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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 […]

Houston, San Antonio, Austin under winter advisory

HOUSTON (AP) — Ice-glazed roads in Austin caused dozens of wrecks Tuesday morning as a line of moisture combined with frigid temperatures socked normally balmy Central and Southeast Texas for the second time in less than a week. Upper decks of Interstate 35 and some flyover ramps in Austin were closed. Police reported more than […]

Alleged sickout prompts Pantex guard firings

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Eleven security guards have been fired at the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and dismantling plant after staging what their employer says was an illegal sickout earlier this month.

UT System offers website to track average salaries

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas System has unveiled a website to help track how much graduates on average earned up to five years after leaving school and the likely debt load. System officials in Austin on Thursday announced details of seekUT, which stands for search, plus earnings, plus employment equals knowledge. The […]

Houston man accused of blinding stepdaughter, 2

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area man has been charged with beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter and leaving her blind. Harris County jail records show 26-year-old Angel Martinez was being held Thursday on an injury to a child charge. Online jail records don’t list an attorney for Martinez, who was booked Monday and bond set at $75,000. […]

Architect charged in Texas public corruption case

McALLEN (AP) — A South Texas architect has been indicted in a widening public corruption probe involving allegations of bribes and projects in the city of Progreso. Federal prosecutors in McAllen on Wednesday announced the arrest of 57-year-old Jesus Bustos on charges of conspiracy and bribery. Investigators allege Bustos paid bribes to obtain contracts on […]

State declines to step in on water dispute

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state commission has rejected a South Texas school district’s plea to force the city to turn the water back on so students can return to class. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said Wednesday that it did not have authority to address the underlying water fee dispute between La Villa […]

Laredo businessman guilty of firearms violations

LAREDO (AP) — A South Texas businessman who owns sporting goods and weapons stores has been convicted of trying to export more than 600 assault gun magazines to Mexico. Prosecutors in Laredo say 42-year-old Arturo Gonzalez awaits sentencing after being convicted Thursday of three weapons counts. He faces up to 10 years in prison and […]

Father, son die in Central Texas house fire

DEANVILLE  (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what started a Central Texas house fire blamed for the deaths of a man and his son. The Burleson County Sheriff’s Office on Friday identified the pair as 70-year-old James Suehs and 49-year-old James Suehs Jr., both from Caldwell. Firefighters late Monday night responded to a 911 […]

Texan gets life term for killing ex-girlfriend

FORT WORTH (AP) — A North Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend.

Man on trial for assault flees Texas courthouse

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A man charged with beating his ex-girlfriend and setting her house on fire has fled from a South Texas courtroom after stepping out to say he needed to make a call. Bexar County jail records do not list 31-year-old Christopher Jones as being in custody Thursday. A judge in San Antonio […]

Man pleads guilty to 2012 Austin sword slaying

AUSTIN (AP) — A man described by a psychiatrist as delusional has pleaded guilty to murder in a 2012 sword slaying in Central Texas. A judge in Austin will decide whether 37-year-old Thomas Brock must serve up to life in prison for the killing of Luis Hernandez Vigil. The 57-year-old victim was fatally stabbed outside […]

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