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Houseboat Owner Charged in Lake Death of 4-Year-Old

Jason Stuart Bernal faces up to 2 years in jail

(Newser) - Tragedy struck in central Texas on Friday when a 4-year-old girl was hit and killed by a houseboat while swimming in a public lake. KVUE reports Kaitlyn Oliver was swimming in Belton Lake at Temple Lake Park around 6:45pm when Jason Stuart Bernal backed up his boat, catching Kaitlyn... More »

New Murder Charge for Nurse Accused of Killing Children

Genene Jones may have killed as many as 60 children in Texas

(Newser) - A former Texas nurse who prosecutors say may be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 young children was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge for the second time in recent weeks, the AP reports. The Bexar County district attorney's office said in a statement that Genene Jones... More »

California Bans State Travel to Texas

It's over an adoption rule restricting LGBT parents

(Newser) - A dispute between America's two most populous states is heating up: California has banned state-funded travel to Texas, citing a law that allows foster care agencies to deny adoptions to LGBT families and others based on "sincerely held religious beliefs," reports the Texas Tribune . California Attorney General... More »

Their Crimes Were Unspeakable. They Were Also Bogus

Dan and Fran Keller exonerated of daycare sex abuse

(Newser) - They were labeled "satanic" daycare owners who murdered babies, held orgies involving children, took kids to Mexico to be raped by military officials, and forced others to drink blood. They each spent 21 years in prison based on those lies, reports the Intercept . But after 25 years, their names... More »

Teen Shoots Twin in Head While Aiming for Snake

No charges are expected in the fatal shooting

(Newser) - Authorities say a 14-year-old boy accidentally shot his twin brother to death when he fired at a snake Monday in Texas. Liberty County Sheriff's Office says they don't anticipate any charges to be filed in the shooting. Sheriff's officials said the twin who was shot died Tuesday... More »

Video Shows Why Man Just Sued United Airlines for $1M

Ronald Tigner says he was knocked to ground by rude United employee

(Newser) - A 71-year-old lawyer is suing United Airlines for more than $1 million after an employee knocked him down during an argument two years ago, the Southeast Texas Record reports. According to the Washington Post , the July 21, 2015, incident started when the TSA at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport wouldn'... More »

Cops: Mom Spent Night With Friends as Kids Died in Hot Car

Amanda Hawkins was arrested Thursday

(Newser) - "This is by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years that I have been in law enforcement," said a Texas sheriff Friday in announcing the arrest of a 19-year-old mother whose toddler girls died after being left overnight in... More »

Texas Deputy, Husband Face Murder Charges

Man died after they restrained him outside a Denny's

(Newser) - A Texas sheriff's deputy and her husband were indicted Thursday on murder charges in the death of a man they restrained during a late-night confrontation outside of a restaurant while she was off duty. A Harris County grand jury in Houston returned the indictment against Chauna and Terry Thompson... More »

'Dry Drowning' Claims Young Boy

He had played in shallow water days before his death

(Newser) - On June 3, after several days of symptoms his family thought were related to a stomach bug, 4-year-old Texas boy "Baby Frankie" Delgado awoke suddenly several hours after complaining that his shoulders hurt and said "ahhh," his father recalls. Then, as his father watched in horror, the... More »

Heard in the Texas House: 'I'll Put a Bullet in Your Head'

One lawmaker threatens to shoot another amid protest on sanctuary cities law

(Newser) - Just how nasty did things get on the floor of the Texas House on Monday? One lawmaker threatened to shoot another amid a near fistfight. The volatile turn of events came as mostly Latino protesters flooded the state Capitol in Austin on the legislature's final day, explains the Texas ... More »

Texas Nurse May Have Killed as Many as 60 Kids

Genene Jones is currently in prison for a single murder

(Newser) - A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year earlier, and authorities said Friday they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time. Genene Jones, 66, is... More »

7th-Grader's 'Award' Names Her Most Likely Terrorist

End-of-year ceremony ends on sour note in Texas

(Newser) - A mock awards ceremony for Texas middle school students ended on a sour note for one seventh-grader. Lizeth Villanueva tells KHOU teachers in the room were snickering as she and other students were handed certificates Tuesday at Channelview's Anthony Aguirre Junior High, though she wasn't laughing when she... More »

Police Chief on Leave After Arrest of Miss Black Texas

Carmen Ponder accuses Kerry Crews of wrongful arrest and corruption

(Newser) - The winner of Miss Black Texas 2016 is alleging assault, wrongful arrest, and official corruption against a Texas police chief and other officers after she spent 24 hours in jail this past weekend, the Root reports. According to NBC DFW , Carmen Ponder says she was driving to Walmart on Saturday... More »

10 Fastest-Growing Cities in US

Half of them are in Texas

(Newser) - Four of the top five fastest-growing US cities with populations of 50,000 or more are in Texas, according to US Census Bureau estimates released Thursday. And of the top 15, 10 are in the South, the AP reports. The top 10:
  1. Conroe, Texas: 7.8% increase from 2015 to
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Video Appears to Show Texas Officer Striking Teenage Girl

The 14-year-old was charged with assaulting a public servant

(Newser) - The San Antonio Police Department is reviewing police body camera footage after a bystander posted video online that appears to show an officer punching an eighth-grade girl three or four times outside a birthday party last weekend, the AP reports. The grainy footage was shot late Saturday outside an event... More »

Texas Bathroom Bill Could Expose Transgender Kids

School districts that have been keeping secrets could be forced to expose children

(Newser) - Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers, and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends. But... More »

Man Calls His Date 'Threat to Civilized Society,' Sues Her

Brandon Vezmar wants $17.31 back after he says woman texted during movie

(Newser) - "I am fully aware of the weirdness of this situation," Brandon Vezmar tells KVUE . The 37-year-old from Austin, Texas, filed a complaint Thursday in Travis County small-claims court against a 35-year-old Round Rock woman for $17.31—the price of the 3D movie ticket he purchased for her... More »

Boy and His Teddy Bear Wow Cybersecurity Experts

11-year-old Reuben Paul is a cybersecurity whiz

(Newser) - It's possible the experts in attendance Tuesday at a cybersecurity conference in the Netherlands didn't know what to make of 11-year-old Reuben Paul when the sixth-grader from Texas took the stage. But by the end of his presentation, they were tweeting compliments like "respect" and "the... More »

'Odd Retching' Noise, Then a Mom's Panic

Her 10-year-old daughter had swallowed a piece of her fidget spinner toy

(Newser) - Fidget spinners, the hottest toy on the market, may also pose a serious choking risk. So says a mother in a Facebook post that's gone viral with more than 710,000 shares after her 10-year-old daughter swallowed one of the toy's weighted bearings. Kelly Rose Joniec, a Houston-area... More »

Teen Who Had Sex With Young GF Faces Harsh Consequences

She was only 12 at the time, he was 14, and now he may be deemed sex offender

(Newser) - A Texas mom says her family is "going through hell" as they wait to see if a Harris County juvenile judge will label her 14-year-old son a sex offender. The seventh-grader's attorney, Joseph Gutheinz, tells the Houston Chronicle his client is being charged with aggravated sexual assault after... More »

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