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- J.J. Watt, Adam Wexler make super-fan's dream a reality August 22, 2017KPRC 2 sports reporter Adam Wexler helped a Texans J.J. Watt super-fan make her dream a reality Monday at the first day of Houston preseason training camp.Wexler took a photo of Kimberly Cannon's unique tattoo featuring the defensive end's face, and queried Twitter: "Should we talk to this Texans fan coming up on KPRC2? Um, […]
- Bodybuilder dies after reportedly choking on food at Florida home August 22, 2017Bodybuilding star Dallas McCarver died Monday at his Palm Beach County home after reportedly choking on food.TMZ reports McCarver, 26, was found unconscious by his girlfriend, Dana Brooke, just after they had spoke on the phone before he was going to prepare dinner.Brooke, who currently wrestles in the WWE, says it is believed that McCarver […]
- Texans hold first preseason practice in Houston August 21, 2017Fresh off their preseason win against the reigning Super Bowl champs the Houston Texans on Monday will hold the team's first practice in Houston this season.The Texans beat the New England Patriots 27-23 at NRG Stadium on Saturday. It was the team's second preseason game.The Texans will return to the practice field in Houston at […]
- Athletics avoid sweep with 3-2 win over Astros August 21, 2017Marcus Semien wound up with a Little League home run when Houston kept throwing the ball away to help the Oakland Athletics avoid a sweep with a win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.The play in the 3-2 victory reminded Semien of the last time he was involved in something similar - which actually was […]
- Whitecaps beat Dynamo 2-1 August 20, 2017Fredy Montero and Yordy Reyna scored in the first half to help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Saturday night.Montero scored on a penalty kick in the 17th minute after Reyna was brought down by Boniek Garcia. Montero sent goalkeeper Tyler Deric the wrong way with a shot that touched the right […]
- Texans defeat Patriots 27-23 in 2nd game of 2017 preseason at NRG Stadium August 20, 2017Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass in his first game since winning the Super Bowl on the same field and the New England Patriots fell to the Houston Texans 27-23 in a preseason game on Saturday night.Brady, who sat out last week, was 6 of 9 for 67 yards while directing the offense for two […]
- McHugh throws 6 innings in Astros' 3-0 win over A's August 20, 2017Collin McHugh threw six innings, Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run single and the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Saturday night.McHugh (1-2) gave up six hits and struck out three. McHugh, who missed the first 3 1/2 months with right shoulder tendinitis and a right elbow injury, has allowed two runs or fewer […]
- Keuchel throws 7 shutout innings in Astros' 3-1 win over A's August 19, 2017Dallas Keuchel threw seven shutout innings, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve homered and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Friday night.Keuchel (11-2) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out three in a dominant performance. Keuchel had his second straight solid outing after allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings Sunday at […]
- Texas A&M team visiting Spain safe, officials say August 18, 2017Members of the Texas A&M University women's basketball team are safe Thursday after a terrorist attack in Barcelona, officials said.The team tweeted messages of support and comfort for the people of Spain after a van plowed through a crowd of people, killing 12 and injuring 80."We have been overwhelmed by the hospitality and warmth with […]
- Corbin goes 8 2/3 innings, Diamondbacks beat Astros 4-0 August 17, 2017Patrick Corbin was kicking himself for one small mistake that led to his exit.The Arizona pitcher came within an out of his first career shutout and first complete game since 2013 in the Daimondbacks' 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.After allowing a two-out double to Yuli Gurriel in the bottom of the ninth, […]
- J.J. Watt, Adam Wexler make super-fan's dream a reality August 22, 2017
- A body found in Southeast Texas canal ID'd as missing woman August 22, 2017GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Authorities have identified a body recovered from a canal in a waterfront Southeast Texas community as that of a woman ...
- A Body Found in Southeast Texas Canal ID'd as Missing Woman August 22, 2017GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Authorities have identified a body recovered from a canal in a waterfront Southeast Texas community as that of a woman ...
- Texas Prisoner Responds To Theory That He's Responsible For Galveston Serial Murders August 22, 2017Is Edward Harold Bell a serial killer who preyed on young women around Galveston in the 1970s – or is he just the subject of a vast conspiracy?
- 9th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival August 22, 2017Every year since 2008, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival takes over Galveston and people flock here to tap into the world of craft beer on island time.
- Next Level Capital Group $3.00 million Financing. Louis Gately Submitted Aug 22 SEC Filing August 22, 2017The filler's address is: 2200 Market St, Suite 412, Galveston, Tx, Texas, 77550. Louis Vincent Gately is the related person in the form and it has ...
- University of Texas Medical Branch lung experiment in space August 22, 2017The Galveston County Daily News reports the goal is to grow human body parts, without the rest of the human attached. The experiment sounds like a ...
- Former Low-T Centers employee alleges she is owed unpaid overtime August 22, 2017GALVESTON – A Colleyville employer is accused of failing to pay a former medical assistant and client account manager overtime pay. Jenna Block ...
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- Willowbrook Medical Center Opens New Location in Houston, Texas August 22, 2017... attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, ...
- A Gambling Tale: The History of Galveston's Underground Casinos August 21, 2017This 2011 raid was just another example in a long war between law enforcement and those hoping to keep gambling alive in Galveston County, Texas ...
- A body found in Southeast Texas canal ID'd as missing woman August 22, 2017
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- City of La Marque August 22, 2017The City of La Marque has advised that Waste Management will begin offering solid waste, recycling and bulk collection for the city effective October 2.
- Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership August 22, 2017The Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership will host the Second Annual Galveston County Transportation Summit on August 31 in Texas City.
- College of the Mainland August 22, 2017College of the Mainland today announced that Kaci Maris, a COM student transferring to University of Houston, has been named recipient of the Terry Foundation scholarship.
- 34th Greek Festival August 22, 2017The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Galveston will host the 34th Annual Greek Festival on October 14-15.
- Jamaica Beach City Council August 22, 2017Jamaica Beach City Council canceled its meeting on Monday due to the anticipated lack of a quorum.
- Galveston County District Attorney's Office August 21, 2017The Galveston County District Attorney's office today announced that Niallson Dorsey Price has been sentenced to 6 years in prison on charges of Online Solicitation of a Minor.
- Discussion with Captain Wally Hogan August 21, 2017Captain Wally Hogan, a pilot with the Gal-Tex Pilots, and former presiding officer of the pilots association, recently spoke with Guidry News Service regarding issues concerning the pilots who maneuver vessels, including cruise liners, into Galveston's ports.
- Texas A&M University-Galveston August 21, 2017Texas A&M University at Galveston today announced that David Brankovits, a student in the university's Marine Biology program, has been selected to explore underwater caves as a member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
- Galveston County Sheriff's Office August 19, 2017The Galveston County Sheriff's Office on Friday reported that deputies prevented an apparent suicide attempt by a woman at the Highway 646 overpass at Interstate Highway 45.
