Big plans in store for high-speed rail in Texas

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Those who worry that the plan to build a high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas by 2021 is overly ambitious were probably having heart palpatations after the seven-member Commission for High-Speed Rail in Dallas/Fort Worth expanded its vision for bullet trains in Texas during a Wednesday meeting in Dallas.

Latest school finance ruling is familiar

Wednesday’s ruling from Austin state District Judge John Dietz about the way Texas funds its public schools was but one step in the legal process, but it’s an important one.

Charges should be dropped against good neighbor arrested for theft

Willie Ray Young, 76, has the reputation of being a Good Samaritan in his south Fort Worth community, often doing Santa Claus-like deeds for his neighbors, both kids and adults.

Williams says instruction not up to par

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams is digging himself into a deep hole, and he’s pulling public school students, their teachers and their parents in with him.

Perry’s lawyers attack charges against him

Gov. Rick Perry’s high-powered legal team showed Monday that he will come out swinging against the Aug. 15 indictment charging him with coercion and misuse of office.

Accountability, like math, is complicated

Some of the pressure to understand math has been lifted from Texas public school fifth- and eighth-graders this year.

Stopping TCU-area ‘stealth dorms’ will require neighborhood compromise

For the frustrated residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the Texas Christian University campus, the solution to the problem of too many “stealth dormitories” — structures with as many as five bedrooms and five baths usually rented to students — is simple:

Mike Norman

Stage is set for a fight on private school vouchers

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Lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick is a long-time proponent.

Cynthia Allen

Is social media enlarging or stifling democracy?

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New study suggests social media diminishes political participation.

Bob Ray Sanders

The border terrorists scare more hype than reality

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Politicians are using the theme to arouse voters in an election year.

Bud Kennedy

Some military gear given to police winds up in the wrong hands

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Two Texas police agencies remain suspended from the federal handout list because of lost, stolen or misused equipment.

Jim Witt

Public won when appeals court ruled juvenile murder hearings should have been open

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The media partnered together to protest after judge closed her courtroom following prior trial that was controversial.

Richard Greene

One constant has made all the difference

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At first, I wasn’t sure if the amazing smile was meant for me.

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