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WEST, Texas (AP) - Almost a month into their review of the deadly blast at a Texas fertilizer plant, investigators hope to diagram how the plant looked before the explosion. Then, they'll take that aerial picture and compare it to the 93-foot-wide crater that's there now. They'...
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's comment likening a Republican lawmaker to a schoolyard bully is drawing a rebuttal from his target - and a suggestion from another senator that he apologize. Reid made the remark about Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday after the Texan...
Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday threatened to call legislators back to Austin this summer if they don’t meet his demands for tax relief and money for water projects. “It should be no surprise that if folks want to go home at the end of this legislative session, send me $1.8 billion...
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A state-appointed board to manage the El Paso school district held its first official meeting after replacing the district's ousted board. State Education Commissioner Michael Williams charged the new board to "restore the confidence and trust" of the...
On the brink of summer, defending Christmas is on the wish list of the Texas Legislature. The House on Wednesday approved a bipartisan bill that aims to remove legal risks of saying "Merry Christmas" in Texas public schools . Traditional holiday symbols, such as a menorah or...
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas death row inmate convicted of killing a fellow drug dealer while robbing him outside of a Waco convenience store 10 years ago has been executed. Carroll Joe Parr received a lethal injection Tuesday evening. Appeals to block the punishment were...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Switchblades could soon be legal in Texas following a vote in the Texas House of Representatives. Lawmakers approved the bill on Monday without discussion and on a voice vote. The measure's author, Houston Democrat Harold Dutton, had originally said he...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The family of a Bend soldier who was among five Fort Bliss troops killed by a roadside bomb last weekend says he had recently reenlisted because he didn't want to leave his unit. Spc. Brandon Joseph Prescott died Saturday with four others when an improvised...
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A board appointed by the state to manage the El Paso school district holds its first official meeting after taking over for the district's ousted board. State Education Commissioner Michael Williams will attend Tuesday's meeting and swearing-in. The five-...