An Inside Game, Already Afoot

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to an aide on the Senate floor on May 16, 2011.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to an aide on the Senate floor on May 16, 2011.
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The possibility of five or more new Republican senators in 2013 opens a tactical door for conservatives who'd like to gain control of the Legislature.

Occupy Movement Occupies Texas

Occupy Austin at City Hall on Oct. 6, 2011
Occupy Austin at City Hall on Oct. 6, 2011

A protest with roots in New York City made its way to Texas today. Protesters with Occupy Austin gathered at City Hall to rally against corporate influence in the United States government.

Texas Officials Unmollified by Pollution Rule Changes

This flue gas scrubber, installed at a Valero refinery in Houston in 2006, reduces emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.
This flue gas scrubber, installed at a Valero refinery in Houston in 2006, reduces emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.

The federal EPA has proposed scaling back some requirements of its contentious cross-state rule for reducing air pollution. The rule has infuriated many Texas officials, and the revisions are not appeasing them.

Can Texas Make It Rain?

Speculation that the drought gripping the state could last through 2020 has scientists in Texas looking to so-called weather modification, which, as Matt Largey of KUT News reports, involves using the power of science to play Mother Nature.

Business Groups Back Texas Water Ballot Measure

A pump house at Lake J.B. Thomas sits high and dry with almost no water remaining to pump. The lake level is at 4.60 percent.
A pump house at Lake J.B. Thomas sits high and dry with almost no water remaining to pump. The lake level is at 4.60 percent.

Next month, Texans will go to the polls to decide whether to authorize $6 billion in bonding authority dedicated to building and fixing water infrastructure. But some conservatives and Tea Party members have concerns about the measure.