Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

TABC on hot seat over trips and spending controversies

For more than three hours, top TABC officials were grilled by House members for misusing state resources, taking trips to Hawaii on the taxpayers’ dime, mixing vacation with state duties, misreporting who has been assigned which state-owned vehicles, and cozying up to the very industry they’re supposed to be regulating.

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Thomas Hawk

Liquor regulators acknowledge Rangers haven't cleared them

Texas liquor regulators claimed this week that an investigative report about its sale of alcohol at a state convention had been turned over to the Texas Rangers. That story fell apart Friday, a day after the Texas Tribune reported on TABC lavish spending practices at out of state conventions.

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Thomas Hawk

Kindred Spirits: Wal-Mart, Kroger Align in Booze Bid

Wal-Mart is ginning up a full-bore liquor war and bringing it to the Capitol. Last week it sued the state for the right to sell spirits, and Wednesday it joined Kroger in forming a new nonprofit to promote freedom in the booze marketplace.

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Michael Connell

Wal-Mart Sues Texas for Right to Sell Liquor

Wal-Mart is allowed to sell beer and wine at 546 Texas stores, but state law keeps it from selling hard liquor. On Thursday, the company filed a federal lawsuit challenging that rule in the interest of a "fair and level playing field."

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