- City of La Marque August 22, 2017
- Trump threatens possible government shutdown if Congress won’t fund border wall 23 Aug 2017 04:17 Palm Beach Post View Caption Hide Caption At a raucous campaign rally in Arizona, President Donald Trump demanded that Congress fund his request for money to build a wall along the border with Mexico, saying that if lawmakers won’t go along with his plan, then it could …
- Trump: We'll probably end up killing NAFTA 'at some point' 23 Aug 2017 04:17 KITV Honolulu's Channel 4 By Jethro Mullen HONG KONG (CNNMoney) -- President Trump says he's not optimistic about the future of America's free trade deal with Canada and Mexico. "I think we'll probably end up terminating NAFTA at some point," he said during a …
- Protesters gather at Trump’s political rally in Phoenix 23 Aug 2017 04:16 The Malay Mail Online Pro Trump supporters face off with peace activists during protests outside a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, August 22, 2017. ― Reuters picPHOENIX, Aug 23 ― Hundreds of supporters and opponents of US President Donald Trump gathered in Phoenix …
- Donald Trump targets fellow Republicans, Jeff Flake during Phoenix rally 23 Aug 2017 04:16 Washington Times President Trump rallied thousands of supporters Tuesday that packed a convention center in Phoenix, flexing political muscle in a state where he has taken the unprecedented step of targeting a fellow Republican, Sen. Jeff Flake, for defeat in the midterm …
- Donald Trump visits Arizona in push for wall funding, more border agents 23 Aug 2017 04:16 Washington Times YUMA, Arizona — President Trump did a quick tour Tuesday of border security infrastructure in Arizona as his top homeland security aides stepped up pressure on Congress to approve money for new fencing and additional agents, saying they will keep …
- Trump blames media for condemnation of Charlottesville comments 23 Aug 2017 04:16 Washington Times PHOENIX — President Trump called Tuesday for an end to the racial divisiveness roiling the country and blasted the news media for misreporting his reaction to the deadly violence at a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. “It’s …
- Trump taunts John McCain, Jeff Flake at Phoenix rally 23 Aug 2017 04:16 Washington Times PHOENIX — President Trump taunted Sen. John McCain on his home turf Tuesday, repeatedly telling a boisterous rally that they were just one vote away from repealing Obamacare. “We were one vote away. Think of it —seven years. one vote away from repeal,” …
- Trump aides offered a GOP senator a ride on Air Force One in exchange for health care vote: report 23 Aug 2017 04:15 Raw Story Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) deplanes Air Force One with President Donald Trump on August 3, 2017. During the unsuccessful push to repeal Obamacare, the Trump administration reportedly tried to link riding on Air Force One to promising to vote for the …
- ‘Sh*tshow of the highest order’: Internet loses it after Trump’s ‘insane, absurd, off-the-rails’ speech 23 Aug 2017 04:15 Raw Story President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Phoenix, AZ on August 22, 2017. Donald Trump on Tuesday night spoke at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona. After spending 45 minutes maligning the “fake news” and re-litigating his reaction to the …
- Arpaio Says He Has 'No Idea' Whether Trump Will Pardon Him 23 Aug 2017 04:15 MSNBC President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the controversial former Arizona lawman with a reputation as "America's toughest sheriff." That would surely be good news for Arpaio, who was voted out of office last …
- Puppy attacked by pet store owner’s dog
- Mother left kids in hot car while she drank at bar, police say
- Angela Paxton, Texas attorney general’s wife, eyes Texas Senate run
- US imposes sanctions on Russian, Chinese firms over North Korea
- Parents’ plea for help in finding teenage couple missing for 48 hours
- 2 women claim they were groped by local massage therapist
- Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller criticizes Six Flags’ removal of Confederate flag
- El Paso City Council votes down city ID program
- League City Man Sentenced to 6 Years for Online Solicitation of a non-existent Minor
- UT-Austin removing Confederate statues in the middle of the night
- Galveston County Deputies Prevent Jumper on Bridge at 646 & I-45
- Dickinson Cops use Facebook to Catch a Burglar Named Jesus
- Evading Theft Suspects Taken Into Custody After Causing Accident in League City
- Father faces charges after he and missing boy found at hotel, authorities say
- Confederate Monument Protest Draws Hundreds in Houston
- Former HPD officer among those arrested in prostitution sting
- Mother charged with murder after child ejected during drunken driving crash
- Over 250 sex buyers, traffickers arrested on prostitution charges during sting
- Remember the Alamo (Differently)
- Your phone’s Bluetooth can locate illegal skimmer devices
- With Supreme Court appeal, Texas wants to keep congressional map intact
- Dallas, Houston Protests Planned as Confederate Monuments Under Fire in Texas
- With Trump’s Infrastructure Plan, Rural Texas Could be Left in Disrepair
- Body found in Bayou Vista while searching for woman who disappeared under ‘suspicious circumstances’
- South Florida woman accused of DUI with 3-year-old unbuckled in back seat
- Deputies: Mother tells son to buy her drugs
- HPD officer relieved of duty after DWI charge, officials say
- Abbott: Removing Confederate monuments “won’t erase our nation’s past”
- Prosecution rests at trial of woman accused in 2012 death of husband
- Confederate statue controversy hits Houston
- Selena’s brother taken into custody after landing on most wanted list
- In special session rubble, spotlight shines bright on Straus
- President Trump disbands White House business councils as CEOs leave
- Video shows deadly jailbreak; Man who pleaded guilty in deputy’s death sentenced to life
- Fisherman hooks gator in Buffalo Bayou
- Squatters or scam victims? Homeowner finds another family living in home
- Charges sought against those who toppled Confederate statue
- Houston group asks mayor to remove Confederate statue from downtown park
- Federal court invalidates part of Texas congressional map
- Texas to receive millions in federal funding for wildlife conservation projects
- How a total solar eclipse created France, Italy and Germany
- Deputies Go Unpunished for Invasive Cavity Search on Houston Roadside
- Florida man gets 6 years for firing gun during strip club selfie
- Map details where Texas hate groups are in 2017
- Man blames ‘hookah-smoking caterpillar’ for wrecking liquor store, police say
- ‘I feel like I was raped,’ woman says of invasive roadside strip search
- New Mexico Bandidos members held in Texas in firearms case
- Man, 57, commits suicide after shooting juveniles during road-rage incident, police say
- Mother charged with child abandonment after newborn found in flower bed
- President Trump condemns KKK, neo-Nazis as ‘thugs’
- Woman hit, killed by Houston garbage truck while crossing street
- Legislature advances annexation bill to Gov. Abbott
- 2 Teens Who Attacked Man Shot After Auto Accident in Galveston
- White nationalist rally, counter protest planned at Texas A&M on Sept. 11
- Hundreds Clash over Confederate Monument in San Antonio
- Greenspoint Mall to close in 60 days, sources say
- Texas House approves “compromise” city annexation bill
- Asps — poisonous, stinging caterpillars — back in season
- Texas bathroom bill appears to be all but dead in special session
- Gator spotted on Galveston County road
- After 2015 legalization, Texans may be able to buy medical cannabis oil by January
- Conroe Chief of Police asked to leave doctor’s office
- Law Enforcement Increasingly Opposed to Abbott’s Agenda
- Meet the Expert Who Helps Texas Cops Justify Extreme Behavior
- Baytown woman charged in two La Porte road-rage incidents
- FBI agents searched former Trump campaign chair’s home
- Special Session a ‘Battle Royal’ for Dominionists Who Seek Christian Rule
- Zoo employee accused of sex with 14-year-old boy
- New requirement for Texas driver’s license begins soon
- With 8 days left in special session, Texas House and Senate remain far apart
- What you need to know if your vehicle is flooded
- City of Houston applies for FEMA grant to help elevate homes in flood-prone areas
- Commissioners vote to ban swimming, fishing in San Luis Pass
- Texas backs Wisconsin in battle to protect partisan gerrymandering
- SE Houston gas pump appears to charge customers after they are done filling up
- Carjacking suspect accused of shooting father multiple times sentenced to 171 months in prison
- 4 arrested in connection with 2 deadly shootings in Montgomery County
- 1 drowns, 2 injured in incident at San Luis Pass
- 1 arrested, 1 on the run in linked cases of Spring nurse found dead, missing UH student
- Near Drowning at Bacliff Chase Park Pool
- Drunk Wrong Way Driver Arrested in Dickinson
- Lasker Park Community Swimming Pool to Open on August 15th
- Man accused of touching girls’ buttocks in back-to-school aisle at Walmart
- Rare pink dolphin spotted in Louisiana waterway
- Woman found hiding in bed of pickup truck says she ‘was just looking at the stars’
- Amazon sells out of toilet paper with Trump’s tweets
- Teen home invasion suspect killed, man on the run in Baytown
- Houston man last seen throwing life jacket to daughter before going underwater at Canyon Lake
- Deadly dare: 8-year-old girl dies after drinking boiling water
- 2nd Man In Robbery Spree Gets 20 Years Prison
- Oklahoma to seek death penalty against William Reese
- 4 officers taken to hospital after 2 patrol units run into each other, police say
- STATE LEGISLATURE PUTTING THE BRAKES ON TEXAS CITY ANNEXING SAN LEON WITHOUT SAN LEON RESIDENTS APPROVAL:
- 2 men charged in teen girl’s shooting death in Bacliff
- Weed company buys town in hopes of creating pot-friendly tourist destination
- Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick calls city governments the source of “all our problems in America”
- Man, 25, arrested for DWI after crashing into patrol car, deputies say
- Texas man snags “bucket list” 12-foot tiger shark off Padre Island
- Chauna Thompson, deputy terminated in wake of Denny’s choking death, appeals firing
- Humble ISD police officer accused of child pornography
- Angry woman robs cellphone store with large gun
- Dalia Dippolito discusses prison break in recorded jail call after recent conviction
- Tiny mermaid-painted shed drifted 200 miles in Gulf of Mexico
- Uber ride turns into nightmare for recent Texas A&M graduate
- ‘Sugar daddy’ banned from beaches after handing out provocative cards
- Business owners fight against crime in Chinatown
- 14-year-old girl clocked driving 107 mph during chase in Montgomery County
- Fight outside Spire Nightclub ends in crash, shooting
- When school’s out, rural Texas towns struggle to feed their hungry kids
- Guided bus tour of Houston’s strip clubs, massage parlors sheds light on human-trafficking business
- NASA looking to hire officer to protect earth from alien harm
- In Texas House, property tax proposals range from minor tweaks to abolishment
- Man exposes himself to woman outside fitness center, police say
- Man accused of robbing people who post items on buy, sell sites
- What it means for Texas colleges if Trump targets affirmative action
- ‘Cash Me Outside’ girl sentenced for stealing mother’s car, using her credit cards
- President Trump signs bill imposing sanctions on Russia
- Wife shoots, kills husband after finding him with another woman, police say
- Humble restaurant employees accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls
- Family reunited with dog 3+ years after it went missing
- Angleton animal sanctuary facing fines after filing lawsuit
- Woman finds evidence bag full of marijuana at neighborhood park
- State Rep. Dawnna Dukes declines deal from Travis County District Attorney
- Report: Texas could lose billions if new immigration enforcement law stands
- Texas’ War on Local Control is Part of National Trend
- Wife of accused gunman dies after double shooting that led to innocent woman’s death
- ‘Ghost forests’ appearing from Canada to Texas
- Man charged after leaving crash that left motorcycle rider in critical condition, police say
- Flight in Vegas delayed by naked passenger, officials say
- Galveston’s Pleasure Pier ride Revolution shut down temporarily
- How often do shark attacks happen in Texas waters?
