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Rising Property Values Raise Property Taxes
We have good news and -- maybe some bad news -- for some Angelina County home and land owners.  The good news is that the Angelina County Appraisal District says property values are finally going up - instead of down.  The bad news is that rising property values also mean higher property t…
Pharma Gets Incentives to Make Kids Cancer Drugs
Thanks to a Texas Congressman, pharmaceutical companies will get a big incentive to start producing drugs for treating cancer in children.  These are "orphan drugs" which the drug makers stopped making because they couldn't make money from them, but that should change soo…
Dallas NAACP Wants Texas Lottery Shut Down
The Dallas chapter of the NAACP is calling on the state to abolish the Texas Lottery. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the nation's oldest civil rights group wants low income Texans to stop pumping money into the state lottery.
Controversial Shooting Gets Houston Man 40 Years
KHOU TV in Houston reports a man who claimed Texas’ version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to kill a neighbor in an argument over a noisy party has been found guilty of murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Barring a successful appeal, a prison cell much like the one …
Texas AG Reacts to Health Care Ruling
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says on one hand, he thinks the US Supreme Court ruling that upheld President Obama's health care overhaul was wrong.  On the other hand, Abbott says the ruling is still a victory for individual liberty and states’ rights.
Supreme Court Upholds Obama’s Health Care Law
The Obama administration got an enormous victory on Thursday when the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the President’s signature achievement: the 2010 health care law.
And in a surprise to many court watchers, it was Chief Justice John Roberts who sided with the more liberal justices…
This Just in From Planet Blago…
Here's the latest from the other planet former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich lives on.  That other "planet" is the Englewood Federal Prison in Littleton, Colorado, outside Denver.  Blagojevich says he likes Colorado, but this prison IS BORING.  Poor guy.
Gov’t Okays Texas Stretch of Keystone Pipeline
People in east Texas need to brace themselves and get ready, because the way has been cleared for a major stretch of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada.  Barring a successful legal challenge, it's coming.

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