Government

3:39 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Lockheed To Furlough 3,000 Because Of Government Shutdown

Lockheed Martin, which builds the F-35 fighter jet in Fort Worth, says it will begin furloughing employees Monday because of the government shutdown. The biggest concern is the lack of inspectors needed to approve work performed in the manufacturing process.
Lockheed Martin says it will furlough 3,000 employees on Monday due to the government shutdown. The Maryland-based defense contractor, which builds the F-35 fighter jet in west Fort Worth, said Friday that the number of employees put on furlough will increase weekly if the shutdown continues.
Government
2:34 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Texas Drops Its Challenge To Airline Merger; American To Keep DFW Hub

In an agreement with Texas officials, American Airlines will maintain a large hub at D/FW International Airport.
American Airlines

The state of Texas has dropped its opposition to the American Airlines-U.S. Airways merger.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he’s reached an agreement that will keep American’s headquarters in North Texas and maintain DFW as a “large hub airport.” American will also maintain daily service to more than 20 airports across Texas, many serving rural parts of the state.

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Government
11:24 am
Mon September 30, 2013

If Government Shuts Down, George W. Bush Library Will Close

If the federal government shuts down, don't plan on visiting the George W. Bush Library.
williacw Flickr

If the federal government shuts down, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will shut down, too.

The library, located on the Southern Methodist University campus, has posted a short note on its website. The library says that in the event of a shutdown, it won’t be able to sell tickets, update its website, produce blog items or post Facebook notes.

All National Archives and Records Administration facilities will be closed and all National Archives activities will be canceled.

Government
11:30 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Veteran Democrat May Run For Lieutenant Governor

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte would be able to keep her senate seat during a bid for lieutenant govenor.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, from San Antonio, says she may join likely gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on the statewide Democratic ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.

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Government
10:59 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Over The Weekend, Politicos Get Close-Up Of Abbott, Davis

State Sen. Wendy Davis fields questions during Texas Tribune policy conference.
Texas Tribune

They didn’t appear together or talk about each other, but this weekend voters had a chance to take a closer look at the likely nominees for governor. 

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3:23 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Senate Passes Bill To Avoid Shutdown, But House Isn't On Board Yet

The Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government functioning past a Monday night deadline, NPR reports. But it removed language to defund the Affordable Care Act -- the cause that Sen. Ted Cruz built his 21-hour talk-a-thon on Wednesday. The resolution goes next to the House of Representatives, where its future is murky.
Passage in the Senate of a measure to keep the federal government running past Tuesday will set in motion a process that could end up accomplishing the opposite. A vote to send a budget bill funding the government for another six weeks will send it to the House, but without language defunding the Affordable Care Act that Republicans insist must be there.
Government
6:10 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Texas House Speaker Stumping For Water Bill

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus urges North Texas officials to promote water legislation on the November ballot.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is traveling the state, rallying support for an election measure that will pay for water projects.

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Government
5:34 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Cruz Marathon: A Waste Of Time Or Political Courage?

Sen. Ted Cruz talked 21-hours calling for lawmakers to defund Obamacare.
CBS News via UStream

Reaction to Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon speech is mixed in Washington and in Texas.

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11:21 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Listen To Bush White House Photographer Describe Events Of Sept. 11

KUT Radio in Austin interviewed Eric Draper, the White House photographer for George W. Bush, about what it was like to be with the president on Sept. 11, 2001. Draper's book, "Front Row Seat," includes a chapter on 9/11 and its aftermath.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Eric Draper presumed the morning trip to Florida would be a routine affair. Or, at least as routine as anything ever can be when you're
Government
6:53 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Texans In Congress Raise Concerns About Striking Syria

“We cannot go into every country that has an uprising," U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) said Friday, "without going through NATO or the UN or a partnership with other countries. We don’t have the money to take on everybody’s war."
Bill Ingalls NASA

Democrats and Republicans who represent Texas in Congress are weighing in about a potential U.S. military strike against Syria.

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