- Naked bank robbery suspect tosses stolen money
- Harris County officials continue crackdown on unlicensed after-hour bars
- Wife: Disagreement over Trump contributed to divorce from state attorney
- Kingwood native torches 8 cars after wedding called off, police say
- HPD officer hit by car, plunges 16 feet off Southwest Freeway
- Texas executes man who claimed his lawyers committed fraud
- Woman arrested on suspicion of posting ‘revenge porn’ online
- Statue honoring Alvin’s hometown hero, Nolan Ryan, topples
- Man arrested after showing porn to child at supermarket, authorities say
- Underage woman claims she was raped after being served at Houston-area restaurant
- The Woodlands teens accused of Florida crime spree after posting Snapchat videos
- La Marque residents asked to boil water after order issued
- Man who fled to Mexico after murder charge 21 years ago arrested trying to re-enter US
- Texas Senate passes bill to allow people to vote on whether a city can annex them
- Spring man caught filming up skirts arrested on child porn, invasive photography charges
- One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested, police say
- Despite Knowledge of Climate Change in 1970s, Texas Utility Companies Funded Climate Denial
- Venus Williams accuses 78-year-old man killed in crash of not wearing seat belt
- Scammers target college students eager for scholarship money
- Woman accused of kidnapping baby while hitchhiking
- Every Texan in the U.S. House just voted for sanctions against Russia
- Man accused of producing child pornography
- Persistence pays off for rural Texans besieged by sky-high power prices
- Man accused of beating dog with crow bar
- 2 charged with prostitution after offering sex acts to undercover constables, authorities say
- Senate votes to start debate on health care bill
- Harris County pastor charged with sexual abuse of a child
- Trump’s New Immigration Lockup Draws Local Opposition in Conroe
- Set for execution, death row inmate alleges legal fraud in hopes of a stay
- Concerns raised over new Harris County bail system
- Crooks return to rob dentist office after police leave
- 2 throw drugs out window during high-speed chase, police say
- 5 arrested after drugs, gun, money seized from Magnolia home
- 15 years later, Clara Harris remains in state prison for husband’s murder
- Woman, 91, kicked out of Sunnyside home
- Congressman: If female GOP senators were South Texas men, I’d challenge them to a duel
- Turning Tail
- Death toll in San Antonio immigrant-smuggling case rises to 10
- Ex-Mexican drug cartel leader gets 30 years in US prison
- Kushner’s statement on Russia: What to know
- Analysis: In special session, Texas Senate’s the hare, House is the tortoise
- Texas Senate panel targets mail-in ballot fraud after high-profile case
- Drunk Driver Sentenced to 50 Years for Fatal Crash
- Tanker Crew Rescues 5 In Capsized Boat
- Man Sentenced to 45 Years on Drug Charges
- After Texas “human trafficking crime,” Lt. Gov. Patrick lauds sanctuary city law
- Charges possible in disturbing Florida drowning case
- Texas Senate committee OKs bill to outlaw city cellphone restrictions
- Texas Senate panel approves teacher bonuses, retirement benefits
- Carjacking suspect opens fire on officer during chase in SW Houston
- Man, 2 children killed in crash in NE Houston
- Katy woman arrested for DWI after man follows, records her erratic driving
- Mickey Mouse mask-wearing burglar caught on camera breaking into 2 stores
- Houston pastor Victoria Osteen says she does not endorse skin care product
- Senate committee passes bills on private school choice and school finance study
- Bill limiting city, county spending fuels war over local control
- Woman, 93, dragged during carjacking at church, police say
- Trans Texans, Advocates Swarm Texas Capitol to Oppose ‘Bathroom Bills’ (Again)
- Man admits to killing 14-year-old half-brother, authorities say
- Monkey on the loose in south Houston after attacking girl, police say
- ‘Million Dollar Ho’ arrested in Florida prostitution sting
- Turner reopens bids for recycling contract to 4 companies
- District attorney to pursue death penalty against 4 suspects
- Houston woman charged in connection with ransom scheme
- Pastor in The Woodlands accused of prostitution
- Academy Sports + Outdoors laying off 100 employees
- 1 dead after shooting at NW Harris County apartments
- Kay Bailey Hutchison vows toughness on Russia as NATO ambassador
- Conroe horse-riding trainer accused of sexually assaulting child
- Environmental groups sue EPA over lax Texas air pollution permits
- Abbott adds school finance, retired teacher benefits to special session
- Bodycam allegedly shows Baltimore cop planting drugs
- Key events in OJ Simpson’s fall from sports hero, movie star
- Heat is part of life at Texas prisons, but federal judge orders one to cool it
- Growing health trend bypasses doctors’ offices for diagnosis, treatment
- HPD chief answers questions about Josue Flores murder case
- Sarah Davis wants more information about “misconduct” at TABC
- Texas Bill Would Revoke Medical License of Doctors Who Perform Abortions
- Senate gives early OK to must-pass “sunset” legislation
- Lead singer of The Suffers featured in national campaign
- Man wanted in 2016 fraud case
- Couple arrested for second time for impersonating Adele’s manager, police say
- Mexico says electronic device checks on US flights begin
- Dancing with Denial
- Teen shot at high school party at AirBNB house in southwest Houston
- Toll road drivers getting fed up with erroneous charges
- Trump administration: Trust Texas on voter education spending
- Baby dies after being infected with cold sore virus through kiss, parents say
- 24 firearms stolen after Texian Firearms robbed twice in one day
- Texas Republicans in Congress process health care bill’s collapse
- Florida man arrested after reporting cocaine stolen, deputies say
- Teens arrested after Facebook Live video of 23-year-old woman’s assault
- Girl, 17, fires shot at intruder while chasing him out of her house
- Police: Aunt charged after leaving young neice, nephew in hot car outside grocery store
- Texas Senate moves to fast-track special session agenda
- President Trump: ‘Let Obamacare fail’
- Why the murder charge against the Texas police officer who killed Jordan Edwards is rare
- What happens if Congress fails to repeal Obamacare?
