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Texas reactions to Supreme Court immigration ruling mixed

The reactions across Texas varied from applause to frustration and disappointment following a deadlocked 4-4 Supreme Court decision Thursday afternoon that effectively blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration plan.

UNESCO leader condemns journalist’s killing

DALLAS — The head of a United Nations agency on Wednesday condemned the death of a freelance journalist in Texas whose body was found with a gunshot wound in the back yard of a home. 

Texas women and doctors nervously await arrival of Zika virus

Mimi Garcia recalls reading a string of news stories about the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne illness linked to birth defects spreading in Latin America, in late February and early March, around the time she learned she was pregnant with her second child.

Dallas police shoot man amid domestic disturbance at Love Field airport

DALLAS — A police officer shot and wounded a man Friday outside a Dallas airport after the man attacked a woman believed to be the mother of his children and then threatened the officer with large rocks, police said. 

Teen indicted on murder charge in UT killing

AUSTIN — A 17-year-old runaway from Texas’ foster care system has been indicted on a capital murder charge in the death of a University of Texas freshman who disappeared as she walked toward her dorm in April. 

Uncertainty leaves Baylor in danger of slipping back

Enveloped by uncertainty, Baylor football is facing the possibility of a lost season, NCAA sanctions and the program slipping back toward the losing ways that predated Art Briles’ tenure as coach. 

Amid reports of Starr’s firing, Baylor says expect an announcement soon

Amid reports that Kenneth Starr, Baylor University’s high-profile president, was fired Tuesday morning over a scandal related to the university’s response to sexual assault allegations against football players, university officials said they expect to announce the results of an internal inquiry by June 3. They declined to directly address Starr’s future.

Texas Supreme Court upholds state's school funding formula

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' complicated school finance system is constitutional, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Friday — a surprise defeat for the 600-plus school districts that endured more than four years of costly legal battles hoping judges would force the Republican-controlled Legislature to fork over more funding.

Educators: Texas schools shouldn’t be rated on 2016 STAAR tests

This year’s STAAR testing scores should not be used to rate schools or determine whether a student should graduate or advance to the next grade, the head of the Texas Association of School Administrators wrote in a letter to Education Commissioner Mike Morath this week that outlined widespread problems with how this spring’s tests were delivered, scored and administered.

Fire that triggered 2013 Texas blast was deliberately set, government officials say

DALLAS — Someone deliberately started the fire that triggered the fatal explosion in West, Texas, three years ago, government investigators announced Wednesday.

Mosquito season brings no urgency for money to fight Zika

WASHINGTON — The White House and Democrats are pressuring congressional Republicans to act on President Barack Obama’s demands for money to combat Zika, but even the onset of mosquito season that probably will spread the virus has failed to create a sense of urgency. 

STAAR passing rates flat under higher standards

Passing rates on the statewide standardized exam known as STAAR have barely changed among fifth- and eighth-graders, newly released testing results show. They may be viewed as an improvement, however, given this year’s higher passing standards.

It’s official: A&M will permit guns in classrooms

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents made no changes to its system’s campus carry policies on Wednesday, essentially granting approval for some of the more lenient campus carry rules in the state.

Cruz names Fiorina as running mate

At a rally in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Ted Cruz named former presidential rival Carly Fiorina as his would-be running mate if he can manage to snag the Republican presidential nomination from frontrunner Donald Trump.

'A different era': Secretary of State John Kerry discusses relationship between U.S. and Vietnam at Vietnam War Summit in Austin

AUSTIN - Vietnam War veteran, Vietnam War protester and Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding one of America’s most polarizing conflicts.

Manziel's attorney says assault indictment to come Tuesday

DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel is expected to be indicted Tuesday on allegations that he attacked his ex-girlfriend in January, an attorney for the troubled former NFL quarterback said Monday.

Texas cities see crime rates dropping

Urban crime rates are at historic lows across the country, and in Texas they are still dropping, according to an analysis of crime rates in the 30 largest U.S cities.

Eight driver deaths on flooded Houston-area roads prompt review

HOUSTON — The deaths of eight drivers whose bodies were pulled from vehicles inundated by this week’s torrential rains in the Houston area have prompted local leaders to push for improvements in how they warn people about the dangers of flooded roads. 

Ag chief wore 2 hats at Houston livestock show, rodeo

As Texas agriculture events go, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo — which drew 2.4 million people across 20 days in March — was a must-do for state Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and his staff.

Houston’s flood control efforts fall behind urban sprawl

HOUSTON — Flood control has long been a challenging issue in Houston, dating back to the city’s infancy on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou when its first flood was recorded more than 170 years ago. 

Texas campus slaying suspect said family made him leave

AUSTIN — A 17-year-old runaway who’s been arrested in the campus killing of a University of Texas student claimed he left home in August because his grandmother’s religious beliefs demanded that teenagers his age go “make their own way in the world,” according to court records obtained by The Associated Press. 

Teen charged in UT slaying left Killeen foster home

In the days since the body of 18-year-old Haruka Weiser was discovered on UT’s campus April 5, new details have emerged about 17-year-old Meechaiel Khalil Criner, who was arrested by Austin police April 7 and charged the next day with Weiser’s murder. 

Police: Lives of University of Texas victim, suspect violently intersect

FORT WORTH — The lives of 18-year-old University of Texas student Haruka Weiser and the teenage suspect in her killing differed dramatically. Weiser grew up in a tight-knit community in Oregon, where she attended an arts magnet school and danced with the Portland Ballet. 

Teen facing murder charge in UT student’s killing was reported a runaway to Killeen police

AUSTIN — Police said Friday that a homeless 17-year-old had been arrested and will be charged with murder in the death of a University of Texas dance major in the heart of the bustling campus — a killing that has unnerved one of the country’s best-known schools. 

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