4 Men Rescued From Life Boat In Gulf of Mexico off Galveston

(AP) – Coast Guard officials say four men have been rescued from a life raft in the Gulf of Mexico after their fishing boat capsized about 100 miles off Galveston. Authorities say nobody was hurt in Friday afternoon’s rescue credited to some people in a nearby fishing boat amid stormy weather. The Coast Guard received […]

Texas Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Selena Widower To Proceed

(AP) – A Texas judge says a lawsuit against the widower of slain Tejano star Selena can proceed as her father seeks to block a TV series about her.  Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, opposes the show. It’s based on what he calls an unauthorized book, “To Selena With Love,” by Selena’s husband, Chris Perez.  Lawyers […]

Some Texas Grad Students Hold Bar Conferences To Avoid Guns

(AP) – A 2016 Texas law that allows concealed handguns on college campuses has prompted some graduate students to move their student conferences to bars.  The Houston Chronicle reports several University of Texas at Austin graduate students made the move amid safety concerns.  Mark Sheridan, who’s also an English doctoral student, says he moved his […]

Justice Department Cites Hiring Freeze Concerns For Disabled

(AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice has questioned how Gov. Greg Abbott’s hiring freeze could affect Texas institutions for people with intellectual disabilities.  The Austin American-Statesman reported Saturday that Justice Department officials say potential staffing shortages could cause Texas to violate its federal agreement to improve the facilities.  Abbott on Jan. 31, amid budget […]

Hundreds Of Texans May Have Voted Improperly

(AP) – Texas election officials acknowledge that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state’s toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.  The chief election officers in two of Texas’ largest counties are considering whether to refer cases […]

Address Issue Blamed For Gutting Of Wrong Fort Worth House

(AP) – Police say an apparent address mix-up led to gutting of the wrong Fort Worth house before its planned sale. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/2m4kN4L ) reported Friday that police found no criminal intent and decided to let the contractor and the owners work it out. Lee and Lelia Beckelman, of the Houston area, […]

Hundreds Of Mexicans Protest With ‘Human Wall’ On US border

(AP) – Hundreds of people in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez have gathered on the edge of the Rio Grande river to form a “human wall” to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans for a wall between the countries. The demonstrators held aloft on Friday colorful swatches of cloth and waved to the […]

Woman Accused Of Abducting Woman Who Shamed Muslims

(AP) – An El Paso woman described in court documents as a “Mexican-Muslim” has been jailed after she was accused of abducting another woman because her “lifestyle brought shame to the Muslim community.” According to court documents, Norma Juarez Taha, who is 35, is charged with one count of kidnapping, which is punishable upon conviction […]

NBA Warns Texas Over Proposed ‘Bathroom Bill’

(AP) – The NBA has warned that Texas could be overlooked for future events because of a proposed “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people. The Texas legislation is similar to a North Carolina law that prompted the league to move the All-Star Game out of that state. It would require people to use bathrooms that correspond […]

Texas Governor Hasn’t Seen National Guard Immigration Memo

(AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office says it hasn’t seen a Trump administration proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants in the country illegally.  The Associated Press obtained a draft memo detailing the plan. But Abbott spokesman John Wittman said in a statement Friday that his office […]