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New Texas rules after blackout, but not for this winter

Nov. 30, 2021 18:44 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Regulators of Texas' oil and gas industry that buckled during February's deadly freeze moved Tuesday toward making some producers more prepared for cold weather, but not in time for this winter as the nation's power grid monitor warned the state is still at risk of...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 29, 2021 10:02 AM EST

Houston Chronicle. Nov. 28, 2021. Editorial: Resign, Craddick and Christian. Regulators misled about winter storm and failed to prevent another Nine months ago, Wayne Christian was standing in his dark house, wearing three layers of coats to keep...

Matthew McConaughey won't run for Texas governor in 2022

Nov. 28, 2021 21:42 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Actor Matthew McConaughey isn't running for Texas governor after months of publicly flirting with the idea of becoming the latest celebrity candidate. The Academy Award winner said in a video posted Sunday night that political leadership was not a...

Houston highway project sparks debate over racial equity

Nov. 24, 2021 16:39 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A $9 billion highway widening project being proposed in the Houston area could become an important test of the Biden administration’s commitment to addressing what it has said is a history of racial inequity with infrastructure projects in the U.S. The...

Samsung says it will build $17B chip factory in Texas

Nov. 23, 2021 22:49 PM EST

Samsung said it plans to build a $17 billion semiconductor factory outside of Austin, Texas, amid a global shortage of chips used in phones, cars and other electronic devices. “This is the largest foreign direct investment in the state of Texas, ever,” Texas Gov. Greg...

Texas congressman joins GOP race for attorney general

Nov. 23, 2021 12:25 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert has joined the crowded field of Republicans mounting primary challenges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The East Texas lawmaker is the latest prominent member of his party seeking to unseat the incumbent in the...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 22, 2021 09:02 AM EST

San Antonio Express-News. Nov. 19, 2021. Editorial: Release all JFK assassination records. It’s been 58 years Fifty-eight years ago today, on the last full day of his life, President John F. Kennedy arrived in San Antonio for the first leg of a trip...

Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson ending decades in Congress

Nov. 20, 2021 14:07 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a trailblazing Black Democrat in Texas who has served in Congress for nearly 30 years, announced Saturday that she will not seek reelection next year. Johnson, 85, is a political fixture in her hometown of Dallas, where...

Report: Texas still at risk of winter power blackouts

Nov. 18, 2021 17:17 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is still at risk of power blackouts this winter in the event of extreme weather like the catastrophic February storm that buckled the state's electrical grid and left millions of people without heat for days, the nation's grid monitor said Thursday. ...

O'Rourke raises $2M in first day of Texas governor campaign

Nov. 17, 2021 16:28 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke said Wednesday he raised more than $2 million after announcing his campaign for Texas governor, showing an ability to still quickly pile up cash after coming off failed runs for the U.S. Senate and presidency. The money came...