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Utility worker from Calif. electrocuted in Texas

VICTORIA (AP) — A 24-year-old utility worker from California has been electrocuted after coming in contact with power lines in South Texas.

Governor signs sweeping abortion restrictions

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the clinics in the state. More than 100 Republican lawmakers attended the signing ceremony with a small band of protesters outside dressed in black and holding a sign that read, “Shame.” The legislation had sparked weeks […]

Trial in Texas seeks registration of cloned horses

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The quarter horse association fighting to keep clones out of its register already allows other breeding technologies and by excluding clones is operating a monopoly, an attorney for two breeders suing the organization told jurors in opening statements Wednesday.

Texas bus crash leads to criminal probe, lawsuits

DALLAS (AP) — A deadly casino bus crash in North Texas has prompted more than a dozen lawsuits as well as a criminal probe that could result in the driver facing criminal charges. The Texas Department of Public Safety has asked that the Dallas County district attorney’s office review the April 11 crash, which left […]

Texas Gov. Perry: Abortion bill will pass

Gov. Rick Perry

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the abortion restrictions bill stopped up by a Senate filibuster will pass in the new special session and become law. Perry has called lawmakers back to the Capitol for a new 30-day special session starting Monday. In a Friday interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Perry […]

Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old neighbor, was also the first woman executed in the U.S. in nearly three years. McCarthy, 52, […]

Texas gov. calls 2nd special session on abortion

CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday called a second special session of the Texas Legislature to pass widespread abortion restrictions, after the first attempt by Republicans died overnight following a marathon one-woman filibuster. Perry ordered lawmakers to meet again on July 1 to act on […]

Texas abortion bill falls after challenge

CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press   AUSTIN (AP) — Despite barely beating a midnight deadline, hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country. As the protesters raised the noise to deafening levels in the Texas Senate chamber late Tuesday, Republicans scrambled […]

Texas senator filibusters against abortion bill

AUSTIN (AP) — Wearing pink tennis shoes to prepare for nearly 13 consecutive hours of standing, a Democratic Texas state senator on Tuesday began her one-woman filibuster to block a GOP-led effort that would effectively close most abortion clinics across the nation’s second-most populous state. Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth began the filibuster at […]

Supreme Court decision clears way for Texas laws

AUSTIN (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Congress must come up with a new formula for the Voting Rights Act, a decision that may clear the way for Texas to enforce voter identification laws and political maps that federal judges said discriminate against minorities. The act required some states, including Texas, to […]

Southwest planes flying after computer glitch

CHICAGO (AP) — Southwest Airlines was operating normally Saturday afternoon after a system-wide computer failure caused it to ground 250 flights for nearly three hours late Friday night. Full service was restored just after 2 a.m. EDT Saturday, but the Dallas-based airline experienced lingering delays in the morning as it worked to clear a backlog […]

Dewhurst tweet: Abortion bill aimed at closing clinics

A message posted today to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s Twitter account said the legislation passed Tuesday was about shutting down abortion clinics.

Church: Pastor killed in Tarrant wreck was helping

RENDON (AP) — A youth pastor has been identified as one of the victims of a massive wreck in North Texas that left four dead and at least six injured. Alsbury Baptist Church in Burleson says youth minister Brian Jennings was one of the people killed in the crash around midnight Saturday near Rendon, 15 […]

3 sought in North Texas in killing of 12-year-old

FORT WORTH (AP) — North Texas authorities are searching for three suspects they say participated in a shooting at a house that left a 12-year-old dead and a sleeping teenager injured. Fort Worth police announced Monday that a high-powered rifle was among the weapons used in the June 1 shooting. They say at least two […]

Man indicted in May slaying of Texas postal worker

HOUSTON (AP) — A man whose estranged wife works for the U.S. postal service has been indicted in the slaying of his neighborhood letter carrier in an alleged dispute over his mail. James Wayne Ham of Coldspring was being held Friday without bond on charges of murder and using a firearm to commit a violent […]

Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma and Arkansas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least two tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and another hit Arkansas on Thursday as a powerful storm system moved through the middle of the country, injuring at least nine people. The National Weather Service reported two tornadoes on the ground near Perkins and Ripley in north central Oklahoma and another […]

Legislature approves tax breaks for data centers

AUSTIN (AP) — High-tech data centers in Texas will receive a tax break from state lawmakers in a proposed law on its way to the governor. The bill approved on Friday exempts from sales tax the equipment needed to operate a data center, a computer facility that makes the Internet possible. The facility must be […]

FDA warns of infections tied to Tennessee pharmacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health officials are investigating cases involving patients who suffered complications after being injected with potentially contaminated medications made by a Tennessee specialty pharmacy. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday the problems involve seven patients who received steroid injections from Main Street Family Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn. Tennessee […]

Firefighter dies in Dallas condo complex blaze


DALLAS (AP) — Dallas firefighters have recovered the body of a comrade who reported by radio being trapped while battling a condominium complex blaze. A U.S. flag covered the firefighter’s body when it was removed from the rubble Monday morning. His name wasn’t immediately released. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says two firefighters were transported […]

Dallas man shot to death on front porch of home

DALLAS (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a Dallas man found shot to death on the front porch of his home. The Dallas Morning News reports 36-year-old Jeffrey Weaver was found shot multiple times just before 2 a.m. Saturday. Police say he was on the threshold of his front porch. Weaver was taken […]

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