5 Dead In Texas Apartment Complex Shooting Including Suspect

(AP) — The suspect in the fatal shooting of four adults in Bastrop, Texas is dead.  Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Adams quotes officers at the scene as saying the apartment complex where the shooting took place is now secure.  No details were immediately available about the motive for the shooting.  Adams said officers […]

AP Poll: Support Grows Among Americans For Stricter Gun Laws

A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows Americans increasingly favor making gun laws tougher by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months. But it also shows pessimism that change will happen anytime soon. Nearly two-thirds of respondents expressed support for stricter laws, with majorities favoring nationwide bans on the […]

Texas Makes Deal On First Election Under Weaker Voter ID Law

(AP) — Texas has struck a deal on new voter ID rules for the first election since a federal appeals court this week ruled that the state’s ballot-box restrictions are discriminatory.  Relaxed voter ID rules proposed to a federal judge Saturday would only apply to a special San Antonio runoff election next month. But the […]

Survivors Of Boy Scout Canoe Trip Mourn Deaths Of 2 Campers

(AP) – Survivors of a Texas Boy Scout troop’s adventure trip to the pristine canoe country along the Minnesota-Canadian border are grieving over the deaths of a 13-year-old boy and a 39-year-old woman volunteer. The group from Troop 121 in Carrollton, Texas, was camped on the Ontario side of Basswood Lake in Quetico Provincial Park […]

Dallas Police Job Applications Skyrocket Since Shootings

(AP) – The Dallas Police Department says job applications to the force have more than quadrupled since a sniper shot and killed five police officers and wounded nine others and two civilians. A Police Department statement Friday says 467 applications were received in the 12 days after the July 7 shootings during what had been […]

Lawyer: Ex-Guard Falsified Log In Sandra Bland’s Death

(AP) – An attorney in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of Sandra Bland, who died last summer in a Texas jail, says an ex-guard told him in a deposition he falsified jail log entries. The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2aflk1A ) attorney Cannon Lambert says the guard, Rafael Zuniga, noted in a jail […]

New University Group Taking Over Process Of Identifying Immigrant Remains

The painstaking and difficult task of identifying the remains of immigrants who’ve perished while trekking through the treacherous ranchlands of Brooks County, is being taken over by Texas State University. Anthropology teachers and students at the university in San Marcos are now sorting through scores of remains that were found buried haphazardly in a cemetery […]

4 Teenagers Charged In Gun Store Theft

(AP) – Four Dallas teenagers have been charged with stealing firearms after a truck smashed through a wall at a North Texas gun store.  Waxahachie police on Thursday announced the arrests in the July 10 thefts from the Shooter’s Edge gun shop. The suspects are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.  Investigators say a […]

Police: Man Faces Murder Charges In 2004 Triple-Fatal Fire

(AP) – A Texas man who survived a house fire that killed three people a dozen years ago in southern New Jersey is facing charges in the arson.  The Courier-Post reports authorities said Thursday 30-year-old Jesus Perez-Rivera is charged with felony murder in the deaths of 32-year-old Luis Silva, his 29-year-old wife, Maria, and her […]

Boy, 5, Dies, Younger Child Hurt In Houston-Area Hit-And-Run

(AP) – Investigators say one boy has been killed and another hurt in a Houston-area hit-and-run accident as the youngsters chased a ball into a street.  Harris County deputies are searching for the driver of a pickup truck after Thursday night’s accident that left a 5-year-old boy dead. Authorities say a younger boy was injured […]