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Fire officials say sparks from electric power lines likely started the blaze that became the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. The blaze started about 25 miles east of Austin near Bastrop Sept. 4, destroying more than 1,500 homes and killing two people. The Texas...
A woman has been accused of setting five fires in an East Texas area in what her son calls a bid for attention. Tommie Ragsdale is in the Houston County Jail in Crockett charged with five counts of arson. Bond is set at $450,000. Trinity County Constable Woody Wallace arrested...
President Barack Obama makes it sound like there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries. "Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires,'' Obama said Monday. "That's pretty straightforward. It's...
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is criticizing the Obama administration's policy on Israel. In a speech scheduled for delivery Tuesday, the Texas governor speaks out against efforts by the Palestinian Authority to seek formal recognition by the U.N. General Assembly...
The U.S. Department of Justice says Texas' new voting maps for Congress and for the Texas House do not met federal anti-discrimination requirements. But the department's filing Monday with a federal court left the door open for the state to provide more information about the...
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is calling for an independent investigator to look into a $528 million loan approved by the Energy Department for a now-bankrupt solar energy company. Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder on...
Scientists are scooping up minnows from a shrinking Texas river in one of the first rescues of fish being threatened by the state's lingering drought. Hundreds of smalleye and sharpnose shiners are being collected from the Brazos River and will be taken to the state's fish...
A Central Texas man accused of lying about having terminal cancer and keeping more than $1,500 in donations has been caught in Austin. Killeen police announced the arrest today of 32-year-old Brian Jeffrey Bonniwell of Austin, who's also known as Brian Fisher. Bonniwell is being...
Texas Governor Rick Perry is continuing to tie the health care program enacted by fellow Republican Mitt Romney in Massachusetts to the federal law supported by President Barack Obama. Perry continued to hammer GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney while campaigning today 100 miles...