Houston’s economy too strong to draw Tesla

In 1928, the Chamber of Commerce in Marlin, Texas, wanted a modern hotel to serve the hundreds of people who bathed every week in the town’s famed mineral waters, so they asked Conrad Hilton if he’d consider investing in their community. Hilton replied with a proposal for a $375,000 high-rise with the largest ballroom in […]

Missing the Boat on Africa

As a citizen of the globe’s economic and military heavyweight, it’s easy to forget that other parts of the world might be getting along just fine without us. When we pull back, though, and take a look at current trends in global trade, U.S. business may be missing out in the developing world. China, the […]

Study Shows Texas Kids Segregated by Language

AUSTIN, Texas — When public school teachers return to classrooms this month, they know one of the biggest challenges they’ll face is the growing number of students who will speak little or no English. The proportion of students who need extra attention and schooling because of their limited language skills has been growing for years, […]

Texas Roads Debate is about Conservative Principles

AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has called the Legislature back for a third special session to approve more money for roads, but the main sticking point centers on what is the most conservative way to fund them without raising taxes. No one doubts Texas needs more money for roads. City freeways are jammed with […]

Much aid to Africa on Road to Nowhere

NAIROBI, Kenya: Dec.20, 2007 — To judge how far aid has helped Africa along the road to prosperity, just look down at the pavement — or the lack of it. The most important highway in East Africa starts at the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa. Tens of thousands of trucks every year carry food, fuel […]

Rwanda Genocide Victims, Killers Meet and Learn to Live Together

MAYANGE, Rwanda (AP) — The late afternoon sun gleams off the tin roofs of this small farming village, as neighbors Xavier Nemeye and Cecile Mukagasana watch their children play tag around the banana trees. The two friends were born here and share much of Mayange’s daily life. They talk every day, pray at the same […]

Ghana Reflects Progress in Pockets of Africa, led by Africans

ACCRA, Ghana, Dec. 3, 2007 (AP) _ Coby Asmah is a success in a part of the world that is hardly ever equated with success. The design and printing business he launched from his dining room table 14 years ago now employs 54 people. He drives a new gold SUV, dresses as sharply as any […]

Sent on an Odyssey as Boys, Sudanese Come Home to Serve their Country

JUBA, Sudan: Nov. 26, 2006 (AP) _ In the midst of a revolution, Sudanese rebel chiefs chose two boys _ a soldier and a goat herder _ to join a group of several hundred who were being sent abroad to become part of their nation’s next generation of leaders. The boys were taken from a […]

Drought comes again to East Africa, but Victims and Governments remain Unprepared

BISSEL, Kenya: Feb. 17, 2006 (AP) _ Babies in East Africa are starving again. They lie in battered beds, hooked up to IV drips, their skeletal mothers beside them. Their cries are barely audible for now, but their woes won’t end when they have gained weight. All of their families’ wealth _ their cattle and […]

Food Shortages Grip Africa Again, so How Can the World and Africans End it Forever?

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Almost 40 million Africans _ more than Texas’ population _ are short of food, left to rely on aid to stave off hunger and even starvation. Perhaps as troubling, though rarely mentioned, is that almost all of these people live within 100 miles of well-fed towns. Farms just a few hundred […]