Uses High-Pressure Tactics To Dupe Consumers, AG Says

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has taken on a big local retail chain today, charging that Conn's Appliance stores have used high-pressure tactics to force consumers to buy defective products and then refused to live up to their warranties."According to the state's enforcement action -- and infor ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Craigslist At A Crossroads

    Criminals being dubbed the latest "Craigslist Killer" seem to be popping up everywhere.There was Michael Anderson in Minnesota, who lured to her death a woman answering an ad for a nanny; a 16-year-old S/M enthusiast who killed a New York City radio newsman who posted an ad; and a yuppie who used th ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    AG Declares Revolutionary Gas-Saving Device Not So Revolutionary

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has bravely defended Texans from being....incredibly, incredibly stupid?Abbott announced today that his office has obtained a temporary restraining order shutting down a business called Media Dime Marketing. MDM sold something called the "MPG Device," which promise ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    Texas 1, Evil 0

    For at least one brief, shining moment, the world has stopped going to hell in a handbasket.Against all the forces of dark and evil, against Satan, Pazuzu, Belial and the ACLU, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has stood up and declared that the moment of silence in Texas schools is constituti ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Local Attorneys Help Hit Drugmaker Hard

    $800 million is a ton of money to settle a civil suit, but two Houston attorneys helped win a settlement of that size this morning.Joel Androphy, who specializes in whistleblower suits, worked with Sarah Frazier and won a big one as the drug giant Eli Lilly agreed to pay that whopping amount to sett ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    TDCJ Comes Up Against The Cell Phone Companies

    A lot of people who read about the epidemic of cell phones in Texas prisons had a basic question -- if you can't discover and confiscate the things, why not just block them? Set it up to jam transmissions in the prison?It turns out TDCJ has thought about that, but it's easier said than done.The pris ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    La Grange Hotel Liked Ike, AG Says

    La Grange has been heretofore known mostly as the home of the fabled "Chicken Ranch" immortalized by ZZ Top and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Now it can be known as the home of The Most Heartless, Coldest Bastard of a Motel In Texas (Allegedly). Texas AG Greg Abbott charged the Cottonwood I ... More >>

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    August 1, 2008

    The Sharks Come Out For Sunmart

    It’s one thing to have the Texas Attorney General after you for potentially tens of millions of dollars in fines, but when average Harris County residents such as Allison Snoddy, Stefanie Brigance and Charles Ziegler join in on the hunt, watch out. Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed a lawsuit ... More >>

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    July 14, 2008

    UH Sweatshop Protest, Part XVII

    If you feel like stickin’ it to The Man, the University of Houston’s Students Against Sweatshops (SAS) are holding a press conference Tuesday at noon, on the UH campus. The issue? New UH Prez Renu Khator and other university bigwigs are “actively engaging in a cover-up of sweatshop labor” to ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007
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    September 9, 2004

    Business as Usual

    Despite a deregulated energy market, Houston is sticking with the home team

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    July 31, 2003

    Watershed Election?

    A new group wants to push an anti-flooding agenda

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