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9:51 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Drastic Water Restrictions Possible For Some North Texans

Nick Perla (cc) flickr

It looks like the drought is here to stay. KERA’s Jacqueline Fellows says as many as 50 cities and towns across North Texas may not be able to water lawns at all this summer.

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Government
6:16 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Two Texans Make The Iowa Caucus Round

With only a few days left before the Iowa Caucuses, two Texans are stumping for voters: Governor Rick Perry and Congressman Ron Paul. KERA’s Jacqueline Fellows reports Governor Perry is appealing to voters by billing himself as an outsider.

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Government
1:07 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Frisco Rejects Exide Application

Frisco Planning and Zoning meeting

The fight over the Frisco lead smelter got hotter last night. Frisco’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously rejected a plan that would have favored Exide, the city’s long-standing smelter and recycler. Exide opponents call it a victory. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports plant workers now fear the business might close or move, taking their jobs.

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Government
12:06 am
Thu December 22, 2011

NTTA Approves Legal Fees Related To FBI Probe

jypsygen (cc) flickr

Just as the North Texas Tollway Authority tries to shed an image of awarding lucrative sweetheart contracts, an FBI investigation is raising new questions. KERA’s Shelley Kofler has more on actions the board took Wednesday.

In a meeting where NTTA board members talked about the importance of transparency, they emerged from an executive session and quickly agreed to use public money to reimburse board member David Denison’s legal fees. But NTTA Board Chair Kenneth Barr would say little about the reason for the vote or how much money Denison will receive.

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Government
12:02 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Feds OK Dallas Redistricting Map

 

The U.S. Justice Department has given “pre-clearance” to the new Dallas redistricting map. KERA’s BJ Austin says that could signal the start of a court battle.  

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Government
5:27 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

NTTA Board Vote Could Fund Member's Legal Fees

KERA News

The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) board has passed a cryptic measure that appears to authorize the NTTA to pay legal fees for a board member. 

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Government
3:47 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

New Candidates Stir Up Senate Race

Andrew Nourse, flickr

A Republican and a Democrat, each with some name recognition, have entered the race to replace retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. KERA's Shelley Kofler says the biggest buzz surrounds broadcaster Craig James.

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Elections
2:39 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Perry Campaigns For Support In Iowa

Rick Perry
KUT News

Governor Rick Perry wrapped up his first bus tour of Iowa this past Sunday. He's trying to drum up support for the January 3 caucuses. The message of the week was: vote the outsider into Washington - and shake things up.

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Government
12:00 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Agreement On Texas Primary Date Expected Today

An agreement on when Texas will elect their party nominees could come as early as today. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports Republicans and Democrats say they're close to deciding when Texas should hold political primaries.

As of now March 6 is still the date set for the Texas Primary. But a partisan battle over which election maps should be used has resulted in a US Supreme Court hearing on January 9, with election boundaries for congressional and legislative races being decided sometime after that.

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Government
12:00 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Texans May Lose Clout With April Primary

jmtimages, flickr

A federal judge has signed off on an agreement to delay Texas' March primary election until April 3. That will give candidates time to adjust to final redistricting maps. But KERA's Shelley Kofler reports Texas may lose some of its influence in choosing a republican presidential nominee.

If the primary had remained on March 6 Texas Republicans would have been among the 11 states taking part in the big Super Tuesday vote. The contest among presidential contenders may still close in March, and Texans could have been among the voters that decide the GOP nominee.

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