• February 27, 2017


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High levels of ammonia in home where some 430 animals found

UHLAND — Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law said investigators encountered dangerously high levels of ammonia from animal urine in a home where about 430 animals were seized this week.

Man pleads guilty to interfering with a commercial flight crew

LUBBOCK — A man who disrupted an American Airlines flight from the Los Angeles area, forcing it to make an unscheduled landing in Lubbock, Texas, has pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew.

Gunman in restaurant shooting dies of injuries

PASADENA — Police in the Houston suburb of Pasadena said the man who fatally shot his estranged wife at a restaurant has died of injuries suffered when he later shot himself.

Judge denies request to delay lawsuit against Texas voter ID law

AUSTIN — A long-running lawsuit over Texas’ contentious voter ID law will move forward in federal court, even as the Republican-controlled Legislature considers how best to modify it.

Son killed protecting mom at Subway shop where both worked

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say an 18-year-old sandwich shop employee was fatally shot as he tried to protect his mother during an attempted robbery at the store.

Retail gasoline prices in Texas drop by average of 2 cents

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas have dropped by 2 cents while the national average price remains unchanged.

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

AUSTIN — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can’t cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Texas school districts struggle to recruit bilingual certified teachers

Brenda Medina spends most of her time in the classroom translating lessons for her Corpus Christi ISD fourth-graders into English and Spanish because half her 20 students speak English and the other half need extra bilingual support. 

Study: A quarter of Texas public schools no longer teach sex ed

A quarter of Texas public school districts offered no sex education at all during the 2015-2016 school year, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Texas Freedom Network. Nearly 60 percent of districts used abstinence-only education programs over the same period. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hangs on politically as criminal trial looms

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — The first slide summed it up neatly: "Attorney General Ken Paxton is the subject of a witch hunt."  

Reports of immigration raids whip across Texas, but details sparse

Reports of immigration raids swept across Texas and the rest of the nation Friday, sparking protests and press conferences. But in Austin and elsewhere, it was difficult to find hard evidence of actual raids, and federal officials insisted their agents were simply conducting routine enforcement. 

In 'sanctuary' fight, Abbott cuts off funding to Travis County

Editor's note: This story has been updated. 

Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson confirmed as next Secretary of State

Editor's note: This story has been updated. 

Senate Finance Committee hears parents plea to halt therapy cuts

Tearful and frightened Texas parents pleaded with Senate Finance Committee members on Tuesday to stop any further cuts for state-funded speech, physical and occupational therapy for children. 

In State of State, Abbott imposes hiring freeze, declares 4 issues 'emergencies'

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. 

Police chief stands by suspension of officer in video

FORT WORTH — A Texas police chief said he is standing by a 10-day suspension given to a white officer who was filmed wrestling a black mother and her daughter to the ground during a December incident.

Travis County Sheriff not backing down on sanctuary policy

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez indicated Thursday she is not backing away from her recently introduced "sanctuary" policy.  

Texas Senate's ethics reform plan unveiled, targets revolving door

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. 

Report: Texas bullet train, Dallas-area rail line among Trump's transportation priorities

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. 

Tens of thousands participate in Texas women's marches

The day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Texans took part in women's marches across the state, flooding the streets around the state Capitol in Austin, striding through downtown Dallas and congregating at Houston City Hall. They carried signs that said things like "Viva la Vulva," "No utuerus, no opinion" and "Love trumps hate." 

Federal officials plan second round of investigation on Texas special ed

Federal officials are returning to Texas in late February to continue their investigation into whether the state purposely excluded students from receiving special education services, they wrote in a letter Thursday to the Texas Education Agency. 

Judge temporarily blocks Planned Parenthood's ouster from Texas Medicaid

U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks on Thursday delayed Planned Parenthood's ouster from the state’s Medicaid program until Feb. 21. 

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes indicted by grand jury

A grand jury has indicted state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, on abuse-of-office charges, the Travis County District Attorney's office said Wednesday. She could face up to 28 years in jail and fines of up to $138,000. 

Bell County's new legislators get to work

AUSTIN — With the bang of a gavel, the 85th Legislature began Tuesday.

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