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  • Planned Parenthood sues Texas over blocked Medicaid dollars

    November 23, 2015 2:16 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Planned Parenthood is suing Texas over attempts to block Medicaid dollars, beginning another courtroom fight between the nation's largest abortion provider and a Republican-controlled state. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Monday the lawsuit aims to protect health care access for 13,500 patients statewide. Texas moved to... more »
  • 8 Syrian refugees turn themselves in at US-Mexico border

    November 19, 2015 3:09 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - Federal officials say eight Syrians have turned themselves over to immigration authorities along the Texas-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that two families - two men, two women and four children - presented themselves Tuesday in Laredo and are being held by U.S. Immigration... more »
  • Texas rejects letting academics vet public school textbooks

    November 18, 2015 5:45 PM

    AUSTIN - Texas has rejected allowing university experts to fact-check its public-school textbooks in the wake of a 9th grade world geography book mistakenly calling African slaves "workers." The Republican-controlled Board of Education approves textbooks for statewide use. It defeated 8-7 on Wednesday a proposal that would have included scrutiny... more »
  • Cruz says he, not Trump, is race's true conservative

    November 12, 2015 3:58 PM

    CONCORD - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is making a more forceful case that he - not Donald Trump - is the candidate true conservative voters will coalesce behind in the 2016 presidential race. Cruz worked to align himself with Trump earlier in the campaign and isn't smacking the billionaire with... more »
  • Alligator torments Texas shoppers

    November 9, 2015 8:37 AM

    Houston, TX.- A massive alligator spent the weekend terrorizing some shoppers in Texas. Parks and Wildlife officials had to be called to remove the reptile from a Home Depot parking lot. The animal was so big it had to be lifted out of the shopping center with a forklift. Texas... more »
  • More bodies found after severe Texas storms

    October 31, 2015 1:15 PM

    HOUSTON - The death toll from flooding in Texas has reached at least six after authorities found the body of an elderly woman who had been swept away from her home in the Austin area. Travis County Emergency Services spokeswoman Lisa Block says the woman's body was found Saturday afternoon.... more »
  • Texas teen arrested for homemade clock to move to Qatar

    October 20, 2015 6:24 PM

    DALLAS - The family of a 14-year-old Muslim student from Texas who was arrested after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a possible bomb has announced they're moving to the Middle East for him to attend school there. Ahmed Mohamed's family said in a statement... more »
  • Texas cuts off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

    October 19, 2015 11:34 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue - potentially triggering legal battles like the one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana. In a letter Monday, Texas health officials informed Planned Parenthood affiliates statewide that all Medicaid funding was... more »
  • Gun advocates challenge zoos' bans on possession around US

    October 12, 2015 11:16 AM

    DALLAS - Visitors to the Houston Zoo can now pack a little something extra besides a camera. The nearly century-old institution recently lifted its longtime firearms ban amid a broader push by gun-rights advocates who are pressuring zoos in Texas and elsewhere around the U.S. to do the same.... more »
  • El Paso abortion clinic reopens amid Texas court battles

    September 29, 2015 11:21 AM

    AUSTIN - An El Paso clinic closed by Texas' tough abortion law is the state's first to reopen since the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked some key restrictions in June. The reopening of the Reproductive Services clinic Tuesday brings the number of Texas abortion clinics to 20. That's down from... more »
  • Principal: Texas football coach says he ordered hit on ref

    September 23, 2015 5:06 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - A high school principal in Texas says the school's assistant football coach has acknowledged directing two players to a hit a referee during a game earlier this month. In an internal school district statement first reported by ESPN, John Jay High School Principal Robert Harris says assistant... more »
  • White House says Texas teen 'failed' by teachers

    September 16, 2015 3:59 PM

    IRVING, Texas - The White House says a 14-year-old Muslim boy was "failed" by his Texas teachers who thought a clock made by the teen was possibly a bomb. White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the episode involving Ahmed Mohamed a "teachable moment." Earnest's comments followed a... more »
  • Hundreds of invasive lionfish removed from Gulf of Mexico

