On December 6, Damien Falgoust went out for post-game drinks with his kickball teammates at the Knox Street Pub. At 1:30 a.m., he got into a cab and headed for his condo off Lower Greenville. He never made it. An hour later he was found a couple of blocks away, unconscious and badly beaten. CBS 11 ... More >>
Texas breeding cattle chased the rain in 2011 to plains states such as Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas -- even all the way to Florida -- tripling the amount shipped out of state the year before. That 150,000 head left this stricken country is only the latest metric by which to judge the huge toll ... More >>
Photo by Brandon ThibodeauxTexas cattle country lost some 600,000 head this year -- a 12-percent reduction in the herd -- driven by a drought that withered grasses and baked river beds and stock ponds. It's the kind of en masse decline the likes of which this state hasn't seen since drought r ... More >>
Ranchers are struggling to hold on to their herds during the driest year in Texas history.
Worry: It's what's for dinner.
As my grandfather would say, "It's drier than a popcorn fart." We're smack-dab in the middle of the worst one-year drought ever. The costliest too. Feed prices are nearly unaffordable. Stock tanks are drying up. But the final boot to the gut of the Texas rancher never came. It's the strange artifac ... More >>
Everybody knows that contest-based reality shows give out different roles to play and that level of casting certainly extends to the judges. After all, American Idol all but invented the boosterish judge (paging Paula Abdul), the urban cool-cat judge -- as in Randy Jackson, and, of course, ev ... More >>
Jayme RutledgeMarguerite Robbins with her cattle. Sweat pours down Marguerite's sun-baked face. She feels briars scratching through her dusty jeans. The buzzing and biting of mosquitoes is maddening. So is the old fence lining one of the back pastures. It's broken again. Marguerite stops wha ... More >>
The sun will explode in 5 billion years, and robots are humanity's best hope to escape. Three guys are working on a plan. In a garage. In Heath, Texas.