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Perry says feds must deal with security
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Criminals are using some spots along the Texas-Mexico border as their personal playgrounds, and the federal government is failing to deal with the problem, Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday during a visit to El Paso. Perry, who returned to El Paso for a fundraiser after visiting four days ago, said he is forced to use resources the state cannot spare to try to plug the holes. He provided few details, though, about his plan to send Texas Rangers to the trouble spots. MORE


Fire investigator accuses Rick Perry of 'unethical' behavior
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The nationally noted fire expert whose investigation of arson evidence called into question a 2004 Texas execution blasted Gov. Rick Perry late Wednesday, accusing the governor of "unethical" behavior in the case. Baltimore-based Craig Beyler, hired by the Texas Forensic Science Commission to examine the case, said in an e-mail that the governor should not have upended the commission, which was to have heard his report just days after Perry replaced several members. He said the governor had a conflict of interest because he approved the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham of Corsicana. More
Perry vigorously defends '04 execution in Corsicana blaze
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Gov. Rick Perry gave a spirited defense of the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham, whose case has drawn national attention for its flawed arson investigation and raised the specter that Texas put an innocent man to death. Calling Willingham "a monster," Perry said he harbors no doubt that the unemployed mechanic purposefully set fire to his Corsicana home in 1991 and killed his three children. More
County taking over code enforcement duties in new home construction
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The McLennan County Commissioners Court approved a resolution Tuesday that makes it the county’s responsibility to ensure that new homes meet local building code standards, a duty formerly managed by a state agency. The commissioners approved the resolution adopting H.B. 2833, a bill passed by the Texas Legislature allowing counties to police whether new homes constructed in unincorporated county areas are built to code and properly inspected. More
U.S. jobless claims falls for fifth time in six weeks
The Associated Press via The Austin American Statesman    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment insurance has fallen to the lowest level since early January, a sign the labor market is slowly improving. The Labor Department said that first-time claims for jobless benefits dropped to a seasonally-adjusted 514,000 from an upwardly revised 524,000 the previous week. More


Deaths on the job decline in Texas
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The number of Texans who died on the job last year fell to its lowest level since 2004, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last year, 457 workers in Texas died while working, a 13.4 percent decline from the 528 recorded in 2007. More
Proposed Texas constitutional amendments
The Associated Press via The Fort Worth Star Telegram    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eleven proposed constitutional amendments go before Texas voters in the Nov. 3 election. The proposals passed both chambers of the Legislature with a two-thirds vote and must win voter approval to be added to the state constitution. Early voting begins Monday. More

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Health care battle could extend Hutchison's Senate stay
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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who said in July that she would resign by December, said today that she's no longer sure when she'll leave the Senate. She blames the delay on uncertainty over when Congress will take final action on health care reform. "I don’t know. Every day in Washington some new bad thing is coming up," she said in a radio interview with Mark Davis on WBAP (820 AM). More
Perry camp says Hutchison comments show misplaced priorities
The Fort Worth Star Telegram Politex Blog    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Rick Perry's campaign has responded to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's comments this morning on a Dallas radio show, taking issue with her plans to resign from the Senate as well as whether Hutchison can multitask. Perry's camp has been hammering Hutchison for months over her plans to resign her Senate seat, and at times have said they aren't convinced she'll actually give up the seat. More

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Nationwide flu outbreak could devastate business
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A nationwide outbreak of H1N1 flu could cripple an already weakened economy and leave understaffed companies in even more dire straits, predicts John Challenger, CEO of outplacement consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas. "For an employer that has recently gone through a downsizing and already stretched thin in terms of staffing, 40 percent absenteeism in a given month could be devastating," Challenger said. More


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