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3 Edinburg Students Expelled For Tweeting Threat

Acknowledging that he is indeed sending a message, Edinburg school superintendent Rene Gutierrez has expelled three students for a school threat made on Twitter earlier this week. Appearing at a news conference with Edinburg police officials, Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, and FBI officials, Gutierrez said school threats are not a joke and the […]

Federal Investigators Fault VA Review Of Texas Wait Times

(AP) – Federal authorities have determined that an investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs into the manipulation of wait times for Texas veterans seeking care was “deficient and unreasonable.”  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said in a release this week that the investigation of scheduling manipulation at several Texas VA hospital and […]

UPDATE: Mother Arrested Over 8 Kids Found In Texas Home

(AP) – Authorities say they have arrested the mother of six of the eight children who were found unsupervised in the middle of the night at a San Antonio home.  Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Keith say investigators believe that 34-year-old Porucha Phillips was also supposed to be looking after two other children who […]

UPDATE: Protesters Throw Eggs At Police Near Trump Event

(AP) – Dozens of protesters have broken through steel barricades surrounding the California hotel where Donald Trump is addressing the state GOP convention.  The protesters were also throwing eggs at police and chanting anti-Trump slogans.  Many other protesters remain on the sidewalk. Dozens of officers have formed a human chain around the hotel entrance and […]

Final Donna School District Damages Up To A Federal Judge

It’s not clear how they’ll come up with the money, but a federal jury says four Donna school board members and the Donna school district should pay $3.2 million to six school district employees who the jurors found were victims of malicious political retaliation. The employees sued after the November 2014 elections claiming they were […]

Texas Schools Spare No Expense For Huge Football Stadiums

(AP) – A Texas school district may soon become the third in the state to build a football stadium costing more than $50 million.  Are such exorbitant costs for high school stadiums the new normal? Only in Texas, it seems. Football fields in other states are far less expensive, often in the range of $5 […]

4 Young Girls Run Away From Florida Foster Home

(AP) – Officials say four girls who apparently ran away from a foster home near Tampa put pillows under their sheets to make it look like they were in bed.  But staff members at A Kids Place discovered the girls – ages 13, 11, 10 and 4 – missing during a bed check Thursday just […]

Norway Calls Off Helicopter Rescue, Says 13 Dead

(AP) – Norwegian rescue officials say the search operation after the helicopter crash near Bergen is over and all 13 people who were on board are presumed dead.  Boerge Galta of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center says “we do not believe anyone can be found alive.” The operation was called off Friday at 5 p.m. […]

US: China Rejects Hong Kong Port Call By US Aircraft Carrier

(AP) – The State Department says China has recently denied a request from a U.S. aircraft carrier for a port visit in Hong Kong.  That appears to be a sign of mounting tension in the disputed South China Sea.  Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his Philippine counterpart visited the carrier, USS John C. Stennis, in […]

MSF Says Syria Hospital Bombing Killed 50

(AP) – The medical charity Doctors Without Borders says the death toll from the bombing of a hospital and nearby buildings in Aleppo in Syria has risen to 50, including 6 medical staff and patients.  The organization, also known by its French acronym MSF, says in a Friday statement that the bombing a day earlier […]