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Sarah Coppola AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Wal-Mart held an open house Monday to show residents new designs for a store that is planned for Northcross Mall in North Austin. Around the corner, a group of people gathered to tell reporters that they still oppose the planned...
Jim Vertuno ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas could sentence some child molesters to death under a measure given preliminary approval Monday by the state House of Representatives. With approval of the bill designed to crack down on sex offenders who repeatedly prey on children, the House...
CBS3.com An off-duty Northwest Airlines employee was arrested after a woman on a flight from Seattle complained that the man had ejaculated on her. The FBI identified the man as Samuel Oscar Gonzalez, 20, of Lakewood, Wash. He was charged in federal court with simple assault, a...
AMAN BATHEJA STAR-TELEGRAM Buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy legislative session. Lawmakers in Austin are weighing several changes directed at drivers. Some have been proposed in the past only to be stalled by outraged opposition. Others have already been enacted in other...
MIKE SNYDER Houston Chronicle Starting today, motorists in several areas of Houston who receive traffic citations will have the option of getting a packet of information in Spanish. The packets, which have been distributed in English for the past two years, include information...
Blaine Harden THE WASHINGTON POST Punctuating a fundamental change in American family life, married couples with children now occupy fewer than one in every four households -- a share that has been slashed in half since 1960 and is the lowest ever recorded by the census. As...
Gerry Smith AUSTIN-AMERICAN STATESMAN Last week, Jutta Gebauer found a note under her office door. A military recruiter was requesting another campus visit. "I responded that I wasn't interested, but he called today, and he's already scheduled to come in April," said Gebauer, a...
ASSOCIATED PRESS Roughly 20 percent of sex offenders released from prison to two South Texas counties over an 18-month period failed to register with authorities or gave incomplete addresses, an investigation by two newspapers showed. The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio...
ADAM NAGOURNEY The New York Times Three of the leading Republican presidential candidates on Saturday denounced one of their party’s best-known conservative commentators for using an antigay epithet when discussing a Democratic presidential contender at a gathering of...