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Police shoot rifle-wielding man at North Texas city hall

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:20:44 GMT

Authorities say police officers at a tiny North Texas town's city hall shot a man who refused to put down his rifle. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said Thursday night that officers in the town of Josephine gave "verbal commands" to a person carrying a rifle and opened fire "in reaction to the perceived threat."

Texas, US gasoline prices decline amid hurricane recovery

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:38:30 GMT

Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country declined this week as recovery continues from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was down 4 cents to settle at an average $2.48 per gallon.

George Strait joins Texas governor in Harvey-battered town

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:17:28 GMT

Country superstar George Strait has offered messages of encouragement to his neighbors in a South Texas town battered by Hurricane Harvey. Strait was joined by Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday in Rockport, a town of about 10,000 near where Harvey made landfall Aug. 25. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports about 2,000 people turned out to see Abbott and Strait, who wore a cap with the name Fulton on it.

Cruz praises end of DACA but has no solution for 'Dreamers'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:49:24 GMT

Sen. Ted Cruz's tough stance on immigration has put him at odds with fellow Republicans in his own state as he prepares for a re-election run next year. Cruz, R-Texas, has wholeheartedly praised President Donald Trump's decision to end the Obama-era DACA program in six months.

Defense: Man accused of terror plot an 'idiot,' not fighter

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:14:03 GMT

A man accused of participating in a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller became consumed by Islamic State group propaganda because he was overweight, lonely and desperate for an escape from his bleak life, his defense attorney said Wednesday. Federal authorities say David Wright conspired with his uncle and a third man to kill Geller on behalf of the terrorist group because they were upset she organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas.

Texas Fishing Report

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:01:12 GMT

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Sept. 20 and also available on the internet at : BASTROP: Water stained; 83-87 degrees.

Court: Texas man can be executed for slaying daughters

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:01:11 GMT

An appeals court has lifted a stay of execution for a Dallas man convicted of fatally shooting his two young daughters 16 years ago while their mother listened helplessly over the phone. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that 62-year-old John Battaglia is competent to be executed.

More charges, new defendant in Texas human smuggling case

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:01:10 GMT

Authorities say the driver of a semitrailer found outside a San Antonio Walmart in July packed with immigrants, including 10 who died, faces additional charges in the smuggling case and another defendant has now been charged. The U.S. attorney's office in San Antonio says a grand jury returned the superseding indictment Wednesday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to the media, accompanied by...

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:25:26 GMT

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to the media, accompanied by Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Washington.

Study: FEMA's Houston flood maps outdated long before Harvey

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:40:36 GMT

A study of part of southeast Houston suggests that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood plain maps were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast. Researchers at Rice University and Texas A&M University at Galveston studied one section of southeast Harris County, which includes Houston, over a decade-long period that did not include Hurricane Harvey, but did include storms from Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

Texas murder suspect says victim struck head in shower fall

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:50:57 GMT

Prosecutor Wes Wynne shows jury an auto part during Jason Lowe's murder trial in the death of girlfriend Jessie Bardwell at Collin County Courthouse in McKinney, Texas, Monday, Sept.

Cross-border slaying: Can dead teen's family sue US agent?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:58:09 GMT

A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments over whether a federal border patrol agent can be sued in U.S. courts for shooting across the border and killing a Mexican teenager in 2010. The case is before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans on Wednesday.

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:20:07 GMT

Driving down the streets in disaster-stricken neighborhoods and seeing the mounds of debris piled outside flooded homes, all of us can now bear witness to the hard work that lies ahead. Homeowners must do their best to replace the wrecked furniture and the ruined appliances, contractors must haul away the soaked carpet and spoiled Sheetrock, and neighbors will help neighbors recover from Hurricane Harvey.

Texans Clint Black, Don Henley and Lyle Lovett come together to help after Hurricane Harvey

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:45:41 GMT

Native Texans Clint Black , the Eagles ' Don Henley , and Lyle Lovett are coming together to stage their own fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Helping Texans: A Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert will take place Tuesday, November 28 at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

FEMA isn't relying on trailers to house hurricane victims

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:44:20 GMT

In this Sept. 15, 2017, photo, a house rests on the beach after collapsing off a cliff from Hurricane Irma in Vilano Beach, Fla.

Texas' GOP speaker calls for removal of Confederate marker

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:22:03 GMT

A powerful Texas Republican is calling for the removal of a Confederate marker in the state Capitol that rejects slavery as an underlying cause of the Civil War. Republican House Speaker Joe Straus said Tuesday in a letter to state officials that the plaque is "blatantly inaccurate."

Texas' Castro again says he's not planning gubernatorial run

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:45:14 GMT

Tejano artist Roberto Pulido, left listens as U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro address a crowd Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 in Edinburg. Castro has recently said he will not from for governor of Texas.