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Taxpayers Pinched for Pizza Subsidy

AUSTIN, Texas--One of three pizza parlors in Taylor, north of Austin, is getting more than $200,000 in taxpayer money as an incentive to expand operations. The handout came after a Texas A&M Engineering Extensive Service report found that there were was a "lack of youth activities/hangouts” in the city north of Austin. The award comes with new criticism heard statewide on such programs. Critics charge that "economic incentive" programs represent taxpayer dollars being used to "pick winners and losers." Jul 29, 2014 9:21 AM PT

Texas Monthly: Powers Misled Admissions Investigation

AUSTIN, Texas--In an article published by Texas Monthly today profiling embattled UT Regent Wallace Hall, who uncovered evidence of legislative clout abuse in admissions and is at the center of an impeach inquiry for his work, it was revealed that resigning UT President Bill Powers reportedly "misled" investigators. Jul 10, 2014 8:24 AM PT

UT President Resigns Under Pressure

AUSTIN, Texas--After three years of deteriorating relations with his employers on the University of Texas Board of Regents and a growing scandal involving legislators allegedly using their clout to get friends and family admitted without proper qualifications, UT president Bill Powers on Wednesday offered his resignation effective June 2015. Jul 10, 2014 6:29 AM PT

Kay Bailey Hutchison Defends UT President, Calls Him ‘A Great Leader’

AUSTIN, Texas--As UT President Bill Powers seeks to hold on to his job in the face of a growing admissions scandal where powerful lawmakers and their donors were allegedly given preferential admissions, the new leader of the alumni association is standing by Powers. Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison wrote to alumni this weekend that Powers “is a great leader; he deserves better than this." Jul 7, 2014 5:42 AM PT

Sources: Whistleblower Forcing Out UT President

AUSTIN, Texas--Two highly placed sources say University of Texas president Bill Powers has been given a choice: resign by the end of the day July 4, or be fired next week. The order comes as a whistleblower has allegedly stepped forward with information tying Powers directly to a growing admissions scandal. The sources tell Breitbart Texas that the decision to axe Powers came early Thursday, with the ultimatum handed down by UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents chairman Paul Foster. Jul 4, 2014 10:28 AM PT

Texas Sales Revenues Rise

Monthly sales tax revenues in Texas are up 8.5 percent from May 2013, marking the 50th straight month of state revenue growth according to Comptroller Susan Combs. Jun 21, 2014 6:39 AM PT

Where's the Beef for Texas? Chipotle Says Australia

Saying they cannot find the cows they want in domestically, Chipotle is importing beef from Australia. That doesn't sit well with Texas' Commissioner of Agriculture, who says the company is being "irresponsible." Jun 18, 2014 5:50 AM PT

After Defeat Deuell Faces Lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas--After being turned out of office by primary voters in the May runoff, State Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) now finds himself facing a lawsuit from a conservative pro-life organization allegedly he illegally attempted the silence the group during the election. Jun 12, 2014 6:43 AM PT

18 Students Arrested Protesting U Texas President

After occupying the office of University of Texas President Bill Powers, 18 students were arrested on charges of criminal trespass. They were protesting a new “shared services” program that would consolidate jobs and out-source work. Without endorsing their tactics, one conservative activist says the students might be missing a real scandal. Apr 26, 2014 7:09 AM PT

Mainstream Media Push Democrats’ Anti-Perry Narrative

Texas media is running without a question a narrative being spoon-fed to them by a liberal activist group seeking to derail Gov. Rick Perry’s presumed 2016 presidential ambitions. Not once has the Dallas Morning News, Austin American Statesman or other newspaper disclosed the political leanings of “Texans for Public Justice” in breathless reporting of the charges brought by the organization against Perry. Nor have they noted that the “special prosecutor” appointed to the case is a Democrat. Apr 22, 2014 10:33 AM PT

Not-So-Good Friday for Some Texas Students

While state law expressly recognizes Good Friday as a date for which schools must provide an excused absence for students, some school districts are requiring parents to provide “documentation” of their attendance in religious ceremonies. Because inclement weather this winter forced schools to be closed, some are using Good Friday as a “make up” day, according to a traditional values group. Apr 18, 2014 5:46 AM PT

Drumbeat to Raise Gas Tax Extends to Conservative Event

AUSTIN, TEXAS--Texans should pay higher gasoline taxes, a Texas Tech University professor advocated at a policy conference organized by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin on April 16. He acknowledged that how transportation dollars are spent must also be carefully considered. Apr 17, 2014 6:12 AM PT

Local Voter Apathy Offers Opening for Battleground Texas

While the most politically active of Texans look ahead to the May 27 partisan run-offs and others are planning for November's general election contest--Battleground Texas is making in-roads where few voters participate: the non-partisan municipal races. Apr 13, 2014 8:51 AM PT

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