George P. Bush Steps Into Role as Dad's Surrogate

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush speaks with Nevadans before a meet-and-greet on June 17, 2015, in Reno. He spent the day in the state stumping for his father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush speaks with Nevadans before a meet-and-greet on June 17, 2015, in Reno. He spent the day in the state stumping for his father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Land Commissioner George P. Bush made his debut this week as a surrogate for his dad's presidential campaign. The younger Bush hit the campaign trail in early-voting Nevada, making a pitch for his father in personal and political terms.

Law Extends Electric Bill Help for Poor Texans

Longtime State Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, details his plan to run for mayor of Houston during TTEvents conversation on April 30, 2015.
Longtime State Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, details his plan to run for mayor of Houston during TTEvents conversation on April 30, 2015.

Low-income Texans can enjoy a discount on their electricity bills for a little longer. Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed legislation ensuring that the remaining balance of the state’s “System Benefit Fund” would go toward that purpose.

Denton Repeals Fracking Ban

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Vantage Energy on June 1, 2015 resumed hydraulic operations on a pad site on the western outskirts of Denton. It was the first company to frack within city limits after the Texas Legislature overturned the Denton’s ban on the process.
Vantage Energy on June 1, 2015 resumed hydraulic operations on a pad site on the western outskirts of Denton. It was the first company to frack within city limits after the Texas Legislature overturned the Denton’s ban on the process.

The North Texas city of Denton made headlines last year when voters there banned the oil drilling technique known as fracking. Early Wednesday morning, the Denton City Council repealed that ban.

Preying on Texas Prisoners: When Guards Demand Sex

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Since 2000, the Texas prison system has referred nearly 400 cases of staff sex crimes against inmates to prosecutors. Prosecutors refused to pursue almost half of those cases. Of 126 prison workers convicted, just nine were sentenced to serve time.