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South Carolina Rep. Quinn Resigns Hour Before Corruption Hearing

(AP) – South Carolina Rep. Rick Quinn is resigning an hour before a hearing in a Statehouse corruption probe that has ensnared him along with several other lawmakers. In a letter dated Wednesday, the 52-year-old Republican told House Speaker Jay Lucas that his 21 years serving in the Legislature is one of the great honors […]

Students Hit With Felony Charge After Gun Scare At La Villa High School

Making a terroristic threat. That’s the charge brought Wednesday against three La Villa High School students accused of bringing two guns into the school Tuesday.  The charge is a third-degree felony. Administrators found out about the guns after a school security guard alerted them to a video posted on Facebook by one of the students […]

Brownsville Park Built In Memory Of Three Slain Children Set To Open

A little more than a year-and-a-half after the so-called Rubio house was demolished, officials will gather Thursday to formally open a new park on that site northeast of downtown Brownsville. The property at Tyler and 8th streets is where a dilapidated 2-story apartment building once stood, and it’s where, almost 15 years ago, John Rubio […]

Funeral Held In San Antonio For Slain San Marcos Officer

(AP) – A Texas police officer who was fatally shot last week has been remembered as a compassionate man who loved being a police officer and a father.  A funeral was held Wednesday for San Marcos Officer Kenneth Copeland, who was killed Dec. 4 while serving a warrant on a domestic violence suspect. Friend Jeff […]

Officials: Son Kills 90-Year-Old Father, Then Self

(AP) – Officials say a man fatally shot his 90-year-old father at a Houston-area home and then killed himself.  The Montgomery County sheriff’s office says the men died in an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday night in The Woodlands. Lt. John Schmitt said they believe the 65-year-old James Gregory Crawford shot his father, James Milford Crawford, before […]

Dems Rip GOP Tax Moves

(Washington, DC) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi accuses Republicans of rushing to pass a massive tax overhaul behind closed doors. In a Capitol briefing today, Pelosi said the Republican tax legislation will have trillions of dollars of impacts on the economy. She called the process dishonest and said working families will be ripped-off while […]

Action Taken Against Donna Schools Superintendent

A critical audit has led the Donna school board to suspend the district’s superintendent. Trustees Tuesday night voted 4-to-3 to place Fernando Castillo on administrative leave with pay. The action follows a school district audit in which Castillo received an unfavorable review. Castillo was criticized specifically for appointing two people to key positions who were […]

Gillibrand Labels Trump Tweet A ‘sexual smear’

(AP) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she interprets President Donald Trump’s tweet aimed at her as “a sexual smear intended to silence me.” Trump tweeted on Tuesday that Gillibrand had once gone to his New York business office “begging” for a political contribution and – in Trump’s words – “would do anything” to get it. […]

Make-A-Wish Sends 7 Kids To Meet Star Wars Stars At Premiere

(AP) – Seven teenagers with life-threatening medical conditions are among the first to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”  The Make-A-Wish Foundation brought the teens and their parents to the film’s world premiere as part of a whirlwind Hollywood weekend. And while the organization said it could not promise personal interactions with celebrities at the […]

Baby’s Heart Placed Back Inside Her Chest In Rare Surgeries

(AP) – British officials say a baby born with an extremely rare condition has survived three surgeries to place her heart inside her chest.  Glenfield Hospital in Leicester said Wednesday that baby Vanellope Hope was born in late November with her heart growing on the outside of her body. The unusual condition is called ectopia […]