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What to Watch: Abbott breaths news life into bathroom bill

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:51:59 GMT

For months, Gov. Greg Abbott stayed silent and Texas' bathroom bill languished in the Legislature amid mounting criticism from LGBT activists and business groups. Now Abbott's all-in, becoming the nation's first governor to fully embrace the issue.

CPS situation in Amarillo better than across Texas

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:59:23 GMT

While the number of children sleeping in Child Protective Services offices or other temporary lodging doubled across the state, that was not the case in Amarillo. "The beautiful thing about Amarillo is that up until Friday , we had two different places that allowed us to bring our kids so we didn't have to keep them in offices," said Shawn Vandygriff, CPS Region 1 director.

Test drive a vehicle, help Make-A-Wish North Texas

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:11:44 GMT

Tri-State Ford is lending Make-A-Wish North Texas a helping hand with their "Drive 4 UR Community" event. For every person who comes to test drive a vehicle, Tri-State Ford will donate ten dollars to Make-A-Wish, up to $1,000.

Exhibits bring WWI in Waco, Texas to light

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:29:35 GMT

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Trials in Texas biker shootout delayed due to federal case

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:48:28 GMT

Officials say upcoming trials related to the 2015 Central Texas gunfight involving rival motorcycle gangs that left nine people dead, 20 others hurt have effectively been put on hold due to a separate federal case involving one of the gangs. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports state District Judge Matt Johnson on Friday delayed the first trial related to the deadly shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

Oklahoman author, Texas dispute ownership of 'lunar Bibles'

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:00:53 GMT

Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma courthouse while a legal battle rages in two states over who is the rightful owner of the celestial keepsakes. Eight of the 10 tiny holy books in dispute landed on the surface of the moon during NASA's 1971 Apollo 14 mission, carried in a pouch by astronaut Edgar Mitchell.

Leta s try this again: House panel issues new invitations in its Russia investigation

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:16:02 GMT

FBI Director James Comey at the Justice Department in Washington on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The House Intelligence Committee has asked him and the head of the National Security Agency to testify at a closed-door hearing May 2 on Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election.

Legal rulings could force Texas back into federal oversight

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:36:22 GMT

A run of legal defeats over its voting laws means Texas could risk becoming the first state forced back into federal oversight since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act four years ago. The justices' 2013 ruling struck down a provision in the 1965 law that required Texas and other states with troubled histories of racial discrimination to "pre-clear" any voting law changes with the federal government before enacting them.

Experts: Texas peach crop challenged by lack of cold weather

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:50:57 GMT

Winter pretty much stood up South-Central Texas this year, and the neglect is showing in this season's scanty crop of Hill Country peaches. "Some things bloomed really extended and long, and some didn't take, so it's been really an interesting year," peach grower Russ Studebaker said.

Hiring freeze leaves Texas watchdog agencies understaffed

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:02:40 GMT

At least 30 Texas investigative jobs remain unfilled after Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state hiring freeze in January in an attempt to save $200 million in anticipation of a budget shortfall. The Dallas Morning News reports the unfilled jobs include two at the jail standards commission and one at the Texas State Securities Board.

Walker, Texas citizen? Chuck Norris named honorary Texan

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:06:06 GMT

The Texas Senate named actor Chuck Norris an honorary Texan during a ceremony Tuesday at the state's Capitol, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Oklahoma-born Norris, also a martial artist and U.S. Air Force veteran, is well known for his karate-kicking character in "Walker, Texas Ranger."

U.S. regulators block Texas, Arizona over import of execution drug

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:25:51 GMT

A U.S. regulatory agency told Texas and Arizona that more than a thousand vials of drugs they ordered for executions in their states from India in 2015, and seized by U.S. Customs, will not be released to them, an official said on Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration notified the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Arizona Department of Corrections that their confiscated shipments of sodium thiopental have been refused on the basis that the detained drugs appear to be unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs, FDA press officer Lyndsay Meyer said.

Texas House passes bill opposing anti-Israel boycotts

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:28:41 GMT

The Texas House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill banning state entities from dealing with businesses that boycott Israel or its settlements. The bill approved Thursday follows the state Senate's approval of a similar bill in March by overwhelming numbers.

Prison company struggles to get license for family center

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:47:54 GMT

10, 2014, file photo, children play kickball at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. A recent promise by P... .

Court again finds intentional voter discrimination in Texas

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:58:11 GMT

A Republican-drawn map setting the boundaries of Texas' statehouse districts violates the U.S. Constitution by intentionally discriminating against minority voters, a federal court found Thursday - the third such ruling against the state's voting laws in roughly a month. The latest ruling means Texas' strict voter ID law, congressional maps and state legislative maps - all of which were enacted in 2011 - have recently been found in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

Ex California officer gets 10 years in Texas enticement case

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:58:10 GMT

Prosecutors in Texas say a former California police officer must serve 10 years in federal prison for trying to lure someone he thought was a child into having sex. Chad Michael Bennett of Odessa was sentenced Wednesday in Laredo.

Texas father, son indicted in alleged $16M insurance scam

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:32:34 GMT

Prosecutors say a Texas father and son have been charged in an alleged $16 million hearing aids insurance scam using American Airlines workers. A federal grand jury in Dallas indicted 66-year-old Terry Lynn Anderson and 36-year-old Rocky Freeland Anderson.