Federal Investigators Fault VA Review Of Texas Wait Times

(AP) – Federal authorities have determined that an investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs into the manipulation of wait times for Texas veterans seeking care was “deficient and unreasonable.”  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said in a release this week that the investigation of scheduling manipulation at several Texas VA hospital and […]

UPDATE: Mother Arrested Over 8 Kids Found In Texas Home

(AP) – Authorities say they have arrested the mother of six of the eight children who were found unsupervised in the middle of the night at a San Antonio home.  Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Keith say investigators believe that 34-year-old Porucha Phillips was also supposed to be looking after two other children who […]

Texas Schools Spare No Expense For Huge Football Stadiums

(AP) – A Texas school district may soon become the third in the state to build a football stadium costing more than $50 million.  Are such exorbitant costs for high school stadiums the new normal? Only in Texas, it seems. Football fields in other states are far less expensive, often in the range of $5 […]

Autopsy: Famed Pianist’s 2 Daughters Likely Died Of Asphyxia

(AP) – A Texas medical examiner says the two young daughters of an internationally known pianist likely died of asphyxia.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office released the autopsy reports Thursday of 1-year-old Michela Kholodenko and 5-year-old Nika Kholodenko. Their mother, Sofya Tsygankova, has been charged in their deaths.  […]

Man Who Stalked Woman From India To US Sentenced In Texas

(AP) – A 32-year-old Los Angeles man who stalked a woman for almost a decade after he met her in India has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after a Texas jury convicted him of breaking into her Dallas-area apartment and setting up a false credit tracking account to locate her.  Attorneys for Jitender […]

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Texas Voter ID Law

(AP) – The Supreme Court has rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law.  The law has been in effect for recent elections, even after a trial judge struck it down in 2014 and an appellate panel found last year the law had a discriminatory effect on minority voters. […]

2 Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Rejecting Plea Deals

(AP) – Two anti-abortion activists arrested in connection with making undercover Planned Parenthood videos are rejecting plea deals offering them probation.  Sandra Merritt’s attorneys said Friday she won’t settle the case through pretrial diversion, a form of probation that would keep her out of prison and ultimately have the charges dismissed. Attorneys for fellow activist […]

Texas Court Blocks Houston From Using Tougher Clean-Air Laws

(AP) – The Texas Supreme Court has blocked Houston from enforcing tougher clean-air laws over the hub of industrial pollution that makes it one of the smoggiest cities in the U.S.  Friday’s ruling is a victory for ExxonMobil Corp. and other companies with nearby refineries that sued in 2008 after the nation’s fourth-largest city essentially […]

Court Documents Show Rope, Concrete Link Man To Wife’s Death

(AP) – Court documents show a Texas man was arrested in the drowning of his estranged wife in a Fort Worth-area lake after police determined that a rope around her neck tied to concrete to weigh her down came from his home.  Jail records show Rodolfo Arellano is being held in Mansfield on $500,000 bond. […]