- Four Texas Republicans in Congress were just outraised by Democratic challengers
- Angleton mulls proposal for RV park next to Stephen F. Austin statue
- Trump administration awards $2.3 million to Texas for border security
- Texas Democrats lay out their own special session priorities
- Gov. Abbott says property taxes are his top issue for special session
- Small Government Crusader Wants $35 Million to Fix a Battleship in His District
- OJ Simpson faces good chance at parole in Nevada robbery
- It’s a Trump Miracle! There are Signs of Life Among Texas Democrats
- IBM ups the ante in fight against Texas bathroom bill
- At some Texas universities, students accused of rape can transfer without a record
- Gas pump overcharges customers in League City
- Father survives after van crushed by 7,000-pound scrap metal
- Two killed in crash during police chase in NE Houston, police say
- At tail end of Texas redistricting trial, judges skeptical of state’s defense
- After dissident’s death, Ted Cruz hopeful about changing Chinese Embassy address
- Harris County Toll Road Authority faces lawsuit over fees charged to drivers
- 1 killed in shooting at Bella Terra shopping center in Fort Bend County, deputies say
- On day 5 of redistricting trial, Texas refutes claim that current political maps discriminate
- Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First Border Wall Segment
- Second arrest made in death of 79-year-old Hedwig Village woman
- Greg Abbott’s Latino Problem
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally launches 2018 re-election bid
- Licensing director is seventh official out at troubled Texas liquor agency
- Sketch released of man wanted in shooting that wounded 1-year-old
- Critics say Abbott catering to donors with special session priorities
- Former deputy constable facing sexual assault charges; other victims sought
- Man on Jet Ski catches goliath grouper off coast
- DPS trooper accused of prostitution
- Two arrested in connection with prostitution spas near The Woodlands
- MEET JOY: Baby elephant born at the Houston Zoo
- Revised Senate health care bill draws Cruz’s support but still short votes
- Heartbreakers in Dickinson and Jackie’s Brickhouse in Kemah Sued by Victim of Drunk Driver
- Galveston Yacht Captain Who Used Phony ID To Hide After Mysterious Deaths Is Sentenced
- Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick proposes millions for teacher bonuses and retirement
- Texas Republican congressman calls on Trump to keep his kids out of White House
- Trump meeting with France’s Macron in Paris
- Beto O’Rourke posts $2 million in fundraising in bid against Ted Cruz
- As congressional races draw big interest, Democrats still filling out statewide ticket
- Lawmakers failed to end troubled Driver Responsibility Program
- Man sues city, HPD, officer after excessive-force arrest, lawsuit says
- Family escapes SUV after it catches fire, days after purchase
- In court, redistricting battle puts sharper focus on 2013 Legislature
- Push made for change in evaluation of parolees after repeated crimes
- Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission names lone finalist for new executive director
- U.S. Rep. Al Green joins California Democrat’s effort to impeach President Trump
- Police seek father suspected of causing brain injury to child
- 4 arrested during home invasion in north Harris County, deputies say
- NYC launches $32 million plan to reduce rat population
- Houston public works director placed on leave amid bribery case involving HCC trustee
- Prying Eyes: Border Sheriffs to Use Iris-Scanning Tech in Push for ‘Virtual Wall’
- Trump defends embattled son after Fox News interview
- Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti to get further competency review
- Firefighters demanding pay raise in line with police officer salaries
- Former housekeeper’s son accused in Hedwig Village woman’s murder
- Two women accused of attacking woman with a hammer
- Woman, children left devastated after husband murdered by ex
- New executive director appointed to troubled Texas liquor agency
- U.S. Sens. Cornyn and Cruz sidestep questions about Trump and Russia
- Don’t throw rocks in glass cars? Glass concept car unveiled
- Community removes basketball hoop from park due to profanity
- Tow truck driver finds father of 4 shot to death outside SW Houston apartments
- Susan Combs, Fierce Critic of Endangered Species Act, Tapped for Agency in Charge of its Implementation
- Harris County will not join suit over state’s ‘sanctuary cities’ law
- Report: Shopping for electricity is getting cheaper in Texas
- Jenna Bush Hager goes through astronaut training at NASA’s JSC
- Trump Jr. tweets email chain on meeting with Russian lawyer
- Beachgoers form human chain to rescue family in water
- Five New Laws that Will Likely Get Texas Sued (Or Already Have)
- Sketch released of woman sought in northwest Houston shooting
- Video shows police officer violently beating homeless woman
- Voting rights battle in Pasadena could have Texas-wide legal ramifications
- Trial over Texas political maps starts in San Antonio
- 2 charged with capital murder after shooting man during drug deal, dumping body, police say
- Astros reach All-Star break in midst of historic season
- Willie Nelson on the road again, coming to Sugar Land’s Smart Financial Centre
- Texas Lawmaker Files Bill to Repeal SB 4 During Special Session
- Woman sought in shooting near Missouri City
- Shots fired at officers in southeast Houston, police say
- Man arrested after alleged road rage incident
- Report: Loopholes Allow Polluters to Get Away With Worsening Air Quality
- Corvette-driving North Carolina priest arrested in Florida road-rage incident
- Prosecutors: 12 people rescued after being locked in sweltering truck
- Abbott officially calls special session, allowing lawmakers to begin filing bills
- SWAT standoff at southeast Houston lounge turns out to be misunderstanding, police say
- Acting director of Texas liquor agency abruptly quits
- With 2018 election looming, Texas back in court over political maps
- This Texan’s daughter needed medical marijuana, so he moved to Colorado
- 11 teens hospitalized after eating drug-laced gummy bears
- Upcoming Area Live Music Shows thru August
- Man catches 1,033-pound hammerhead shark in Texas City fishing tournament
- Handcuffs couldn’t stop man from proposing to girlfriend
- Austinite and former intern for House Speaker Straus killed in Greece
- Counterprotesters outnumber, confront Klan supporters at Virginia KKK rally
- Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with CVA at town hall meeting in Houston
- Woman pleads guilty to voting twice for Donald Trump in US election
- Biker gang member added to Texas Top 10 fugitives by DPS:
- Mother charged with child endangerment after leaving 4 children in hot car, police say
- Harris County judge suspended without pay amid drug, prostitution allegations
- Blue bullfrog reported in Iowa
- Texans to be allowed to carry swords, machetes in public places:
- Cop accused of robbing dead man had other troubles…
- Inmate’s escape: Phones, wire cutters, a drone and $47,000
- Federal judge throws out effort by UT professors to overturn campus carry
- US economy rebounds, adding 222,000 jobs in June
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- The Texas solar industry is growing. Some fear an international trade case could end that.
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- Over the Wall: How Texas Border Communities Are Gearing Up to Fight Trump
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If Gov. Greg Abbott calls a second special legislative session this summer, it won’t be for redistricting.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton revealed Friday that Abbott won’t ask lawmakers to redraw the state’s congressional map — found by a federal court this week to discriminate against Latino and black voters — in a fresh round of legislative overtime.
Instead, Paxton is appealing the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court and trying to keep the boundaries intact for the 2018 elections, according to his filings to a panel of three judges in San Antonio.
On Tuesday, the panel ruled that Congressional Districts 27 and 35 violate the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act, setting up a redistricting scramble ahead of the 2018 elections.
The judges ruled that Hispanic voters in Congressional District 27, represented by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, were “intentionally deprived of their opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice.” Congressional District 35 — a Central Texas district represented by Democrat Lloyd Doggett of Austin — was deemed “an impermissible racial gerrymander” because lawmakers illegally used race as the predominant factor in drawing it, the judges wrote.
The judges asked Texas whether lawmakers would return to Austin to try making a new map, or if Republican leadership would wait for court-drawn boundaries.
In his filings Friday, Paxton revealed a state plan to wriggle free of any consequences ahead of the 2018 elections. While asking the Supreme Court to overturn the lower court’s ruling that Texas intentionally discriminated against minority voters — the fourth such federal ruling this year — Paxton also requested an injunction that would protect Texas from needing a new map.
Barring a Supreme Court order, the San Antonio judges would approve new boundaries.
“Judges should get out of the business of drawing maps,” Paxton said in a statement. “We firmly believe that the maps Texas used in the last three election cycles are lawful, and we will aggressively defend the maps on all fronts.”
Redesigning the embattled map, which Texas used for the past three election cycles, would affect congressional races statewide, since boundary changes in the two flagged districts would also reshape their neighbors.
For now, Texas and its legal foes — groups representing minority communities — are scheduled to return to court on Sept. 5 to fight over a new map.
An open question is whether judges will approve new boundaries without delaying the 2018 primaries, an outcome that could shake up some races.
Remember Ted Cruz’s election to the U.S. Senate in 2012? Legal wrangling over the state’s map pushed that year’s primary elections and subsequent runoffs into the dog days of summer, when Cruz pulled out an upset win over then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
In filings, Paxton argued Texas risks “irreparable injury” if the drawing of new maps disrupted its upcoming elections. Leaving the boundaries in place would not harm minority groups, he wrote.
Local elections administrators say they need clarity by October to meet deadlines for sending out voter registration cards, and December is the filing deadline for candidates.
After a white supremacist allegedly drove a car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville last Saturday, killing activist Heather Heyer, calls for the removal of Confederate statues have spiked across the country — and Texas is no exception.
