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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

BREAKING-NEWS

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 […]

School to resume in tornado-damaged Cleburne

CLEBURNE (AP) — School is expected to resume Monday in a North Texas community where a tornado damaged homes and cut power. Campuses in the Cleburne school district, about 25 miles south of Fort Worth, were closed Thursday and Friday after a tornado Wednesday night caused electrical outages and dangerous road conditions. Dallas-based Oncor said […]

Tornado-ravaged town to start recovery

GRANBURY (AP) — Residents whose homes were torn apart or blown away by a North Texas deadly tornado can soon return to retrieve what belongings may be left and start cleaning up, authorities said Friday. In Granbury, the area hardest hit by Wednesday night’s exceptionally strong tornado, workers are trying to restore water service, raise […]

Secretary of State John Steen reminds voters early voting begins today

VOTEXAS

Texas Secretary of State John Steen reminders voters that early voting by personal appearance begins today, April 29, and runs through May 7 for the May 11 Uniform Election. “Early voting is a convenient way to cast a ballot without having to wait for Election Day,” said Secretary Steen. “It provides greater access and opportunities […]

Ex-military leader in Texas gets jail for abuse

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An ex-trainer at a South Texas military installation has been sentenced to five months in jail and booted from the service for using bleach to abuse recruits.

George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” has died. He was 81. Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to his publicist Kirt Webster. He had […]

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