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A blue Ford Focus rental car erupted into a ball of flames with 25-year-old Alex Martin inside it, after a US Border Patrol agent broke the car’s passenger side window and shot a Taser into the cab, igniting gas fumes inside. The blast was so strong it blew agents backwards,...
A family in California recently found out the hard way as a motorist – who refused to consent to a search or move his car into an inspection area – was yanked out of the vehicle and cuffed in front of his crying 4-year-old son, and soon crying wife. Watch how matters unfold: In...
A coalition of residents and environmentalists is voicing opposition to a proposal to put four more toll lanes on South Mopac. Among other things, KeepMopacLocal.org is concerned about noise pollution more road construction would cause. Standing under Mopac at Austin High School...
The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to rating public schools statewide by letter grades A through F. The proposal passed 20-10 Monday would issue grades based on student standardized test scores. A floor change, however, means the bill won’t take effect until the...
The Supreme Court rejected a free-speech appeal Monday from several California high school students who were told they could not wear a shirt emblazoned with an American flag on the Cinco de Mayo holiday. The court's action has the effect of upholding school officials who said...
Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act will not be changing despite critics saying it allows business owners to discriminate against members of the LGBT community, state Gov. Mike Pence said today during an exclusive interview on ABC's "This Week." Pence...
Michael Kelly is a high school student who plays on Wichita East’s special needs basketball team. His mother bought Kelly a letter jacket and a varsity letter to show his participation. But when Kelly, who has Down syndrome and autism, wore the jacket to school, he was forced to...
A state Senate subcommittee on border security will hear a plan to scrap a law that grants in-state public university tuition to children of parents in the U.S. illegally. Texas Democrats and Hispanic advocacy groups are championing the law -- also known as the Texas Dream Act...
AUSTIN (KXAN) — In a lengthy committee room debate, lawmakers debated the idea of allowing state money to go to private schools. The “school choice” movement has never been as strong in Texas as it is now and lawmakers will soon decide on an easier path for parents to choose...