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Retail gasoline prices in Texas, nation continue to drop

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:44:02 GMT

Retail gasoline prices across Texas and the nation have dropped again this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide for unleaded was $2.26 per gallon, down 4 cents from last week.

Texas' vow to streamline Harvey recovery and aid backfires

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:26:27 GMT

In this Jan. 30, 2018, photo, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, right, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hurricane Harvey Coordinator, Kevin Hannes, left, are surrounded by local media in Nome Texas, while discussing a home damaged in the storm that is being repaired using federal funds. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tasked Bush's agency with overseeing housing recovery needs after Harvey _ but nearly six months later, victim frustration is growing amid frequent delays and bureaucratic hurdles.

Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:29:51 GMT

A condemned Texas inmate set for execution Thursday evening awaited word on whether Gov. Greg Abbott would accept the state parole board's rare clemency recommendation to spare the prisoner's life at the urging of his father. Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, 38, is scheduled for lethal injection for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003 in a plot to collect inheritance.

Crews used boats to help residents amid Midwest flooding

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:47:45 GMT

The area is under a winter weather advisory. . A mobile home is seen destroyed after a tornado struck an area outside Joshua, about 20 miles south of Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

Governor Abbott Orders Immediate Action To Address The Safety Of Texas Schools

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:19:25 GMT

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath ordering immediate action to ensure the safety of children in Texas schools following the tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week. In the letter, Governor Abbott outlines a number of steps to be taken by state education leaders to help respond to and prevent such tragedies.

Texas governor orders flags to half-staff in Graham's honor

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:26:57 GMT

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is ordering his state's flags to fly at half-staff in memory of "humble servant of God" Billy Graham. In a statement, Abbott ordered his state's flags "to be lowered to half-staff on the day of interment," which he noted will be determined by Graham's family.

Texas district to suspend students protesting gun laws

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:26:56 GMT

A Houston-area school district is threatening to suspend students who disrupt classes or walk out to protest current gun laws. The Houston Chronicle reports that Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes sent a letter to families and published on schools' social media Tuesday saying students would face a three-day, out-of-school suspension if they joined in growing protests nationwide over last week's school shooting in Florida.

Jury deliberates for 2nd day in Texas senator's fraud trial

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:47:42 GMT

A jury in San Antonio is deliberating for a second day in the trial of a state senator accused of fraud for his role at a now-defunct oil field services company that federal prosecutors say was a Ponzi scheme. The jury is deliberating Wednesday after federal prosecutors in closing arguments a day earlier said Sen. Carlos Uresti was financially strapped and worked to lure unwitting investors to FourWinds Logistics, a fracking sand company that went bankrupt in 2015.

The Latest: Sandbags used to hold back Midwest floodwaters

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:58:31 GMT

Flint resident Brayden Bend, 5, sits on top of his mother's friend's vehicle on Robert T. Longway Boulevard at North Center Road on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Flint, Mich. High flood waters caused several motorists to become stuck.

States could face severe flooding, other problems in Midwest

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:05:05 GMT

Debbie Steinbach looks around her home to assess water damage in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A storm system stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes states and forced some schools to close.

The Latest: Weather officials: 3 twisters hit North Texas

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:49:30 GMT

It says two of the twisters struck early Tuesday in a rural area near Joshua, destroying at least two mobile homes and severely damaging several others. A mother and her disabled daughter were injured when one tornado demolished their mobile home.

The Latest: Tornadoes cause damage, injuries in North Texas

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:31:51 GMT

A motorist stops to clear ice from his wipers along I-70 near Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The area is under a winter weather advisory.

Texas parole board recommends killer be spared from death

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:28:39 GMT

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, in a rare decision, is unanimously recommending the death sentence of convicted killer Thomas "Bart" Whitaker be commuted to life. Whitaker is set for lethal injection Thursday for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003.

Texas parole board recommends killer be spared from death

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:28:38 GMT

This undated file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Thomas Whitaker. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, unanimously recommended the death sentence of Whitaker be commuted to life.

Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:01:54 GMT

A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes.

Police take action amid several Texas school threats

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:01:53 GMT

Police in far western Texas say there have been more than a dozen threats to six local schools since Feb. 14. The El Paso Police Department held a press conference Monday to address the concerns and to try and keep the potential incidents from happening. Sgt. Enrique Carrillo says police have made four arrests, mostly juveniles, in connection with the school threats in the past week.

a U.S. Postal Worker Has Been Found Fatally Shot Inside a Mail Truck in Texas

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:03:16 GMT

DALLAS) - A U.S. Postal Service worker was found fatally shot inside a mail truck along a busy highway in Dallas on Monday, and investigators are treating the case as a homicide, according to police. Officers found the worker's body inside the government vehicle around 2:30 a.m. after responding to a reported shooting along Interstate 30 just west of downtown, according to a statement released by Dallas police.