    September 10, 2015 2:28 PM

    GALVESTON, Texas - Marine experts and trained volunteers have removed hundreds of lionfish from the Gulf of Mexico off Texas in a continuing effort to control the invasive population. The Galveston County Daily News reported Thursday that the effort is meant to protect the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.... more »
  • Second death reported in nationwide salmonella outbreak

    September 9, 2015 6:29 PM

    SAN DIEGO - A second person has died in a salmonella outbreak that U.S. health officials believe stems from tainted cucumbers sold by a California company. Texas health officials on Wednesday blamed salmonella for the death of a woman in late August who had serious underlying health conditions. A 99-year-old... more »
  • Texas school district suspends 2 from school after ref hit

    September 7, 2015 12:46 PM

    MARBLE FALLS, Texas - A San Antonio school district has suspended two football players from the team and from school after one of them ran into the back of a referee watching a play and the other dove into the official. The district's athletic director Stan Laing told The Associated... more »
  • Texas police cars labeled with 'In God We Trust' decals

    September 6, 2015 11:58 AM

    DALLAS - A police department in a rural Texas Bible Belt community has placed large "In God We Trust" decals on its patrol vehicles in response to recent violence against law enforcement officers. But a national watchdog group is contesting the decals as an unlawful endorsement of religion. The decision... more »
  • Texas HS football players target referee during play

    September 6, 2015 11:46 AM

    MARBLE FALLS, Texas - A San Antonio School district is investigating after a football player ran into the back of a referee watching a play and another player then dove into the official after he fell. Both players were ejected from the game. Northside Independent School District athletic director Stan... more »
  • Louisiana Police pay tribute to slain Houston deputy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 4, 2015 1:18 PM

    SLIDELL – Multiple Louisiana law enforcement agencies paid tribute to a fallen Texas sheriff’s deputy by lining a street in Slidell Friday. Police from around the nation were among thousands of people gathered at a Houston church for the funeral of slain Harris County Sherriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth. ... more »
  • Woman accused of trying to hire hit man to kill husband

    September 3, 2015 7:42 AM

    TANGIPAHOA- Authorities say a woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband was arrested as she tried to climb out the rear window of a mobile home in the village of Tangipahoa. The state Attorney General's Office and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said Wednesday... more »
  • Blue Bell resumes selling ice cream in Texas and Alabama

    August 31, 2015 8:34 AM

    BRENHAM, TX - Blue Bell ice cream is back. Blue Bell Creameries has resumed selling its products in select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination. Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in... more »
  • Jefferson Davis statue removed from University of Texas

    August 30, 2015 12:41 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - A statue of Jefferson Davis has been removed from its place on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin after a failed appeal by a Confederate heritage group. Crews could be seen Sunday morning removing the statue of the Confederate president from its place near... more »
  • Teenager faces murder charges after pushing boy in pond

    August 29, 2015 6:59 PM

    LUFKIN, Texas - Officials say an East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend's 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Seventeen-year-old Bobby Woods faces a charge of capital murder of a person... more »
  • Texas child predator arrested in Alexandria

    August 26, 2015 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fugitive wanted for sexually assaulting a child in Texas was captured in Alexandria by the Attorney General's Fugitive Apprehension Unit. 32-year-old Christopher Pryor is currently awaiting extradition to Texas in the Rapides Parish Jail after he was arrested by agents at an Alexandria business. ... more »
  • Texas teen has deadly infection after contact with amoeba

    August 26, 2015 1:34 PM

    HOUSTON - A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition in a hospital after coming into contact with a rare amoeba while swimming in a lake north of Houston. Relatives say Michael Riley Jr. developed a headache and fever, and later became disoriented, after swimming with friends Aug. 13. In online... more »
  • Fugitive sex offender arrested in Shreveport

    August 20, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Attorney General “Buddy” Caldwell’s office announced Thursday that a fugitive with a history of evading sex offender registration in Texas and Louisiana was captured in Shreveport. Agents with the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit captured Kentrell Debose, 27, Tuesday in Shreveport. Caldwell’s office said Debose... more »
  • Sentenced to marriage

