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Meet the woman who could turn Texas purple

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When Leticia Van de Putte walked into the storied Willard Hotel one block from the White House last month, she didn't invoke the stares of gaping tourists or eager handshakes from power-seeking staffers. Instead, she rolled her own suitcase wearing Texas Longhorn cowboy boots -- an accessory she was happy she brought from Texas on that snowy March day in the nation's capital.

S. Texas companies to see opportunities with Mexican shale

s busy as South Texas already is with the Eagle Ford Shale drilling, the volume of shipments are bound to increase further as Mexico opens its shale region in its northern states to foreign drillers. Additional shipments will provide opportunities for small companies already active in the Eagle Ford.

Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action

In a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities.

Farm Bureau pledges to fight EPA’s water rule

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The American Farm Bureau Federation has promised to fight the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through multiple avenues on its proposed new definition of which bodies of water are under its jurisdiction, saying the rule could “impose unworkable regulations on the nation’s farms.”

Did the Supreme Court Just Kill Affirmative Action?

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Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the right of voters to ban racial preferences in college admissions drives another nail in the coffin of affirmative action policies. But it’s not necessarily the disaster for diversity on campus that critics of the decision would have you believe.

Arlington council bans guns, real or fake, at city meetings

State law already prohibits concealed handguns at governmental public meetings, but Arlington did not have an ordinance addressing the antique black-powder pistols, replica pistols or long-barreled guns that Texans are allowed to openly carry. With recent visits from Tarrant County Open Carry members to City Hall, some city leaders had raised concerns about whether the display of weapons could cause residents to feel uncomfortable about attending or publicly speaking at meetings.

Tesla says Panasonic likely partner in battery plant

The company has said it is looking at sites in four states — Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada — and is likely to break ground in more than one before making a final decision, Musk said. He said the company wants to make sure construction stays on schedule and keeps up with demand from Tesla’s California auto assembly line.

Eagle Ford could be second to Saudi Arabia in oil production

By the end of this year, Texas could become the world's second largest producer of oil behind Saudi Arabia. The state's production, driven mainly by the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas and the Permian Basin in West Texas, will reach about 3.4 million barrels per day, propelling it past Iraq and Iran for the world's No. 2 spot, said Greg Leveille, manager at ConocoPhillips for technology program-unconventional reservoirs.

Railroads want some certainty on oil car upgrades

Rail industry representatives on Tuesday told federal investigators they need clear government guidance on how to boost the safety of tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol across the United States, lest they be penalized for making voluntary improvements that fall short of later mandates.

Vonlane will start Dallas to Austin runs in premium buses

Each bus will have an attendant onboard to serve passengers, closets for hanging coats and no baggage fees for up to three bags weighing 50 pounds or less. Tickets will cost $100 each way, and Vonlane will compete primarily with Southwest Airlines, founder and president Alex Danza said.

Sriracha invites potential suitors to factory amid smell battle

Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) visited the hot sauce factory Tuesday and spoke with Tran about potentially relocating to the San Fernando Valley. Cardenas is one of dozens of politicians nationwide who have publicly invited Sriracha to locate within their jurisdiction. Offers have poured in from Alabama, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Kansas, Ohio, Georgia, Iowa, Arizona, New Mexico and West Virginia.