- Immigrant family detention center granted child-care license Updated: May-03-16 4:30 pm
HOUSTON - One of the nation's largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border has received a temporary residential child-care license amid discussions over whether the federal government will keep using such facilities.
- Concerns raised about backlogs at crime labs across Texas Updated: May-03-16 12:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Mark Norwood, sentenced to life in prison for the infamous 1986 slaying of Christine Morton, was to face a jury last September in the similar killing of Debra Baker.
- DraftKings suit challenges state authority, Texas AG says Updated: May-02-16 6:42 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas' attorney general's office has answered a lawsuit filed by DraftKings, arguing that the online daily fantasy sports site is improperly challenging its authority on the issue.
- Grant to help Central Texas nature center Updated: May-01-16 12:25 pm
BELTON, Texas - Trails at a 260-acre nature center in Central Texas will be reconstructed and habitat restored with the help of a grant.
- The Latest: Massachusetts Republicans elect 27 delegates Updated: Apr-30-16 6:12 pm
BOSTON - The Latest on Massachusetts Republicans selecting delegates at nine caucuses (all times local):
- Flooding flushes oil, chemicals into Texas rivers Updated: Apr-30-16 3:57 pm
EL PASO, Texas - Recent floods across Texas have inundated oil wells and fracking sites, flushing crude oil and toxic fracking chemicals into the state's rivers.
- Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws Updated: Apr-30-16 1:48 am
HOUSTON - Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached.
- Texas man in Iowa to face lottery jackpot fraud charges Updated: Apr-28-16 5:24 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Texas man accused of helping a lottery computer manager in Iowa collect jackpots from rigged lottery games gave up a yearlong extradition fight on Thursday and traveled to Iowa to face charges.
- Texas' fetal tissue research questioned before court hearing Updated: Apr-28-16 5:19 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas legislators who passed one of the nation's toughest abortion laws turned their attention to fetal tissue research Thursday, ahead of a Houston court appearance by two anti-abortion activists on charges related to their filming of undercover videos at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
- Texas Education Agency defends updated teacher evaluations Updated: Apr-26-16 8:25 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Education Agency has defended an updated appraisal system for teachers that some critics say is not fair to educators.
- On death row 35 years, Texas inmate dies of natural causes Updated: Apr-25-16 11:46 am
HOUSTON - A man on death row for 35 years for a Houston robbery where three people were shot and killed and a fourth was severely wounded has died of natural causes, Texas prison officials said Monday.
- State pays millions to bar Medicaid from Planned Parenthood Updated: Apr-24-16 1:27 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers passed a budget last week that spends millions in state money to block Planned Parenthood from accessing federal funding.
- Mentally ill languish in jails due to few beds at hospitals Updated: Apr-23-16 2:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Hundreds of people who should be housed in state mental health facilities because they've been declared incompetent for trial are instead being held in county jails, a problem that continues to vex state officials, according to a published report.
- Man who inspired film 'Bernie' sent back to prison by jury Updated: Apr-22-16 11:26 pm
HENDERSON, Texas - A jury on Friday sent a former East Texas mortician whose murder case inspired the movie "Bernie" back to prison.
- Texas prison agency reviewing federal ban of execution drug Updated: Apr-20-16 3:23 pm
HOUSTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is refusing to back down from its decision to block the Texas prison system from importing a drug that could be used for capital punishment in the state that carries out the most executions in the nation.
- DPS: 4 killed, 4 hurt in two-vehicle wreck in Conroe Updated: Apr-20-16 9:13 am
CONROE, Texas - Investigators say four people have been killed and four seriously hurt in a fiery head-on crash north of Houston.
- Recent editorials from Texas newspapers Updated: Apr-19-16 8:48 pm
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- Texas Department of Criminal Justice director retiring Updated: Apr-15-16 5:25 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston says he's retiring this summer after guiding the state's prison system for nearly a dozen years, making him one of the longest-tenured directors in the agency's history.
- Report: ex-staff for Attorney General Ken Paxton still paid Updated: Apr-15-16 11:55 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The state is paying thousands of dollars in salaries and benefits to at least two former high-level staffers in Attorney General Ken Paxton's office who haven't worked there for over a month.
- Texas Supreme Court lets court-ordered gay marriage stand Updated: Apr-15-16 11:39 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court has dismissed the state's effort to overturn an Austin lesbian couple's marriage that came months before same-sex weddings were legalized nationwide.
- Texas unemployment for March holds steady at 4.3 percent Updated: Apr-15-16 11:28 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas unemployment rate held steady in March at 4.3 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission announced Friday.
- Texas bans inmate social media profiles managed by others Updated: Apr-14-16 6:30 pm
HOUSTON - Texas prison officials are cracking down on social media accounts managed for inmates by friends or relatives while the prisoners themselves have no Internet access because they're locked up.
- Correction: Texas Agriculture Chief-Investigation story Updated: Apr-14-16 1:16 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - In a story April 13 about an investigation launched against the Texas agriculture commissioner, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the state Democratic Party did not run an opponent against Republican Sid Miller in 2014. The party did field a candidate, Jim Hogan.
- Man on Texas 10 Most Wanted sex offender list surrenders Updated: Apr-14-16 11:33 am
AMARILLO, Texas - A convicted sex offender on the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives list has been arrested in Amarillo.
- Officers in Central Texas shoot, kill bank robbery suspect Updated: Apr-14-16 9:56 am
LLANO, Texas - Officers have fatally shot a motorcycle-riding bank robbery suspect during a traffic stop in Central Texas.