Destroyed Evidence Ruins Dozens Of Harris County Drug Cases

(AP) – A deputy constable’s destruction of evidence has prompted the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to dismiss 90 pending misdemeanor and felony drug cases. The DA’s office is reviewing another 35 non-drug-related cases to determine if any of those also must be dismissed, according to an email from Dick Bax, the DA’s general counsel. […]

Wal-Mart Takes Texas To Court To Crack Liquor-Sales Market

(AP) – A federal appeals court is allowing a trade group representing Texas liquor store operators to join a stalled federal lawsuit that Wal-Mart has filed against the Texas agency that dispenses permits to sell liquor by the bottle. The giant retailer wants to get into the business of selling liquor in Texas, but contends […]

Maker Recalls Fresh-Cut Vegetables From Stores In Southeast

(AP) – Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from grocery, discount and convenience stores across the Southeast because the food may be contaminated with potentially fatal Listeria bacteria. Conroe, Texas-based Country Fresh Inc. said Friday that the recall involves its vegetable products shipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee […]

Mural Of Assassin Oswald On Dallas Building Draws Scrutiny

(AP) – A nearly two-story mural of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald recently painted on a Dallas building is drawing criticism for being insensitive. The mural outside a barbershop features Oswald’s black-and-white portrait. He lived in the neighborhood and the owner of the barbershop, Christian Avanti, says the mural is meant only to reflect the neighborhood’s […]

Video Of Woman Chasing Cat On Texas Tollway Prompts Warning

(AP) – Highway experts say a cat chase on a busy Houston-area tollway should serve as a warning about what not to do when animals get loose in traffic. Tuesday’s surveillance video from the Harris County Tollway Authority shows an unidentified woman trying to trap a cat on a road full of cars and trucks. […]

Central Texas Man Stung To Death By Bees

(AP) – A 68-year-old Central Texas man is dead after he was attacked by a swarm of bees while riding a lawn mower on his rural property. Authorities say Donald Williams was mowing grass late Friday morning when he was attacked at his rural property about 8 miles northwest of Waco. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell […]

Lower Court Tosses Texas Case That Supreme Court Let Proceed

(AP) – A lower federal judge has dismissed a Texas housing discrimination lawsuit that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to go forward last year in a decision previously cheered by civil rights groups. U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater tossed Friday a 2008 lawsuit by the Dallas-based Inclusive Communities Project. State Attorney General Ken Paxton called […]

Jury: GM Car’s Ignition Switch Not To Blame In Fatal Crash

(AP) — A Texas jury has found that a General Motors Co. ignition switch was not to blame for a 2011 accident that killed one driver and injured another one.  The jury returned the verdict Thursday in a Houston courtroom.  Zachary Stevens and his parents had sued GM, claiming a faulty ignition switch in Stevens’ […]

Controversial Texas County Chairman Out, State GOP Says

(AP) — The Texas Republican Party says a GOP chairman for the county that includes the state capital is out of a job after filing as a write-in candidate for president of the United States.  , despite his history of vulgarity and conspiracy theories.  Morrow has since decried both parties in frequent online posts. His […]

Temporary Shelter In New Mexico To House Immigrant Children

(AP) — Children who immigrated alone to the United States will soon be housed at a Fort Bliss complex in New Mexico’s Dona Ana County.  The children are scheduled to arrive at the temporary shelter early next month.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials say the facility will have the capacity for 1,800 […]