Nearly 10 percent of the U.S., including large portions of rural Texas, lacks access to high-speed internet. Without broadband services, many industries, including agriculture, will be unable to compete globally.
School districts have just received their A-F grades from the state. It comes as lawmakers who created the new rating system run for reelection. Many want to distance themselves from an underfunded system rated by test grades.
Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at age 76, came from Detroit, from the African-American church, from the pulpit incantations of her father, from the blues, from jazz, from soul. Her powerful, unique sound earned her the title, “Queen of Soul.”
Access to high quality, affordable child care is a particular challenge for low-income families. The new Lena Pope UNTHSC center in Fort Worth is filling part of the gap by offering financial assistance for half of its enrollees.
A UT Southwestern Medical Center neuropsychologist says parents should not keep their children from playing sports because they fear concussions. He says most young athletes who suffer concussions will recover.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is calling for a Confederate plaque displayed in the Texas Capitol to be removed because its inscription alludes to Texas’ support of slavery as one reason Texas seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy.
Local governments in Texas are setting their property tax rates as they prepare next year’s budgets. Taxpayers who want to limit what they pay should tell their elected officials what they’re willing to pay for.
The Texas Education Agency will being using an A through F system for grading schools and districts. It says the letter grades will make it easier to understand how schools are performing. The Texas Association of School Administrators says A-F relies on high-stakes testing and that is an unfair tool for ratings.
Beverly Powell, a Tarrant County Democrat running for the Texas Senate, supports keeping economic incentives to lure new businesses to North Texas and to encourage existing companies to expand. her opponent opposes that.
All it takes for most of today’s guardians of the digital galaxy to drive an offending outlet toward obscurity is for one of them to make the first move. That illustrates the immense influence of the social networks.
As task force, scheduled to announce plans for overhauling the U.S. Postal Service, is expected to propose privatization. Critics claim the effort to cut agency costs would result in higher mail fees and reduced service, especially in rural areas.
Texas Democrats Lupe Valdez and Beto O’Rourke, are not as well known as the Republican incumbents they hope to unseat -Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz. They’re trying to define themselves for voters before their opponents do.
When politicians in Washington start talking about deficit reduction, they often look for ways to cut Medicare spending. AARP Texas urges voters to fight efforts to cut Medicare or turn it into a voucher system.
The Alamo site in San Antonio is being redesigned to better depict the historical mission and its surroundings. A descendent of Alamo fighter Davy Crockett says the plan will create features that will help tell the story of the important battle for Texas independence.
A large majority of voters express concern about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and many believe Trump’s campaign had an improper relationship with Russia. But the U.S. Senate voted not to increase funding for election security this year.
An African-American columnist says Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is behaving like a slave owner by requiring players, many of them black, to stand during the national anthem. He slams black quarterback Dak Prescott for backing Jones’ policy.
The U.S. State Department has decided to allow a private company to post gun blueprints online for making 3D-printed guns. That will give the public access to making untraceable plastic guns not recognized by metal detectors.