Protesters clashed in San Antonio last weekend, and demonstrations are planned this Saturday in Dallas and Houston. Over the past week, officials in five of the state’s biggest cities took steps toward removing or renaming Confederate memorials.
Texas hosts 178 public memorials to the Confederacy, more than any state other than Virginia. Many were erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy long after the Civil War ended.
“The monuments are easy to understand; they were placed there by people who were trying to send a message that they wanted white supremacy to either be the law of the land or the practice in the land,” said Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston, who announced a proposal Monday to remove the city’s monuments.
“Dallas has a violent and vicious history of racism,” Kingston said. “Getting rid of them would be a symbolic stance saying we’re not that city anymore.”
Dallas has at least five Confederate memorials, including the Confederate War Memorial, which features a towering 60-foot marble and granite pillar topped by the likeness of an anonymous soldier. Mayor Mike Rawlings also proposed a commission this week to study the matter.
Those proposals face opposition from former Dallas City Council member Sandra Crenshaw, who told CBS-DFW that she thinks the statues should stay up. “We don’t want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this,” Crenshaw said.
In Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner called Tuesday for an inventory and study of the city’s Confederate monuments.
The city will also be the site of protest Saturday, when demonstrators will gather in Sam Houston Park for an event titled “Destroy the Confederacy.” On Facebook, organizers advised activists “NOT to bring children.”
Sam Houston Park contains the Spirit of the Confederacy monument, a bronze statue of an angel holding a palm branch and sword above a plaque reading: “To all heroes of the South who fought for the principles of states’ rights.” In North Carolina, protesters physically removed a Confederate statue earlier this week.
“We always have enough officers on hand to ensure the safety of everybody involved, and not just the safety of persons but the safety of property,” Jodi Silva, a spokesperson with the Houston Police Department, told the Observer. “At none of the assemblies in the past have people destroyed property.” Follow Observer writer John Savage, who will be covering the Houston protest.
In San Antonio, two city council members have submitted a request to consider removing a 40-foot Confederate statue from Travis Park. A militia-like group called This Is Texas Freedom Force is threatening to recall them and any other members who vote to remove it.
In Austin and El Paso, city officials made moves this week to rename roads named for Robert E. Lee. And at the statewide level, Representative Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, brought the fight to the Capitol — which hosts at least 12 Confederate symbols.
“I cannot think of a better time than the present to discuss the removal of all Confederate iconography from the Texas Capitol Complex,” wrote Johnson in a letter Wednesday to the State Preservation Board. “… The Confederacy exemplified treason against the United States and white supremacy.”
Texas’ 1861 “declaration of causes” makes clear the state seceded to maintain slavery, which it called “mutually beneficial to both bond and free.”
Governor Greg Abbott responded Wednesday, arguing the monuments should stay.
The post Dallas, Houston Protests Planned as Confederate Monuments Under Fire in Texas appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Arnie Amaro, the city administrator of La Villa, knows Hidalgo County’s sprawl will eventually reach his town. In the last decade, the border county’s population has exploded from 684,000 to 850,000, transforming scrub brush into South Texas suburbia. But for the moment, La Villa, located on Hidalgo County’s eastern edge about 20 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, is a small town with the tax base to match.
“We need to get our infrastructure beefed up and ready,” Amaro said. La Villa’s most pressing need, he said, is expanding the town’s overburdened wastewater treatment plant. But upgrading the facility to accommodate the coming population boom is an expensive undertaking. Generally, cities consider raising property taxes and water rates to fund such capital improvements, but those are difficult propositions for a community where the poverty rate is 36 percent, more than twice the state average.
But La Villa has help. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through its Rural Development Office, awards grants and loans to rural communities for a wide range of projects, including economic development, home repairs and infrastructure. Recently, Amaro secured a $4 million deal with the agency to expand the town’s wastewater treatment plant. (About $1.6 million of that amount comes in the form of a grant; the remaining $2.4 million is a low-interest loan).
“Now, $4 million may not seem like much to a large community, but to us, it’s huge,” Amaro told the Observer. “We’re going to take this project on without increasing any taxes or water rates.”
In fiscal year 2016, the USDA awarded 85 grants totaling $29.1 million to rural Texas communities for water and wastewater projects. It also approved about $68 million in loans for those projects last year, agency statistics show. So far this year, the Rural Development Office has awarded grants and loans totaling $42,000 to the water provider serving Study Butte and Terlingua to buy new equipment and a $3.6 million loan to Monahans’ water supply corporation to upgrade wastewater treatment equipment.
Under Trump’s proposed federal budget for 2018, La Villa and those West Texas water providers may be among the program’s final beneficiaries. In 2017, the USDA took on an estimated $492 million in obligations through the initiative, but Trump’s budget proposes taking on no new program obligations in 2018.
“I hear some of the stuff that’s going on up in D.C., and I know all that stuff trickles down to us eventually,” Amaro said. “When you restrict these small communities’ funding, that hamstrings us even more … We need assistance down here. We really do.”
Without federal funding, the equipment at small water facilities eventually will fall into disrepair, a problem exacerbated by the plant continually being run at full capacity. “This existing plant is going to start nickel and diming us, but with wastewater, you’re not talking about nickels and dimes. You’re talking thousands and thousands of dollars,” Amaro said, noting that the city recently replaced two clarifiers (machines that remove particulates from water) to the tune of $30,000.
The president’s budget proposal also suggested massive cuts to other rural development initiatives, such as those involving power lines, internet connectivity and subsidies for rural housing repairs. All told, rural America stands to lose billions in assistance funding if the proposal becomes law.
Trump’s plan also has yet to address Texas’ aging infrastructure, despite the fact that the state has more miles of roads as well as more bridges, ports and dams than most others. Some of it’s in bad shape, too, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, which gave the state’s infrastructure a “C” rating overall in 2012.
This month, a coalition of organizations representing farmers, power providers, banks, schools and other interests sent a letter to the White House to urge support for rural infrastructure funding. “Your effort to make investment in our nation’s infrastructure a priority is critically important and we look forward to working with you to help reinvigorate rural America,” wrote the Rebuild Rural Coalition. At least five of the coalition’s members represent interests in rural Texas: Alliance for I-69 Texas, Texas Ag Industries Association, Texas Elective Cooperatives, Texas Grain and Feed Association and Texas Vegetation Management Association.
Loyd Neal, Nueces County judge and chairman of Alliance for I-69 Texas, said that securing funding for improvements to rural roads can be difficult because few federal transportation dollars are set aside for such projects. Ultimately, communities outside major metropolitan areas must compete with big cities. “They’ve got more congressmen and more representatives and just more dad-gummed people. It’s a tough fight,” Neal said. “Our part in signing that letter was, ‘Texas is a big state and has a lot of rural areas. Don’t forget the rural areas.’”
The Alliance for I-69 project aims to improve existing highways, such as U.S. 77 and 59 in South Texas, so that they meet interstate standards. Neal said improving the roadways will relieve congestion caused by freight traffic on Interstate 35 and better connect small communities to the state’s major hubs. But that work will cost an estimated $18 billion over 25 years, and it’s unclear how Trump’s budget proposal bodes for the project. When I asked Neal, a Republican, whether he thinks the austere spending plan will hurt the I-69 endeavor, he was noncommittal. “I learned a long time ago that the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, and the Lord is usually someone in Washington, D.C. In Texas, we try to work with what we have.”
The post With Trump’s Infrastructure Plan, Rural Texas Could be Left in Disrepair appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Body found in Bayou Vista while searching for woman who disappeared under ‘suspicious circumstances’
Jessica McDonald was last seen in the Bayou Vista area of Galveston County on Aug. 15.
On Aug. 18, a body was found at the end of Lakeside Drive in Old Bayou Vista, authorities said.
Authorities have not yet identified the body as that of McDonald.
McDonald is described as having medium-length blond hair, green eyes, is about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds.
President Trump weighed in on the story, commenting on Twitter that “there is plenty of blame to go around, on both sides.”
Brandy Lerma, 31, of Boynton Beach, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence and child neglect.
According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, Lerma was stopped while driving south on Haverhill Road near Belvedere Road about 4:15 p.m.
Another driver called 911 and followed her until deputies could initiate a traffic stop.
When deputies arrived, they found Lerma sitting in the driver’s seat with a toddler standing in the back seat, the report said.
The arresting deputy wrote in his report that he could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Lerma’s breath. He said her hair “was a mess,” her “right bra strap was hanging out from under her sleeve,” her speech was slurred and her clothes were “disheveled and dirty.”
