State News http://ketr.org en Denton fracking ban could spur wider legal clash http://ketr.org/post/denton-fracking-ban-could-spur-wider-legal-clash <p>Debbie Ingram understands the importance of Texas’ oil and gas industry, and she enjoys the look of a lit-up drilling rig rising in the nighttime sky.</p><p></p><p>But a few months of living about 400 feet from a natural gas well — the source of a cacophony of noises and nauseating fumes that, at times, have overtaken her brick house — prompted her to join hundreds of others pushing back against the industry in this North Texas city.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:28:30 +0000 Jim Malewitz - The Texas Tribune 56851 at http://ketr.org Denton fracking ban could spur wider legal clash Cuellar: Failure 'not an option' on border crisis http://ketr.org/post/cuellar-failure-not-option-border-crisis <p>The U.S. government must take decisive steps to address the humanitarian crisis on Texas’ southern border or risk sending a message to smugglers that it isn’t taking the crisis seriously, says a Texas congressman who recently filed legislation addressing the issue.</p><p></p><p></p><p>U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said this week that the coming days will be critical if Congress is serious about addressing the tens of thousands of Central Americans coming into Texas illegally. Federal lawmakers are a week away from adjourning for the month of August.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:08:47 +0000 Julián Aguilar - The Texas Tribune 56805 at http://ketr.org Cuellar: Failure 'not an option' on border crisis Drinking water systems draw federal concerns http://ketr.org/post/drinking-water-systems-draw-federal-concerns <p>More than 310 public drinking water systems in Texas — nearly 4.5 percent of the state's regulated public water systems — have quality issues that haven’t been adequately addressed, federal officials <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/static.texastribune.org/media/documents/EPA_TCEQ_letter.pdf" target="_blank">told</a> the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality this year. That is the highest percentage in the nation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:44:05 +0000 Neena Satija - The Texas Tribune 56749 at http://ketr.org Drinking water systems draw federal concerns Candidate for railroad commissioner revives overhaul talk http://ketr.org/post/candidate-railroad-commissioner-revives-overhaul-talk <p>The race for Texas railroad commissioner has revived — at least in the short term — debate around a series of thwarted legislative proposals to overhaul the state's curiously named oil and gas agency.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:05:01 +0000 Jim Malewitz - The Texas Tribune 56674 at http://ketr.org Candidate for railroad commissioner revives overhaul talk Perry will activate up to 1,000 National Guard troops http://ketr.org/post/perry-will-activate-1000-national-guard-troops <p>Gov. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" target="_blank">Rick Perry</a> will announce Monday that he is activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help beef up security along the Texas-Mexico border, two people with knowledge of the decision have confirmed.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:15:08 +0000 Jay Root - The Texas Tribune 56623 at http://ketr.org Perry will activate up to 1,000 National Guard troops Lost in a pressing crisis: Perpetual immigration issues http://ketr.org/post/lost-pressing-crisis-perpetual-immigration-issues <p>After <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/suicide-allegations-stun-border-agents-family" target="_blank">reports in March</a> of three undocumented Honduran migrants being assaulted by a Border Patrol agent, who was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot, immigration activists decided to form a group to determine whether migrants were being routinely abused.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:27:19 +0000 Julián Aguilar - The Texas Tribune 56515 at http://ketr.org Lost in a pressing crisis: Perpetual immigration issues State contracting with troubled payday lender http://ketr.org/post/state-contracting-troubled-payday-lender <p></p><p>The state is steering people who want to make cash payments on traffic violation surcharges to a payday lender that last week settled with a federal agency over illegal debt collection tactics.</p><p></p><p>“You may make cash payments at any ACE Cash Express location nationwide,” says a prominent note at the top of the Driver Responsibility Program's <a href="https://www.txsurchargeonline.com/%28S%28n34fu24auwtznxvj3yi0rvgh%29%29/FAQ.aspx">Frequently Asked Questions page.</a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:55:07 +0000 Corrie MacLaggan - The Texas Tribune 56452 at http://ketr.org State contracting with troubled payday lender What's the magic number on Texas' water needs? http://ketr.org/post/whats-magic-number-texas-water-needs <p>How much more water will Texas really need by 2060?</p><p>The 2012 <a href="http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/waterplanning/swp/2012/">state water plan </a>— the state’s strategy for meeting water needs — estimated that Texas would face a shortfall of 2.7 trillion gallons of water a year by 2060, and that filling the gap would take an estimated $53 billion in new infrastructure.</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Neena Satija - The Texas Tribune 53304 at http://ketr.org What's the magic number on Texas' water needs? Lawmakers urged to reform parole with technology http://ketr.org/post/lawmakers-urged-reform-parole-technology <p>*Clarification appended</p><p>The solution to saving money on the state prison system may be more spending on technology, experts and lawmakers mused at a Tuesday panel on criminal justice policy.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 19:14:15 +0000 Cathaleen Qiao Chen - The Texas Tribune 52932 at http://ketr.org Lawmakers urged to reform parole with technology Ongoing drought pushes beef prices to record levels http://ketr.org/post/ongoing-drought-pushes-beef-prices-record-levels <p>As Texas, the nation's biggest beef-producing state, enters its fourth year of drought, beef prices have reached their highest level in almost three decades, according to the Texas Beef Council.</p><p>Economic and agriculture experts are concerned that as drought conditions continue nationally and in Texas, increasing food prices could take a toll on ranchers, grocers and consumers. While some ranchers are enjoying the bigger bottom lines of the increased prices, others worry the increased prices could mean a drop in sales.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:33:20 +0000 Rabeea Tahir - The Texas Tribune 52899 at http://ketr.org Ongoing drought pushes beef prices to record levels