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Judge blocks voter ID


AUSTIN (AP) — Federal judge blocks enforcement of Texas voter ID law for November elections. “The State of Texas will immediately appeal and will urge the Fifth Circuit to resolve this matter quickly to avoid voter confusion in the upcoming election. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are constitutional so we […]

Sheriff: $2M in marijuana seized from Texas home

HUMBLE (AP) — Harris County Sheriff’s deputies have seized nearly $2 million worth of marijuana plants from a Houston-area home. The sheriff’s office says nearly 500 plants were recovered Tuesday night in Humble (UHM’-bl). An electric company employee noticed a power source at the home had been tampered with and alerted authorities. It’s unclear if […]

Former CPS supervisor arrested on tampering charge

ABILENE (AP) — West Texas police say a former supervisor for state Child Protective Services has been arrested for tampering with evidence as police investigated the 2012 starvation death of a 22-month-old girl. Abilene police Chief Stan Standridge said Monday that 58-year-old Martha Kiel Whitaker turned herself in Saturday on the felony charge. She posted […]

County official in Texas accused of taking bribes

DALLAS (AP) — A longtime Dallas County commissioner has been charged with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies, federal authorities announced Friday. John Wiley Price, his chief of staff and two political consultants were in custody after being charged […]

Trial date to be set in ex-BP exec’s case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has scheduled an Aug. 11 conference where lawyers will discuss a trial date in the case […]

Man gets 40 years in South Texas drugs, guns case 

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio gang member has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for pushing crack cocaine and trying to smuggle guns to a Mexican drug cartel. Federal prosecutors say 25-year-old Arnoldo Lopez was sentenced Wednesday on drug and firearms counts. San Antonio police in October 2012 arrested Lopez and confiscated […]

Wichita Falls treats wastewater for drinking 

WICHITA FALLS (AP) — A North Texas city dealing with extreme drought has begun treating wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies. Wichita Falls on Wednesday began reusing millions of gallons of water at the River Road Waste Treatment plant that’s been purified to meet government drinking standards. The water is then […]

Southwest fills more seats, revenue figure rises 

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. said Wednesday that a key revenue figure rose sharply in June, which hinted that the carrier was able to charge higher average fares at the start of the summer travel season. Southwest, which also operates AirTran Airways, said that passenger revenue for every seat flown one mile jumped by […]

Texas to nix specialty plates that sell poorly 

AUSTIN (AP) — State officials plan to eliminate dozens of specialty license plates, such as those advertising Texas Motor Speedway and Dr Pepper, because they’ve failed to generate enough interest. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles now requires that plates have at least 200 users and at least that many orders before it authorizes any […]

Body found in semi-flooded area of Texas Panhandle 

CANADIAN (AP) — A girl has died and a woman remains missing after they disappeared while riding a horse in the Texas Panhandle where heavy rain left areas flooded. The Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office says the search resumed Tuesday for 24-year-old Marquita Medrano of Canadian. The body of 7-year-old Emily Purcell of Canadian was recovered […]

Sights, smells of holding cells for immigrant kids 

BROWNSVILLE (AP) — Children’s faces pressed against glass. Hundreds of young boys and girls covered with aluminum foil-like blankets next to chain link fences topped with barbed wire. The pungent odor that comes with keeping people in close quarters. These were the scenes Wednesday from tours of crowded Border Patrol stations in South Texas and […]

Year after blast, Texas town ponders new plant

WEST  (AP) — Leaders in a Central Texas town devastated last year by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion are contemplating building a new one, calling it a crucial step in West’s economic recovery. The idea has raised anxieties among locals, who say the continued lack of state and local regulations would put them at risk […]

Abbott: Armed school employees OK under Texas law

AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas school districts that authorize employees to carry handguns aren’t violating state law. The Texas Legislature last year approved a measure allowing rural districts that can’t afford police security to arm designated employees to better protect students. In an opinion Friday, Abbott found that doing so doesn’t […]

Remains of missing woman found in submerged truck

GRANBURY (AP) — Authorities believe skeletal remains found inside a truck recovered from a North Texas lake are those of a woman missing for 35 years.

Army may never learn motive of Fort Hood rampage

FORT HOOD (AP) — Despite evidence that suggests Spc. Ivan Lopez had an argument before going on a shooting rampage, investigators said they may never determine what compelled the Fort Hood soldier to kill three soldiers and wound 16 others before taking his own life. Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Hood’s commander, said that an […]

Stronger vetting of Texas foster parents likely

AUSTIN  (AP) — Stronger vetting of prospective foster parents in Texas is likely following the beating deaths of two young foster children last year. The Dallas Morning News reports that new state rules expected to take effect in September include mandatory interviews with neighbors and additional family members. The Department of Family and Protective Services […]

North Texas boy, 4, dies after oven falls on him

WHITE SETTLEMENT (AP) — Investigators say a 4-year-old North Texas boy has died after an oven being stored in his family’s backyard fell on him. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday listed the cause of death as pending for Christian Rincon. White Settlement police on Feb. 15 responded to a call about a […]

Friend: Killer drank alcohol before Austin slaying

AUSTIN (AP) — An ex-roommate of a man convicted in the slaying of an Austin police officer has testified the pair drank alcohol the day before the killing. Prosecution testimony continues Tuesday in Austin in the penalty phase for Brandon Daniel, who could receive the death penalty. Jurors on Friday convicted Daniel of capital murder […]

Some parts of Texas get snow, schools delayed

DALLAS (AP) — Snow flurries have forced schools to close early and snarled roads across North Texas, Central Texas and the Panhandle.

Retrial set for Texan charged with 2 deaths

QUITMAN (AP) — An East Texas man whose capital murder conviction in the 2007 shooting deaths of his wife and stepson has been overturned faces retrial this summer. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported Wednesday that jury selection begins July 14 in Quitman (KWIT’-man) for Jason Payne. Prosecutors in Wood County did not seek the death penalty […]

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