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02
Mar

University president sets campus carry policies

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Former Gov. Rick Perry is no longer facing criminal charges. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Feb. 24 ordered the dismissal of a 2014 felony indictment of Perry by a Travis County grand jury.
 
Wed
02
Mar

From Comanche warrior to white’s favorite Indian

By Bartee Haile
 
Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief, was buried beside his famous white mother on Feb. 25, 1911. A few days after surrendering at Fort Sill in the spring of 1875, the battle-scarred leader of the Quahada Comanches just happened to tell Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie that his mother was the former white captive Cynthia Ann Parker. It fell to his longtime pursuer to inform Quanah that the woman, who had given him birth, was dead.
 
Wed
24
Feb

Marine from South Texas raised Iwo Jima flag

By Bartee Haile

A young marine from South Texas was one of six American fighting men caught on camera on Feb. 23, 1945 raising the Stars and Stripes on a Pacific battlefield called Iwo Jima. 

 

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Wed
24
Feb

University president sets campus carry policies

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves has adopted policies to implement Senate Bill 11, the campus handgun carry law that goes into effect on Aug. 1.  

 

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Wed
17
Feb

Rusk deserved more than second fiddle to Houston

By Bartee Haile

Thomas Rusk stepped out of Sam Houston’s giant shadow on Feb. 16, 1848 to give his first speech in the United States Senate, an impassioned defense of the Mexican War.  

 

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Wed
17
Feb

Supreme Court halts EPA pollution abatement rule

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Feb. 9 heralded the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 order that put on hold a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power producers to cut back on the release of pollutants emitted mainly from coal-burning operations.  

 

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Wed
10
Feb

How to tell if Congress is working again

By Lee Hamilton

Wed
10
Feb

Gov., Congress seek details on security cuts

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-McAllen, are asking U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for detailed information regarding border security cuts. Of particular interest to Abbott and Cuellar is the federal agency’s decision to cut resources for aerial-based border security support in a program known as Operation Phalanx. Specifically, the Department of Homeland Security’s request for aerial detection, situational awareness and monitoring capability support for Operation Phalanx from the Department of Defense for calendar year 2016 was 50 percent lower than that of recent years.

Wed
03
Feb

Mittie Stephens on a pleasure cruise to hell

By Bartee Haile

The Mittie Stephens steamed out of New Orleans on Feb. 2, 1869 on a pleasure cruise through the inland waterways of Texas that ended in fiery tragedy on Caddo Lake.  

 

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Wed
03
Feb

TxDOT awaits go-ahead signal for gridlock-reducing

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation on Jan. 27 reported that on average, Texas drivers in five of the state’s largest metropolitan areas lose about 52 hours and $1,200 annually due to traffic congestion. 

 

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