Texas News

An estimated 68,000 Texans have the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, about an 8 percent increase over the past two years. That's according to numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Victoria Advocate ( http://bit.ly/si3XtV ) reports about 4,...
A 19-year-old Houston-area man says he was beaten and a friend was slashed in the face as a group of men robbed him of his new pair of expensive Air Jordan shoes. Efrain Espinoza says the men first tried to steal his cell phone, followed him from a party Monday to his home near...
Two men have been arrested and three others are being sought after authorities say they broke into a home while dressed as Houston police officers. A neighbor told Houston television station KHOU ( http://bit.ly/uUOzff ) he heard a loud noise Monday and called police. The...
A man detained as he wanted to cross a bridge into Mexico is charged with the stabbing death of a 47-year-old woman found by firefighters responding last week to a blaze at her apartment in Pharr. A judge Monday set bond at $2 million for 30-year-old Carlos Reyes, of Pharr. He's...
Part of San Antonio police headquarters had to be evacuated for several hours after a nearby construction crew hit a natural gas line. CPS Energy spokeswoman Christine Patmon says police were allowed back into the building around 4:30 a.m. Friday. Patmon says the utility,...
The oyster industry in the Gulf of Mexico is developing an electronic system needed to track oysters for new food safety regulations. The Courier reports ( http://bit.ly/t2BwIl ) that Gulf states are developing the system, required under measures passed by Congress last year to...
The long-estranged father of the first prison inmate to be posthumously exonerated by DNA testing in Texas has suddenly come forward, claiming he's entitled to half of the nearly $1.1 million the state awarded the man's family. Ernest J. Kennard obtained an order from a Fort...
BP wants to shield itself from having to compensate Halliburton for punitive damages, fines and penalties the cement contractor may face for its role in the deadly 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Billions of dollars are potentially at stake as a federal...
A judge is near a decision on whether jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford is competent to stand trial next month. Testimony in a federal court competency hearing in Houston is expected to conclude Thursday, with U.S. District Judge David Hittner expected to then issue a...