April 11, 2013 With a large labor force willing to work for low wages, construction may appear to be a lucrative field for contractors in Texas. But prices have been driven so low that many say they can't compete if they play by the rules. Instead, some misclassify their workers or turn a blind eye to undocumented laborers.
April 10, 2013 Almost 1 million people are employed in construction in Texas, but many have a hard time making a living safely. The state's construction industry has the highest fatality rate in the nation, while large numbers of undocumented workers have suppressed wages and made it easy for contractors to exploit laborers.
April 4, 2013 In Texas, a memorial service is planned Thursday for Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. They were killed in their home last weekend, just months after an assistant district attorney was killed outside the courthouse. The incident has shaken the community's sense of safety.
February 28, 2013 A new study of the Barnett Shale formation in Texas shows that the natural gas reservoir there will last for at least another two decades. "Turns out, what we learned is that there's a lot of good rock left to drill," says geology professor Scott Tinker, the study's author.