The Brief: Dallas Site of First Ebola Infection in U.S.

Dallas site of first Ebola infection in U.S.; In debate, Abbott gets aggressive, Davis stays that way; Austin mulls regulations for Uber, Lyft; Could work-study jobs, Section 8 housing help students?; 1 lieutenant governor's debate, 24 planned questions.

Dallas patient 1st in U.S. to be diagnosed with Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that a Dallas patient was the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Federal, state and local officials immediately tried to dampen fears that the patient could trigger an outbreak of the deadly disease.

Ebola Is Diagnosed in Texas, First Case Found in the U.S.

A man who took a commercial flight from Liberia that landed in Dallas on Sept. 20 has been found to have the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. He is the first traveler to have brought the virus to the United States on a passenger plane and the first in whom Ebola has been diagnosed outside of Africa in the current outbreak.

Tea Party revolt imperils Kansas

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Sources also tell The Hill that Roberts bringing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in to stump for him next month, another figure with serious conservative clout. But for disaffected Tea Partyers in the state, it might not be enough. Many were livid over Palin’s decision to campaign for Roberts, saying she should have reached out to grassroots supporters beforehand.

Health officials tracing Dallas Ebola patient’s path

A man in a Dallas hospital has Ebola, the first human case of the deadly virus diagnosed in the United States, doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The patient, who is in an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, did not develop symptoms until four days after he arrived from West Africa, officials said at a hastily called press conference at the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta.

Abbott, Davis fire away at each other in final Texas gubernatorial debate

Democratic nominee and state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth charged that Republican nominee and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott dropped the ball in overseeing the Texas Enterprise Fund, particularly in light of a state audit that recently revealed that about $170 million was given to companies that never filled out applications seeking the funding.

Texas’ Permanent School Fund hits record $37.7 billion

The state-run public endowment known as the Permanent School Fund has reached a record-high value in 2014, making it the largest educational endowment in the country. Funded by proceeds from the sale of sulfur and water royalties, oil, gas, lease rentals and other sources, the endowment has grown from its initial $2 million investment in 1854 to approximately $37.7 billion in market value as of June 30.

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott spar on ethics, get personal

In the second and last gubernatorial debate, state Sen. Wendy Davis and state Attorney General Greg Abbott skirmished Tuesday night over whether Abbott had willfully hidden the fact that some businesses won Texas Enterprise Fund money without ever submitting applications and over whether Davis’ title company had made money off one of those suspect deals.

Davis, Abbott trade attacks on ethics, Enterprise Fund

The second and final debate of the Texas governor's race turned into a heated showdown Tuesday night as Democrat Wendy Davis accused Republican Greg Abbott of not telling the truth on a variety of issues and Abbott accused her of profiting from a state business-incentives program.

White House funding legal aid to children caught crossing the border

Obama administration officials are launching a $9 million program to provide government-funded legal representation to children caught crossing the border illegally and alone. Officials with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency tasked with the care of unaccompanied immigrant children, plan to fund legal services for 2,600 youths over the next two years under the new program, which is expected to be officially announced in the Federal Register on Thursday.

Abbott, Davis trade attacks on ethics, Texas Enterprise Fund

The gubernatorial candidates faced off Tuesday night in their final debate, delivering their most pointed critiques of one another on ethics issues new and old. About a third of the debate in Dallas was shaped by issues that have cropped up since their last meeting, most notably a state audit finding one of the state's economic incentives fund doled out hundreds of millions of dollars to entities that did not apply for it. Davis has alleged Abbott tried to cover up the scandal.

Exxon fracking report responds to shareholders

Exxon Mobil issued a report Tuesday that acknowledges the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing but also defends the practice as being better for the environment than other types of energy production and generation.

16 AGs file court brief opposing Texas on same-sex marriage

On Monday, the attorneys general of 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a "friend of the court," or amicus, brief supporting the couples' case pending before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Writing for the group, counsel for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley asserts that denying lesbians and gays the right to marry could have harmful effects.

Anadarko pushes to avoid spill-related fines

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. says it shouldn't pay pollution fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill because crude gushed from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and not from the Macondo subsea well in which it had a 25 percent stake.

Data shows drug companies paid billions to doctors

Drug and medical device companies paid Texas doctors and teaching hospitals more than $243 million during the final five months of 2013, according to a new, comprehensive accounting of financial ties often criticized as possible conflicts of interest.

Retiring is a scary thought for many

Roughly one in four Texans between 40 and 64 has less than $5,000 in savings, according to an AARP Texas survey released Tuesday. Among the female respondents, that number was one in three.

Greg Abbott running twice as many ads as Wendy Davis

If you feel a little inundated with political ads, it’s likely because you are. The ads are adding up. In the two-week period from Sept. 12-25, a study by the Wesleyan Media Projects shows that the governor candidates have blanketed the state with 10,330 advertisements. Republican candidate Greg Abbott has raised more than twice the money as Democrat Wendy Davis and has run twice as many ads: 6,873 compared to her 3,447.