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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.

Dallas Mayor Puts Fate of Confederate Statues in Task Force’s Hands

Dallas Mayor Puts Fate of Confederate Statues in Task Force’s Hands

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced Tuesday that an appointed task force and independent advisors will arbitrate the fate of Confederate monuments on the city's public land, a dilemma sparked by the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday.

Typhus on Rise in Texas, Say Disease Experts

Typhus on Rise in Texas, Say Disease Experts

Typhus, a flea-borne infectious disease thought to be all but eradicated in the United States, appears to be on the rise in Texas, say tropical disease experts.

Miracle Dog That Survived Texas Tornadoes Comes Home from Rehab

Miracle Dog That Survived Texas Tornadoes Comes Home from Rehab

Rex, a yellow Labrador, is quite the lucky dog. After sustaining life threatening injuries in the torrent of tornadoes that struck east Texas in April and spending months in rehab paid for through the generosity of strangers, he came home to his family this week.

Texas Boy Abandoned in Mexico Returns to U.S.A.

Texas Boy Abandoned in Mexico Returns to U.S.A.

A four-year old Texas boy found wandering across the border in Mexico this winter finally returned to the United States. Authorities believe his mother traveled from El Paso to Juarez to purposely abandon the child.

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