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Teachers and school districts struggling with this year’s tough new Texas math standards are likely to get more help from the state. Students, not so much. That’s the consensus coming out of last week’s midwinter meeting of the Texas Association of School Administrators in...
A fourth grader in Kermit, Texas was suspended for making “terroristic threats” after allegedly telling a classmate that he had a “magic ring” that could make the boy disappear, the Odessa American reports . According to Kermit Elementary School officials, 9-year-old Aiden...
Your next commute could be an expensive one if you don’t follow Austin’s new hands-free law. On Sunday, police started handing out tickets. Police give a hefty fine to anyone caught texting, tweeting, or talking on their phone while driving or cycling. The new law went into...
Ed Clements was a "punching bag" this morning after his comments about how pitbulls should be shot. Edward from Lakeway gave a piece of his mind, and it was a day Sgt. Sam will never forget. For the first time ever, Sgt. Sam was in tears...tears of joy. Here's more on the...
A statue blessed by Pope Francis is coming to downtown Orlando, along with some controversy. The bronze sculpture, called "Homeless Jesus," depicts a faceless man sleeping on a park bench, but his uncovered, scarred feet reveal nail wounds as described in Jesus' crucifixion...
When Shannan Martinez got a call from her daughter's elementary school computer teacher, she was worried. Now, she's angry. The class of second graders had an assignment to find an online image associated with each letter of their first names. "That was a disaster waiting to...
A deputy serving an eviction notice on Thursday afternoon in North Austin had to shoot and kill a dog after it tried to attack him, according to the Travis County Precinct 2 Constable Office. The incident happened just before 2 p.m. in the 1400 block of Click Cove. Senior Deputy...
Teachers would be able to use deadly force against students, and would be safe from prosecution, under legislation filed last week in the state House. The Teacher’s Protection Act by Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, would allow educators to use force or deadly force if they feel they need...
LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — A teenager fatally shot in an East Texas police station lobby was killed after she lunged at an officer with a butcher knife and a Taser failed to stop her, police said Wednesday Longview Police Chief Don Dingler and spokeswoman Kristie Brian provided new...