WACO — At 7:00 PM on Monday, February 11 (weather permitting), TxDOT will close the northbound lanes of I-35 under the Loop 121 bridge in order to allow crews to pour the deck on the new Loop 121 bridge. At approximately 9:00 PM, TxDOT will also close the southbound lanes of I-35 as the deck pouring continues to the west half of the bridge. Northbound drivers will exit at #292 (Loop 121) and reenter the freeway north of Loop 121. Southbound drivers will exit at #292 (Loop 121) and reenter the freeway south of Loop 121.
Hasan judge rules on relitigated pretrial motions, sets next pretrial hearing date
Fort Hood, Texas -- In a nearly five-hour hearing, the trial judge in the case of the U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, ruled from the bench on several defense motions to reconsider previous rulings and set the next pretrial hearing date in the court-martial for Feb. 27.
Ten-Hour Standoff Ends in Three Arrests in Mitchell County
ABILENE – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), assisted by local law enforcement agencies, arrested three men early this morning in Colorado City after a nearly 10-hour standoff. The men are accused of being involved in an incident Monday where shots were fired at a Texas Highway Patrol trooper during a high-speed pursuit.
AUSTIN, Texas - In an effort to rebuild their tarnished reputations, the nation's biggest banks are touting their charitable contributions and community involvement. On closer inspection, however, they are not so charitable after all, according to a new report.
Carter Votes Against Tax and Spend Fiscal Cliff Deal, Blocks Obama Attempt to Raise Federal Pay
(WASHINGTON, DC) –Congressman John Carter was one of 167 representatives to vote against House passage of the bill.
“The Democrats have spent America into this mess, and unless we make serious cuts in federal spending we will become Greece,” says Carter.
“It is an incredible outrage that this so-called compromise included virtually no spending cuts, only tax and spending hikes, which is precisely why we are in this mess to begin with,” says Carter. The former Texas judge was the only member of Republican leadership to vote against both the Bush Administration TARP bailout program and the Obama Stimulus on the same fiscal grounds.
Carter will end his three-term tenure as House Republican Conference Secretary when the new Congress is sworn in Thursday. The former Texas judge will instead serve as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the 113th Congress.
In separate action today, Carter voted to block President Obama’s last minute attempt to sneak through an executive order to give federal bureaucrats nationwide an $11 billion pay hike, including the Vice President, Obama Administration workers, and Congress.
“This attempt shows just how out of touch this Administration is with the economic challenges facing our nation,” says Carter. “With America drowning in debt and deficit spending, this President is unilaterally trying to add more red ink by giving taxpayer dollars to federal bureaucrats, and trying to add Congress into the mix as cover. This House is the only federal entity that has frozen its pay and cut its budget by 11% over the last four years, and the President this week sought to undermine those actions. This is prime evidence of why we must stop this spending frenzy if we are to save our nation from bankruptcy.”
Education Advocates Say School Plan Laced With “Poison Pill”
AUSTIN, Texas - Public-education advocates are crying foul over a tax-credit provision in a Texas school-reform package proposed this week by the incoming head of the Senate Education Committee. They say it's a backdoor attempt to introduce school vouchers to the state.