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145 Grabbed In 7-Day Immigrant Sweep Of South, Central Texas

(AP) – Federal immigrations have rounded up 145 people they describe as criminal aliens and immigration violators in South and Central Texas. In a statement issued Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the roundup was a seven-day operation. Of the 145, 45 were netted in Austin, 41 in San Antonio, 37 in the Lower […]

Texas Middle School Students Stage Walkout For Gun Laws

(AP) – More than 100 middle school students walked out of class in Austin on Friday to demand stricter gun laws, and authorities there say more walkouts are expected. The Austin American-Statesman reports the walkout started about 10 a.m. and that 100 additional students were trying to leave class at Bailey Middle School to join […]

Corps: Agency Worked To Inform On Harvey Flood Risk

(AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that leading up to and during Hurricane Harvey it “worked diligently” with officials to inform the public on flooding risks from Houston reservoirs that ended up inundating thousands of homes. The Corps’ statement Friday comes in response to a Houston Chronicle report earlier this week that […]

What’s Next For Uresti After Conviction

(San Antonio, TX) — Following his fraud conviction on Thursday, State Senator Carlos Uresti will be free on bond until a sentencing hearing in June. Uresti faces another trial in May for separate felony charges of bribery and money laundering. He says he has no intention of stepping down, and he can still legally serve […]

Emotional Support Dog Bites Girl On Southwest Flight

(Dallas, TX) — After a dog bit a child on a Southwest Airlines plane, the carrier is rethinking its policies about emotional support animals. The Dallas-based airline says the dog nipped a six-year-old girl on the forehead Wednesday night on a flight about to depart from Phoenix to Oregon. Emergency medical workers checked out the […]

School Districts Will Discipline Students Who Walk Out For Gun Protests

(San Antonio, TX) — School districts in San Antonio are planning their responses to upcoming student protests of last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida. In a letter to parents on Thursday, North East ISD said any students who walk out of class will be hit with an unexcused absence. They will receive no credit […]

Dozens Of Texas School Districts Allow Teachers To Be Armed

(Austin, TX) — In an effort to keep students safe, dozens of Texas school districts allow their staff to be armed. The Texas Association of School Boards says at least 172 districts let teachers and administrators carry guns. A TASB spokeswoman says the number is likely to grow. About 150 Texas school districts have their […]

Girl Killed After North Texas House Explodes

(Dallas, TX) — An eleven-year-old is dead following a house explosion in North Texas. Dallas Fire-Rescue says the home blew up this morning, sending debris flying across the yard and causing the roof to cave in. It’s believed the girl was inside the home when the blast happened. Four others were injured. A cause is […]

TX Governor Commutes Death Sentence

(Austin, TX) — The death sentence of an accused murderer in Texas is being commuted. Governor Greg Abbott says Thomas Bart Whitaker will now be given life in prison without parole. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended Whitaker be spared the death penalty earlier this week. He had been set to die last […]

Man Arrested In Shooting Death Of Postal Worker On Highway

(AP) – Investigators have arrested a man who they say shot and killed a postal worker while he was driving an 11-ton (10-metric ton) delivery rig on a Dallas highway. U.S. Postal Inspector Amanda McMurrey says postal inspectors in cooperation with the Dallas Police Department arrested 25-year-old Donnie Ferrell of Hutchins. Federal investigators had offered […]