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Business Review Dec. 11, 2014
12:56 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Business Review - The Untapped Economic Potential of Women

Investing in women -- especially those who are in developing countries -- leads to larger economic returns, says one former U.S. Ambassador. It leads to better communities, better families, a better country and a better economy. (*ENCORE)


World
8:27 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech Thursday at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. A major sticking point remains over how to divide greenhouse emissions targets.
Rodrigo Abd AP

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 1:37 pm

U.N. talks on global warming are wrapping up in Peru, but a divide between rich and poor countries and how to divvy up targets to reduce greenhouse gases is a key sticking point that has remained unresolved.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has acknowledged that the issue is "hard fought and ... complex," but he says it is crucial that the targets be agreed on before next year's summit in Paris. The talks in Peru end today.

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Texas News
5:22 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Three Construction Workers Die In Downtown Dallas Fire

Three workers died in a fire at the Thanksgiving Tower in downtown Dallas Thursday afternoon, Dallas Fire-Rescue says.
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Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:21 pm

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked Thursday's fire in the basement of a Dallas skyscraper that killed three construction workers.

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Health
5:22 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Public Can Comment on Whether Texas Should Merge Its Health Agencies Into One

On Dec. 10, 2014, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission voted unanimously to approve a merger of the state's five health agencies into one.
Veronica Zaragovia/KUT

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 5:21 pm

The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is recommending that all Texas health agencies be consolidated into one “mega-agency," but the move would need approval from Texas lawmakers next legislative session.

Back in 2003, Texas lawmakers passed a measure that reduced the number of health and human services agencies from 12 to five. Now, the Sunset Advisory Commission has approved merging those five agencies into one.

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Rainy Day Fund
5:03 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Lawmakers Set Rainy Day Fund Minimum For Credit, Emergencies

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Texas’ so-called Rainy Day Fund is an emergency pool of money that comes from oil and gas taxes. The account has ballooned with Texas’ most recent oil and gas boom and has been turned to recently to shore up statewide water and road projects. State lawmakers established a minimum balance for the fund to make sure Texas always has some extra cash on hand.


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