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Texas Woman Arrested In Tri-State ‘Virtual Kidnapping’ Plot

(AP) – Federal authorities say they’ve arrested a Houston woman who collected ransoms from people who believed their children were kidnapped and that the money had to be paid to get them released. Thirty-four-year-old Yanette Rodriguez Acosta was taken into custody Thursday after being indicted two days earlier on charges including conspiracy to commit wire […]

Democratic Attorneys General Urge Trump To Keep DACA

(AP) – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined 19 other attorneys general to urge President Donald Trump to keep a program that gives temporary status to young immigrants who are in the country illegally. The attorneys general sent a letter to Trump on Friday and it comes after 10 other attorneys general urged […]

Federal Immigration Agents Round Up 123 People In Texas

(AP) – Federal immigration agents in Texas say they’ve arrested 123 immigrants with criminal records or who were living in the country illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Friday that the people were apprehended during an eight-day operation that ended Wednesday. Most of the immigrants were arrested in San Antonio or […]

Texas Veteran Affairs Office Denies Most Gulf War Claims

(AP) – A federal report shows that a Texas veteran affairs office has denied more than 90 percent of benefit claims related to Gulf War illnesses. The data from the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows that Waco’s Department of Veterans Affairs denied almost 1,100 claims in 2015. The Austin American-Statesman (https://atxne.ws/2uitjm0 ) reports that a […]

Ex-Mexican Drug Cartel Leader Gets 30 Years In US Prison

(AP) – Prosecutors say a former high-ranking member of the Zetas cartel in Mexico must serve 30 years in a U.S. prison and forfeit $10 million for his drug-related crimes. Ivan Velasquez-Caballero of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was sentenced Friday by a federal judge in Laredo. Officials say the 47-year-old Velasquez-Caballero is expected to face deportation […]

Texas Company Recalls Coffee With Viagra-Like Substance

(AP) – A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts because it was making some men a bit too excited.  Bestherbs Coffee LLC issued the voluntary recall for its New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found it contains desmethyl carbodenafil, which is similar to […]

Federal Immigration Agents Round Up 123 People In Texas

(AP) – Federal immigration agents in Texas say they’ve arrested 123 immigrants with criminal records or who were living in the country illegally.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Friday that the people were apprehended during an eight-day operation that ended Wednesday. Most of the immigrants were arrested in San Antonio or […]

Texas Senate Revives School Vouchers Amid House Opposition

(AP) – A Texas Senate committee is discussing a bill offering taxpayer-funded vouchers allowing some special education students to leave public schools for private alternatives.  Supporters say only about 30,000 students would qualify, but those opposed worry that it will open the door to broader voucher plans. The Senate has for years approved vouchers only […]

Texas Panel Suspends License Of Man Accused In Opioid Deaths

(AP) – A state panel has suspended the medical license of a Texas doctor who federal authorities say wrote unnecessary prescriptions for powerful drugs that contributed to the overdose deaths of at least seven people. A disciplinary committee of the Texas Medical Board took the action Thursday against 56-year-old Howard Gregg Diamond. His practice was […]

Dallas Hires First Female Police Chief

(AP) – Dallas has hired its first female police chief to lead a department that last summer saw several officers killed when a gunman opened fire during a protest.  City officials announced Wednesday that U. Renee Hall will take over the Dallas Police Department on Sept. 5. Hall is currently deputy chief of the Detroit […]