News For Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bob Daemmrich

Fire Crews Straining Amid Devastation in Central Texas

Federal authorities arrived in Bastrop on Tuesday to assist with the wildfires that have killed two, charred more than 30,000 acres and destroyed at least 600 homes. Matt Largey of KUT News reports that the crisis has stretched fire crews to their breaking point.

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Julian Aguilar

Policy Shift Hasn't Reached Border Patrol

Immigration and Customs Enforcement directed prosecutors in June to use discretion when placing illegal immigrants in deportation proceedings. But attorneys for immigrants facing deportation say the new rules haven't filtered down to the ground level — the U.S. Border Patrol. 

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Promising an "unapologetically conservative" campaign, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst today jumped into the Republican primary race to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate. Among other promises he made in a video sent to supporters, he pledged to support the controversial "Cut, Cap and Balance" budget plan under discussion in Congress.

Video: Dewhurst Attacks Obama, D.C. in New Campaign Ad

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for the U.S. Senate, has released a new ad attacking the president and Washington, D.C.

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The Midday Brief: Sept. 7, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Rove calls Fed Up! Perry's "biggest challenge"; three attacks Perry may face at debate; Dan Patrick rules out U.S. Senate run

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Bob Daemmrich

On the Records: FEMA's Wildfire Spending

As wildfires continue to sweep across the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized seven more grants to help Texas manage the flames. Although the figures for the grants given to Texas after June are not yet available, the Tribune has a look at the $3.8 billion FEMA has given Texas to mitigate disasters.

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Todd Wiseman

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 96

This week, Evan, Ross, Reeve and Jim talk the politics of wildfires, the stakes of the GOP debate, and the opening day of redistricting hearings.

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Lawyers, Victim Seek Clemency for Death Row Inmate

Phyllis Taylor survived the 1995 shooting spree that ended with two others dead and Duane Buck on death row. Buck is scheduled to be executed on Sept. 15. Today, Taylor asked state officials to halt his execution.

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