State News http://ketr.org en Technical college system looks to break mold on workforce development http://ketr.org/post/technical-college-system-looks-break-mold-workforce-development <p></p><p>With the launch of a new initiative Monday, the Texas State Technical College System could help revolutionize how colleges align their curriculum with workforce demands and help their students match up better with employers’ needs.</p><p></p><p>The new <a href="http://www.c4eo.org/" target="_blank">Center for Employability Outcomes</a> at TSTC, whose website went live this week, will operate in close coordination with the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:11:53 +0000 Reeve Hamilton - The Texas Tribune 57015 at http://ketr.org Technical college system looks to break mold on workforce development Campaigns test conventional wisdom with summer ads http://ketr.org/post/campaigns-test-conventional-wisdom-summer-ads <p>Texans heading to the movies to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be surprised to see Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, pop up on the screen. Seated in his own crowded theater, a smiling Abbott speaks directly to a camera to his left, while those around him stare straight ahead as if watching a film and oblivious to Abbott’s pitch.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:22:08 +0000 Aman Batheja - The Texas Tribune 56949 at http://ketr.org Campaigns test conventional wisdom with summer ads 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?