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Former Texas nurse accused of killing dozens charged with murder -

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:57:41 GMT

A former Texas nurse who prosecutors say may be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 young children was indicted on a murder charge for the second time in recent weeks. The Bexar County district attorney's office said in a statement that Genene Jones was charged in the September 1981 death of 2-year-old Rosemary Vega.

Mentally impaired Texas inmate's sentence reduced to life

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:19:37 GMT

In this June 27, 2017, photo provided by the Harris County District Attorney's Office in Houston, Robert James Campbell is shown. A state judge on Tuesday, June 27,, 2017 reduced Campbell's sentence to life in prison after prosecutors and his attorneys agreed his mental impairment should keep him from being put to death for the abduction and slaying of a Houston bank teller 26 years ago.

Warrant: Texas couple kept adoptive son, 14, in wooden shack

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:00:29 GMT

Authorities have arrested a Central Texas couple on allegations that they kept their adoptive son in a wooden shack without air conditioning and limited access to food. An arrest warrant issued by the Bell County sheriff's office shows 62-year-old Warner Stadler and 58-year-old Suzanne Stadler were arrested Friday on charges that include child abandonment.

2 men charged with 'super sexual assault' of the same victim

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:00:28 GMT

According to court records obtained by, Valderas is accused of sexually assaulting one of the children who was also allegedly assaulted by 49-year-old Gerald Mohrmann, both of whom are from Boerne, Texas. According to court records obtained by, Valderas is accused of sexually assaulting one of the children who was also allegedly assaulted by 49-year-old Gerald Mohrmann, both of whom are from Boerne, Robert Valderas was jailed on June 16 on a charge of super aggravated sexual assault of a child.

New life sentence for inmate on Texas death row for 25 years

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:26:29 GMT

A man condemned nearly 25 years ago for abducting and killing a Houston bank teller is being spared from execution as a judge reduces his sentence to life in prison after prosecutors and his attorneys agreed his mental impairment should keep him from being put to death. A new sentencing has been set for Tuesday in a state court in Harris County for 44-year-old Robert James Campbell.

Comcast killed Texas cable owner's business, suit says

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:56:45 GMT

Tony Luna, a small-time cable operator, says in a court suit that Comcast Corp. contractors cut his cable lines in a Texas town, driving him out of business. Tony Luna, a small-time Texas cable operator, bought the rundown cable operation in Weston Lakes, about 35 miles west of Houston, in 2007 and upgraded it for high-speed internet and TV services to compete with AT&T, passing out his cell phone number and personally responding to calls for repairs.

Charges against Miss Black Texas, Carmen Ponder were also dropped.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:33:31 GMT

This undated photo provided by the Hunt County Sheriff's Office shows Carmen Ponder.

No immediate ruling on fate of Texas' 'sanctuary cities' law

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:26:42 GMT

A federal judge Monday questioned the reach of a new Texas "sanctuary cities" law supported by the Trump administration but that four of the nation's largest cities, some police chiefs and immigrant-rights groups are trying to stop taking effect in September. Hundreds of protesters, waving flags and carrying signs that read "Stop Separation of Families," packed the plaza outside a San Antonio courthouse where U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia will decide whether Texas can carry out the law that President Donald Trump's Justice Department says is in-line with its crackdown on immigration.

3 of 5 suspects in Houston County home-invasion robbery back in Texas

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:07:22 GMT

Three of the five suspects in a sexually charged Crockett home-invasion robbery that occurred on June 12 are back in Texas after they were arrested in Kentucky. According to the arrest affidavit for one of the men, the three men who were captured in Kentucky were caught in the act of committing a burglary on June 18. Jay Barrett, 17, of Highlands, Fabian Xavier Vazquez, 17, Baytown, and Jose Vazquez, 19, are all still being held in the Houston County Jail.

Federal judge considers fate of Texas 'sanctuary cities' law

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:45:43 GMT

A federal judge on Monday heard arguments before he decides whether a new Texas "sanctuary cities" crackdown backed by the Trump administration can take effect. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia appeared interested in how the law signed by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and scheduled to take effect in September would be enforced.

Justices rule against death row inmate over lawyer errors

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:06:51 GMT

The Supreme Court has ruled against a Texas death row inmate who said his lawyers failed to challenge a faulty jury instruction at his trial and on appeal. The justices ruled 5-4 on Monday that Erick Davila could not bring a claim that his appeals lawyer was ineffective for failing to challenge the work of his trial lawyer.

The Deadly Consequences of Texas' Latest Assault on LGBT Rights

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:40:02 GMT

In a state that prides itself on being "pro-life," Texas lawmakers sure seem hell-bent on ensuring that children in the foster care system experience the absolute worst possible outcomes. Signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month, House Bill 3859 will soon allow child welfare agencies that receive taxpayer money to claim religious objections to certain groups of people - effectively giving them a license to deny adoption and fostering opportunities to LGBTQ, single, or non-Christian parents.

Long lines help monitor fish at new Texas artificial reef

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:34:19 GMT

In this June 2017 photo, Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation researcher Tara Topping pulls up a trap set in near a newly installed artificial reef. The Victoria Advocate reports researchers with the center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are studying not only how the reef recruits fish but also whether the fish prefer the reef's pyramids, which are made of limestone and a type of concrete, to be close together or far apart.

West Texas man who tried to kill rattler fighting for his own life after snake bite

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 02:25:47 GMT

A West Texas man is fighting for his life a week after he was bitten by a venomous snake he was trying to kill. Milton Richards, 53, spotted the rattlesnake June 18 in his backyard about 80 miles south of Lubbock.

Californians Flocking to Texas

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:14:22 GMT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently released his assessment of the recent Texas Relocation Report, a study by the Texas Association of Realtors. In the report, Texas ranked second among states adding new residents from other states, based on the influx and outflow of people.

Texas wife sentenced to prison for killing officer husband

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:04:55 GMT

A woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing her husband - a San Antonio police officer - by running him over with her vehicle. The San Antonio Express-News reports Diana Marileen Lopez was sentenced following a court hearing on Friday.

Stephanie Lynn Bekendam v. TDCJ Cid Parole University of Texas...

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:54:34 GMT