Texas

3:33pm

Sun September 8, 2013
Animals

Hired Hog Trapper Has Three Years To Clean Out Dallas

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 4:26 pm

Feral hogs were once just a rural problem in Texas, but now they threaten to turn city parks into sties.
Courtesy City Trapping

Texas has a pig problem.

Wild hogs have overrun the state so rapidly that in 2011, Texas allowed them to be hunted all year round. The feral hog epidemic even spawned a reality show called Aporkalypse Now, following Ted Nugent as he shoots hogs from a helicopter.

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9:58am

Wed September 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas, Mississippi National Guard Won't Process Same-Sex Claims

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 3:39 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, pictured last month in Orlando, Fla., has said the Texas National Guard must follow state law despite a Department of Defense policy directive on same-sex marriage benefits.
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

The Texas and Mississippi National Guards are refusing to process benefits claims for same-sex couples, despite a Department of Defense directive to the contrary.

Maj. Gen. John Nichols, commander of the Texas forces, made the announcement Tuesday, saying the state's Family Code conflicts with the Defense directive that was issued last month in response to a Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

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2:12pm

Mon September 2, 2013
Food

Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 5:11 pm

We had to do it! A fried mic.
John Burnett NPR

Every year, the State Fair of Texas awards the most original food that is battered and plunged into a vat of boiling oil.

And it gets weirder every year. The obvious choices came and went in previous competitions — concoctions such as fried ice cream, fried cookie dough and chicken-fried bacon. Now, every year, the same cooks have to top themselves, which is not easy.

Last year, Butch Benavides — a Mexican food restaurateur turned fry-master — won a trophy for his fried bacon cinnamon roll on a stick.

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10:57am

Sun September 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Austin Lakefront Institution Closes Doors For Lack Of Water

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 1:54 pm

Dockside at Carlos 'n Charlie's on Lake Travis.
Pete Clark

Carlos 'n Charlie's restaurant on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, will be having its last last call on Monday. But don't bother coming by boat.

The restaurant has been a lakeside hotspot since it opened in 1995. Back then, docking at the restaurant's wharf was a popular way to take in the party atmosphere, which part-owner Pete Clark describes as like "a cheap Spring break movie."

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6:24am

Sun September 1, 2013
Health

Texas Megachurch At Center Of Measles Outbreak

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:58 pm

The Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, is linked to at least 21 cases of measles.
LM Otero AP

Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago. But in recent years, the highly infectious disease has cropped up in communities with low vaccination rates, most recently in North Texas.

There, 21 people — the majority of whom have not been immunized — have gotten the disease, which began at a vaccine-skeptical megachurch.

The outbreak began when a man who contracted the virus on a recent trip to Indonesia visited the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, about an hour and a half northwest of Dallas.

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