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All the Rage: Texas Roads Where Bicyclists Are Banned

Posted on · It's a safe bet that in this holiday season, stores have sold a lot of shiny new bicycles. But in Texas, you better watch out where you ride them. With lawmakers set to begin their new session next month, StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling looks at laws that try to dictate where bikers ... belong.

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Texas Inspectors Chasing Oil And Gas Violators

Posted on · When the Texas Legislature starts its new session next month, lawmakers will be taking a close look at the state's booming oil and gas industry. Some believe the industry has grown far faster than the state's ability to regulate it. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found that while past efforts to improve oversight have failed, this time may be different.

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Texas Wind Power Faces Future Of Fewer Tax Breaks

Posted on · There's a good chance that some of the electricity you’re using in your home is generated by a windmill. The world's biggest "wind turbine project" is in west Texas. And the state is the national leader for wind power. But it's all come at a cost to taxpayers. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling looks at how that cost is now being challenged.

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Garbage Gas: Is Methane Going To Waste In Texas?

Posted on · There's a debate over the billions of dollars in tax breaks that promote the use of alternative, "renewable" energy. In Texas, wind energy is the big one. But not the only renewable source of power StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found in one picturesque part of the state.

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Courts Wrestle With Pipeline, Property Rights

Posted on · Today in a Beaumont courthouse, Judge Tom Rugg will rule on yet another case concerning TransCanada. The pipeline company has been visiting a lot of Texas courthouses lately. At issue again is whether it can take private property in Texas to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. We can expect more pipeline cases as well. Judge Rugg says recent rulings on eminent domain in Texas mean nobody is quite sure where private property rights end, and a company’s right to take property begins.