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The Brief: What More Could Texas Have Done About Ebola?

Gov. Rick Perry visiting soldiers at Fort Hood on Oct. 9, 2014. The 36th Engineering Brigade is preparing to deploy to Liberia to assist in the effort to control the Ebola outbreak.
Gov. Rick Perry visiting soldiers at Fort Hood on Oct. 9, 2014. The 36th Engineering Brigade is preparing to deploy to Liberia to assist in the effort to control the Ebola outbreak.

Criticism by state leaders of the Obama administration for failures in the response to the Ebola virus omits mention of the tools at the state's disposal that were not used.

A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.
A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.

The Brief: Potshots at Wichita Falls Muddy Water Reuse Issue

Wichita Falls is catching more than a little flak for its plan to take treated sewer water and use it for drinking water, a plan that got put on the fast track with the current drought. But the wisecracks hide an important fact — wastewater reuse is already common across the state.

U.S. House Bill Sets Up Immigration Fight

As stakeholders focus on the U.S. Senate during the debate on comprehensive immigration reform, the House has begun marking up a measure that would expand local immigration enforcement powers. Observers says it reflects just how far lawmakers in the two chambers are from passing an immigration bill for the first time since 1986.