• February 21, 2017

Government

Live Coverage: Killeen City Council

Tweets from the Killeen City Council workshop, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

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. 

KPD identifies man killed in driveway

Killeen police have identified the man found dead in the driveway of a home in the 3100 block of Minthorn Drive on Friday.

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KPD identifies man killed in driveway

Killeen police have identified the man found dead in the driveway of a home in the 3100 block of Minthorn Drive on Friday.

Man killed in Killeen early Tuesday

The man found with a gunshot wound in the 600 block of West Hallmark Avenue at 12:04 a.m. Tuesday has died, according to a press release from Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez.

Sexual assault suspect back in custody

BELTON — Chance Haden Pearson, 24, of Fort Hood, charged with sexual assault, was in custody again Friday.

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KISD board to discuss employee contracts, FY 2018 budget tonight

The Killeen Independent School District’s fiscal budget issues and teacher contract terminations will be discussed at 6 p.m. today by the board of trustees at its workshop meeting.

Federal education officials to review 12 school districts

U.S. Department of Education officials will be touring various schools and district departments in 2017 as part of its investigation of the state’s struggles with special education.

KISD board to meet Tuesday

The Killeen Independent School District board of trustees will meet Tuesday to discuss taking action regarding recommendations of an independent hearing examiner during a workshop meeting.

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Official: Reforms didn't cut sentence of suspect in killing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gang member suspected of shooting two California police officers, killing one of them, was released from prison last year on probation under a criminal justice reform initiative that had no impact on how long he spent behind bars, a prison official said Tuesday.

Teens accused of plot to rob, kill girl found shot in ditch

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Two teenage boys charged with shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head and leaving her wounded in a ditch lured her to the spot in a small Utah town with a plan to rob and kill her, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Family, attorney denied access to hospitalized asylum seeker

DALLAS (AP) — Attorneys for a Salvadoran woman who collapsed in a Texas detention center as she seeks asylum say family and lawyers have been denied most contact with her as well as information about her medical condition.

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Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are considering a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender children in public schools, despite a backlash that North Carolina faced over a broader law limiting bathroom use in all public buildings.

Trump administration working on trans bathroom guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is working on a new set of directives on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students, the White House said Tuesday.

GOP members of Congress meet with protests at town halls

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (AP) — In her district on a congressional break, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee faced tough questions at a town hall on issues ranging from health care reform to President Donald Trump's appointees. Nearby, more than 100 protesters chanted loudly.

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South Dakota bill leaves evolution skepticism up to teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change.

Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court plans to consider arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again.

The Latest: Court weighs debate over Ohio execution process

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection system (all times local):

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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."  

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Part of Valley Road closing through March

Beginning Tuesday, Valley Road at the intersection of Garth Drive will be closed through March, Killeen officials said Thursday.

Woman in hospital after morning accident

A 36-year-old woman was taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple with nonlife-threatening injuries after losing control of her car Wednesday at the intersection of Stan Schlueter Loop and U.S. Highway 190 in Killeen.

Police: Woman loses control of car, jumps out

A woman lost control of her car, and then jumped out of the vehicle, near the intersection of the U.S. Highway 190 service road and Stan Schlueter Loop Wednesday, police said.

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Killeen area gets over an inch of moisture

Overnight Sunday into Monday morning, the Killeen area received more than an inch of rainfall from thunderstorms hitting the area Sunday evening.

Rainstorms expected to end by Tuesday morning

Overnight Sunday into Monday morning, Killeen-area residents received more than an inch of rainfall as thunderstorms hit the area Sunday evening.

Thunderstorms from Sunday night may continue today, NWS says

Thunderstorms are expected to accompany morning motorists today, as Sunday night’s 100 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms carries over into today.

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Life expectancy to keep rising; S. Korean women could hit 91

LONDON (AP) — While most people born in rich countries will live longer by 2030 — with women in South Korea projected to reach nearly 91 — Americans will continue to have one of the lowest life expectancies of any developed country, a new study predicts.

Lawyer: Portugal to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italian jail

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A former CIA agent will be handed over to Italy in the coming days to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation, a lawyer said Tuesday.

South Sudan promises 'unimpeded' aid access amid famine

WATAMU, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan's president said Tuesday his government will ensure "unimpeded access" for all aid organizations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100,000 people in the country suffering from years of civil war.

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