“The driver was unable to walk or stand without assistance,” the report said. “The driver fell to the ground twice during the roadside tasks.”
Lerma told deputies that she had two Fireball shots and had taken Percocet and Xanax.
The report listed Lerma’s attitude as vulgar, defiant, combative and uncooperative.
Lerma was released from jail the next day on a $3,000 bond.
President Trump weighed in on the story, commenting on Twitter that “there is plenty of blame to go around, on both sides.”
An armed robbery investigation led deputies to a mother who organized her underage son and his friends to buy her drugs, according to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.
Linda Matelsky, 38, was arrested on charges of child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Five others, some of whom are teenagers, are facing charges of armed robbery.
Deputies said the investigation began on Friday, when the mother, Matelsky, called the Sheriff’s Office, saying her son was robbed at gunpoint. She told deputies that three of her son’s friends drove him to the Duck Pond at Macclenny’s city park along West Boulevard, held him at gunpoint and took $120 from him — money she said she gave her son to buy clothes for school.
But after rounding up the suspects, deputies said, they learned the robbery was the result of a drug deal, which Matelsky arranged between her 14-year-old son and his friends.
“Now, she was not involved in the armed robbery, she did not set that up. But she knew who was involved and why they took it,” said Gil Smith, News4Jax crime and safety analyst. “Since it was her money, she just thought that she could call police and come up with a story. And for the most part, just getting the $120 back is really what she wanted.”
According to a Sheriff’s Office report, Matelsky and her son told deputies 18-year-old Savannah Rodriguez, 20-year-old Tyler Barton and another juvenile boy were responsible for the armed robbery. Deputies said they tracked the three down, and learned they got the gun from two other men, one of whom told investigators that he normally hides the gun at the park.
According to deputies, Matelsky eventually confessed to asking her son to buy drugs from another juvenile with her money.
Matelsky’s neighbor, Dylan Whitley, said he was shocked to learn of her arrest.
“I don’t need that stuff around here, around my kid,” he said.
Whitley added that he hopes the incident will be an eye opener for his neighbor and her child.
“I would hope that seeing what kind of trouble that drugs can get you into is kind of bad for their future,” Whitley said.
News4Jax went to Matelsky’s house on Tuesday. One of the people at the home said they did not want to comment about her arrest.
Officer Suro was in trouble with HPD once before, after she posted nekkid pictures of herself online in 2012.
A Houston Police Department officer has been relieved of duty after being charged with DWI Tuesday.
Stacey Ann Suro, 47, was relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of an investigation, according to authorities.
Suro was previously demoted from sergeant to officer after she was caught posting photos, some nude, on a website.
President Trump weighed in on the story, commenting on Twitter that “there is plenty of blame to go around, on both sides.”
Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday weighed in on the renewed debate over Confederate monuments in Texas, saying that removing them “won’t erase our nation’s past, and it doesn’t advance our nation’s future.”
Abbott’s statement follows deadly violence that broke out Saturday at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where participants were protesting the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The unrest in Charlottesville led elected officials in some of Texas’ biggest cities to begin looking into taking down similar monuments in their areas.
“Racist and hate-filled violence – in any form — is never acceptable, and as Governor I have acted to quell it,” Abbott said in the statement. “My goal as governor is to eliminate the racist and hate-filled environment we are seeing in our country today.”
“But we must remember that our history isn’t perfect,” Abbott added. “If we do not learn from our history, we are doomed to repeat it. Instead of trying to bury our past, we must learn from it and ensure it doesn’t happen again. Tearing down monuments won’t erase our nation’s past, and it doesn’t advance our nation’s future. As Governor, I will advance that future through peace, not violence, and I will do all I can to keep our citizens safe.”
It’s not just in Texas’ cities that the debate over Confederate monuments is heating up. Earlier Wednesday, state Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, sent a letter to the State Preservation Board asking it to immediately remove a Confederate plaque outside his office. The plaque, Johnson wrote, “has no rightful place in the Texas Capitol.”
“Also, given the recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, I cannot think of a better time than the present to discuss the removal of all Confederate iconography from the Texas Capitol Complex,” Johnson wrote, asking for a meeting of the board to discuss the issue and requesting an inventory of such iconography at the Capitol.
Even in recent history, this discussion is not new for Texas lawmakers. Two years ago, after the South Carolina Legislature voted to remove the Confederate flag from its Capitol grounds, a group of five Democratic state legislators from Texas asked the state’s top leaders, including Abbott, for the creation of a task force to study the numerous Confederate monuments, markers and statutes on the Capitol grounds in Austin.
It’s unclear whether anything ever came of the lawmakers’ request. At the time, a spokesman for House Speaker Joe Straus said he’d visit with the legislators to hear their concerns. The offices of Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not return requests for comment.
The prosecution rested its case Wednesday against a Houston woman who is accused of killing her husband nearly five years ago and staging a home invasion to cover it up.
Before defense attorneys for Sandra Melgar began to present their case, they asked the judge for a directed verdict, seeking to dismiss the case. The judge denied the request.
The brother of Jaime Melgar, Sandra Melgar’s husband, was the first to take the stand as the defense began presenting witnesses.
Investigators said that relatives found the Melgars on Dec. 23, 2012, tied up in closets. Jamie Melgar had been stabbed, investigators said.
Sandra Melgar told investigators that she had blacked out and woke up in the closet, not knowing how she and her husband ended up there, according to police.
Nineteen months later, a grand jury indicted Sandra Melgar on a murder charge.
There’s a battle brewing in the United States, and how government officials should answer to it is causing even more tension, including in Houston.
“This is a defining moment and the question is, how are we going to answer?” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
At issue are Confederate monuments in public spaces and whether or not they should be taken down.
“You just can’t all of a sudden say, ‘We’re going to go in and tear down everything.’ That’s not the answer,” Turner said. “We all have values that we want to protect and we can hold to those values and we can do it in a very peaceful, respectful way.”
This debate follows the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Like a number of cities across the country, some people in Houston are asking the city’s mayor to take down Confederate monuments, arguing the monuments glorify negative aspects of American history.
One local group has started a petition to remove a statue from Sam Houston Park.
Another group is planning a protest to have it taken down.
The answer, according to Turner, is to take an inventory of all the city’s monuments and present it to a group of people, including local historians that he will choose to study each one.
Abraham Quintanilla III, who goes by “A.B.,” was taken into custody Wednesday. He began the month on the 10 most wanted list of fugitives released by the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office in Corpus Christi.
Quintanilla is the brother of the late Tejano singer, Selena.
Quintanilla was sought for alleged contempt of court and nonpayment of child support.
The musician was a member of his late sister’s group, Selena y Los Dinos. He also co-wrote music for Selena and produced songs for her.
The Grammy-winning singer was murdered on March 31, 1995, by Yolanda Saldívar, an employee who oversaw Selena’s boutiques and fan club.
Quintanilla, 53, continued in the music industry, most recently as founder of the group Elektro Kumbia.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and his chamber emerged from the rubble of a bruising special session Wednesday as a subject of both intense criticism and speculation about his future as head of the lower chamber.
There did not appear to be any immediate threats to Straus’ speakership, though the post-session finger-pointing signaled the intra-party conflict that consumed most of it is not going away anytime soon.
The House abruptly closed out the special session a day early Tuesday, declining to further negotiate on a key property tax bill after it agreed to Senate changes to a school finance package. Over the next 12 hours, both the governor and lieutenant governor of Texas sharply criticized Straus, a fellow Republican, making clear they both believed that the blame for measures that didn’t survive should be laid at his feet.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who oversees the Senate, declared the House “quit on the taxpayers of Texas” and unfurled a bevy of jabs at Straus — one of them invoking the Battle of the Alamo — at a late-night news conference following the Senate’s decision to follow the House’s lead and end the session in their chamber a day early. The Senate did so without accepting a House version of the property tax bill, rejecting what one senator described as a “take-it-or-leave-it” proposal.
Gov. Greg Abbott cranked up the heat Wednesday morning, assigning blame to Straus and the House for slow-walking his agenda and not giving all 20 items a vote on the House floor. He also portrayed Straus as an obstructionist when it came to the most controversial legislation on the call, a so-called “bathroom bill” that would have regulated which restroom transgender Texans can use.
“There’s no evidence he’s going to change his mind on it, and that’s why elections matter,” Abbott told Houston radio station KTRH, immediately stoking speculation that he was laying the groundwork for a Straus ouster.
