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

Lawmakers Set Rainy Day Fund Minimum For Credit, Emergencies


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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Texas News
10:46 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Petition Seeks to Get Posthumous Degree for Texas Man Cleared by DNA

An online petition has more than 12,000 signatures in support of asking Texas Tech University to grant a posthumous degree to Timothy Cole.

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:48 am

Timothy Cole was the first person to receive a Texas posthumous pardon for a crime he didn’t commit. That happened in 2010. Now, a Texas resident wants Texas Tech University to grant Cole an honorary degree.

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Likely Stories Book Review
7:50 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Likely Stories: The Happiest People in the World

The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke
Jim McKeown

Spies, lies, and family ties all spin together in this slightly comic, slightly dark romp from Denmark to a tiny town in Upstate New York.

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7:49 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Dick Cheney On Senate Torture Investigation: 'The Report Is Full Of Crap'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:53 am

"The report is full of crap."

That's what former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News in an interview about a Senate investigation that found the Central Intelligence Agency used brutal techniques to interrogate terrorism suspects and then misled lawmakers, the White House and Congress about what they were doing.

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5:28 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Cheap Oil And Gas Means Low Transportation Payout


On Election Day, Texans voted to put money generated from the severance tax on oil and gas towards the Texas highway fund. With 80 percent of the vote, proposition 1 was seen as a hugely popular push to fix Texas’ crumbling highway system. But falling gas prices means next year there might not be as much money available.

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