    August 14, 2015 8:59 PM

    AUSTIN, TEXAS- A complaint was filed against a judge who ordered a man to marry his girlfriend as a condition of probation. The Freed From Religion group filed the complaint against Smith County Court-at-Law Judge Randall Rogers with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct. That group advocates the... more »
  • $140M in conservation work proposed for Gulf of Mexico

    August 13, 2015 5:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ten watersheds around the rim of the Gulf of Mexico - from Florida to Texas - are being looked at as sites for $140 million in proposed conservation projects under a plan to restore the Gulf from BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill. This money comes from... more »
  • East Texas man guilty of assault gets life...in matrimony

    August 7, 2015 6:02 PM

    TYLER, TX - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony. KLTV-TV reports 21-year-old Josten Bundy pleaded guilty on July 2 to assault with bodily injury for a February fistfight with the ex-boyfriend of 19-year-old Elizabeth Jaynes.... more »
  • Texas AG faces contempt hearing over gay marriage rights

    August 5, 2015 5:53 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - A federal judge has ordered Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to explain why he should not be held in contempt for enforcing state laws that impede gay marriage rights. Paxton has been ordered to appear in a federal court next Wednesday after a Houston gay man... more »
  • Sandra Bland family sues Texas sheriff for information

    August 4, 2015 11:22 AM

    HOUSTON - The family of a black motorist who died while in custody says they've filed a lawsuit against a Texas sheriff's office and others because they still haven't received enough answers from authorities. The family of Sandra Bland held a news conference Tuesday in Houston announcing the wrongful... more »
  • Donald Trump loved and hated by Hispanics in border city

    July 24, 2015 4:24 PM

    LAREDO - A day after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's visit, some residents of Laredo, Texas, are calling the billionaire businessman a racist, while others are cheering his hardline immigration views. Interviews with more than a dozen local residents highlighted deep divisions in the small border city, where Hispanics represent... more »
  • Prosecutors say Sandra Bland's injuries consistent with suicide

    July 23, 2015 12:06 PM

    HEMPSTEAD - Investigators say no injuries consistent with a violent homicide were found during an autopsy of a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail. Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam on Thursday discussed details of the autopsy of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who authorities say was found hanging in... more »
  • DA says Texas jail death needs 'thorough review'

    July 21, 2015 8:45 AM

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas- The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a woman hanged herself in a jail cell is calling for a "thorough review" of the case, saying it's too soon to rule her death a suicide. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said at a news conference Monday... more »
  • No charges over death of alligator that killed Texas swimmer

    July 9, 2015 1:37 PM

    ORANGE, TX - Texas wildlife officials will not pursue charges against a man who fatally shot an 11-foot alligator days after the reptile killed a swimmer. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department announced Thursday that the man, who had no permit to hunt alligators, was issued a warning. The man,... more »
  • Alligator kills 28-year-old Texas man during late-night swim

    July 3, 2015 11:19 AM

    ORANGE, TX - A man has died after an alligator attacked him during a late-night swim at a Southeast Texas marina. Police in Orange, near the state line with Louisiana, say 28-year-old Tommie Woodward was swimming in a bayou early Friday morning when the attack occurred. Orange County sheriff's deputies... more »
  • Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion-clinic rules

    June 29, 2015 3:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close. The justices voted 5-4 on Monday granting an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations and refused to keep them on hold while... more »
  • 2nd round of Red River flooding likely to be less severe

    June 24, 2015 3:38 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The National Weather Service says the Red River will flood again in northwest Louisiana over the July 4 weekend, but it won't be as bad as floods earlier this month. Hydrologist C.S. Ross says the crest moving downriver from Texas is 3 to 5 feet lower than the... more »
  • 2 Texas women killed in Baton Rouge had criminal history