In a subsequent radio interview, Abbott stopped short of calling for a new speaker but made clear many of the unfinished items on his agenda are unlikely to become law as long as Straus is speaker. “We’ve got to get the votes in the House,” said Abbott, whose well-funded political operation is gearing up for a much bigger role in the upcoming primaries than it had last time around.
Abbott’s blows landed as Straus attended a closely watched meeting of the House Republican Caucus. It had been requested by the conservative Freedom Caucus, which is looking to establish a process for Republican lawmakers to determine a candidate for speaker before the next session — potentially someone other than Straus, who intends to seek a record-breaking sixth term behind the gavel in 2019.
The House elects its speaker on the first day of the regular session. Historically, all of the 150 members in the chamber have voted on their own, leading to speakers supported by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats in the past. Democratic support played a role in Straus’ original election to Speaker in 2009, prompting critics who view Straus as too moderate to argue that the caucus could draw a more conservative speaker if they could unite behind another candidate.
Over 80 of the chamber’s 95 Republican members reportedly showed up to Wednesday’s meeting, which lasted roughly an hour and a half and ended with a standing ovation for Straus. Freedom Caucus members came out of the meeting saying they were looking forward to continuing a discussion about speaker nomination rules at the House Republican Caucus’ September retreat.
“Nothing was decided except that it’s a conversation that’s worthy of being continued,” said state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, chairman of the Freedom Caucus. “We’re not talking about a person. We’re talking about a process.”
Straus briefly spoke with reporters as he left the meeting, making a short walk from the room where the caucus met to a bank of elevators.
“We had a very good conversation, and I enjoyed it,” Straus said. “I think all of us did. Very constructive, very positive, very unifying in a lot of ways.”
He did not answer shouted questions about Patrick’s criticism Tuesday night. In a statement after the meeting, Straus said the House “considered every idea carefully, listened to constituents, and acted on a number of critical issues” during the special session. He also thanked Abbott for working with the lower chamber on his “very ambitious agenda.”
A number of Straus lieutenants were tight-lipped about how the caucus meeting went as they darted out of it. “Very good,” said state Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, chairman of the Calendars Committee. “Good, productive meeting,” repeatedly said state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, chairman of the State Affairs Committee. State Rep. Dan Huberty — a Houston Republican who was deeply involved in end-of-session talks as the House’s education chief — declined to comment.
Straus’ situation was not just the talk of Republicans on Wednesday morning. He was repeatedly mentioned at a nearby Capitol rally featuring Democratic lawmakers, where U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, a former member of the Texas House, spoke of a “very ugly internal fight” in the Texas GOP and accused Abbott and Patrick of seeking to “cannibalize” Straus. As for the speaker’s future, Democrats suggested they were watching the GOP caucus deliberations with interest.
“The jury’s out,” state Rep. César Blanco of El Paso said, “and we’ll see what Republicans decide.”
Straus has easily survived various challenges since he rose to power in 2009. The last time the GOP caucus chose to collectively nominate a speaker candidate — in 2011 — Straus prevailed with the support of an overwhelming majority of members.
Straus does not seem fazed by his critics as of late. With a few days left in the regular session in May, Straus quietly filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission declaring his candidacy for speaker in the 2019 session. Asked if he was definitely running again Wednesday, Straus offered a smile and few words as he waited for elevator doors to close, a pack of reporters in tow.
“No big announcements in that room,” Straus responded. “It was a good conversation. Very positive.”
President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped into business leaders who resigned from his White House jobs panel — the latest sign that corporate America’s romance with Trump is faltering — after his equivocal response to violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“They’re not taking their job seriously as it pertains to this country,” the president said at an impromptu news conference at Trump Tower in New York City.
After his remarks, a fifth member of his manufacturing panel resigned: AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, who said in a statement, “We cannot sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism.”
The president denied that his original statement about the violence in Virginia on Saturday — saying “many” sides were to blame, rather than hate groups — was the cause of the departures.
“Some of the folks that will leave, they’re leaving out of embarrassment because they make their products outside” the United States, he said as he seemed to double down on his earlier comments.
Trump also assailed the CEOs who left on Twitter as “grandstanders” and said he had plenty of executives available to take their place. The president added that he believes economic growth in the U.S. will heal its racial divide.
But the parade of departing leaders from the informal panel seems closely linked to how the president responded to events that led to the death of a counter-protester that opposed the white supremacists.
Among those who’ve left are the chief executives for Merck, Under Armour and Intel and the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
Alliance president Scott Paul, in a tweet, said simply, “I’m resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it’s the right thing for me to do.” Within minutes of the tweet on Tuesday, calls to Paul’s phone were being sent to voicemail.
Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon joined the chorus, saying in a note Monday to employees, “(We) too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists.”
But McMillon, whose business has customers on all sides of the political spectrum, plans to stay on a separate Trump advisory panel and said that the president’s follow-up remarks on Monday that named white supremacists were a step in the right direction.
Corporate leaders have been willing to work with Trump on taxes, trade and reducing regulations, but they’ve increasingly found themselves grappling with cultural and social tensions amid his lightning rod-style of leadership. The CEOs who left the council quickly faced his wrath, while those who have stayed have said it’s important to speak with the president on economic issues.
Like several other corporate leaders, Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said that intolerance and racism have no place in U.S. society but that he intended to stay on the manufacturing council.
“We must engage if we hope to change the world and those who lead it,” he said in a statement.
A White House official downplayed the importance of the manufacturing council and a separate policy and strategy forum featuring corporate leaders. The official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations, said the panels were informal rather than a set body of advisers. The departures, the official said, were unlikely to hurt the administration’s plans to overhaul taxes and regulations.
Many corporate leaders have faced a lose-lose scenario in which any choice involving politics can alienate customers, not to mention a U.S. president who has shown a willingness to personally negotiate government contracts.
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, one of only four African-Americans leading a Fortune 500 company, was the first to tender his resignation Monday.
Trump criticized Frazier almost immediately Monday over drug prices, and again Tuesday for having factories overseas. Merck has 25,000 U.S. employees in all 50 states and has invested $50 billion in research and development since 2010, primarily in the United States.
Then came resignations from Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and then Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. On Under Armour’s Facebook page Tuesday, customers who supported Trump threatened to boycott the athletic clothier.
Austan Goolsbee, the former chief economist for President Barack Obama, said the departures suggest the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville could alienate those who work for the companies, and those who buy the products and services that they sell.
“It’s certainly a sign that Trump’s more controversial stuff isn’t playing well with companies selling to middle America,” said Goolsbee, now a professor at the University of Chicago.
There had already been departures from two major councils created by the Trump administration that were tied to its policies.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from the manufacturing council in June, and two other advisory groups to the president, after the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger resigned for the same reason from the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum.
The manufacturing jobs council had 28 members initially, but it has shrunk since it was formed earlier this year as executives retire, are replaced, or, as with Frazier, Musk, Plank, Paul and Krzanich, resign.
So far, the majority of CEOs and business leaders that are sitting on the two major, federal panels, are condemning racism, but say they want to keep their seats at the table.
“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unwavering, and we will remain active champions for these efforts,” said a spokesman for Campbell Soup for CEO Denise Morrison. “We believe it continues to be important for Campbell to have a voice and provide input on matters that will affect our industry, our company and our employees in support of growth.”
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg also will remain. So will Michael Dell, the head of his namesake computer company. Both companies contract with the government.
Lawrence Summers, once the chief economist at the World Bank and senior Treasury official, wondered when more business leaders will distance themselves from Trump.
“After this weekend, I am not sure what it would take to get these CEOs to resign,” he tweeted. “Demonizing ethnic groups? That has happened.”
The man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to murdering an Iowa sheriff’s deputy in a brazen jail escape will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Video footage of the shooting of two Pottawattamie County deputies during the jail break last May provided “overwhelming evidence” and helped lead to a murder conviction, according to Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber.
Wilber showed reporters the video depicting what happened inside the sally port at the jail when Wesley Correa-Carmenaty shot the deputies and fled in a jail van.
The 24-year-old Carmenaty was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of Deputy Mark Burbridge and wounding of deputy Pat Morgan.
The video showed Carmenaty was not shackled when he returned to the jail after an appearance in court earlier that May morning. Wilber said officials believe another inmate at the jail gave Carmenaty a key to his handcuffs for his escape.
The video shows Carmenaty attacking Burbridge when he was getting out of the van and a gunshot is clearly heard. Wilber earlier said Carmenaty had a shank he used to attack Deputy Burbridge.
