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Elise Hu is a political reporter who focuses on multimedia projects at the Tribune. She previously worked as the state political reporter for Austin's ABC affiliate, KVUE-TV, from 2006 to 2009. She was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters three years in a row for her beat reporting on state politics and was named Best TV Reporter Who Can Write by The Austin Chronicle. Before arriving in Austin, she held reporting positions at television stations in Waco; Greenville, S.C.; and Columbia, Mo. She's an evangelist for social media and multimedia journalism — her Political Junkie blog was listed as one of WashingtonPost.com's top Texas political blogs. A native of Plano, she has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri.

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HuTube: Border Cameras on TV

A multi-million-dollar plan gone bust? That's how our television partner in Houston, KHOU-TV, describes the governor's virtual border watch program, which has cost $4 million but has netted only a handful of arrests.

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2010: The Debate Delay

Setting a date for a tete-a-tete between Gov. Rick Perry and Democrat Bill White will take awhile. The Perry camp is refusing to debate White until the former Houston mayor releases more of his income tax returns.

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The Weekly TribCast: Episode 25

In this week's TribCast, Evan, Ross, Elise and Reeve take on the latest topics in the Texas governor's race, big budget problems ahead and everyone's favorite political punching bag, the federal government. Full Story 

The Road Funding Hole

It's no secret the Texas Department of Transportation is broke. Texas Transportation Commission Chair Deirdre Delisi tells the Tribune's CEO/Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith just how broke the agency is. Full Story 

A Stronger Brew

The Tea Party movement marked its first anniversary this week, just as its political power began to show in primaries in Texas and across the country. At rallies in Austin on Thursday, members promised to be an even stronger force to be reckoned with come November. Full Story 

Karen Hughes on Anger Management

In an interview with Tribune CEO/Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith, former George W. Bush senior advisor Karen Hughes claims the vitriol over President Bush was worse than the vitriol toward President Obama. Full Story 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 24

In the post-runoff edition of the Tribune's weekly TribCast, Evan, Ross, Ben and Elise talk about winners, losers and surprises in Tuesday's races and look ahead to the general election match-ups this fall. Full Story 

Juarez Mayor Extended Interview

Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz sits down with Tribune reporters Brandi Grissom and Julian Aguilar to discuss the economy and security situation in his border city. Full Story 
Leaders in Austin are hoping the next big thing in transportation comes in a tiny Smart car. Watch as an Austin Car2Go user demonstrates how the program works.

TribBlog: Car2Going Public

Car2Go is a pilot program no more. The innovative Austin-based car-sharing cooperative is opening its memberships to the public starting on May 21.

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Juárez Mayor Denies He's Living in Texas

Juárez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz addresses rampant rumors that he's found a home in El Paso instead of living in his violence-ridden city. In an excerpt of an interview with Tribune reporters Brandi Grissom and Julian Aguilar, Reyes Ferriz blames the media for the residency questions. Reyes Ferriz visited Austin Monday as part of a forum at the University of Texas-Austin. His extended interview will be posted on Wednesday. Full Story 

Road to Nowhere

It's a transportation funding crisis: Congestion on Texas highways is only going to get worse with our population growing, but the state lacks the billions needed to combat it. Lawmakers trying to find a way to break through the gridlock are issuing a stern warning: There's no something-for-nothing solution. Full Story 

Go On a Ride With Car2Go

Leaders in Austin are hoping the next big thing in transportation comes in a tiny Smart car. Watch as an Austin Car2Go user demonstrates how the program works. Full Story