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DOJ to Monitor Polls in 19 States to Prevent Voter 'Fraud'

DOJ to Monitor Polls in 19 States to Prevent Voter 'Fraud'

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday that personnel from their Civil Rights Division will "monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws" at polling places in 35 jurisdictions across 19 states to ensure the integrity of the midterm elections against "fraud," said U.S.

University of Texas Re-Brands 'Toxic Masculinity' Program After Blowback

University of Texas Re-Brands 'Toxic Masculinity' Program After Blowback

The University of Texas at Austin says the program they halted last spring following criticism it treated masculinity as toxic and as a "mental health issue" is back, re-branded, and determined to uphold its original intent to "engage men in discussions about masculinity as one tool to prevent violence.

Teen Filmed Sex with Teacher During Pep Rally, Say Police

Teen Filmed Sex with Teacher During Pep Rally, Say Police

Port Barre police say a 25-year-old Louisiana substitute teacher was caught on camera having sex with a 10th grade male student. The couple allegedly skipped out on a high school pep rally for sex in a classroom.

Texas Teacher-Student Sexual Misconduct Cases Soar to 429

Texas Teacher-Student Sexual Misconduct Cases Soar to 429

The number of Texas teachers accused of sexual misconduct with students soared for the 10th consecutive academic year, resulting in a staggering 429 investigations opened by education officials in 2017-18.

Texas Cities Dominate List of U.S. 'Boomtowns'

Texas Cities Dominate List of U.S. 'Boomtowns'

Magnify Money, a consumer finance website, released a new study this week that found Texas dominated the list of U.S. "boomtowns" and Austin scored the top spot.

Texas School District Considers Facial Recognition for Campus Security

Texas School District Considers Facial Recognition for Campus Security

A Texas school district hopes to incorporate facial recognition technology and tracking software into its current security suite. This decision comes in response to the deadly high school shootings that happened in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, earlier this year.

North Texas Man Indicted in Voter Fraud Probe Pleads Guilty

North Texas Man Indicted in Voter Fraud Probe Pleads Guilty

The North Texas man indicted in an ongoing Dallas County voter fraud investigation pleaded guilty to a lesser charge this week. He was sentenced to serve six months in jail, according to the Office of the Dallas County District Attorney.

60 Arrested in Texas Online Child Sex Crime Sting

60 Arrested in Texas Online Child Sex Crime Sting

Multiple law enforcement agencies came together for a three-month investigation called Operation Broken Heart, which resulted in 60 arrests and 152 charges across eight southeast Texas counties for numerous Internet crimes against children.

Texas Ed Board Nears 'Mexican American' Studies Approval

Texas Ed Board Nears 'Mexican American' Studies Approval

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) preliminarily approved to rename the course “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent” to “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies.

Texas Democrat Pins Primary Loss on 'Voter Fraud'

Texas Democrat Pins Primary Loss on 'Voter Fraud'

A South Texas Democrat candidate, who lost by six votes in a recent primary runoff, is contesting the race results against the Democrat winner, claiming "irregularities, misconduct, and fraud" impacted the outcome of the election.

Texas Dad Calls Police on Son’s ‘Burglary Spree’

Texas Dad Calls Police on Son’s ‘Burglary Spree’

A Texas dad made a tough decision when his teenage son bragged about a "burglary spree" that included breaking into hundreds of cars, even stealing a police officer's weapon from a parked vehicle -- he called 911.

Texas Mom Shocked After Son Accidentally Wears X-rated Shirt to School

Texas Mom Shocked After Son Accidentally Wears X-rated Shirt to School

One embarrassed Texas mother's Facebook post went viral after she shared the news that her elementary school-aged son unknowingly wore an X-rated novelty t-shirt to class. The shirt parodied McDonald's "golden arches" and "I'm lovin' it" slogan.

Time’s Up for ‘Clock Boy’ in New Court Ruling

Time’s Up for ‘Clock Boy’ in New Court Ruling

Time is up for "Clock Boy" Ahmed Mohamed, according to a new court ruling. The Texas teen was made famous for bringing a homemade digital clock-in-a-box to school where it was mistaken for a "hoax bomb.

Texas Teachers, Parents Flock to Firearms Training

Texas Teachers, Parents Flock to Firearms Training

Texas teachers and parents continue to flock to firearms training courses and active shooter preparedness workshops in response to the recent wave of school threats and the February shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 14 defenseless students and three faculty members dead.

EXCLUSIVE — Texas Public School District Emails Encouraged Staff to Switch Parties to Influence GOP Primary

EXCLUSIVE — Texas Public School District Emails Encouraged Staff to Switch Parties to Influence GOP Primary

Amid accusations of “political advocacy” leveled against several Texas public school districts by Attorney General Ken Paxton, emails obtained from one jurisdiction under review highlight commentary advocating for political party switching in primary elections and the promotion of a single slate of candidates--all on an official communication network.

Texan Gets 90 Years for Enticing Children into His Porn Productions

Texan Gets 90 Years for Enticing Children into His Porn Productions

A North Texas man will have plenty of time to reflect upon his actions now that a federal judge sentenced him to spend the next 90 years in prison for enticing local children to perform sexual acts in pornographic videos he produced.

Texas School District Bans Gun Control Protests During Class

Texas School District Bans Gun Control Protests During Class

Amid events by various political action groups calling for students to walk out of classes and protest for stricter gun control following the Parkland, Florida, shooting, one Texas school district said students will not be permitted to participate on their campuses and if they do, they will be suspended for three days.

Flu Outbreak Shutters Texas School District

Flu Outbreak Shutters Texas School District

A flu outbreak is forcing a North Texas school district to shut down for a week because the number of students, teachers, and staff exhibiting influenza-like symptoms continues to soar.