    June 21, 2015 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two women found dead in quiet Baton Rouge neighborhood both had criminal histories. The 23-year-olds Brandy Gilbert and Corrine Rayford were shot to death and discovered in a car on Boone Drive near Kenileworth parkway. Both women are from the Dallas area. Gilbert had been previously... more »
  • 2 Texas women found shot to death in Baton Rouge

    June 20, 2015 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police detectives are investigating a double shooting that took the life of two women from Texas. Around 11 pm, Brandi Gilbert, 23, and Corrin Rayford, 23, were both found shot to death in a parked vehicle in the 8100 block of Boone Ave. However,... more »
  • Remnants of Bill still causing flooding in Texas

    June 18, 2015 12:34 PM

    NACOGDOCHES - Although the center of a tropical depression has moved into Oklahoma, a trailing band of the storm system continues to bring rain and flooding to portions of Texas. Police in the East Texas city of Nacogdoches said Thursday that residents are being told to evacuate an apartment complexes... more »
  • Tropical Storm Bill begins to weaken in Texas

    June 16, 2015 1:59 PM

    PORT ARANSAS, TX - Tropical Storm Bill has begun to weaken as it moves deeper into Texas, but threats of severe flooding and possible tornadoes remain. At 4 p.m., the National Hurricane Center narrowed its tropical storm warning to the coastline from Port Aransas to San Luis Pass, the inlet... more »
  • 'Brown ocean' effect may bedevil soggy Texas as storm nears

    June 15, 2015 5:20 PM

    DALLAS - The historic rainfall that inundated Texas in May continues to leave the soil saturated and rivers engorged. But it also could strengthen a storm in the Gulf of Mexico as it moves over land. A broad area of low pressure that developed near the Yucatan Peninsula could brew... more »
  • Texas man & dog found dead inside Corvette

    June 11, 2015 1:02 PM

    PORT ARTHUR, TX - A spokesperson from the Port Arthur Police Department said a man found dead Monday afternoon inside of a Chevrolet Corvette parked outside of a restaurant appeared to have struggled to get out before he died. Maj. Raymond Clark of Port Arthur PD said 72-year-old James... more »
  • Blue Bell: Listeria source likely ID'd at Oklahoma plant

    June 10, 2015 3:25 PM

    HOUSTON - Blue Bell Creameries says it has likely identified the source of listeria contamination at its Oklahoma plant, but it may not be able to pinpoint a single source for the problem at its Texas plant. The Texas-based company gave the information the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in... more »
  • Officer who pulled gun on black teens at pool party resigns

    June 9, 2015 6:19 PM

    McKINNEY, Texas - The police officer whose video-recorded actions at a North Texas pool party have drawn national attention and comment has resigned from the police force. Officer David Eric Casebolt resigned Tuesday from the McKinney Police Department after almost 10 years on the force. His resignation was confirmed by... more »
  • Officials identify officer suspended in Texas pool incident

    June 8, 2015 6:57 PM

    MCKINNEY -A city spokeswoman has confirmed the identity of a white police officer seen in a cellphone video subduing a teenage black girl at a pool party in suburban Dallas. McKinney city spokeswoman Anna Clark said Monday the officer under administrative leave is David Eric Casebolt. A viral video shows... more »
  • Waco shooting - biker protest

    June 7, 2015 6:45 PM

    WACO, Texas- Several hundred bikers have protested outside a courthouse in Waco over the continued jailing of more than 100 bikers, friends and family members three weeks after a deadly shootout at a restaurant. Bikers proclaimed their constitutional rights and held signs Sunday outside the McLennan County courthouse. The protest... more »
  • Houston man accused of killing son over potty training

    June 3, 2015 1:05 PM

    HOUSTON - Houston police accused a father of beating his 3-year-old son to death over the boy's potty training accidents. Harris County jail records show 24-year-old Anthony Trakemon Powell was being held without bond Wednesday on a capital murder charge. His son died Friday at a hospital. Court... more »
  • New flooding death reported near Dallas