After shooting Burbridge, Carmenaty ran around to the open driver’s side door and jumped in the van. That’s when Morgan tried to stop Carmenaty and was shot.
Carmenaty then drove the van through the closed door of the sally port, making his escape from the jail.
It was supposed to be a normal day of fishing for Katy’s Kyle Naegeli, but what he had on the end of his line was no catfish.
Naegeli recorded the entire catch on his GoPro camera.
On it you hear him say, “Oh my. A freaking gator! Oh my gosh! What the heck?!”
When the 19-year-old went fishing in Buffalo Bayou in Cinco Ranch last Monday, he caught a 7-foot-long alligator.
“I was freaking out,” Naegeli said. “I was like, ‘What are we going to do with this thing?’ Because it was pulling line. I didn’t know what to do.”
Naegeli and a friend had been fishing in the bayou for less than an hour. Using live blue gills for bait he had already caught a good-sized catfish.
Fifteen minutes later, it felt like he had one that was even bigger.
“What the heck? That’s a gator,” Naegeli can be heard saying on the recording. “I thought I had a big catfish.”
The gator held onto the line for a few minutes — even got close for Naegeli’s GoPro camera. The plan was to cut the line but the gator ended of breaking it itself.
“The gator, it really wasn’t pulling that hard when I got up to the bank, but it was heavy,” Naegeli said. “So the bank was like a 10-foot drop-off so there was no way I was going to haul him up the bank.”
Naegeli said he’s been fishing since he was about 2 years old. He said this is the second time he says he caught an alligator, but the first one was only 3 or 4 feet long.
President Trump commented on the story, saying on Twitter that “there is plenty of blame to go around, on both sides.”
As neighbors tried to figure out why constable cars lined their street, authorities tried to figure out who is currently living in the home in question.
“Well, this house has been vacant for a couple (of) years, so that obviously raised some red flags to the people that live around here,” Jeff Mcshan, of Harris County Precinct 5, said.
A neighbor called authorities after they noticed people — other than the owners — living inside the one-story home.
When constables and the actual owner showed up, nobody was home and they couldn’t get inside because someone had changed the locks.
“They made forced entry into the home and they found out there is a lot of furniture inside. Some of the walls look like they’ve been painted and someone is obviously living there. There are several beds located inside,” Mcshan said.
The owner says he did not rent or sell his vacant home, which has some people questioning if squatters are occupying it.
People who live on the street say they thought it was just a new neighbor. They said they would see a woman, man and children sitting outside.
“I saw them move in with a moving truck, so I figured they were moving into the house,” Aaron Dushkin said.
The observation has investigators wondering if maybe the mysterious new neighbors were conned into renting the home.
“They may have been scammed. There are a lot of different scenarios that could have happened here so it could be some folks that moved in and they’re acting as squatters or it could be someone that answered an ad,” Mcshan said.
President Trump commented on the story, saying on Twitter that “there is plenty of blame to go around, on both sides.”
Protesters will face felony charges for toppling a nearly century-old Confederate statue in front of a North Carolina government building, the sheriff said Tuesday.
Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said some of the protesters who tore down the statue Monday had been identified, and investigators were preparing arrest warrants.
“Let me be clear. No one is getting away with what happened yesterday. We will find the people responsible,” Andrews said, declining to specify the charges.
Law enforcement officers took video throughout the protest but didn’t intervene as protesters brought out a ladder, climbed up to attach a rope and then pulled the bronze Confederate soldier from its pedestal. After it fell, some began kicking the statue, while others took photos standing or sitting on it. The protest was in response to violence and a death at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
Andrews said his staff met with community leaders before the Durham demonstration, and he was aware of the potential for vandalism. But he said he used restraint because of the risk of injuries if deputies moved in.
“Had I ordered my deputies to engage a hostile crowd, there would have been serious injuries,” he said. “Statues can be replaced. Lives cannot.”
The Confederate Soldiers Monument, dedicated in 1924, stood in front of an old courthouse building that serves as local government offices. The crumpled and dented bronze figure has been taken to a warehouse for storage.
The leader of the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Doug Nash, said Tuesday that he’s disappointed by the toppling of the statue as well as other recent violence.
“The only thing I’d like to say is that I’m very saddened by all this mess that’s going on,” Nash said by phone.
Although the violence in Virginia has prompted fresh talk by government officials about bringing down symbols of the Confederacy around the South, North Carolina has a law protecting them. The 2015 law prevents removing such monuments on public property without permission from state officials.
North Carolina is one of only three states – along with Virginia and Georgia – that have 90 or more Confederate monuments, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. A state tally shows at least 120 Civil War monuments around North Carolina, with the vast majority dedicated to the Confederacy. Around 50 are located at contemporary or historic courthouses. There are Confederate statues at the state’s flagship university and Capitol grounds.
In response to the statue in Durham being torn down, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted: “The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments.”
Some people who passed by the empty pedestal on Tuesday expressed mixed feelings about the statue and its fate.
“I’ve walked by this statue several times in the last few weeks. And I’ve wondered, if it is appropriate,” said Emily Yeatts, an attorney in Durham. “If there IS a way to remember and honor, as it says, ‘The boys who wore the gray,’ without also lending some legitimacy to the cause for which they fought. This statue has struck me as out of place in Durham, for some time. And while I was surprised to see the news footage last night, it seemed right.”
President Trump commented on the story, saying on Twitter that “there is plenty of blame to go around, on both sides.”
A determined crowd pulled down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina Monday.
More than 1,000 miles away stands a bronze statue in Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston.
It is called “The Spirit of the Confederacy.”
It was built more than 100 years ago.
A plaque reads, “To all heroes of the South who fought for the Principles of States Rights.”
“We’ve gotten a pretty strong, positive reaction,” said Michael Leone of the Young Communist League in Houston.
The group started a petition asking Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to remove the monument.
The petition said the group did not want to erase the past, but not glorify it either.
“We would like to see monuments that represent white supremacy and the Confederacy removed because we don’t think they belong in a place for public respect or public admiration,” Leone said.
Several people spoke before the Houston City Council Tuesday asking the city to remove the statue. The mayor responded and said the Houston Parks Department could inventory and list all Civil War monuments and make a recommendation on what would happen next.
“It is my hope that we can, in a very positive and constructive way, move forward,” Turner said.
No date has been set for action on the issue.
“We absolutely need to need to understand our history. All of the good stuff and the bad stuff,” said University of St. Thomas history professor Lisa Mundey, Ph.D.
She told KPRC 2 that when portraying history, you must look at multiple perspectives, beyond the white population in the North and South.
“We must also look at black Americans. They didn’t get the statues. They didn’t get the monuments. And what about the victims of slavery? They don’t have monuments either. We don’t have monuments to the slave blocks and the slave ships, to the inhumanity that we traded slaves,” Mundey said.
Federal judges have invalidated two Texas congressional districts, ruling that they must be fixed by either the Legislature or a federal court.
In a unanimous decision Tuesday, a three-judge panel in San Antonio ruled that Congressional Districts 27 and 35 violate the U.S. Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act.
The 107-page ruling — the latest chapter of a six-year court battle over how Texas lawmakers drew political maps — sets up a scramble to redraw the districts in time for the 2018 elections.
SOME ENDANGERED SPECIES NATIVE TO TEXAS:
The funds, which are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, give support for a diverse array of species and habitats across the country.
“The Trump Administration is working hard with states and local communities to find solutions that are driven at the local level, rather than in Washington, D.C.,” said Deputy Secretary Bernhardt. “As a hunter, I know the work of state wildlife agencies is absolutely critical to wildlife conservation in the United States. We’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with them, their local communities and other partners to ensure important fish, wildlife, habitat and cultural needs are met. Tribal and state wildlife grants are foundational to protecting our nation’s wildlife legacy, including game and non-game species.”
The $2,503,634 in funding through the SWG program, which is part of $48 million being distributed nationwide, will support imperiled species and habitats listed in approved state wildlife action plans.
All 50 state and U.S. territorial wildlife agencies have these plans, which proactively protect species in greatest conservation need. Projects funded through SWG involve research, monitoring, wildlife surveys, species and habitat management and other activities.
SWG funds are administered by the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program and are allocated to states and territories according to a congressionally mandated formula based on population and geographic area.
Grant funds must be used to address conservation needs, such as research, wildlife surveys, species and habitat management, and monitoring identified within state wildlife action plans. The funds may also be used to update, revise or modify a state’s plan.