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Jenny Jarvie LA TIMES Prison inmates in South Carolina could get up to six months shaved off their sentences if they donated a kidney or their bone marrow, under a proposed bill before the state Senate. "We have a lot of people dying as they wait for organs, so I thought about...
KSAT.com Volunteers from a border patrol watchdog group are monitoring the streets of Kerrville to look out for a suspected child predator. The volunteers from the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps came to help the Hill Country city after some citizens reported child predator...
GORDON DICKSON Star-Telegram Interstate 35W, Loop 820 and Airport Freeway would not be expanded until 2015 at the earliest if a two-year ban on toll roads is approved by the state Legislature, area leaders say. A bill calling for a two-year ban was filed Tuesday and has strong...
ASSOCIATED PRESS A Boston woman who gave birth after a failed abortion has filed a lawsuit against two doctors and Planned Parenthood seeking the costs of raising her child. The complaint was filed by Jennifer Raper, 45, last week in Suffolk Superior Court and still must be...
JOHN KIRSCH Star-Telegram Texas high school athletes would be subject to mandatory random testing for illegal steroids under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The proposal would apply to sports programs sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League...
Carolyn Jones SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE After years of banning God from its award-winning yearbook, a Brentwood high school recently reversed the policy. But the change of heart came after the book went to the printers, so a conservative religious-liberty group is threatening to...
PEGGY FIKAC Houston Chronicle Call it gambling for college kids' future. Sens. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and John Carona, R-Dallas, on today will tout a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize resort casinos in Texas and allow video lottery terminals — VLTs, or slot...
Jessica Fargen Boston Herald Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the seemingly unassailable Democratic presidential candidate, has been driving around with a dark secret for nearly two decades: A stack of Cambridge parking tickets from his student days, unpaid until after he began his...
W. Gardner Selby AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Legislative simmering over GOP Gov. Rick Perry's vision of privately funded toll roads around Texas bubbled afresh Tuesday in measures that would freeze state attempts to contract toll roads for two years and would bar local communities...