    May 29, 2015 1:07 PM

    DALLAS, TX - Authorities say a man drowned after his truck was swept into a culvert near Dallas, raising the death toll from recent storms in Texas and Oklahoma to 25 people. Mesquite Fire Department Capt. Kelly Turner says first responders found the dead man early Friday morning in his... more »
  • Governor calls flood damage 'devastating'

    May 25, 2015 6:59 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the damage caused by flash-flooding in Central Texas is "absolutely devastating." The governor flew over parts of the rain-swollen Blanco River on Monday, a day after heavy rains pushed the river out of its banks and into surrounding homes in the small... more »
  • 12 missing in Texas flash flooding

    May 25, 2015 1:32 PM

    SAN MARCOS, Texas - Authorities say a dozen people are missing after flash flooding along the Blanco River in Central Texas that damaged hundreds of homes. Kristi Wyatt, a spokeswoman for the city of San Marcos, said Monday that 12 people are now missing after the flooding Sunday, when three... more »
  • Police revise number of weapons found at Waco shootout

    May 20, 2015 4:47 PM

    WACO, TX - Police have again revised the number of weapons recovered from the scene of a Texas shootout last weekend where nine people were killed. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Wednesday the estimate now stands at about 500. Earlier Wednesday he had said 1,000 weapons were found.... more »
  • Police: 9 dead in shooting all members of rival biker gangs

    May 18, 2015 12:07 AM

    WACO, Texas - Authorities say the nine people killed in a shootout at a Central Texas restaurant were all members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says 18 other gang members were taken to hospitals Sunday for injuries suffered in... more »
  • Perry announcing June 4 if he'll run again for president

    May 15, 2015 12:00 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will say next month whether he's running for president. Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history. He's been traveling in Iowa and other early-voting states to explore a second campaign for the White House. A spokesman says the Republican former governor... more »
  • Over 20 injured, homes destroyed after Texas storm

    May 11, 2015 6:33 AM

    VAN, TX- An emergency management official in a northeastern Texas county says about two dozen people are injured and homes have been completely destroyed after a severe storm struck the small town of Van. The storm hit the east side of Van Zandt County and the city of Van around... more »
  • Texas child killed by falling tombstone

    May 9, 2015 1:20 PM

    ODESSA, Texas - A 4-year-old West Texas boy has died after he was struck in the head by a falling tombstone in a cemetery. Odessa Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur says Levi Driver was playing while his family was nearby visiting a gravesite at the Ector County Cemetery when a... more »
  • Shrimpers upset over mislabeled seafood check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 8, 2015 6:08 PM

    DELCAMBRE - People in the Louisiana shrimp industry are upset after a Texas seafood company admitted to mislabeling 35,000 pounds of Mexican shrimp as wild-caught American shrimp. Delcambre, a town 20 miles south of Lafayette, was once known as the shrimp capital of the world. The town's currently trying... more »
  • Grandmother finds cocaine in granola bar wrapper

    May 7, 2015 2:03 PM

    SAN ANTONIO, TX - A Texas grandma was shocked to find a little something extra when she unwrapped a granola bar last month. In March, 60-year-old Cynthia Rodriguez of San Antonio found a small baggie in the bottom of the wrapper of a Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey crunchy... more »
  • 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

    May 4, 2015 9:01 AM

    GARLAND, TX - Police in Garland, Texas, say two men had opened fire with assault rifles on officers outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons. Officer Joe Harn said Monday the men, killed by security officers, also had more ammunition. He said investigators searched... more »
  • Ice cream recalls raise questions

    April 24, 2015 8:51 AM

    WASHINGTON- Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants - and whether the discoveries are related. Blue Bell Creameries of Texas and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio both... more »
  • Caddo Parish deputies: Body recovered in river

    April 19, 2015 2:47 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Marine Unit has recovered a body of a man who authorities believe jumped from the Texas Street Bridge on Thursday. Sheriff Steve Prator says Deputy Casey Jones located the body around 9 a.m. Sunday, about one mile south of the Texas Street bridge, which... more »
  • Lady Antebellum tour bus catches fire along Texas interstate

