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Jackpot! States With Biggest Lottery Payouts

Lotteries are big businesses in most states, and they can provide windfalls for both the winning ticket-holders and state coffers. But which states give the most back to ticket-holders and through government services?

Mexico's Drug War Spurs a P.R. Battle Over Spring Break

Escalating violence related to the cross-border drug trade has caused Texas authorities to advise spring break revelers to avoid Mexico. The Mexico Tourism Board countered that traveling south of the border remains safe. At stake is a big chunk of the $12 billion that tourists spend in Mexico each year.

Illegal Immigrants: Moving to America's Center

Illegal immigrant populations are shrinking in New York, Florida and the Mountain West states, as undocumented workers relocate to states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a report released last week.

Natural Gas Plant Explosions Cause Major Fire in Texas

Multiple explosions at a Texas natural-gas plant operated by Enterprise Products Partners caused a fire that can be seen from dozens of miles away, local TV station KHOU-TV reported Tuesday. The plant is in Mont Belvieu, about 35 miles east of Houston. No injury reports have been released.

Texas Eyes College Financial Aid Cuts

The Texas State Legislature and Gov. Rick Perry are working to balance the state budget by reducing spending, which means cuts to all government...

Dallas-Area Companies Go Whole Hog for Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl XLV will set records both for stadium attendance and for event fund-raising, and North Texas corporations haven't been shy to put out the welcome mat for their favored clients. How much will communities and local businesses score from the big game?

20 Metro Areas With the Worst Credit Card Debt

Equifax has ranked the U.S. metropolitan areas that are still suffering the most from high credit card debt, and found the majority of the areas with the highest debt-to-income ratios are located in six states. But the six might not be the ones you'd guess.

Amazon Sues Texas Over Sales Tax Dispute

Online retail giant Amazon.com has filed suit against the state of Texas, demanding it produce an audit that serves as the basis for its demand for $269 million in uncollected sales taxes.

Texas Sends Amazon a $269 Million Sales Tax Bill

As states grapple with increasingly squeezed budgets, the battle to collect sales taxes from retailing behemoth Amazon has heated up considerably over the past year. Texas has raised the ante by hitting Amazon for four years of back sales taxes.

School's out for Texas diploma mill

Three online "home school" diploma mills have been shut down by the Texas Attorney General for illegally marketing and selling fake high school...

Jack in the Box Closing 40 Restaurants

Jack in the Box Inc. (JACK) will close 40 under-performing restaurants, mainly in Texas and the south-east. The fast food company will close the restaurants by the end of the fiscal year on Oct. 3, Jack in the Box said in a statement. Jack in the Box has a total of more than 2,200 restaurants.

Chicago's Next Mayor Could Find City Coffers Almost Empty

Chicago%u2019s next mayor may will find the city%u2019s coffers almost empty after Richard M. Daley dipped into reserves to balance this year%u2019s budget. The city expects a $654.7 million deficit for 2011, Bloomberg News reported. Daley balanced this year%u2019s budget partly with reserves. If he uses funds from leasing parking meters, garages and a toll road to fill the 2011 gap, the city will be left with only $121 million.

All Gulf States Are Now Feeling BP's Oil Spill

Oil from the broken well has befouled beaches and wetlands in Louisiana, Florida and Alabama over the last two months, killing wildlife and dampening the normally vibrant tourism industry. Around five gallons of tar balls were found Saturday on the Bolivar Peninsula to the northeast of Galveston, The Associated Press reported. It%u2019s not clear what pushed them ashore, with authorities speculating that it could be due to Hurricane Alex or even to boats working in the clean-up operation.

Texas Is the Big Winner in Recession Migration

As the recession has sent hundreds of thousands of people moving from place to place in search of jobs, Texas has experienced a major surge in population growth. Lita Epstein takes a peek at what this means for America's political, economic, and social structure.