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Two people were killed and 22 people were injured late Saturday near Houston when gunfire erupted at a birthday party.

The Houston Chronicle reports most of the injured were between 17- and 20-years-old, and the party was billed on Twitter as an 18th birthday celebration. The Chronicle reports:

Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.

The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.

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Imagine waking up in Dallas, going to Houston for lunch, and being back in Big D for a 3 p.m. meeting.

Sound like a fantasy? It could be reality in just a few years, thanks to a fast-moving Texas company that plans to deploy fast-moving trains.

Texas Central Railway wants to build a Dallas-to-Houston corridor for a 200-mph electric train, like the ones that operate in Japan. It would be faster than any train operating in the United States. The bullet train could get from Dallas to Houston in about 90 minutes. Passengers could start boarding in seven years.

Texas was the first state in 1985 to pass a law requiring students to test and treat students with dyslexia, but many parents still feel schools aren’t doing enough to help dyslexic kids.

Scientists at the University of Houston are working on a new method of finding oil and gas deposits. By using hyperspectral satellite remote sensing, Dr. Shuhab Khan and his team have already combed areas of North Texas and Oklahoma. But they're not looking for oil oozing out of the earth. Instead, they're looking for tiny hydrocarbon leaks in rock to find oil.

A stunning new exhibit of war photography that was born at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston spurred this heartfelt essay by Kainaz Amaria on NPR's blog The Picture Show. "For me it's about the impact of war as it relates on a very basic human everyday life," says New York-based photographer Nina Berman, who took the photo below, of a Marine sergeant wounded in Iraq and his bride.

A proposed bullet train between North Texas and Houston is still years away from becoming reality, but Dallas and Fort Worth are already sizing up station locations. The idea is to build three: one each in Dallas and Fort Worth and another somewhere in between. But both ends of the Metroplex want to go first.

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Update, 6:25 p.m.: The man accused of stabbing 15 people on campus outside Houston is a 20-year-old student named Dylan Quick, the Houston Chronicle reports. The paper put together a profile of Quick based on a Lone Star College-CyFair blog that spotlighted him on April 1.

The debut of a blog about race, ethnicity and culture draws a little Texas-born star power from the singer, who cut her teeth in Houston. Embedded are two very different "the real Beyonce" videos. And by the way, "Code Switch" refers to the different personas many of us snap into in different family, social and work situations.

Texas Democrats Look For Momentum At Convention

Jun 8, 2012
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Democrats are meeting at the Brown Convention Center downtown will continue the process of rebuilding.

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Planned Parenthood groups in Austin, Waco and Dallas-Fort Worth are planning to merge into one organization.

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A survey finds retail gasoline prices across Texas have jumped a nickel in the past week.

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