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Texas lawmakers are set to tackle a growing concern on Monday: the rising number of children dying in the custody of the state. Child advocacy groups, including Texans Care for Children, say a new bill would better protect at-risk kids. House Bill 781, sponsored by State Rep...
An historic Texas hotel now in ruins could once again generate millions of dollars in profits after renovations. The Mineral Wells Index reports ( http://bit.ly/1A8JEol ) a study shows the Baker Hotel, about 50 miles west of Fort Worth, could realize $2.1 million in net...
Texas Tech University has raised $1 billion in its quest to become the state's next Tier One school. That's an elite academic status the university says it's close to achieving. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports ( http://bit.ly/1Hi7tyP ) the university has raised more money...
There is ample fuel for wildfires in the Lubbock area after last year's plentiful rain. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ( http://bit.ly/1GbU226 ) reports that moisture is needed on the South Plains to dampen the threat of wildfires. The region got more rain in 2014 than it had in...
If you use Facebook, watch out for suspicious posts tagged with dozens of names. This new scam is called "malicious tagging," and it's tricking victims into downloading malware. How the Scam Works: You get a Facebook notification that a friend tagged you in a post. It appears to...
At least two cities have started reviewing their ethics policies after The Associated Press reported about police chiefs who were closely linked to a company that supplies body cameras. Officials in Salt Lake City and Fort Worth, Texas, said their chiefs' relationships with...
Texas unemployment rate drops to 4.4 percent in January Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The unemployment rate in Texas fell to 4.4 percent in January, marking the fifth straight month of declines. The Texas Workforce Commission said on Friday that compares...
Texas’ major auto insurance companies continue to support proposed legislation to prohibit texting while driving statewide as an obvious, proven step to prevent accidents and deaths on Texas’ increasingly crowded roadways. The Texas House Transportation Committee on Thursday...
A new report calls truancy policies in Texas a "flawed and inequitable patchwork" that led to the criminal prosecution of 115,000 children for not going to school in 2013. The analysis by Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit research and advocacy group, was released Thursday. It says...