NEWS ABOUT: Texas

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

Inmates Trapped, Hurt When Texas Prison Roof Collapses

Most of the 19 injured suffered just cuts and bruises

(Newser) - Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals. One of those inmates was later airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after today's collapse at Diboll Correctional Center, about 100 miles northeast... More »

Texas Actress Gets 18 Years in Obama Ricin Threats

Shannon Richardson had tried to frame estranged husband

(Newser) - A Texas woman who had minor roles in The Walking Dead and the The Blind Side was sentenced today to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Michael Bloomberg. A judge sentenced Shannon Guess Richardson , 36, in federal court in Texarkana on a federal charge... More »

Texas Shooting Survivor: Angels Protected Me

Plus: Alleged attacker was homecoming king

(Newser) - The only survivor of a mass shooting near Houston, now out of the hospital , is offering a message of hope after the slaying of her family. Speaking at a public memorial today, Cassidy Stay told listeners that she's "on a straightforward path to a full recovery," KHOU... More »

Grandma, 71, Graduates— as Valedictorian

Jerry Duncan, 71, proves age is just a number

(Newser) - "Just because you got a little age on you, don't let it stop you." Those words come from Jerry Duncan, a 71-year-old grandma and now the valedictorian of the 2014 certified nursing assistant program graduating class at Texas' Kilgore College-Longview. Duncan, who worked as an unlicensed nursing... More »

Inside Texas' 'Death Valley' for Migrants

Brooks County has recovered 37 bodies this year

(Newser) - Border officials in Texas' Brooks County pray for rain to keep the heat down—and, as the chief deputy says, "to keep the body count down." "I really do pray for rain every day," he tells NBC News . Known by ranchers as "Death Valley,"... More »

Texas Town Bans Undocumented Children

League City doesn't want to house them, should the government ask

(Newser) - As the issue of undocumented children streaming into the US heats up , one Texas town has taken action. League City's city council last night passed a resolution, 6-2, that would see the city bar any federal request to operate a detention or processing center there, though the Houston Chronicle ... More »

Rick Perry Disses Obama, Then Agrees to Meeting

Didn't want any part of quick handshake on Austin tarmac

(Newser) - Rick Perry is not interested in a photo op with President Obama. The Texas governor and maybe-presidential-candidate yesterday said he would not be greeting Obama at the airport when he arrives in Austin tomorrow. "I appreciate the offer," Perry wrote in a letter to the president, according to... More »

2016 Signal? Rick Perry Gives Up Cowboy Boots

Texas official slams 'metrosexual' governor

(Newser) - The man who signed a formal resolution from the Texas Legislature declaring the cowboy boot the state's official footwear has hung up his boots—and a lot of Texans aren't impressed. Rick Perry says he has given up wearing cowboy boots because the arched heels worsen his back... More »

After Lake Dries Up, Cherished Ring Is Found

Elizabeth Clark lost her class ring in 1954

(Newser) - There is, perhaps, the tiniest upside to drought: An 84-year-old Washington state woman will soon hold her 1953 university class ring, lost six decades ago, after it was found in a dried-up West Texas lake. Elizabeth Clark lost her Howard Payne University class ring in 1954 in Lake Nasworthy near... More »

US to Build Big Processing Facility for Migrant Kids

Site in McAllen, Texas, will hold 1K children

(Newser) - With the number of child immigrants from Central America overwhelming Border Patrol stations , the US plans to convert a giant warehouse into a processing facility for the kids in Texas, reports AP . The facility in McAllen will accommodate about 1,000 children, who will have access to an "interaction/play"... More »

Quakes Turn Texas Towns Against Fracking

Denton might become state's first town to ban it

(Newser) - Earthquakes used to be unheard of in the Texas towns of Azle and Reno. But from November to January, the area experienced 34 perceptible tremors, and while they were all minor, topping out at magnitude 3.6, residents are spooked—and blaming the local fracking industry, NBC News reports. Studies... More »

Great White's Movements Leave Scientists Perplexed

You can follow Katharine, and Betsy, online

(Newser) - Two great white sharks, one of which weighs more than a ton, are swimming through the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas ... maybe. Both were tagged by researchers off Cape Cod in August, and you can follow the sharks' path at Ocearch.org , the Houston Chronicle reports. Every time they surface... More »

Mass Graves of Migrants Found in Texas Cemetery

Anthropologist says state of burial is 'shocking'

(Newser) - The task was hard enough, even without complications: Forensic anthropologists were trying to identify the remains of migrants who perished in remote South Texas while trying to cross from Mexico into the US. Many of those remains ended up in a cemetery in Falfurrias, and when the volunteers made 52... More »

Dallas Votes for Slavery Reparations

Commissioners didn't quite read resolution before approving it

(Newser) - Dallas County now officially backs paying reparations for slavery—not out of a thirst to right historical wrongs, but because commissioners weren't paying attention at a meeting. John Wiley Price, the only black commissioner on the Dallas County Commissioners Court, declared that African Americans should be "satisfied with... More »

Cliff-Dangling Texas Mansion to Be Torched

Homeowner discovers insurance doesn't cover situation

(Newser) - What's worse than having your luxury home fall into a lake? How about having your home fall into a lake and then having to pay for an expensive cleanup using specialized barges? To avoid this fate, the owners of a Texas home on the verge of toppling into Lake... More »

Texas GOP Backs Gay 'Reparative Therapy'

Other states' bans on conversion treatment a 'freedom issue'

(Newser) - Texas Republicans are officially in favor of "treatment" to turn gay people straight. "We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle," the party says in its newly approved platform. New... More »

US Hit With 4th-Ever Mad-Cow Death

But Texas sees 'no public health concerns,' thinks victim picked it up abroad

(Newser) - The Centers for Disease Control is confirming the fourth-ever American death from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a degenerative brain disorder linked to mad cow disease. But before you get worried, know that the state of Texas finds "no Texas public health concerns or threats associated with this case." The... More »

Woman Gobbles 9 Lbs. of Steak in 15 Minutes

Molly Schuyler sets Big Texan challenge record

(Newser) - Molly Schuyler set a new steak-eating record on Monday: She ate a 72-ounce steak at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas—plus sides of baked potato, shrimp cocktail, bread, and salad—in less than five minutes, crushing the former record of 8 minutes and 52 seconds, the Amarillo ... More »

Tea Partier Unseats Oldest Congressman

Next year will see no WWII vets in Congress

(Newser) - The oldest member the House of Representatives has ever seen has lost his job to a Tea Party-backed candidate. Rep. Ralph Hall lost his Texas primary yesterday to John Ratcliffe, a former US attorney and Mitt Romney aide. Ratcliffe had won 52% of the vote to Hall's 48% with... More »

How Teen Facing Life Over Pot Brownies Got Caught

Jacob Lavoro's neighbor smelled smoke and called police

(Newser) - The Texas teenager who is looking at a possible life sentence for whipping up a batch of pot- and hash-laced brownies got busted because his pregnant neighbor smelled smoke, reports KHOU-TV . The woman explains that she is five months' along, and she called police because the smell from the neighboring... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!