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A group of people walking their dogs on the hike and bike trail at Festival Beach Park make a grisly discovery in Lady Bird Lake Wednesday afternoon. "I was just walking Sadie, my dog, and I saw something moving and it started getting closer, and I could tell it was a man," says...
DALLAS (AP) - More than 800 employees at Texas facilities for the mentally and developmentally disabled have been suspended or fired for abusing patients since fiscal year 2004. State records obtained by The Associated Press show the employees worked at 13 large facilities that...
Democratic state Rep. Borris Miles was indicted Monday on two deadly conduct charges after he allegedly brandished a gun and made threats upon crashing a business rival's holiday party last year. The freshman lawmaker, who lost his re-election bid in the March primary, faces up...
Elizabeth Colvin with Austin's Community Tax Center says the nine Central Texas locations have been busy, helping people who meet the income requirements. She says those requirements include $25,000 a year for individuals and $50,000 a year for a family of four; the amount goes...
Hit men tied to the Gulf cartel appear to be boldly seeking recruits by posting help-wanted signs in Nuevo Laredo --- near the border with Texas. That's according to a federal anti-drug official who spoke on condition of anonymity with The Associated Press. A giant banner hung...
The Capital Area Food Bank is known for its soup kitchens and food pantries. But the Food Bank's Kerri Qunell says, through one of its other programs, they're serving a growing number of students in the Austin I-S-D. She says the "kids cafe program is hot meals after school...
A student at the University of Texas is facing criminal charges after police say they received information that he took a gun to a building on the UT campus. Police believe the incident happened last month, but have just arrested 20-year-old Jason Liao after receiving...
Some members of the Eldorado polygamist compound say the abuse complaint that led to more than 400 children being taken into state custody came from a bitter person outside their community. More than 30 women who live on the compound -- many of who are mothers -- told reporters...
Rating public schools based on the strides students make on standardized tests, and not simply whether they pass or fail, is among the changes some state lawmakers want considered next year to how school performance is graded. Talk of shaking up the way Texas measures how well...