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Man Charged With Trying to Blow Up Confederate Statue

He was found at base of statue in Houston park

(Newser) - There is a nationwide debate over what to do about Confederate statues—but just about everybody agrees that Andrew Schneck's approach is not the way forward. The 25-year-old man was arrested Saturday for allegedly trying to blow up a statute of Confederate Lt. Dick Dowling in Houston's Hermann... More »

Texas A&M Halts 'White Pride' Rally

Its organizer is now threatening to sue over First Amendment violation

(Newser) - Texas A&M has canceled a "White Lives Matter" event that was billed by its organizer as "Today Charlottesville, Tomorrow Texas A&M." While stressing its commitment to the First Amendment, the university on Monday announced that the Sept. 11 event will not go ahead because its... More »

Football Team Needed a Player, and a 5-Foot-2 Girl Stepped Up

ESPN profiles rural Texas team, but not with the ending you might expect

(Newser) - ESPN has a lengthy feature on a high school football team in Texas, but Friday Night Lights this isn't. The story is about a team in tiny Harrold, Texas, where the schools are so small they play a six-man version of the game on a shorter field. Players... More »

Cops: Texas Woman Used Stun Gun on 5-Year-Old Son

'From zero to 10, it hurt 10,' he told police

(Newser) - Her lawyer says it was "discipline that went a little too far." Police say it was a felony. Houston woman Whitney White, 27, has been charged with felony injury to a child for abuse that included abusing her son with a stun gun when he was 5 years... More »

Couple Ordered to Pay Wedding Photographer $1M

Texas wedding photographer wins defamation lawsuit

(Newser) - A Texas wedding photographer says her business dropped from 75 to 100 bookings a year to just two after a newlywed couple trashed her online and on TV, the Dallas Morning News reports. On Friday, a jury ordered the couple to pay Andrea Polito $1.08 million. Andrew and Neely... More »

Famous Singer's Brother on a Texas 'Most Wanted' List

AB Quintanilla, brother of Selena, reportedly owes nearly $90K in child support

(Newser) - A surprising name has popped up on a Texas "most wanted" list: that of Selena Quintanilla's brother. Per People Chica , AB Quintanilla—full name: Abraham Quintanilla, per a Facebook post by the Nueces County Sheriff's Office—is one of the top 10 fugitives in Corpus Christi for... More »

Texas Executes Man for Murder of Drug Supplier

TaiChin Preyor broke into woman's home in 2004

(Newser) - A Texas prisoner was executed Thursday evening for killing a San Antonio woman after breaking into her apartment more than 13 years ago. TaiChin Preyor, 46, was put to death after his attorneys failed to convince courts that he had deficient legal help during earlier stages of his appeals and... More »

Ex-Swim Coach Faces Felony Charge in Teen's Drowning

Tracey Anne Boyd has been charged with criminal negligence

(Newser) - A former school swim coach in Texas has been charged in the death of a 13-year-old girl who drowned during practice, prosecutors said. The AP reports Tracey Anne Boyd is scheduled to appear in court next week on a felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child by criminal negligence.... More »

Mosquito-Transmitted Zika Case Reported in Texas

It's likely the 1st such case in the US this year

(Newser) - Officials announced Wednesday what they believe is the first case of locally contracted, mosquito-transmitted Zika in the continental US this year, the New York Times reports. The case was reported in Hidalgo County, Texas, and the state health department says it probably was contracted "sometime in the last few... More »

Truck Deaths: Driver Says He Didn't Know He Carried People

James M. Bradley Jr. charged with transporting immigrants in US illegally

(Newser) - The tragedy is extreme—now 10 people dead after being contained in a stiflingly hot tractor-trailer parked at a San Antonio Walmart—and so too is the potential sentence for James M. Bradley Jr. In advance of his Monday appearance in federal court, the 60-year-old driver of the truck... More »

One More Victim Dies From Sweltering Truck

Driver, in custody, faces federal and state charges

(Newser) - The driver of a tractor-trailer containing dozens trapped alongside eight dead bodies has been taken into custody. The driver faces federal and state charges in what is being investigated as a human trafficking incident, reports My San Antonio . Per the AP , one more victim has died at the hospital after... More »

'Horrific Tragedy': 8 Dead in Tractor Trailer at Walmart

San Antonio cops suspect human trafficking after dozens found crammed in truck

(Newser) - Eight people have been found dead in a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas, in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case. Some 30 other people were found in the truck, which didn't have a working air conditioning system, and they were taken to hospitals,... More »

Scary Road Rage Incident Caught on Video

Hummer refuses to let semi pass on interstate

(Newser) - A video going viral on social media shows a scary road-rage incident between a semi and a Hummer on an interstate in Texas. The truck is trying to pass the Hummer, but the Hummer keeps switching lanes at the same time to prevent the truck from doing so. CBS 7... More »

Texas Business Leaders Slam Controversial Bill

They don't want to see a NC-style backlash

(Newser) - Texas lawmakers are debating a "bathroom bill" that would restrict choice for transgender people—but state business leaders have no interest in dealing with the kind of backlash that forced North Carolina to roll back a similar bill . Some 14 CEOs from major Texas employers, including AT&T, American... More »

You Can Make Dying Army Vet's Wish Come True

Iraq veteran Lee Hernandez is taking phone calls from strangers

(Newser) - The wife of a military veteran suffering from a terminal illness is soliciting calls from strangers to brighten her husband's last days. Lee Hernandez, an 18-year Army veteran who served in Iraq, is dying of an undiagnosed medical condition in hospice care at his home in New Braunfels, Texas,... More »

Army Veteran, 70, Fired for Confronting Shoplifters

Jim Tinney violated store policy at Home Depot

(Newser) - A 70-year-old Army veteran has been fired from a Houston-area Home Depot after trying to stop suspected shoplifters from taking thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. Jim Tinney says he was fired last month from the store in Pearland. Tinney acknowledges he was trained to not confront shoplifters and knows... More »

How a Guy Stuck Behind an ATM Got Out

Via a note the machine delivered

(Newser) - Instead of money, an ATM in Corpus Christi, Texas, delivered a note reading, "Please Help. I'm stuck in here, and I don't have my phone" on Wednesday. And while some figured the message was meant as a joke, police did eventually free a man stuck behind the... More »

Doctor Accused in 7 Deaths

Authorities say he wrote unnecessary prescriptions for powerful drugs

(Newser) - A Texas doctor wrote unnecessary prescriptions for powerful drugs that contributed to the overdose deaths of at least seven people over a four-year period, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. Howard Diamond, 56, was arrested Tuesday on charges that include conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and health care fraud,... More »

Judge Booted for Not Being US Citizen Is Now a Citizen

But can Texas' Young Min Burkett get her old job back?

(Newser) - A judge in Texas who was put on unpaid leave in May after officials discovered she wasn't a US citizen has become a citizen. Corpus Christi Municipal Court Judge Young Min Burkett was sworn in as a citizen on Friday, which makes her eligible to vote and serve as... More »

5 Best, Worst States to Launch a Business

North Dakota is tops; New Jersey ranks lowest

(Newser) - "Location, location, location" has become a mantra in real estate, but it's also applicable if you're thinking of starting up your own business. WalletHub takes a close look at the business environment, business costs, and access to resources in all 50 states, diving deep into 20 various... More »

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