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Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout and Record Number of Female Candidates

March 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

This year's midterm elections officially began on Tuesday as Democratic and Republican primaries were held in Texas. Democrats are hoping Texas could become a key state in the party's effort to retake control of the Senate and the House. A record 50 women were on the ballot in what many are calling the "year of the women." On Tuesday, Congressmember Beto O'Rourke won the Democratic primary for US Senate. He will take on incumbent Ted Cruz, who easily won the Republican primary.

"Excess" Emissions From Industrial Shutdowns and Startups Are Increasing Air Pollution

March 3, 2018 - 4:00pm
"Excess" Emissions From Industrial Shutdowns and Startups Are Increasing Air Pollution

When Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast in August 2017, many industrial facilities had to shut down their operations before the storm arrived and restart once rainfall and flooding had subsided.
These shutdowns and startups, as well as accidents caused by the hurricane, led to a significant release of air pollutants. Over a period of about two weeks, data we compiled from the Texas' Air Emission Event Report Database indicates these sites released 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants.

Six Months After Harvey, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Absent from Houston's Recovery Plans

February 26, 2018 - 4:00pm

This week marks six months since Hurricane Harvey caused historic flooding in Houston, Texas, the most diverse city in the nation and one of its largest. Houston is also home to the largest refining and petrochemical complex in the country. As federal money for rebuilding trickles in, Houston's chief "recovery czar" is the president of Shell Oil, Marvin Odum, whose past experience includes rebuilding Shell’s oil and gas facilities after Hurricane Katrina.

Could Texas Go Blue in 2018?

February 9, 2018 - 1:22am

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Texas. Home of cowboy boots, remembering the Alamo and Republican President George W. Bush. The state legislature hasn't met an abortion ban it hasn't embraced, a discrimination bill it didn't champion or a Christian doctrine it didn't find a way to twist into far-right ideology.
Could such a state really vote blue? Yes, say political pundits -- and this may be the year it happens.