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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The battle for higher-education dollars begins as the Senate Finance Committee hears testimony on the funding needs of four state university systems. The panel will hear testimony Friday in Austin on the needs of the Texas State University System, Texas Tech...
HOUSTON (AP) - For students scrambling for safety after gunshots erupted in a courtyard of their college campus north of Houston, memories of last month's deadly school rampage in Connecticut were all too fresh. No one was killed, but the volley of gunshots just after noon on...
WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) - A 17-year-old accused of killing his mother and younger sister, then calling 911 and confessing, was to appear at a pretrial hearing Wednesday in North Texas. The judge is expected to set bond for Jacob Ryan Evans. He's charged with capital murder in...
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A convicted killer who faked being a police officer to try to sexually assault a woman has been sentenced to 90 years in a Texas prison. Prosecutors in Fort Worth on Tuesday announced the sentence for 62-year-old Raul Alvarez-Mijan. He was convicted of...
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas area has had another minor earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.0 magnitude quake happened at 10:16 p.m. Tuesday. The quake was centered about five miles north-northwest of Irving. Officials say no damage or injuries were immediately...
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - The head of a human smuggling ring that since 2001 moved hundreds of illegal immigrants through South Texas to Houston has been sentenced to 121/2 years in prison. Investigators say 46-year-old Jose Aguirre-Nunez in 2007 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to...
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - The Coast Guard says a fishing boat crew has rescued four people whose vessel capsized in the Gulf of Mexico about 100 miles southeast of Galveston. Officials say nobody was hurt. A dog was also rescued. The captain of the sinking boat contacted the Coast...
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A fourth man has been sentenced to prison over a 2009 West Texas drug-related kidnapping and killing in which the victim was shot and his hands cut off. 23-year-old Cesar Pineda must serve 20 years in federal prison. Pineda pleaded guilty to conspiring to...
CONROE, Texas (AP) - The parents of two Southeast Texas children found unsupervised and living virtually alone on an old renovated school bus are heading to court. There, Mark and Sherrie Shorten are to show they've been complying with child welfare agency care plans that could...