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Texas Tech Condemns Racist Remarks Students Allegedly Posted

(AP) – Texas Tech University leaders have condemned racist online comments allegedly posted by several students calling for attacking immigrants and building a border wall. School spokesman Chris Cook said Friday that officials are investigating comments linked to the site “Frat Chat” and trying to identify several students allegedly involved.  The Texas Tech Interfraternity Council […]

Trump Pushes Back Against Border Separation Furor

(AP) – President Donald Trump is highlighting the plight of Americans whose loved ones were killed by people who entered the country illegally. Trump on Friday hit back against the storm of criticism that has enveloped the White House over the forced separation of children from their migrant parents after illegal border crossings.  The president […]

Emergency Repair Grants Available For McAllen Flood Victims

A McAllen-based housing improvement group is providing emergency repair grants to McAllen residents whose homes have been damaged by this week’s widespread flooding. Grants up to 300 dollars are available from Affordable Homes of South Texas, and are meant to help homeowners buy what they need for making quick fixes – for instance wet vacs, […]

Supreme Court Adopts New Rules For Cellphone Tracking

(AP) – The Supreme Court says police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones.  The justices’ 5-4 decision Friday is a victory for privacy in the digital age. That’s a big change from the old days when authorities could go […]

‘He cried and hugged me’: Brazilian Still Separated From Son

(AP) – Twenty-six days after being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border with his son, a Brazilian man in detention says he has no idea when he may see his 9-year-old, who he fears is distraught and having difficulty communicating because he only speaks Portuguese. In a phone interview late Thursday from Cibola County Correctional Center […]

OPEC Agrees To Increase Oil Production

(AP) – Countries in the OPEC oil cartel have agreed to a new oil output level that effectively increases production by almost 1 million barrels per day.  The increase was announced after ministers from the group met on Friday in Vienna. The production increase will partly undo a 1.2 million barrel cut OPEC agreed on […]

Durbin: 66 Separated Migrant Kids In Chicago

(AP) – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says that 66 of the more than 2,300 migrant children separated from their families at the border in recent weeks under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy are in Chicago area shelters.  The Illinois Democrat said Friday two-thirds of those children are below the age of 13. Durbin’s comments […]

Audio Of Sobbing Children Plays On House Floor

(AP) – Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California has aired audio on the House floor of sobbing children in a detention center crying out for their parents.  He was quickly gaveled by the presiding officer, Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., who told him to stop playing the audio because it was against House rules.  Lieu responded […]

Report Highlights Lessons Learned In Houston From Harvey

(AP) – A new report about Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Houston area highlights a variety of issues that it says contributed to the extensive damage.  Among them are a lack of consistent regulations and awareness by residents of the risks of widespread flooding, and an overreliance on engineering solutions to deal with potential flooding […]

800-Pound Chunk Of USS Arizona Heading To Texas War Memorial

(AP) – An 800-pound chunk of a battleship that sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is heading to Texas for display at a war memorial.  UPS was loading the piece from the USS Arizona on a plane in Honolulu on Thursday and flying it to California. The parcel delivery company plans to then […]