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Cops: Real Estate Agent Did the Deed in Home She Sold

And they don't mean the property deed

(Newser) - Before the new owner of a home in Friendswood, Texas, could even hook up the appliances, an entirely different kind of hookup apparently took place inside. At least, that's how it appears after the real estate agent who sold the property was arrested for allegedly having sex inside the... More »

Texas Teacher's Homework Policy Has Gone Viral

No homework, kids, but you have to eat dinner with your family and go to sleep early

(Newser) - As the school year kicks off to a staggered start around the country, parents everywhere are bracing themselves for lengthy school-supply lists and soon-to-come homework battles—unless they have a child in Texas teacher Brandy Young's class. KTRK reports on the second-grade teacher's homework policy, which has gone... More »

As Schools Restart, Obama's Transgender Rule Is Blocked

Federal judge bars order on bathrooms

(Newser) - President Obama's push to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice hit a last-minute roadblock Sunday just as schools across the US are reopening. A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the White House directive that came out in May ordering schools to let kids use... More »

Texas' Maternal Mortality Spike Hard to Explain 'in Absence of War'

Advocates blame state for slashing health care funding, forcing clinics to close

(Newser) - The rate at which women die in Texas from pregnancy-related complications is higher than in any other US state—or even in the rest of the developed world, reports the Guardian . A study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that the maternal mortality rate in Texas doubled in a... More »

Cemetery Worker Finds Teen Missing Since 1973

The family of Joseph Spears finally has answers

(Newser) - After 43 years, a Mississippi mother finally knows what happened to her son thanks to the curiosity and diligence of a cemetery worker, the Sun Herald reports. Curious about an unidentified teen buried in a Galveston, Texas, cemetery after being hit by a car in August 1973, Chelsea Davidson started... More »

Cops: Houston Mom Drowned 2 Kids, Hid Bodies

She confessed murders to acquaintance

(Newser) - A Houston woman was arrested Sunday after casually mentioning to an acquaintance that she had drowned her two children in a bathtub and hidden the bodies under a neighbor's home, police say. Sheborah Thomas, 30, has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of 7-year-old Orayln (also spelled... More »

NFL Nixes Dallas Cowboys' Decal Honoring Slain Cops

'Arm in Arm' helmet decals cannot be worn during preseason, regular season

(Newser) - Last month, the Dallas Cowboys unveiled a helmet decal meant to show solidarity with the Dallas Police Department after five officers were murdered. But on Wednesday, the NFL rejected the team's request to wear the decals during the preseason, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Cowboys had already been... More »

Transgender Kindergartner Fights for Right to Use Girls' Bathroom

Kai was born a boy but has been living as a girl for two years

(Newser) - A Texas mother is fighting for the right of her transgender daughter to use the girls' restroom when she starts kindergarten this fall, KPRC reports. "Please understand I'm not fighting about bathrooms, I'm fighting about her life," Kim Shappley told the Pearland school board during a... More »

Texas Sees 1st Death Linked to Zika: a Newborn

It's the second death in continental US

(Newser) - A newborn girl born with microcephaly has died in Texas, marking the first Zika-related death in the state and only the second nationwide, reports the Houston Chronicle . Harris County health officials say the girl's mother likely contracted Zika while traveling in Latin America, before she returned to the US... More »

Broke Woman Tries to Sell Necklace Mom Gave Her, Gets Awesome Surprise

Jewelry store employee gives her the money, refuses to take the necklace

(Newser) - When a woman entered a North Texas jewelry store with her two children, asking if the store was interested in buying a gold necklace, the employee, Noah, noticed tears in her eyes. "It seemed like she was sad," Noah, who did not want his identity revealed, tells CBS... More »

6 Best Small US Cities for Families

Congrats to Wylie, Texas

(Newser) - If you’re looking for small-town living, Texas is the place to be. Six of the top 10 small US cities for families, with populations under 100,000, are in the Lone Star State, according to a NerdWallet ranking. It looks at factors like affordability, income, crime, and the quality... More »

Balloon Pilot in Deadly Crash Had 4 DWI Convictions

Skip Nichols wouldn't have been allowed to fly a plane

(Newser) - If Alfred "Skip" Nichols had been a commercial airplane pilot, he probably would have been grounded long ago. Nichols, the pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed over the weekend in Texas , killing 16, was able to keep flying despite having at least four convictions for drunk driving... More »

Teen Accused of Killing Parents Claimed Masked Man Was in House

But police found no sign that story was true

(Newser) - The 16-year-old Houston boy charged with murdering his parents called 911 himself around 1:40am Friday, telling dispatchers he was hiding in a closet after hearing gunshots and seeing a masked man inside the house. But police say when they arrived, the alarm was still set and there was no... More »

50 Years After 'First Mass Shooting,' a New Law in Texas

Charles Whitman's rampage still echoes today

(Newser) - It's now referred to as "America's first mass shooting," and those who remember it say it certainly felt like the start of something new, strange, and horrible when Charles Whitman started shooting people at random from the University of Texas clock tower on Aug. 1, 1966.... More »

Just-Crowned Miss Teen USA Sorry for Racial Slurs

Texas high school senior took to Twitter at 2am Sunday to do damage control

(Newser) - Miss Teen USA 2016 was supposed to take a step in the direction of feminism and equal rights as the contest ditched the swimsuits for athletic wear . But in the wee hours following the event that crowned Miss Texas Karlie Hay, the 18-year-old high school senior took to Twitter to... More »

Newlyweds Among Dead in Worst US Balloon Crash

Pilot was arrested for DUI in 2000

(Newser) - Authorities have confirmed that 15 passengers and the pilot died Saturday in what is believed to be the deadliest hot air balloon crash in American history. The victims of the crash near Lockhart in central Texas include newlyweds Matt and Sunday Rowan, who were married just six months ago, People... More »

Hot Air Balloon Likely Hit Power Lines, Went 'Pop, Pop, Pop'

16 believed dead in what is likely deadliest such incident in American history

(Newser) - The hot air balloon that caught fire and crashed Saturday in Texas likely hit a power line in what appears to be the worst such disaster in American history, reports CNN . Officials aren't yet confirming the number of dead, reports the AP , though an FAA rep says that at... More »

16 Killed in Texas Hot Air Balloon Crash

The balloon caught fire and crashed into a Texas pasture

(Newser) - A hot air balloon has crashed in Texas, killing all 16 people aboard, NBC News reports. According to the ABC News , a fire started in the basket of the hot air balloon before the balloon crashed into a pasture near Lockhart, Texas, on Saturday morning. The site of the crash... More »

Cops: Teen Son Killed Ex-NFL Player, Wife

Relatives stunned by deaths of 'power couple'

(Newser) - In a tragedy that relatives find completely unfathomable, former NFL player Antonio Armstrong and his wife Dawn were killed at their Houston home early Friday, allegedly by their own son. The 16-year-old was arrested after police were called to the home at around 2am, KHOU reports. Dawn Armstrong died at... More »

Video Shows Guy Skip TSA Security, Board Plane

Damarias Cockerham walked through an unused metal detector in Dallas

(Newser) - He didn't have a ticket, or even ID, yet a 25-year-old man was able to board a plane in Dallas last July. Authorities say Damarias Cockerham, caught on surveillance video , walked through a security checkpoint at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport "without being stopped by a TSA agent" and... More »

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