Efforts to Boost Veterans' Job Prospects Praised

Service members and their families from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, participate in the Veterans Day parade in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 6, 2010.
Service members and their families from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, participate in the Veterans Day parade in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 6, 2010.

As the nation honors its veterans Monday, many are having difficulty finding a job. But in Texas, businesses, advocacy groups and higher ed institutions are working to address that issue, and their efforts have earned national attention.

Asylum-Seeker Completes "Pedaling for Justice" Ride

Carlos Gutierrez holds up his bike in front of the Texas Capitol on November 9th, 2013 after a 12 day bike ride across Texas.
Carlos Gutierrez holds up his bike in front of the Texas Capitol on November 9th, 2013 after a 12 day bike ride across Texas.

After riding his bike for more than 700 miles over 12 days, Carlos Gutierrez, — a Chihuahua native and businessman whose legs were cut off by Mexican gang members — completed his "Pedaling for Justice" trek Saturday in Austin.

Candidates File for Governor

At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott made their candidacies for governor official on Saturday by filling out the paperwork and paying the $3,750 fee to file in their respective primaries.

Ken Anderson to Serve 9 Days in Jail

Former Williamson County State District Judge Ken Anderson walks into the courtroom on Nov. 8, 2013. He was ordered to serve 10 days in jail and was forced to give up his law license.
Former Williamson County State District Judge Ken Anderson walks into the courtroom on Nov. 8, 2013. He was ordered to serve 10 days in jail and was forced to give up his law license.

Ken Anderson, who oversaw Michael Morton’s wrongful murder conviction as a prosecutor, was sentenced to nine days in jail and will surrender his law license as part of a deal to resolve criminal charges and a civil lawsuit.

Expensive State Troubles and Thrifty Voters

The Colorado River is shown east of Longhorn Dam in Austin. The capital city is almost entirely reliant on the Colorado River and its system of dammed reservoirs for water,
The Colorado River is shown east of Longhorn Dam in Austin. The capital city is almost entirely reliant on the Colorado River and its system of dammed reservoirs for water,

Texas voters said yes to a big-ticket proposition for water projects and no to some other spending items, leaving a question for policymakers with a to-do list full of expensive problems: Is the public willing to go along?

Top Academics but Little Diversity at Two New Charters

Parents look over books and ask questions about curriculum during a parent information session for the new Great Hearts Monte Vista Charter School to open in San Antonio at Temple Beth-El, October 29, 2013.
Parents look over books and ask questions about curriculum during a parent information session for the new Great Hearts Monte Vista Charter School to open in San Antonio at Temple Beth-El, October 29, 2013.

Two new charter school operators have come to Texas promising a collegiate atmosphere. But along with their academic goals come extra fees for parents and a record of serving disproportionately affluent and white students. 

For Prisoners and Families, Burials With Dignity

Anthony Ormsbee places flowers with other volunteers at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas Monday Nov. 4, 2013 where a group placed roses on the more than 3000 headstones for All Souls Day.
Anthony Ormsbee places flowers with other volunteers at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas Monday Nov. 4, 2013 where a group placed roses on the more than 3000 headstones for All Souls Day.

Prisoner rights advocates often criticize the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, but experts agree that offender burials are one thing the state prison system does well, especially compared with other states. 

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