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District To Suspend Students Protesting Gun Laws

(AP) – A Houston-area school district is threatening to suspend students who disrupt classes or walk out to protest current gun laws.  The Houston Chronicle reports that Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes sent a letter to families and published on schools’ social media Tuesday saying students would face a three-day, out-of-school suspension if they joined […]

“Do Not Hire” List Proposed For Teachers Convicted Of Sex With Students

(Austin, TX) — A “do not hire” list is proposed to prevent teachers convicted of having inappropriate relationships with students from working in other districts. The state Board of Education would also be allowed to suspend the teaching certificate of anyone charged with illegal behavior with students. The state currently leaves hiring decisions up to […]

Donna Teacher Resigns Amid Sex Solicitation Charge

A Donna school teacher has resigned following his arrest for allegedly trying to have sex with a teenager. 47-year-old Fidel Castillo had been arrested Saturday and charged with online solicitation of a minor. Castillo came under investigation earlier this month after a 16-year-old boy told authorities that Castillo had contacted him through the dating app […]

Texas Governor Orders Flags To Half-Staff In Graham’s Honor

(AP) – Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is ordering his state’s flags to fly at half-staff in memory of “humble servant of God” Billy Graham.  A 99-year-old evangelist, Graham died Wednesday at his North Carolina home. In a statement, Abbott ordered his state’s flags “to be lowered to half-staff on the day of interment,” which […]

Embattled Donna School Superintendent Resigns

Embattled Donna schools superintendent Fernando Castillo is out as the chief of the Donna ISD, after district trustees accepted his resignation during a meeting Wednesday night in which they voted to fire him. The school board had called a special meeting to reopen discussions on whether to terminate Castillo’s contract, and after two hours behind […]

Police In Harlingen Report Major Drug Bust During Traffic Stop

(Harlingen, TX) — Harlingen Police say officers stumbled upon a major drug bust during a routine traffic stop. The officers stopped a vehicle on North Expressway 77 on Friday for a traffic violation. A police K-9 led to the discovery of 50 pounds of methamphetamine. Two suspects were arrested and are still in federal custody.

Texas Same-Sex Couple Sues After Rejection As Foster Parents

(AP) – A same-sex married couple in Texas is suing federal officials and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after the women were rejected as foster parents to refugee children. Fatma Marouf and Bryn Esplin, who both teach at Texas A&M University, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in Washington, D.C.   They say they were […]

McAllen Man Charged In Motorcyclist’s Death

Criminal charges have been filed in connection with a truck-motorcycle collision that killed a Sullivan City man last month. 27-year-old Mario Anthony Medrano has been charged with negligent homicide. Police in Mission say Medrano, who was driving a box truck, pulled out of a driveway onto Shary Road but failed to yield to traffic as […]

TX Gov: Federal Background Check Database Should Be Fixed

(Austin, TX) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants the federal government to fix the background check database for gun buyers. He told reporters today the status quo was unacceptable, and wanted local officials to be able to put information in the database. Abbott also wants a discussion on how mental health issues could lead to […]

Preliminary Cruise Ship Study Gives South Padre Island High Marks

A new effort to bring cruise ships to South Padre Island has passed its first test. An initial study from a consortium of cruise industry experts finds the Island well-positioned to attract cruise ships. The analysis by SPI Cruise Group names several Island tourist and eco-tourism attractions that would appeal to cruise passengers. The study […]