Texas tax system skewed, new report shows

Eric Galatas | Public News Service

In order for Texas to meet infrastructure needs and make sure schools and parks stay open, costs needs to be shared more fairly among taxpayers, according to a new report. (Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia commons.)

In order for Texas to meet infrastructure needs and make sure schools and parks stay open, costs needs to be shared more fairly among taxpayers, according to a new report. (Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia commons.)

AUSTIN, Texas – In order for Texas to meet its infrastructure and public works obligations — making sure bridges don’t collapse and schools and parks are open for business — costs need to be shared fairly among taxpayers, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Brakeyshia Samms, the report’s author and state policy fellow, said the state’s current tax system misses the mark.

Task force on new Americans highlights importance of immigrant media

(Image courtesy of New America Media.)

(Image courtesy of New America Media.)

Elena Shore | New America Media

When President Obama announced his executive actions on Nov. 20, the two most controversial programs got the most attention. The expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the launch of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), which would temporarily protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, were blocked from going into effect by a federal judge, a decision that is now being appealed.

Democracy Now: Missing student’s father calls for ending US drug war aid to Mexico

15 Mexican police officers go down in ambush

Gunmen target Jalisco convoy amid wave of police-gang shootouts

Pan Am Post

A highway in the Mexican state of Jalisco erupted in gunfire on Tuesday, as unidentified gunman surprised a police unit in broad daylight around 3 p.m, killing 15 and wounding 5. The ambush is thought to have been in revenge for the shooting of a drug trafficker on March 23 in a police sting.

Why the former South Carolina cop may walk

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | New America Media news analysis

Former North Charleston Police officer Michael Thomas Slager has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott. At first glance, it seems a virtual slam dunk to nail Slager on the charge.

Organized crime targets higher education

Frontera NorteSur

Thousands of students with dreams of higher education have had their educational careers seriously disrupted in the northeastern border region of Mexico. In the state of Tamaulipas, for instance, extortion and threats of violence attributed to the Zetas and Gulf Cartel have forced the closure of the University of the Valley of Mexico (UVM) in Nuevo Laredo and the suspension of the school’s Reynosa branch.

Colorado River in Grand Canyon most endangered, report says

A new report from American Rivers ranks the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the nation's most endangered river. (Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.)

A new report from American Rivers ranks the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the nation’s most endangered river. (Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.)

Troy Wilde | Public News Service

PHOENIX – The Colorado River, as it flows through the Grand Canyon, is the most endangered section of any river in the United States. That’s according to an annual report from the nonprofit group American Rivers, ranking the nation’s most endangered rivers.

Texas lawmakers hear fertilizer explosion bill

The 2013 explosion in West, Texas, killed 15 and caused as much as $230 million in damages, a number dwarfed by the West Fertilizer Co.'s $1 million insurance policy. A bill in the Texas Legislature proposes using private market forces to ensure safe storage of ammonium nitrate. (Photo credit: ShaneTorgerson/Wikimedia Commons.)

The 2013 explosion in West, Texas, killed 15 and caused as much as $230 million in damages, a number dwarfed by the West Fertilizer Co.’s $1 million insurance policy. A bill in the Texas Legislature proposes using private market forces to ensure safe storage of ammonium nitrate. (Photo credit: ShaneTorgerson/Wikimedia Commons.)

Eric Galatas | Public News Service

AUSTIN — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board called the 2013 fire and explosion of ammonium nitrate at West Fertilizer Co. the “worst chemical accident in its history.” The blast killed 15 people, and caused more than $100 million in property damages. But the fertilizer plant only carried $1 million in liability insurance.

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