Texas Report Says ‘changing climate’ Intensifying Disasters

(AP) – A new Texas report says natural disasters on the scale of Hurricane Harvey’s deadly destruction last year will only become more routine.  But the report released Thursday by a task force created by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott doesn’t use the phrase “climate change.” The 200-page report also makes no mention of global warming. […]

AAA Predicts Nearly 9.1M Texans Will Travel Over Holidays

(AP) – An industry group predicts nearly 9.1 million Texans will travel during the upcoming end-of-the-year holiday season.   AAA Texas on Thursday offered the forecast. The estimate is 4.3 percent higher than the number of travelers a year ago.   The holiday travel period begins Saturday, Dec. 22, and runs through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Nationally, […]

Apple Announces Plan To Build $1 Billion Campus In Texas

(AP) – Apple says it plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas.  The company released a statement early Thursday saying it plans also include establishing sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, with more than 1,000 employees at each. The tech giant, which is based in Cupertino, California, says the […]

Serial Killer Pleads Guilty In Woman’s 1994 Death

(AP) – A 78-year-old man who says he killed about 90 people over nearly four decades as he moved around the country has pleaded guilty to murder in the 1994 strangulation of a Texas woman. Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland issued a statement saying Samuel Little entered his plea Thursday in the West Texas […]

Attorneys For Ex-Baylor Student Break Silence Over Rape Case

(AP) – Attorneys for a former Baylor University student accused of rape have broken their silence after a judge accepted a plea deal allowing the former fraternity president to avoid serving jail time or register as a sex offender. Attorneys Mark Daniel and Tim Moore say the court statement Monday by the woman who accused […]

Woman Decries Brazilian Parents’ Prison Terms

(AP) – A Brazilian woman who remains a fugitive from U.S. authorities over charges she abducted her son says she’s shocked and saddened by a judge’s decision to send her parents to prison. Marcelle Guimaraes’ parents received light sentences Wednesday for helping their daughter kidnap their grandson and keep him in Brazil the last five […]

Human Heart Prompts Southwest Flight To Return To Seattle

(AP) – Southwest Airlines says a Dallas-bound flight returned to Seattle last weekend because a human heart was left onboard. The Seattle Times reports that Flight 3606 arrived in Seattle from Sacramento, California. Someone forgot to unload the heart before the plane left for Dallas, and the captain announced over Idaho they were turning back.  […]

Boy Jumps From Burning Apartment To Officers

(AP) – A police officer’s body camera caught the moment a boy jumped from the second floor of a Dallas-area apartment into the arms of officers below.  Video obtained by television station WFAA shows Balch Springs Police officers trying to get inside the apartment building on the outskirts of Dallas. When the shooting flames prevent […]

Ex-Minister Accused Of Stealing $800K From Church

(AP) – A former Houston minister has been accused of embezzling more than $800,000 from his church.  Jerrell Altic appeared in court Tuesday after surrendering to authorities.  A grand jury indicted the 40-year-old on Monday on a theft charge. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office alleges Altic took the money from Houston’s First Baptist Church […]

3 Officers Shot Serving Warrant; Suspect Dead

(AP) – Three officers have been shot while serving a family violence warrant at a Houston-area home. The suspect was found dead in the house hours later. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that one deputy and two officers from the Texas Attorney General’s Office were wounded Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the injuries […]