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South Texas Looking To Oil & Gas Exporting At Eagle Ford Consortium Conference

TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO: More than 600 South Texas business and community leaders are meeting in San Antonio this week for the third annual Eagle Ford Shale Consortium Conference. The communities over the Eagle Ford Shale have come a long way since the first wells were drilled in 2008 and the first few years saw growth so rapid that residents could barely keep up.

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Eagle Ford could last decades

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: San Antonio — Not long ago, many people in South Texas wondered whether the Eagle Ford Shale was real or just a figment of some geologist's imagination.

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New Ann Richards film holds lessons for Greg Abbott-Wendy Davis race

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: A new documentary about Ann Richards arrives this political season just as another woman is facing long odds and slaughterhouse politics in her bid to become the next governor of Texas. For all the differences between then and now, the film offers some fresh reminders — and striking parallels for today — about how a woman got elected. And how four years later, she didn’t.

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Regent gives $1 million to Texas A&M School of Law

FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM: Tony Buzbee wants to see the Texas A&M University School of Law become a top Texas law school in the next five years — so he wrote a $1 million check to the school this week and is urging other Aggies to do the same. Because the Texas A&M University School of Law in downtown Fort Worth is not yet a year old, the founding partner of The Buzbee Law Firm and Texas A&M System regent said he stepped up and created an endowment for the incoming dean and hopes others will follow his lead.

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Kinky Friedman: Put wild hog on a plate

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: Grass-fed beef, cage-free chickens, and … feral hogs?

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"Frackaso," An Art Perspective On Hydraulic Fracturing

TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO: A new exhibit opens Friday combining art and fossil fuel extraction called Frackaso. The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s Marisol Cortez explained how it was named. “In English it’s a play on fracas: a mess, a fracas. And in Spanish fracaso means an utter and abject failure,” Cortez said.

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Third Chief in a Month to Be Named at Juvenile Justice Department

TEXAS TRIBUNE: The Texas Juvenile Justice Department on Thursday is set to name its third leader in a month at a meeting of the board that oversees the agency. Linda Brooke, the current interim executive director, is leaving TJJD for a job in Fort Worth, Jim Hurley, the agency's spokesman, said Wednesday.

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Sex Offender Agency's Presiding Board Member Quits

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Amid controversy over the placement of dangerous sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences, the presiding member of a board that oversees a little-known agency that manages civilly committed violent sex offenders resigned on Tuesday.

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Voters Could Approve Billions in Debt in May Elections

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Early voting begins Monday for dozens of May 10 bond elections across Texas. All told, local voters are being asked to approve more than $6.6 billion in new debt, nearly all of it for school districts.

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To Kill? Or Not to Kill?

TEXAS OBSERVER: One morning in August 2011, Matagorda County District Attorney Steven Reis drove out to a crime scene at a remote, secluded farmhouse. A 78-year-old man named Glen Sam Prinzing had been found dead at his property on the edge of Markham, a town of a thousand residents 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and about 90 miles southwest of Houston.

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Greg Abbott Proposes Statewide District for Struggling Schools

TEXAS OBSERVER: One of the Texas Legislature’s more entertaining moments in 2013—before, well, you know—was the late-session fight in the House over a bill creating the “Texas Achievement School District,” to centralize school turnaround efforts across Texas under a single superintendent.

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UT-Austin Students Arrested After Protesting Job-Cutting Plan

TEXAS OBSERVER: Leading the students out three-by-three, University of Texas Police arrested the eighteen students this evening, ending their sit-in. UT spokesman Gary Susswein said students would be charged with criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor.

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Pre-K wheels are turning in election's wake

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: City officials began moving quickly Wednesday to execute the logistics of Pre-K 4 SA, readying leases for two early childhood education centers and beginning the process of notifying school districts of their proposed locations.

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The Revenge Of Rick Perry

THE NEW REPUBLIC: Of all the characters who littered the strange campaign of 2012, none was a bigger laughingstock than Rick Perry, who will go down in political lore for three things: threatening bodily harm to the chairman of the Federal Reserve, declaring that our staunch ally Turkey is run by "Islamic terrorists", and, oops, I can’t remember the third thing. But now that the election is over, it’s looking like Perry had the last laugh.

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Marijuana Ballot Measures Spark Discussion in Texas

TEXAS TRIBUNE: After Colorado and Washington voted on Tuesday to ease marijuana laws, some proponents of legalization think their cause could pick up steam in other states, including Texas.

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With Presidency Decided, Lawmakers Face Policy Hurdles

TEXAS TRIBUNE: “Wait until we see who’s president.” It’s been an oft-repeated refrain in the last year from state agency heads and Republican elected officials pressed to act on everything from the federal health care act to environmental reforms.

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