New Candidates Stir Up Senate RaceDallas, TX(2011-12-20)A Republican and a Democrat, each with some name recognition, have entered the race to replace retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. KERA's Shelley Kofler says the biggest buzz surrounds broadcaster Craig James.
Roundup: Love Field Crasher SentencedDallas, TX(2011-11-30)A man who crashed through a Love Field security gate and gained access to the runway has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison
New Election Districts Generate ScrambleDallas, TX(2011-11-29)Fort Worth Council member Kathleen Hicks yesterday became the first Democrat to file for Tarrant County's newly created Congressional District 33. It's a race that is expected to draw a big field of competitive candidates.
Outgoing Senator Shapiro Looks At Texas Education Dallas, TX(2011-11-29)Texas public schools are awaiting results from last month's brand-new STAAR test. The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness replaces the old test and will become the required end-of-course exam. Outgoing Plano Senator Florence Shapiro, Chair of the Education Committee, sat down with KERA's Bill Zeeble to talk about this test and other education issues.
Roundup: New Districts Draw Tarrant CandidatesDallas, TX(2011-11-23)Fort Worth City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks has announced her intention to run for one of the new congressional districts created under a redistricting map released today.
Hundreds Of School Districts Sue Texas Over FundingDallas, TX(2011-11-21)Texas school districts say they're struggling after lawmakers cut more than $4 billion from the education budget earlier this year. Some, like Cedar Hill, tried making up the loss with a tax. Hundreds of other districts are now preparing to sue the state like they did a decade ago, to restore funding.
Teachers Track Education Funding Cuts Dallas, TX(2011-11-18)A survey by one teachers group is providing a look at how state budget cuts may be affecting Texas school districts. KERA's Shelley Kofler says the survey comes as lawsuits challenging school funding take shape.
Texans Weigh In On Government Creating Jobs Dallas, TX(2011-11-15)There is no issue more important in the presidential election than jobs. Every candidate has a plan for putting people back to work. But exactly what should the government's role be in making that happen? KERA recently asked a panel of 12 North Texas voters that question as most of President Obama's $447 billion dollar jobs bill stalled in Congress.
Bond Losses Further Damage School FundingDallas, TX(2011-11-14)The Cedar Hill School District says it will try convincing voters to pass another bond proposal after citizens narrowly rejected package last week. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on Cedar Hill's dilemma.
State Rejects Confederate License PlateDallas, TX(2011-11-10)At an emotional hearing in Austin Thursday, the state's Motor Vehicle Board rejected a Confederate license plate option for vehicles. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports that does not mean the brakes will hold.
Perry Campaign Begins Damage ControlAustin, TX(2011-11-10)Political operatives, reporters and pundits alike agreed - the biggest story to come out of last nights republican debate in Michigan was Governor Rick Perry's gaffe. As Ben Philpott reports For KUT News, the more important story is what his performance on stage may have started behind the scenes.
Roundup: Voters Decide Statewide Local IssuesDallas, TX(2011-11-09)Texas voters passed seven out of ten proposed amendments to the state constitution, but rejected measures that would have provided tax incentives to conserve water; given El Paso County new bonding authority, and given counties the same bonding powers as cities and town.
Texans Vote On AmendmentsDallas, TX(2011-11-08)It's Election Day in Texas. Voters are deciding ten state constitutional amendments. Rich Parsons, with the Secretary of State's office says early voting was about 2%.
Tuesday Vote: 10 Constitutional AmendmentsDallas, TX(2011-11-07)Texans decide ten constitutional amendments at the polls Tuesday. Proposition 9 would allow the Governor to pardon someone who has successfully completed a "deferred adjudication". That's a plea agreement that includes probation and community service.
Mormon Presidential Candidates Face Hurdle In TexasAustin, TX(2011-11-03)The two Mormons running for president Republicans Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman face a significant obstacle in Texas. More than one in five Texas voters 23 percent say most of the people they know would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate even if they agreed with him or her on the issues, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Dallas Council Take Ethics ClassDallas, TX(2011-11-02)A "makeover" for the Dallas City Hall "ethics" policy is in the works. KERA's BJ Austin says City Council members got a few ideas at an SMU ethics forum Wednesday.
Poll: Most Texans Don't Credit Perry On EconomyAustin, TX(2011-11-01)A key part of Gov. Rick Perry's pitch to Republican presidential primary voters is the performance of the state's economy especially in job creation during his tenure as governor. But Texas voters, for the most part, are more likely to see him as a bystander to the state's success than its driver.
Water Restrictions Begin TuesdayDallas, TX(2011-10-31)New watering restrictions go into effect Tuesday for customers of the North Texas Municipal Water District, just east of Dallas near Lake Lavon.