WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has vetoed a bill meant to prevent wage discrimination against women.
An aide to state Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D), who authored the equal pay bill, HB 950, said Perry's office called on Friday to say he had vetoed it. State Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who introduced the Senate version of the legislation, told the Texas Tribune that she had received the same call.
In a statement, Thompson said she was "deeply disappointed" and "heartbroken."
"Women will still have to struggle to receive their equal pay for their equal work," she said.
Bennigan’s has been opening one restaurant a month since Paul Mangiameletook the helm in summer of 2011. But Mangiamele, who has been working to revive the company from its 2008 bankruptcy, has his sights set on much more than just bringing back an outdated brand. He’s planning to introduce a prototype for the new Bennigan’s in early fall as well as relaunch Steak & Ale Restaurants next year.
“We’ve created a momentum that is increasing,” Mangiamele said. “There’s a pent up demand, my biggest challenge is supplying restaurants in a disciplined nature.”
The new Bennigan’s prototype will focus on three things, according to Mangiamele: fun, energy and vibe.
Smokers cost their employers nearly $6,000 a year more than staff who don’t smoke, researchers said on Monday in what they say is the first comprehensive look at the issue.
And in what some might see as a dark twist, they’ve taken into account any savings that might come because smokers tend to die younger than non-smokers, drawing less in pension costs.
The findings support a growing trend among employers to not only ban smoking in the workplace, but to refuse to hire smokers in the first place, argues Micah Berman of Ohio State University, who led the study.
Dallas area home prices rose 7 percent year-over-year this spring to a median home price of $169,900, even as housing inventory continued to dwindle.
North Texas' housing inventory, or homes listed for sale on the market, decreased 33 percent, according to a report released Tuesday from ZipRealty, which measured MLS housing data from Feb. 15-March 15.
The rising home prices, coupled with the dwindling number of listings, has created a frenzy that's being seen not just in Dallas, but throughout the country, said Lanny Baker, president and CEO of ZipRealty.
Last year, Texans bought almost 4,300 personalized license plates that generated $9.6 million in revenue for the state. Vanity plates start at $70 each, but can cost as much as $800 for a 10-year plate, but just because you're paying for a vanity plate doesn't mean you can get whatever you want.
NBC 5 learned some drivers have been turned down after officials with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles determined their license plates could be interpreted as something objectionable.
David Owen is one of the unfortunate 544 Texans whose plate application was rejected last year.
Fort Hood massacre suspect Army Maj. Nidal Hasan argues that he sought to protect Taliban leaders during a shooting rampage at the sprawling Texas military base that killed 13 people.
Representing himself against murder charges, Hasan explained his "defense of others" strategy at a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday without offering details, according to a statement from the military base.
That prompted the military judge overseeing the long-delayed court-martial to give him a day to present any facts to underpin his case, the statement said.
Judge Col. Tara Osborn will at that time consider Hasan's request for a three-month delay to further prepare his arguments.