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San Antonio lawyer sues KENS-TV

Amberson claims that KENS aired reports that incorrectly reported he stole property and mineral rights from a Karnes County couple. Triston Sanders, KENS’s executive news director, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. In 2009, Amberson represented Michael and Cassandra Harms in a lawsuit against oil company Regency Field Services. The couple alleged the company exposed them to dangerous toxins.

Eva Longoria campaigns for Bexar DA candidate Nicholas Lahood on South Side

Longoria urged the largely Latino crowd of several dozen supporters to vote for LaHood. She downplayed Reed’s attacks on LaHood’s drug arrest, saying “I think it’s alarming that his competitor wants to use his past against him when his past is the thing I most admire.” This evening, Longoria will lead a rally for Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte in San Pedro Park.

Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through "Duck Dynasty" Is About to Be Texas' Second-in-Command

As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock jock he once was. Patrick—who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor—has railed against everything from separation of church and state to Mexican coyotes who supposedly speak Urdu. He's even advised his followers that God is speaking to them through Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.

Control Eluded State Leaders in Ebola Crisis

Gov. Rick Perry and other Texas officials are pointing fingers at the Obama administration for botching the Ebola response. But the state did not fully use its own power to restrict travel, quarantine health care workers and limit possible spread of the deadly virus.

Nelson Bunker Hunt, second son of legendary wildcatter H.L. Hunt, dies

Nelson Bunker Hunt, the wildcatter who surpassed the legacy of his father, H.L. Hunt, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at a Dallas assisted living center. He was 88. Hunt outdid his father in creating and losing fortunes through titanic plays in oil, silver, soybeans, sugar beets, cattle and thoroughbred horses, his passion.

Analysis: Texas could see biggest drop in federal health funds

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Texas could see the biggest drop of any state next year when it comes to federal funding for emergency public health threats, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News.  The Lone Star State was where Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola and the first to die from the disease. Health officials acknowledge the Dallas hospital where he was admitted flubbed his treatment, resulting in the infections of two nurses.

Leader of border citizen group arrested on weapons charge

An outspoken leader of the American Patriots, a group of armed citizens patrolling the U.S.-Texas border near Brownsville for the past several weeks, was arrested Monday on a federal weapons charge. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Kevin Lyndel Massey, 48, on a felon in possession of a firearm charge in Brownsville.

Lawmakers and stakeholders crafting legislation for Texas vets’ care

State lawmakers want the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to act as a hub for expanding the statewide veterans’ health care system across the region. The plan would leverage federal and state funds to combat Veterans Health Administration wait times that are among the worst in the nation.

Texas Health Resources faces public fallout from Ebola crisis

Analysts are still trying to assess the damage from Presbyterian’s errors in sending Duncan back into the community and improperly protecting its staff. What’s clear is that the public fallout has been pronounced. “If I had an accident at the intersection in front of Presbyterian, I would ask to be taken to Denton,” said Andrew Reyes, a Coppell resident who works in Irving as a physical trainer.

Lamar Smith gets high marks in study

Rep. Lamar Smith has been named Capitol Hill's most effective lawmaker by political scientists as part of the Legislative Effectiveness Project. The project of researchers from the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University put Smith, R-San Antonio, at No. 1 out of 449 House members who served in the 112th Congress between 2011 and 2013.

Garcia: Reed's mailer introduces the politics of tattoos

For LaHood supporters, the arrest is a tiresome topic that has been discussed from every imaginable angle, and steals attention from the pressing question of what this county needs from its top prosecutor. For the Reed campaign, however, the arrest is the gift that keeps on giving — a shadow that follows her challenger everywhere he goes. The mailer photo of the heavily tattooed challenger — which was taken from the Facebook page of LaHood's wife — comes with a news clip about his arrest, with the tagline: “We can't trust LaHood.”

Ex-aide to Dewhurst admits embezzling $1.8 million

On Tuesday, Barfield stood in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane and admitted to wire fraud, filing a false tax return and embezzling more than $1.8 million from two Dew-hurst campaign funds. He rocked on his feet, fidgeted, keeping his hands firmly clasped in front of him as Lane read out his total maximum possible penalty: 28 years in prison, seven years supervised release and millions in fines and restitution payments.

Davis and Abbott talk up Obama during GOTV rallies

President Barack Obama's shadow loomed over Wendy Davis' and Greg Abbott's get-out-the-vote efforts in the Houston area Tuesday, as the Democrat appealed to African-American voters critical to any coalition that would give her a surprise victory in the race for governor.

Texas, Houston physician leaders seek increased health access

Dr. Austin King, president of the Texas Medical Association, said Texas medical schools are on track to graduate about 2,000 medical students next year but the state won't have enough residency spots available for all of them. King, association member Dr. Arlo Weltge and Dr. Elizabeth Torres, president of the Harris County Medical Society, met with the Houston Chronicle editorial board.

Obama tightens flight arrivals to combat Ebola

The Obama administration announced new restrictions Tuesday on travelers from three West African nations ravaged by the Ebola virus, requiring that airline passengers from those countries fly into one of the five U.S. airports that have enhanced screening and additional resources.

Voters without proper IDs more likely in minority neighborhoods, reports find

But Harris County alone still has more than 103,000 of the state's "non-matching voters." And the percentages of voters who lack matching IDs remain three to four times higher in some African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, where U.S. Census data show many don't own motor vehicles, according to two university professors' reports presented by the Justice Department in September as part of a related federal court battle.

Cities say CenterPoint revenue exceeds 'reasonable' designation

Some Houston-area cities that get their electricity from CenterPoint Energy say the monopoly transmission company is making more money than state regulators deem reasonable. As part of its regulatory duties, the Public Utility Commission of Texas decides what constitutes a "reasonable return on equity" for utilities like CenterPoint that have monopolies on electrical transmission and distribution service in Texas. The calculation affects the rates the utilities can charge.

Conservatives catch up as super PAC fundraising explodes

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The three biggest-spending conservative super PACs — the Karl Rove-conceived American Crossroads, the Joe Ricketts-funded Ending Spending Action Fund and the Koch brothers-backed Freedom Partners Action Fund — raised $30.3 million in September, according to a POLITICO analysis of reports filed over the past few days with the Federal Election Commission.

Greg Abbott’s handling of Justice Nathan Hecht case raises questions

Defending the inactivity, an Abbott spokesman last week said his office wasn’t motivated to press the case because the ruling against Hecht remained in force — placing the onus to act on the chief justice. But state law says otherwise. The moment Hecht filed his appeal, the Ethics Commission judgment against him was vacated — or rendered void — to allow a Travis County district judge to conduct an independent review of the charges against him.