News For October, 2012

Callie Richmond

Schools Turn to Parents' Dollars for Support

Parents are opening their pocketbooks to fund everything from outdoor classrooms to extra teaching positions in public schools when state and district money falls short. But the influx of private dollars concerns civil rights advocates who say it only exacerbates existing inequities in the public school system.

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Terry Presley

Power Outages Threaten State's Refineries

Most Texans are used to weather-related power outages, but they're probably not aware of the danger they pose to the state's massive petrochemical plants, which at times must send thousands of pounds of chemical vapors into the air.

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Spencer Selvidge

The Brief: Oct. 1, 2012

The post-convention spotlight may have receded, but Julián Castro isn't done with election-year politics.

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Gage Skidmore

The Evening Brief: Oct. 1, 2012

Your evening reading: Perry calls for four-year tuition freeze and upfront price tags; new ads and polling in Canseco/Gallego race; report says DREAM Act could pump billions into Texas economy

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Illustration by Gage Skidmore / Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: Oct. 2, 2012

Tonight's debate between Ted Cruz and Paul Sadler will likely inject some energy into a race that so far has sparked little drama. 

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For Richards, Spats With Bullock Were Constant

Gov. Ann Richards surrendered much of her freedom after taking office, Jan Reid writes in Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. This excerpt looks at her busy schedule and her difficult working relationship with Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock.

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