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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns. That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected...
WASHINGTON (AP) — One colleague called the tactics of tea party-backed Sen. Ted Cruz on the $1.1 trillion spending bill a painful echo of last year's 16-day partial government shutdown. Another senator said it was a strategy without an end game. And that sniping came from Cruz's...
Waco city officials are poised to vote on giving the SpaceX rocket-making plant in McGregor up to $1.5 million in economic development money. The Waco Herald-Tribune ( http://bit.ly/130VvdQ ) reports that Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has plans...
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has dismissed a convicted serial killer's latest effort to duck a death sentence for a Wichita Falls woman's death during a murderous rampage from late 1984 to early 1986. The Wichita Falls Times Record News ( http://bit.ly/1BHOFJe ) reports...
A report that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is the front-runner for University of Texas president is not true, according to a former UT president co-chairing the search committee. “The committee hasn’t started front-runnering anybody,” Larry Faulkner told the...
There are some new developments in the death investigation of Koda Blocker, a four-year-old Garland boy, whose body police found earlier this week. Garland Police say they have now released the boy's father, Joseph Blocker, from jail pending the outcome of the ongoing probe...
Flanked by African-American clergy leaders and deputies wearing body cameras, Harris County's district attorney unveiled plans to spend $1.9 million on body cameras for local law enforcement officers. The windfall for the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff's...
"Austin really doesn't want to be a city," says architect and University of Texas professor David Heymann. He recently published one of the best descriptions of Austin that I've ever read: No one in Texas thinks of Austin as a real city, and as a city it is in truth a model of...
Alison Howell was shocked when she noticed that her third-grade daughter was failing math after just six weeks of class. “I really was thinking, well, this isn’t right. If a child who isn’t having a behavioral problem, and who is listening, and we know is doing her best and...