U-Haul Names Texas Leader for U.S. Growth

U-Haul Names Texas Leader for U.S. Growth

U-Haul named Texas the nation’s number one growth state for 2017, marking the second consecutive year the Lone Star State nabbed the top spot in the truck rental company’s annual migration trends report which analyzes domestic relocation patterns.

Texas 2018 Economy ‘Firing on All Cylinders,’ Dallas Fed Predicts

Texas 2018 Economy ‘Firing on All Cylinders,’ Dallas Fed Predicts

A senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas says the Texas economy is “firing on all cylinders” for 2018. He forecasts strong job growth, low unemployment, and other potential gains that may come in response to the Trump administration’s recently passed federal tax overhaul plan.

Texas Christian College Frowns on Students Working at Hooters

Texas Christian College Frowns on Students Working at Hooters

A new Hooters restaurant is coming to a West Texas city, but one local Christian university frowns on its female students working at the chain known for scantily clad waitresses, chicken wings, and the slogan “delightfully tacky, yet unrefined.

Texas Scientists Develop Drug to Curb Obesity Without Dieting

Texas Scientists Develop Drug to Curb Obesity Without Dieting

Research scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston say they developed a promising new drug that curbs obesity without dieting and, based upon preliminary study findings, they may be on their way to unleashing a breakthrough for the millions who struggle with their weight.

Suspended UT Student Cleared of Sex Assault Charges Now Reinstated

Suspended UT Student Cleared of Sex Assault Charges Now Reinstated

The University of Texas at Austin reached a settlement with "John Doe," the male student who sued campus President Greg Fenves for overturning an arbitrator’s decision that cleared Doe of sexual assault charges stemming from a 2016 case.

Texas Jobless Rate Hits 40-Year Record Low of 3.9 Percent

Texas Jobless Rate Hits 40-Year Record Low of 3.9 Percent

The Texas jobless rate hit a 40-year record low in October with unemployment dropping to 3.9 percent, outpacing the monthly national average and signaling the state rebounded since Hurricane Harvey.

Texas High School’s Re-Brand from Lee to L.E.E. Will Cost $300K

Texas High School’s Re-Brand from Lee to L.E.E. Will Cost $300K

The Texas school district that recently voted to re-imagine a campus named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee with a more welcoming 21st Century nomenclature, unveiled that the projected costs to re-brand hovers around $300,000.

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Shutters Texas Hotel

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Shutters Texas Hotel

A Central Texas hotel temporarily closed its doors last week once public health officials disclosed an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, a severe and sometimes deadly form of pneumonia.

Austin City Council Resolution Condemns ‘Harmful’ Confederate Monuments

Austin City Council Resolution Condemns ‘Harmful’ Confederate Monuments

The Austin City Council voted Thursday on a resolution that condemns displays of Confederate statues, artifacts, and memorabilia. In a three-page document, council members call Austin a “welcoming city to people of all backgrounds” where Confederate iconography is “harmful to the peace and tranquility of the city.

Texan Gets 30 Years for Prostituting Underage Girls

Texan Gets 30 Years for Prostituting Underage Girls

A Texas man promised two underage girls lives filled with luxury and riches--but actually groomed them for prostitution and confiscated their earnings--got 30 years in federal prison.

Texas Sprays Mosquitoes in 1.4 M Harvey-Ravaged Acres to Thwart West Nile and Zika Viruses

Texas Sprays Mosquitoes in 1.4 M Harvey-Ravaged Acres to Thwart West Nile and Zika Viruses

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported they sprayed mosquitoes in more than 1.4 million acres ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Officials plan to thwart the winged insects from breeding across multiple waterlogged counties, preventing a surge in their population and the diseases they carry, notably West Nile and Zika viruses.

Texas Teacher Indicted for Allegedly Kissing, Sexting, Soliciting Sex from Boy

Texas Teacher Indicted for Allegedly Kissing, Sexting, Soliciting Sex from Boy

A North Texas special education teacher at an all-boys middle school was indicted by a Dallas grand jury on Wednesday following allegations she inappropriately hooked up with an eighth grade male student, exchanged sexually explicit text messages, solicited sex, and kissed the boy.

Public Officials Warn Texans of Health Threats in Harvey’s Wake

Public Officials Warn Texans of Health Threats in Harvey’s Wake

As floodwaters caused by Hurricane Harvey recede along the hard hit Texas Gulf Coast and Houston areas, public officials and medical experts warn residents of significant health threats they may face in the aftermath of the cataclysmic storm.

North Texas Temporarily Runs Low on Gas in Hurricane Harvey’s Aftermath

North Texas Temporarily Runs Low on Gas in Hurricane Harvey’s Aftermath

Anyone who got behind the wheel in Dallas on Thursday morning saw unusually long lines at gas stations, higher prices, and "out of service" bags placed on pumps that ran out of gasoline altogether--but experts say there is no gas shortage in Dallas or Texas.

Texas School Sheds ‘Robert E. Lee’ for ‘Student Safety’

Texas School Sheds ‘Robert E. Lee’ for ‘Student Safety’

A Texas high school cited "student safety" concerns as the reason for shedding its nearly 60-year-old Confederate namesake, General Robert E. Lee. This marks the second time in a week that public education officials in the Lone Star State used the rationale to strip a slice of history from a campus.

Black Former Dallas School Leader Defends Confederate Monuments

Black Former Dallas School Leader Defends Confederate Monuments

A former Dallas school leader, who is black, spoke out this week to defend the city's historical Confederate monuments and statues amid a national push to remove all reminders after violence erupted at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally on Saturday.

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