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Juries in Texas — the nation's most-active death penalty state — sentenced only eight killers to die this year, the lowest number since 1976 when the U.S. Supreme Court ended its ban on capital punishment. Seventeen killers were put to death in 2010, six fewer than last year for...
19-year-old Elijah Espinoza was killed on November 14th, when police say he was trying to break into a home. A man inside the home fired five shots through the back door, killing Espinoza. He hasn't been charged. Nelda Cuevas, Espinoza's mother, is looking for answers. Answers...
The City of Dallas is overpaying for items by up to 400 percent in one of its stimulus programs, according to a review of documents by News 8. City staff approved invoices from contractors for $8 flourescent light bulbs and a $1,500 water heater — prices substantially higher...
The state's foster care agency since 2008 has required residential treatment centers to document each time restraints are used to subdue troubled and abused children, yet many don't do it diligently and some don't do it at all, records obtained by the Houston Chronicle show. The...
Driving his mud-spattered Suburban through a wood storage yard, Danny Vines gestures out the window at piles of lopped-off logs and bushy materials. “This is our fuel,” he says. “And it’s a waste product.” Just down the road from the storage yard, Vines' company, Aspen Power, is...
Mimi Coffey wants to scrap Texas' Driver Responsibility Program. If she doesn't accomplish the task first, the Texas Legislature appears poised to do so. The Fort Worth defense attorney has filed a federal lawsuit asserting that the surcharges assessed through the program are...
The state of Texas does not adequately safeguard against executing the innocent, national anti-death penalty experts and defense lawyers are expected to argue this week in an effort to get a Houston judge to renew his declaration that the death penalty is unconstitutional. The...
More Texas teachers stayed put and students saw a slight jump in their test scores at schools where teachers received performance-based pay in the first two years of a $400 million state program, a study indicates. The work by researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University...
A plan to force a congressional vote to wipe out $4 trillion in federal debt fell just three votes short on Friday. Eleven of 18 lawmakers supported the controversial plan of spending cuts and tax hikes. The only lawmaker from Texas to vote said no. But Republican Congressman,...