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Suspicious Fire Rips Through Edinburg Mansion

Flames tore through the Edinburg mansion once owned by the late singer-songwriter Joan (ho-AHN) Sebastian overnight, and investigators say it appears someone set the fire. Firefighters were called a little after midnight and found the house on Brandi Lane engulfed in flames. Fire crews fought for more than an hour to put out the blaze. […]

Man Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Illegal Immigrants

(AP) – A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to a charge that he preyed on dozens of illegal immigrants in federal detention facilities by promising them legal assistance but taking their money without providing any help.  Edwin Zavala Jr., of Lafayette, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to a wire fraud charge that carries a […]

‘Affluenza’ Mom Indicted On Charges She Helped Son Flee

(AP) – The mother of a Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck has been indicted on charges accusing her of helping her son flee to Mexico.  The Tarrant County district attorney’s office said Thursday that Tonya Couch was indicted on charges of hindering apprehension of a felon and money […]

Baylor Looks To Rebuild After Report On Sex Assaults

(AP) – Baylor University will be looking to rebuild its reputation and perhaps its football program.  An outside review found administrators mishandled allegations of sexual assault and the team ran with an attitude that it was above the rules. The largest Baptist school in the U.S. took the first steps toward change Thursday when regents […]

Gates Leaves Boy Scouts Presidency, Defends Gay Adult Policy

(AP) – As he leaves the volunteer presidency of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates says the  organization is well-positioned for the future after deciding to allow openly gay adult leaders in its ranks.  The former U.S. secretary of defense ended his two-year term Thursday as volunteer president. He was replaced by AT&T CEO […]

17 Inches Of Rain Fall On Southeast Texas City

(AP) – Officials say almost a foot and a half of rain has fallen on the city of Brenham in southeast Texas.  Meteorologist Wendy Long says Brenham received 16.62 inches of rain on Thursday, breaking the city’s record for the most rain in a day. Meteorologist Patrick Blood says the rains washed out some roadways […]

Man, Woman Charged In McAllen Bank Heist

The man suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo bank branch in McAllen more than a week-and-a-half ago is now in the Hidalgo County jail after being arrested across the border. Tamaulipas state police tracked 36-year-old Joseph Robert Nocar of Elsa to a hotel in Nuevo Progreso Wednesday, then transferred him to local authorities at the […]

Surfer Drowns Off South Padre Island

A Texas A&M student has drowned while surfing off of South Padre Island. The student was among a group of four Aggies who’d been surfing near Isla Blanca Park Thursday afternoon. But he separated from the group and went further out into the Gulf, but didn’t come back. The other students flagged down a lifeguard, […]

Brownsville ISD Staffer Accused Of Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars

A Brownsville ISD nutrition services staffer, fired in March amid a criminal investigation, has now been indicted. A Cameron County grand jury has charged Leticia Arreola with embezzling more than $300,000 in cafeteria concession sales. Arreola worked as the school district’s food services accountant, and was in charge of collecting and depositing concession funds. But […]

Towns In Texas, Arizona Are Battlegrounds In Bathroom Debate

(AP) – An unlikely battleground over whether public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice is taking shape in two tiny towns in Texas and Arizona, neither of which currently enrolls anyone who is transgender. Eleven states suing the Obama administration claim that a new federal directive about transgender students […]