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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 […]

More than 100 turtles saved after Texas cold snap

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Experts say more than 100 green sea turtles have been rescued after this week’s cold weather in South Texas left them paralyzed. The Houston Chronicle  reports most of the reptiles discovered Tuesday were in the upper part of the Laguna Madre. National Park Service spokeswoman Donna Shaver says green sea turtles […]

Federal appeals court reviews Texas abortion law

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday on whether the state of Texas can enforce a law that led to the closing of several abortion clinics, a case that ultimately appears bound for the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans […]

Dallas man pleads to mutiltating, eviscerating cat

DALLAS (AP) — A suburban Dallas man is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges for beating a cat with a hammer and then beheading and eviscerating the animal. Jurors will decide the sentence for 18-year-old Oscar Vega, of Grand Prairie, after he pleaded guilty to the charges […]

Texas health advisers blast new proposed rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Counselors who help Texas residents up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act criticized proposed state rules Monday that would require them to undergo additional training and pay fees, saying the regulations would impede people from getting health care. Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber held a public hearing on the […]

Republican Lisa Fritsch running for Texas governor

AUSTIN (AP) — Conservative commentator Lisa Fritsch says she is seeking the Republican nomination for Texas governor. Fritsch made the announcement in Austin on Tuesday, promising to promote greater school choice, economic development while fighting special interests. Fritsch has never held elected office and is running against Attorney General Greg Abbott and former Texas Workforce […]

Texas appeals court overturns DeLay conviction

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court overturned the money laundering conviction of former Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Thursday, saying there was insufficient evidence. The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 ruling that it decided to “reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of […]

Dyess’ 7th Bomb Wing commander can handle all national security threats, including zombies

If hordes of the walking dead ever rush the main gate at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilenians can rest easy: The commander of the 7th Bomb Wing has a plan.

Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

FORT HOOD (AP) — A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, delivering the only punishment the Army believed fit for an attack on fellow unarmed soldiers. The sentence also was one that Hasan appeared to seek in a self-proclaimed effort to become a […]

Hawk found shot at Texas park heals, released

MATHIS (AP) — A red-shouldered hawk that was shot with a BB gun and suffered wing damage has been returned to the wild after months of rehabilitation in South Texas.

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