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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The House is set to debate a plan to dramatically expand the number of charter schools allowed to operate in Texas - a sweeping proposal that's cleared the Senate but could face a tougher road in the lower chamber. The proposal is sponsored by Senate...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Criminal suspects suffering from mental illness could stay in jail until they are competent to stand trial under a proposal in the Texas Legislature. In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the Texas House Committee on Corrections approved a jail-based pilot...
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A prison inmate has been indicted on a charge that he tried to hire someone to kill a North Texas federal judge. Authorities say a federal grand jury in Fort Worth indicted Phillip Monroe Ballard on Wednesday. Ballard was in federal custody in Fort Worth...
DALLAS (AP) - The attorney of a North Texas man who drowned two of his sons says his client acted out of fear that the boys would grow up to be just like him. Paul Johnson addressed the Dallas County jury Wednesday as Naim Rasool Muhammad's capital murder trial entered its...
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A 37-year-old Houston man convicted of killing a police officer 14 years ago has been put to death. Jeffrey Demond Williams' execution Wednesday evening came just over an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal from his attorneys...
WEST, Texas (AP) - Federal and state officials say they're poised to announce findings of their investigation into a deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 14 people. Officials from the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol,...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The House has soundly defeated a proposed referendum that would have let voters decide whether to limit statewide elected officials to two consecutive terms. The proposal easily cleared the Senate but failed on a 61 to 88 vote in the lower chamber Wednesday...
WACO, Texas (AP) - A former first-responder in the Central Texas town devastated by a deadly plant explosion is to appear in court on allegations that he possessed materials for a pipe bomb. Authorities haven't linked Bryce Ashley Reed to the April 17 blast that killed at least...
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army says the coordinator of a sexual assault prevention program at Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation for "abusive sexual contact" and other alleged misconduct. He has been suspended from all duties. The announcement Wednesday evening came just days...