    April 16, 2015 12:36 PM

    GARLAND, TX - A tour bus for superstar country group Lady Antebellum has caught fire along an interstate near Dallas, but no one was injured. Singer Hillary Scott posted on the group's Facebook page that she, her husband, their tour manager and the driver were on the Dallas-bound bus when... more »
  • LSU gymnastics enters final week preparations for nationals check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 13, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the NCAA gymnastics national championships just a few days away, the 4th seeded LSU Tigers are making their final preparations before they head to Ft. Worth, Texas. "Stay mentally sharp, stay physically rested, because we're not going to do a lot of numbers this week,"... more »
  • Nearly 2 dozen charged in Texas, Louisiana drug ring

    March 25, 2015 10:41 AM

    DALLAS - More than 20 people have been arrested in a Texas and Louisiana prescription drug ring allegedly using the homeless to pose as patients. Federal prosecutors in North Texas on Wednesday announced the 23 suspects are from Houston, Austin and Dallas, plus Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. An indictment... more »
  • Ted Cruz set to announce 2016 presidential bid on Monday

    March 22, 2015 5:27 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - First-term Texas senator, Ted Cruz, will announce he is running for the Republican presidential nomination Monday. He is the first candidate to do so in what is expected to be a competitive GOP primary. He is one in over a dozen other Republicans expressing interest in... more »
  • Butler uses late surge to put away Texas 56-48

    March 19, 2015 4:29 PM

    PITTSBURGH - Kellen Dunham scored 20 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer with 1:18 to play, to lift sixth-seeded Butler to a 56-48 victory over 11th-seeded Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. The Bulldogs (23-10) advanced to play third-seeded Notre Dame on Saturday. The Longhorns (20-14) added to a miserable... more »
  • Cruz hones pitch as he visits rural voters

    March 16, 2015 2:45 AM

    LINCOLN, N.H. - As he prepares for of his expected presidential campaign, Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping voters from rural New Hampshire and his home state of Texas share a similarly dour view of government. The Republican is promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and scrap the Education Department.... more »
  • US seeks stay of ruling on Obama immigration action

    February 23, 2015 11:00 AM

    HOUSTON - The federal government has filed a notice of appeal of a ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. The three-page notice was filed Monday with U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. The appeal will be handled by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court... more »
  • Strike set for Shell, Motiva plants in La.

    February 21, 2015 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first nationwide, oil refinery strike in more than 30 years is growing to encompass four new plants, including the largest U.S. refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The United Steelworkers union says workers at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur started their strike at midnight Friday.... more »
  • Texas AG: 'Legal chaos' if same-sex marriage not deemed void

    February 20, 2015 1:52 PM

    AUSTIN, TX - Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the state's gay marriage ban has been "needlessly cast into doubt" after a judge gave a lesbian Austin couple permission to tie the knot. Paxton on Friday asked the Texas Supreme Court to declare the marriage license issued to Suzanne... more »
  • Attorney general argues gay couple's marriage is void

    February 20, 2015 2:15 AM

    AUSTIN, TX - As a newlywed lesbian couple in Texas celebrates defying a statewide ban on gay marriage, the state's Republican attorney general is preparing to tell a court why it should rule their nuptials void. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to elaborate Friday on why he believes... more »
  • Guard troops to stay on border

    February 20, 2015 2:09 AM

    McALLEN, Texas - On the highway that hugs the southern stretch of the Texas-Mexico border, law enforcement is everywhere, patrolling the pavement, pulling over vehicles and even keeping watch from a helicopter over the Rio Grande. Less visible are hundreds of Texas National Guard troops who arrived last summer and... more »
  • Texas appeals order allowing one same-sex marriage

    February 19, 2015 10:46 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas attorney general is appealing a county court ruling that allowed a wedding to take place today in Austin between two women. The state's ban on gay marriage remains in effect as the state appeals a federal court ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. But the... more »
  • Man dead after plane crashes into TV tower

