Texas Parks Facing Long-Term Budget Woes

McKinney Falls State Park
McKinney Falls State Park

Texas Parks and Wildlife launched a public fundraising campaign last month to fill a significant budget shortfall. And as Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, the next few years could prove even rougher for state parks if the drought and extreme heat persist.

San Antonio Mayor in State of the Union Spotlight

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro delivering a speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on June 23, 2011.
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro delivering a speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on June 23, 2011.

He's come a long way since President Obama told him he thought he was a White House intern. San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro was invited to Tuesday's State of the Union address, and he received a coveted seat near the first lady.

Paul Overshadowed by Gingrich, Romney in Debate

Republican candidates, left to right, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul say the Pledge of Allegiance at the CNN Charleston debates on January 19, 2012.
Republican candidates, left to right, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul say the Pledge of Allegiance at the CNN Charleston debates on January 19, 2012.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul was largely sidelined in Monday night's NBC debate, which was dominated by Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. But Paul did have some tough words for Gingrich.

Texas State Relishes New Status, Focuses on Future

President Trauth looks out at the campus of Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
President Trauth looks out at the campus of Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

Texas State University President Denise Trauth expects the institution's new emerging research classification to enhance its reputation and help in the recruitment of students and faculty.