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Driver of Texas trailer indicted for 10 passengers' deaths

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:42:01 GMT

A federal grand jury has indicted the driver of a tractor-trailer crammed with people illegally entering the United States in an alleged human smuggling operation that led to the deaths of 10 people. James Matthew Bradley Jr. was charged Wednesday with five separate counts, including conspiracy to transport immigrants for financial gain resulting in death.

Brother of slain Tejano star Selena jailed for child support

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:23:19 GMT

The brother of slain Tejano superstar Selena has been jailed for not staying current on his child support payments. Quintanilla had failed to appear at a scheduled hearing earlier this month.

Inside the turf war between Texas and New Mexico over dirt

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:47:10 GMT

New Mexico is tired of Texas playing dirty, and now the two states are digging in for a turf war - over actual soil. The Lone Star State has come under fire after years of allegedly dispatching road workers across state lines to collect protected New Mexico State Trust land soil to repair a spartan two-lane dirt road across the border.

'Bathroom bill' fails during Texas special session

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:12:17 GMT

A controversial bill that would require people to use school restrooms and facilities that match the sex on their birth certificates has died in the Texas Legislature. The so-called bathroom bill, which transgender advocates and major Texas companies had opposed, failed to make it out of the House on Tuesday, the last day of the state's special legislative session.

'Bathroom bill' dies again in Texas as session abruptly ends

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:58:06 GMT

Gov. Dan Patrick presides over the Senate, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Austin. A Texas version of a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people again lurched toward defeat Tuesday.

Surprise! Texas Legislature ends special session a day early

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:44:44 GMT

The Senate gaveled out around 10 p.m. Tuesday. That came hours after the state House surprised everyone by adjourning and declaring that it wasn't coming back, even though the session didn't end until midnight Wednesday.

Federal court orders Texas voting map changes ahead of 2018

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:23:41 GMT

A federal court has ruled that Texas' congressional maps are still flawed by racial gerrymandering and must be partially redrawn before the 2018 elections. The decision Tuesday ordered changes to two of Texas' 36 congressional districts.

Texas A&M Cancels Sept. 11 'White Lives Matter' Rally Over Safety Concerns

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:43:29 GMT

In December, a Texas A&M student signs a message board ahead of an "Aggies United" event in response to a speech by white separatist Richard Spencer. Spencer was scheduled to return to the school for a "White Lives Matter" rally on Sept.

White nationalist rally at Texas A&M has been canceled Read Story Matthew Watkins, The Texas Tribune

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:56:37 GMT

White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks while protester holds sign at Texas A&M campus in College Station on December 6, 2016. Matthew Watkins A white nationalist rally planned on Texas A&M University's campus has been canceled, apparently out of concern for student safety, officials confirmed Monday.

Texas man goes on 'rampage' because McDonald's friesa

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:27:06 GMT

A guy began "raging" inside an El Paso McDonald's and punched the manager in the face because it took too long to give him his fries, according to a post on Facebook. The videos and pictures were posted on Monday at 1:07 a.m. by Alfredo Sanchez who captured the incident on video.

Texas doctors fight opioid epidemic Read Story Kurtis Quillin

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:02:21 GMT

Texas doctors fighting the opioid epidemic have turned to a database called the prescription monitoring program, or P.M.P., for answers. The program tracks every opioid prescription handed out.

Texas police find 16 immigrants locked inside rig at truck stop near Mexican border

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:40:57 GMT

Police in Texas acting on a tip found 16 immigrants locked inside a tractor-trailer parked at a gas station about 20 miles from the border with Mexico, less than a month after 10 people died in the back of a hot truck in San Antonio. Edinburg Assistant Police Chief Oscar Trevino says the immigrants may have been locked inside the 18-wheeler in Edinburg for at least eight hours before being freed by officers late Sunday morning.

The Latest: Texas lawmakers want A&M to block 'racist' rally

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:14:31 GMT

The Latest on a planned white nationalist rally scheduled to be held next month at Texas A&M University : Texas state lawmakers have begun bipartisan efforts to get Texas A&M to block a planned "white lives matter" rally on that university's campus next month. Dallas Democratic Rep. Helen Giddings said during a House floor speech Monday that A&M administrators should "unequivocally denounce and fight against" racist groups and that Texas should reject hate in all forms with one voice.

Houston latest to join fledgling Texas poker club effort

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:35:32 GMT

Michael Eakman, a poker aficionado from a very young age, has hosted poker tournaments from around the country, but Texas gambling laws have long shut him out of his own state and his hometown of Houston. This year, however, the Houston Chronicle reports he opened the city's first restricted membership-based poker club, joining several Texas entrepreneurs who believe they have found a way to circumvent those regulations and host everything from friendly poker games to competitive tournaments.

New Mexico Bandidos members held in Texas in firearms case

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:55:54 GMT

New Mexico members of a motorcycle gang authorities have labeled a criminal organization have been arrested on firearms charges in El Paso. The El Paso Times reports that five members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club were arrested last week after a traffic stop.

Police: 17 people locked inside rig at Texas gas station

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:33:19 GMT

Edinburg Assistant Police Chief Oscar Trevino tells KGBT-TV the immigrants from several different countries may have been locked inside the 18-wheeler for at least eight hours before being freed by officers Sunday morning. None of the people inside the tractor-trailer required medical attention.

Insurance restrictions for abortion head to Texas governor

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:18:49 GMT

Texas lawmakers have sent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott a bill that would restrict insurance coverage for abortion and makes no exceptions in cases of rape and incest. Abbott is expected to sign the measure that was given final approval by the Senate on Sunday night.