News For September, 2011

Illustration by Todd Wiseman

What's Different About the Border Economy?

On the national stage, Texas' economy is its best selling point. But this so-called "Texas Miracle" doesn't extend statewide: In the border region, unemployment reaches as high as 13.2 percent, and the median income is 30 percent lower than the statewide average. 

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Grant Will Help Community College Students Get Up to Speed

Texas' institutions of higher education are increasingly looking to outside sources for help tackling low graduation rates. This week, Complete College America announced a million-dollar grant to help Texas handle students who show up to college ill-prepared.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Mexican Journalist Wins Asylum in Texas

Mexican journalist Alejandro Hernandez Pacheco was granted asylum last week by the U.S. government. His attorney says it's a sign U.S. officials are no longer confident the Mexican government can protect its citizens from drug cartels.

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Caleb Bryant Miller

The Midday Brief: Sept. 1, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Rick Perry vs. Clayton Williams on creationism; grid operator warns of outages under EPA rule; no "Texas miracle" on the border

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Bob Daemmrich

Something to Talk About

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Attorney General Greg Abbott may well use a court ruling against the abortion sonogram law to their political advantage — to lure anti-abortion voters to the polls, and fuel their fire against so-called “activist” judges.

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Lege Not Playing Ball With A&M

Don’t look for the Legislature to get in the middle of Texas A&M University’s split from the Big 12 Conference. Twice in the last 14 months, House Higher Education Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas, has called a hearing about universities leaving the Big 12 Conference — and twice he had to cancel it because the timing was off. In the meantime, the conservative blogosphere let him have it.

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Bob Daemmrich

A Congressional Double-Header Out West

State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, says he is filing papers to run for the CD-23 congressional seat now held by Republican Francisco "Quico" Canseco of San Antonio. And in El Paso, former City Rep. Beto O'Rourke says that he will challenge longtime U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary election next year.

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Bob Daemmrich

Begin the Beguine

The pace of campaign news and noise has quickened, and Labor Day is traditionally the last week of semi-sanity in the political season.

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