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The roughly 28,000 public high school seniors who still need to pass a state exam to get their diplomas this May could get a lifeline from Texas legislators. State Sen. Kel Seliger , R-Amarillo, is looking to fast-track a bill that would give school officials the option to...
AUSTIN -- A state lawmaker wants to repeal Texas' "stand your ground" law, and says many Texans live in fear of it. Self-proclaimed neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman told police he thought Trayvon Martin looked suspicious when he followed the hoodie-clad 17-year-old...
Twitter, the social media giant, is facing mounting questions from members of Congress and outside groups over the abuse of its network by Islamic State terrorists to spread propaganda and recruit foreign fighters. An upcoming report has identified as many as 46,000 Twitter...
A Benton County judge, in a case followed nationally, has ruled that a Richland florist violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act when she refused to sell flowers to a longtime customer preparing for his marriage to another man. In his ruling, Benton County Superior Court...
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams spoke to Mark, Ed, and Sgt. Sam this morning about the complaints of harder math curriculum for Texas students. Williams addressed those complaints on KLBJ this morning: Gov. Greg Abbott endorsed legislation Tuesday that would for...
President Obama said Thursday he doesn't use terms like Islamic extremism because doing so would promote the false idea of a Western war with Islam, which would help extremists recruit more terrorists. "No religion is responsible for terrorism — people are responsible for...
The Obama administration is drawing fire for suggesting that defeating ISIS requires more of a jobs program for terrorists than a sophisticated approach to killing them. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday night on MSNBC that 'we cannot win this war by killing...
In his first State of the State address, Gov. Greg Abbott called Tuesday for expedited action on his agenda for more spending on early education, higher education, transportation and border security, and he also called for ethics reform . He said the National Guard should remain...
An off-duty Harris County Precinct 6 Deputy Constable pulled his gun in a theater after being assaulted, according to Sugar Land Police. It happened at the AMC 24 at First Colony Mall Monday night. Police said the deputy constable was watching a movie with his wife. Three women...