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Cruz Backers Saying ‘We told you so’ About Trump

Supporters of Ted Cruz say the former Republican presidential candidate has been vindicated, now that Donald Trump has shifted his stance on immigration. Trump this week has been softening his hardline stance on deporting the millions of immigrants in the U-S illegally. Cruz spent much of the primary campaign claiming Trump was not a true […]

Texas College Students Rally Against Gun Law With Sex Toys

(AP) — Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.  Organizers said the sex toys were used Wednesday to mock what they consider an absurd notion that guns should […]

Police Say Body Found Along River Likely Missing SMU Officer

(AP) — Dallas police say a body located along the Trinity River is likely a Southern Methodist University officer swept away last month in a flooded creek.  Emergency responders placed a U.S. flag over the body discovered Wednesday afternoon. DNA testing will be used to identify the person.  A Dallas police statement says there’s a […]

Man Charged In Slaying Of Woman At Austin Gambling Room

(AP) — Austin police have arrested a man in the slaying of a woman at an illegal gambling room during what investigators call a botched robbery attempt.  Travis County jail records show 25-year-old David Bruce McKinley was being held without bond Thursday on a capital murder charge.  Online jail records don’t list an attorney to […]

Man Extradited From Mexico In 1993 Death Of Ex-Texas Teacher

(AP) — Investigators say a drifter charged with capital murder in the 1993 slaying of a retired Texas teacher has been extradited from Mexico.  Alfredo Ramirez-Rosas was being held without bond Thursday a day after being returned to Houston. Prosecutors waived seeking the death penalty so that Mexico, which does not have capital punishment, would […]

California Man On Texas Death Row Loses Federal Appeal

(AP) — A 66-year-old California man on Texas death row for the 1999 slaying of woman in Houston has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step closer to execution.  Attorneys for Bill Douglas Gates contend lawyers at his trial in 2000 were deficient for presenting no witnesses to testify about his horrible childhood […]

Military Identifies American Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

(AP) – The U.S. military has identified the soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.  The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, issued a statement Wednesday identifying the soldier as Army Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson.  The Defense Department said Thompson was 28 and from Irvine, California.  Votel extended condolences to the […]

Political Retaliation Lawsuit Slapped Against Hidalgo County District Attorney

Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez is being sued — by seven former employees of the D-A’s Office who claim they were fired for political reasons. All seven were terminated within three months after Rodriguez took office. And according to CBS 4 News, all were supporters of former and longtime District Attorney Rene Guerra, who […]

8-Year-Old Pulled Out Alive From Quake Rubble

(AP) – An 8-year-old girl has been pulled alive from the rubble in Pescara del Tronto, one of the three towns most severely demolished by the earthquake in central Italy.  After nightfall Wednesday, two women ran up the street yelling “She’s alive!”  Chief firefighter Danilo Dionesei confirmed the girl was pulled out alive and was […]

Future Of Privately-Run Willacy County Prison Up In The Air

Willacy County officials are considering their options in the wake of the Obama administration’s decision to phase out the federal government’s use of for-profit companies to operate its prisons. Willacy County is home to one of five privately-contracted prisons in Texas, although it is currently closed. The Willacy County Correctional Center, the so-called tent-city prison, […]