    February 5, 2015 2:06 AM

    LUBBOCK, TX - One man is dead after the small aircraft in which he was flying crashed into a TV tower while approaching an airport in West Texas. Lubbock Fire Department Division Chief Steve Holland said the area surrounding the KCBD-TV tower in southeastern Lubbock was still being searched Wednesday... more »
  • Suspected Texas gang member arrested after La. police chase

    January 8, 2015 10:25 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A man and woman from Texas face charges after a morning police chase that, when it ended, turned up $940 in counterfeit $20 bills inside the pair's Mercedes. State Police said troopers initially tried to pull the vehicle over on I-10 east near Highway 415. The... more »
  • New Texas abortion restrictions before US appeals court

    January 7, 2015 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments on the constitutionality of a Texas requirement that abortion clinics meet the same standards as the state's ambulatory surgical centers. A federal judge had said the requirement - part of broad abortion legislation passed in Texas in... more »
  • Gunman, 1 other person dead in shooting at veterans' clinic

    January 6, 2015 11:26 PM

    EL PASO, Texas - Officials say a gunman opened fire at a veterans' medical clinic in West Texas, killing one other person. Fort Bliss Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty announced Tuesday night that the shooter is also dead. Twitty did not say whether the gunman was shot by responding officers.... more »
  • 'Active shooter' reported at El Paso military hospital

    January 6, 2015 5:32 PM

    EL PASO, Texas - The Army is searching for a suspect after an "active shooter" was reported at a West Texas military hospital. Fort Bliss spokesman Gil Telles says an "active shooter" has been confirmed at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso. Telles says he has no... more »
  • Texas theater schedules showing of 'Team America'

    December 18, 2014 5:17 PM

    RICHARDSON, TX - If it's a comedy featuring a North Korean leader that moviegoers want, that's what they'll get. After Sony canceled the release of "The Interview," which depicts a hapless assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a Dallas-area theater pledged to screen "Team America: World Police,"... more »
  • Former New Orleans forecaster shot outside TV station

    December 17, 2014 12:57 PM

    TEMPLE, Texas - A former New Orleans weatherman is recovering after he was shot Wednesday morning outside the Texas TV station where he currently works. KCEN said meteorologist Patrick Crawford exchanged words with the shooter before the man pulled a gun and shot him several times. The station... more »
  • 3 states join 17 states fighting immigration order

    December 6, 2014 10:24 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Three more states have joined a Texas-led multistate coalition suing over the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration. The addition of Arizona, Florida and Ohio brings to 20 the number of states fighting the order in a federal district court in Brownsville. Many top Republicans... more »
  • University of Texas: Missing brains were destroyed

    December 3, 2014 2:47 PM

    HOUSTON - School officials say dozens of human brains reported missing from a University of Texas research lab in Austin were actually destroyed about 12 years ago because they were in poor condition. The university released a statement Wednesday saying environmental workers disposed of between 40 and 60 jars, some... more »
  • Multistate coalition sues over immigration order

    December 3, 2014 2:27 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is leading a multistate coalition in suing over the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration. Many top Republicans have denounced the president's unilateral move designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation. But Texas Gov.-elect... more »
  • Father didn't abuse boy kept in a box

    November 20, 2014 7:45 PM

    GALVESTON, TEXAS- A jury says a man is not guilty of abusing his eleven-year-old son by keeping him locked in a wooden box. The jury says he didn't injure his child and use unlawful restraint. The boy testified he was allowed out of the box for school, meals and... more »
  • 5 die in crash on way to Disney World, police say

    November 20, 2014 11:27 AM

    CALHOUN - Louisiana State Police say three children and two adults from a family in Texas were killed when their vehicle veered off the interstate and rolled over in northeast Louisiana. State police spokesman Michael Reichardt says the car was driven by a 16-year-old who likely fell asleep at the... more »
  • Texas governor to campaign with GOP candidate Bill Cassidy

    November 20, 2014 3:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy. Perry is scheduled to attend three early voting rallies with Cassidy next week, on Tuesday in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Covington. He'll be... more »

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