Debate Intensifies Over Controversial Oil Pipeline

Trevor Lovell speaks to the public about the XL pipeline on 24th September 2011.
Trevor Lovell speaks to the public about the XL pipeline on 24th September 2011.

As the U.S. State Department convenes hearings in Texas this week on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring tar sands crude from Canada to Texas, environmentalists are revving up their opposition.

Victor Boschini: The TT Interview

TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.
TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.

TCU's 10th chancellor on the concerns of independent institutions in Texas, why it's worth paying a high price for private higher education, and — to a very limited extent — the turmoil convulsing the college athletic conferences.

DNA Test May Tie Morton Case to 1988 Killing

Debra Jan Baker, Michael Morton (center), Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley
Debra Jan Baker, Michael Morton (center), Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley

In a startling development, Travis County authorities are investigating whether an unsolved 1988 killing of an Austin woman is related to the 1986 murder of Christine Morton, for which her husband, Michael Morton, is serving life in prison. 

Donna Nelson: The TT Interview

Chairman Donna L. Nelson - Public Utility Commission of Texas
Chairman Donna L. Nelson - Public Utility Commission of Texas

The chairwoman of the Public Utility Commission on how close Texas came to rolling blackouts this summer, what consumers can expect to pay as wind-power transmission expands, and how the historic drought affects the reliability of the power grid. 

Protesters Gather for Boehner Reception

Protesters march to the site of the fundraiser with Speaker John Boehner and several Texas congressmen.
Protesters march to the site of the fundraiser with Speaker John Boehner and several Texas congressmen.

Protesters gathered outside the Headliners Club in Austin to urge U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. Boehner was in Austin to attend a reception with several GOP congressmen from Texas.

Staples and Generals Call Out Feds on Border Security

Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, holds up copy of recently released independent copy of Texas border security during press conference at Texas Capitol on September 26th, 2011
Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, holds up copy of recently released independent copy of Texas border security during press conference at Texas Capitol on September 26th, 2011

The former head of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command said Monday that if the U.S. does not provide more support to Mexico, that country's next presidential administration may have no choice but to make a deal with cartel leaders.

Harris Won't Run Again; Vandergriff's In

State Sen. John Carona, right, and Sen. Chris Harris listen to Sen. Eddie Lucio object to a Texas Windstorm Insurance Association bill passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on June 22, 2011.
State Sen. John Carona, right, and Sen. Chris Harris listen to Sen. Eddie Lucio object to a Texas Windstorm Insurance Association bill passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on June 22, 2011.

State Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington, won't seek another term in the Texas Legislature, he said Monday, and he encouraged Victor Vandergriff to get into the race. UPDATE: Vandergriff says he's in.