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Texas OKs bill allowing donations to help analyze rape kits

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:46:14 GMT

The Texas Legislature has approved a bill allowing drivers to offer donations to help the state clear its backlog of untested rape kits, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbot. Texas has about 3,800 untested kits at state labs, and thousands more in cities such as Dallas and Austin.

Texas Legislature passes letting first responders carry guns

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:42:10 GMT

A bill allowing volunteer firefighters and first responders to bring their guns into restricted areas has cleared the state Legislature. It pertains to volunteer emergency personnel who have concealed carry licenses, and passed the House on a final, 136-9 vote Friday.

Former Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in '80s

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:30:37 GMT

In this Feb. 16, 1984, file photo, Genene Jones, second right, is escorted into Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown, Texas. Jones, a former nurse who's been serving a 99-year prison sentence since 1984 for the fatal overdose of an infant in her care, is due for early release in March 2018.

Retailers cheer GOP retreat on ending debit card fees limit

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:01:49 GMT

In this April 25, 2013 file photo, credit and debit cards are seen in Baltimore. Restaurants, grocers and other businesses celebrated on Thursday, May 25, 2017, as House Republicans backed off efforts to eliminate the cap on fees that banks can charge retailers when customers use a debit card.

Texas man gets life term for killing 2 women, 1 decapitated

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:07:31 GMT

Prosecutors say a Central Texas man must serve life in prison for killing his girlfriend and another woman in separate attacks in which one victim was decapitated using a machete. Danny Carlos Diaz was sentenced Wednesday in Bryan after pleading guilty to murder, in a plea deal.

Condemned Texas man loses appeal in death of pregnant woman

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:25:38 GMT

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows inmate Rosendo Rodriguez. Rodriguez, on Texas death row for the 2005 slaying of a pregnant Lubbock woman whose body was stuffed inside a piece of luggage found at the Lubbock city landfill, has lost a federal court appeal.

Miss Black Texas 2016 says she as wrongfully arrested

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:10:35 GMT

An East Texas police chief is on leave pending investigation after he was accused of wrongfully arresting Miss Black Texas 2016. Carmen Ponder tells KXAS-TV that Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews had her arrested Saturday after a confrontation that led to him directing a racial and sexist slur at her.

Texas pushes ahead with 'bathroom bill' as others shy away

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:51:45 GMT

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a ceremony where he signed SB7, a bill to address inappropriate teacher-student relationships, at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Austin. Gov. Greg Abbott, center, shakes hands with Lt.

Texas Legislature OKs expanded prohibitions on bestiality

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:51:44 GMT

The Senate on Thursday approved changes the House made to bill originally approved by the Senate. It seeks to formally ban "sexual assault of an animal."

Census: Texas has 4 of top 5 fastest growing large US cities

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:31:31 GMT

Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that four of the five fastest-growing large cities in the U.S. during the 12 months leading up to last July 1 were in Texas, including some in its sprawling suburban areas. Conroe, a Houston suburb, was the fastest-growing, increasing by 7.8 percent during that span.

Man condemned for killing Lubbock woman loses federal appeal

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:53:42 GMT

A San Antonio man on Texas death row for the 2005 slaying of a pregnant Lubbock woman whose body was stuffed inside a piece of luggage found at the Lubbock city landfill has lost a federal court appeal. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling moves 37-year-old Rosendo Rodriguez one step closer to execution for the fatal beating and choking of 29-year-old Summer Baldwin.

7 things to know now: Candidate charged with assault; Brits mad at...

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:02:32 GMT

Greg Gianforte, right, receives congratulations from a supporter in Helena, Mont., after winning the Republican nomination for Montana's special election for the U.S. House. 1. Manchester bombing : Eight people linked to Monday's bombing in Manchester, England, have been arrested by British authorities.

GOP candidate charged with misdemeanor assault of reporter

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:33:34 GMT

FILE - In this March 18, 2017 file photo, Congressional candidate Rob Quist meets with supporters during the annual Mansfield Metcalf Celebration dinner hosted by the state's Democratic Party in Helena, Mont. Montan... .

Fastest growing US cities are in South; 4 of top 5 in Texas

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:19:54 GMT

Ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more were spread across the South in 2016, with four of the top five found in Texas, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Conroe, Texas, a northern Houston suburb, was the fastest-growing of the 15, seeing a 7.8 percent increase from 2015 to 2016, a growth rate more than 11 times that of the nation.

Police find man's body and coffin believed to contain mom

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:13:23 GMT

A welfare check by police to a house overgrown with weeds and other plants revealed the decomposing body of an elderly man - and a makeshift coffin containing remains officials believe to be those of his mother. The Laredo Morning Times reports the gruesome find was made late Monday at a house in the South Texas border city of Laredo.

Mentally ill languish in Texas jails despite funding hike

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:37:28 GMT

Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at the state's psychiatric hospitals. Lampkin, 35, has both intellectual disabilities and a mental illness, and without treatment, the court couldn't reassess her competency to stand trial on an assault charge for allegedly slapping a child, which might at least allow her case to progress.

Jury deliberates fate of Texas officer in man's shooting

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:16:28 GMT

A jury will begin a second day of deliberations in the trial of a Fort Worth police officer accused of shooting and injuring a man who was walking in his neighborhood while holding a barbecue fork. Deliberations will resume Wednesday in the trial of 35-year-old Courtney Johnson, who's charged with aggravated assault by a public servant in the 2015 shooting of Craigory Adams.