Texas News

Forget those feel-good vibes at the Capitol. Unless a deal on a new Texas budget is struck in the next two weeks, a summer bummer is coming. Gov. Rick Perry wants $1.8 billion in tax cuts and $2 billion for a new water fund. So does most of the Legislature, which is also close...
Just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, an urgent 911 call came from 2720 Stockton Dr.: A 5-year-old boy had been shot in the head. News of the shooting spread quickly in a neighborhood where many people have children of about the same age. "It's devastating. You just always hope that...
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been re-elected to a third term. The San Antonio Express-News reports that Castro received 66.5 percent of the vote in his race against six challengers. Castro, whose twin brother is Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, was...
Country music legend Willie Nelson has been named an honorary doctor — of music. The 80-year-old Texan was honored Saturday by the Berklee College of Music in Boston, along with musicians Carole King and Annie Lennox. “I was going to ask them if I could write my own medication...
One of three Amarillo brothers sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of a police officer more than 30 years ago on Christmas Day has lost a bid for parole. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles cites "poor institutional adjustment" for its decision refusing parole for 49-...
Health care providers in Texas could soon collect or verify patient information by swiping that patient’s driver’s license. The measure allowing such data collection is one of a handful that the Texas Medical Association is pushing this legislative session to help modernize...
A judge will consider arguments next month on whether a Texas prison inmate can be retried for the death of a corrections officer. The Eagle of Bryan-College Station reports Senior District Judge John Delaney has set a June 25 hearing in Bryan in the capital murder case of John...
A Houston firefighter is in the hospital after the fire truck he was in was hit by a suspected drunk driver last night in northwest Houston. Police say the fire truck had its emergency lights on while responding to a call on the Northwest Freeway at 34th around 10:30pm. That's...
A former executive of a medical device company has pleaded guilty in Central Texas to defrauding investors and company shareholders. Prosecutors say 54-year-old David Applegate inflated earnings for ArthroCare Corp. through a series of end-of-quarter transactions that...