Food Banks Worry About Potential Federal Cuts

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An overhaul of the country’s nutrition and farm program is stalled in Congress. A major piece of that program is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. And local food banks are worried about proposed cuts to the program.  

Phoenix Program Aims to Transform Troubled Youths

State juvenile correctional facility in Mart, Texas, on Aug. 28, 2012
State juvenile correctional facility in Mart, Texas, on Aug. 28, 2012

For youths who are considered some of the most troubled in the juvenile justice system, the Phoenix Program is a last chance to straighten their paths. For the troubled juvenile system, it may be the road to reform.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/27/12

Aaronson on the state's controversial insurance commissioner, Aguilar on a headline-making voter ID ruling, Batheja on fears of a U.N. takeover, Galbraith on solar power's potential, Hamilton on a university president's plans for his incentive pay, Murphy treemaps Texas Super PAC contributors, Ramsey reads the David Dewhurst tea leaves, Root on Ted Cruz's star turn at the GOP convention and M. Smith on the fierce demographic urgency of now: The best of our best content from August 27-31, 2012.

Revitalizing the Alamo is Subject of Heated Debate

An Alamo Plaza Better Block event on Aug. 17, 2012.
An Alamo Plaza Better Block event on Aug. 17, 2012.

In San Antonio, officials want to make Alamo Plaza appealing to both tourists and residents, but there isn't a consensus on the best way to do that. Some want vendors on the premises, but others say that would be disrespectful.

Committee Moves Signal Dewhurst's Political Tack

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst met voters on July 31, 2012, in a Houston deli on the day of the GOP primary runoff. Dewhurst lost the U.S. Senate primary runoff to Ted Cruz.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst met voters on July 31, 2012, in a Houston deli on the day of the GOP primary runoff. Dewhurst lost the U.S. Senate primary runoff to Ted Cruz.

A month after Republican voters rebuffed his U.S. Senate bid, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he will seek re-election in 2014. His choices for empty spots on Senate committees will start to reveal any change in his political direction.

For Some Texas Schools, Demographic Future is Now

Pre-kindergarten students at Escobar Elementary School wait outside their classroom before going to music class.
Pre-kindergarten students at Escobar Elementary School wait outside their classroom before going to music class.

By 2050, nearly two-thirds of Texas public school children will be Hispanic. The demographic shift is already under way in classrooms statewide, where schools work to improve the academic success of the students of the new majority.  

Space-Tech Cameras May Help Spot Wildfires

Cameras developed for analyzing comet tails might also serve as early wildfire detection.
Cameras developed for analyzing comet tails might also serve as early wildfire detection.

In the year since wildfires destroyed thousands of homes across Central Texas, officials have looked for ways to reduce the threat of fires. They've since found one, in technology developed not for fighting fires but for exploring outer space.