News For August, 2011

Todd Wiseman

The Midday Brief: Aug. 1, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Perry at 18 percent in Rasmussen poll; fundraiser holding strategy session for Perry; governor mum on the debt ceiling deal

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High Temperatures Bring Call for Electricity Conservation

As the triple-digit temperatures stretch into August, Texas residents are blasting their air conditioners — and straining the electric grid with record demand. The grid operator is asking that residents and businesses cut down on their electricity use in the late afternoons all week.

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Aggie Years Launched Perry — and a Rivalry

At Texas A&M University in the late 1960s, a campus culture shift pitted Rick Perry, then a traditionalist cadet, against several other future Texas politicians who were reform-minded civilians.

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School Districts Shying Away From Tax Hike Elections

Texas school districts saw their budgets slashed dramatically this year, leaving many to try to raise taxes through elections. But as Nathan Bernier of KUT News reports, only about a dozen of the state's 1,000-plus districts are considering the tax option.

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Updated: Senate Candidates Take a Stand on Debt Deal

Congress is set to vote on a deal that would raise the federal debt ceiling to avoid an unprecedented default. They may not be in Washington now, but we asked several U.S. Senate candidates to weigh in on how they'd vote on the plan if they were.

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Todd Wiseman

The Midday Brief: Aug. 2, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Brownback won't confirm Response attendance; Hutchison, Cornyn vote for debt deal; Romney eying visit to Texas

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ERCOT Rolling Out First Step of Emergency Procedures

As scorching temperatures continued and Texas electricity use reached another all-time high, the state grid operator initiated the first step of emergency procedures today, seeking power from other grids, including Mexico.

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