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Texas Judge Sued To Halt Courtroom Prayers By Chaplains

(AP) – A group promoting separation of church and state has sued a Texas judge who lets volunteer chaplains of various faiths say prayers in court before daily proceedings.   The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday in Houston against Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack. The Wisconsin-based Foundation says the […]

Parents Accused Of Leaving Infant In Parking Lot

(AP) – A mother and father are facing charges after leaving their infant son in a Houston parking lot.  KTRK-TV (http://abc13.co/2mwMaJB ) reports 33-year-old Sarah Shibley and 39-year-old Gary Collins are charged with endangering a child.  Shibley returned to the scene shortly after a man found the 8-week-old boy. She told authorities she placed her […]

Perry Blasts Election Of 1st Gay Texas A&M Student President

(AP) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the first openly gay student body president at his alma mater, Texas A&M University, may have “stolen” the election. The former Texas governor alleges that the possible advancement of ideals about diversity trumped electoral fairness on campus.   In a Houston Chronicle op-ed, Perry wrote that the election […]

Major School Voucher Bill Approved To Full Texas Senate

(AP) – A voucher plan offering families public money to send their children to private and religious schools is headed to the full Texas Senate.   Sen. Larry Taylor’s bill would create state-subsidized education saving accounts for parents while offering tax credits to businesses that sponsor private schooling via donations. The issue has long roiled the […]

Cops: Mom Beat, Choked Girl Over Incorrect Bible Verses

(AP) – Police say a Pennsylvania woman severely beat her daughter, tried to strangle her and kicked her out of the house for incorrectly reciting Bible verses.  Pennlive.com reports 41-year-old Rhonda Kemp Shoffner, of Middletown, faces charges including aggravated assault over the March 14 incident.  The victim is under 13. Police say she was forced […]

Israel Police Arrest Suspect In Threats On US Jewish Targets

(AP) – An Israeli police official says the suspect in a wave of bomb threats against Jewish targets in the U.S. used sophisticated methods to hide his tracks.  Yaniv Azani, head of technology in the Israeli police’s cyber unit, says the suspect used “several different means to camouflage the various layers of communication mechanisms” to […]

Police Identify Attacker

(AP) – British police have identified the person responsible for the terror attack near Parliament as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.  The police say in a statement Thursday that Masood was born in southeastern England and was most recently living in the West Midlands, in central England. Police say Masood, who had a number of aliases, wasn’t […]

Local First Responders Get Trained In Disaster Prep

It’s believed more than 3-thousand people will have participated in the South Texas All Hazards Conference by the time the 2-day forum winds up today. The conference is held every year to help prepare local first responders for a hurricane or any natural or man-made disaster. Participants had a chance to take in more than […]

Edinburg Councilman To Keep Seat, Claims He Did Not Willfully Violate City Charter

Claims of ignorance are allowing an Edinburg city councilman to keep his seat, despite apparent violations of the city’s conflict-of-interest statute. The City Council Tuesday night agreed to drop an investigation into Councilman Homer Jasso Junior after he claimed he was unaware of the City Charter provision prohibiting elected officials from having a financial interest […]

Mission Man Wins Big Lottery Prize

There is a new almost-millionaire in the Rio Grande Valley thanks to the Texas Lottery. A Mission man, Jose Juan Lopez, won the grand prize in the lottery’s Weekly Grand scratch-off game. The top prize is 1-thousand dollars a week for 20 years. Lopez chose the cash option, which means he’ll score a one-time payment […]