Texas Farmers Brace for New Clean Water Rule

Texas farmers and ranchers say they've been given little guidance and aren't sure what to expect as new federal regulations protecting drinking water supplies kick in. The EPA's new clean water rule could force some to apply for costly permits if they disturb water now under federal jurisdiction. 

 
State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, waits to lay out House Bill 48 on May 28, 2015.  The bill, which passed and became law, created an exoneration commission to review possible wrongdoing in felony convictions.
State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, waits to lay out House Bill 48 on May 28, 2015. The bill, which passed and became law, created an exoneration commission to review possible wrongdoing in felony convictions.

Rep. McClendon Not Running for Re-election in 2016

State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, announced Wednesday she will not run for reelection in 2016.

Rep. McClendon Not Running for Re-election in 2016

State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, waits to lay out House Bill 48 on May 28, 2015.  The bill, which passed and became law, created an exoneration commission to review possible wrongdoing in felony convictions.
State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, waits to lay out House Bill 48 on May 28, 2015. The bill, which passed and became law, created an exoneration commission to review possible wrongdoing in felony convictions.

State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, announced Wednesday she will not run for reelection in 2016.

 

Plummeting Peso Hurting Border Economy

A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.
A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.

The Mexican peso is well below its exchange rate against the dollar compared to a year ago, and store owners on the border are bracing for a prolonged drought of Mexican shoppers. In some cities that could mean a loss of up to 45 percent of business.

Well Explosion Could Pressure Texas Regulators

Ashley and Cody Murray, ranchers in Palo Pinto County, pose with their two children. They allege nearby gas drilling caused methane to leak into their water well before it exploded, severely burning the couple, their four-year-old daughter and Cody's father. Their legal case could put pressure on Texas regulators.
Ashley and Cody Murray, ranchers in Palo Pinto County, pose with their two children. They allege nearby gas drilling caused methane to leak into their water well before it exploded, severely burning the couple, their four-year-old daughter and Cody's father. Their legal case could put pressure on Texas regulators.

A Palo Pinto County family is suing two oil and gas operators, alleging that gas from their wells migrated into the family's water well, which exploded and burned them. While the Texas Railroad Commission has been quietly investigating over the past year, the family's attorney said he has gathered concrete evidence to prove his case.

State Urges Texas Supreme Court to Drop School Finance Lawsuit

Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller addresses the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The state's highest civil court agreed to hear the state's appeal of a 2014 lower court ruling that struck down the state's method of funding public schools as unconstitutional. (AP/Eric Gay)
Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller addresses the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The state's highest civil court agreed to hear the state's appeal of a 2014 lower court ruling that struck down the state's method of funding public schools as unconstitutional. (AP/Eric Gay)

“Money isn’t pixie dust” when it comes to improving public schools, lawyers for the state of Texas told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing an appeal in what has been described as the most far-reaching school finance case in state history. 

 

Cuellar: House Will Pass Bill Lifting Crude Export Ban

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) speaks with state Rep. Doug Miller R-New Braunfels, during a visit to the Texas Capitol on Feb. 19, 2013.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) speaks with state Rep. Doug Miller R-New Braunfels, during a visit to the Texas Capitol on Feb. 19, 2013.

A Texas Democrat says he believes the U.S. House will pass legislation lifting the country’s 40-year-old ban on most crude oil exports — even amid a frenzy of activity in the upcoming session.

 

Texas Railroad Commission Rejects Quake Study

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Lynda Stokes, mayor of Reno, Texas, testified before the Texas Railroad Commission in 2014, voicing her concern about an increased number of earthquakes around Eagle Mountain Lake. The Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry.
Lynda Stokes, mayor of Reno, Texas, testified before the Texas Railroad Commission in 2014, voicing her concern about an increased number of earthquakes around Eagle Mountain Lake. The Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry.

An inquiry by the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas has found that oil and gas activity did not likely cause a swarm of earthquakes around the North Texas towns of Azle and Reno starting in 2013.