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No Bond For Man Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Infant

(AP) – A judge has denied bond for a 24-year-old Houston man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a 10-month-old boy killed in his father’s arms as his dad was trying to run from assailants. Jared Balogun made a brief appearance Thursday before state District Judge Jan Krocker. He was arrested Tuesday […]

Crash Claims Up 2.7 Percent In First States To Legalize Pot

(AP) – An insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.  The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, released the results Thursday saying the study found collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal pot sales began when compared with surrounding […]

Trump Disputes Russian Interference In 2016 Election

(AP) – President Donald Trump questions why the Obama administration didn’t try to stop Russian interference in the 2016 election.  The president’s tweet Thursday appears to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling. The president tweeted: “By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the […]

Trump Says He Didn’t Tape His Conversations With Comey

(AP) – President Donald Trump says he “did not make” and doesn’t have any recordings of his private conversations with James Comey – his fired FBI director.  Trump also tweets that he has “no idea” whether other “tapes” or recordings exist.  Trump has disputed Comey’s assertion that Trump asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty […]

Cop Suspended After Suspect Kills Self In Squad Car

(AP) – A Texas police officer has been suspended for 20 days without pay after an internal investigation of a handcuffed suspect who killed himself in the back of the officer’s patrol car. Officer Iven Wall was suspended for violating the Austin Police Department’s pat-down procedures before 19-year-old Zachary Anam’s January death.  The Austin American-Statesman […]

Retail Gasoline Prices Across Texas Down A Nickel This Week

(AP) – Retail gasoline prices across Texas have dropped a nickel this week.  AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $2.09 per gallon. Nationwide retail gasoline prices are also down, dropping 4 cents this week to reach an average $2.28 per gallon. The association survey found Amarillo has the […]

Extreme Heat Claiming Immigrant Lives

The immigrant community is mourning the deaths of three undocumented immigrants, whose bodies were found in brushy areas of Brooks County Wednesday. Border Patrol agents say the three appeared to have succumbed to the extreme heat as they tried to trek their way across the rugged ranchlands of Brooks County.

Houston To Join Lawsuit Against Texas ‘sanctuary city’ Law

(AP) – Houston city leaders have voted to join a lawsuit trying to halt a Texas law that would crack down on “sanctuary cities.” The City Council voted 10-6, with one abstention, Wednesday to join the lawsuit, filed in San Antonio federal court.  Houston joins Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso County and several organizations […]

Swimmer Dies On South Padre Island

It was a Port Isabel resident who died while swimming in the Gulf at South Padre Island Tuesday afternoon. Beachgoers had spotted the man in knee-deep water, but unresponsive, near Beach Access 3. They pulled him out of the water, emergency personnel performed CPR, he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. […]

Valley Democratic Legislators Seen As Mostly Moderate To Conservative

Neither too left nor too right. A new ranking of all Texas legislators based on their political leanings puts the Rio Grande Valley’s lawmakers pretty much in the middle. The rankings are drawn from their roll call votes during the 2017 session. The list shows our two senators, Eddie Lucio and Juan Hinojosa, as the […]