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In Houston Shooter's Porsche: 2,500 Rounds of Ammo

(Newser) - The disgruntled lawyer killed by police in Houston after randomly shooting six drivers outside a condo complex Monday morning definitely had a thing for the Nazis, but police aren't sure whether that was his motive. Capt. DW Ready, head of the police homicide division, says the shooter—identified by... More »

Gunman Wounds 6 in Houston; Suspect 'DOA'

It happened early Monday at a strip mall

(Newser) - Another mass shooting: Six people were shot and wounded at a strip mall in Houston Monday morning, reports the Houston Chronicle . Police shot the gunman, who appears to have been acting alone, they announced via Twitter . "There are no reports of other suspects." The AP is now reporting... More »

She Was in Love and Expecting. Now She's 'Living a Nightmare'

Kristian Guerrero is warning people not to drink and drive

(Newser) - Everything was going right for Kristian Guerrero. She was married to an "amazing" man, Fabian, with whom she was expecting a child this December. Then came the unthinkable: While driving in San Marcos, Texas, on Aug. 2—the same day Fabian's US residency was approved, per Inside Edition... More »

Viral Images of Girl Being Disciplined Spark Debate

Man seen pulling girl by hair in Walmart

(Newser) - A man in Texas is being investigated after several Walmart shoppers spotted him pulling a girl by a section of her hair held against his shopping cart. Shoppers Erika and Robert Burch say they asked him to stop, and when he told them to mind their own business they took... More »

Obama, Black Lives Matter Sued for 'Igniting a Race War'

Dallas police sergeant wants more than $500M in damages

(Newser) - A Texas police sergeant has filed a federal lawsuit against the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and President Obama, among others, for "igniting a race war." The Dallas Morning News reports Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, a 17-year veteran of law enforcement and president of the Dallas Fallen... More »

Stray Dogs Are Terrorizing Dallas —Thousands of Them

Nearly 9K dogs are on the streets of city's south, a report finds

(Newser) - In May, a 52-year-old woman in southern Dallas was mauled to death by stray dogs who attacked her like they were "eating a steak," her family told the Dallas Morning News . After that attack, the city commissioned a report on its dog problem, which has found that about... More »

Sandra Bland's Family Will Get $1.9M

Plus changes to jail procedures

(Newser) - The Texas jail where Sandra Bland died must adopt new procedures as part of a $1.9 million settlement of a wrongful death suit . Bland's family will accept $1.8 million from the Waller County Jail and $100,000 from the Texas Department of Public Safety, reports KTRK . The... More »

Cops: 'Much Deeper Tragedy' Averted in School Shooting

Plan was foiled by another girl

(Newser) - Investigators have concluded that a 14-year-old female freshman who shot and wounded a fellow student at a West Texas high school before killing herself had planned to shoot her 14-year-old stepbrother before shooting herself. In a statement issued Tuesday, Chief Russell Scown of the Alpine Police Department says the girl'... More »

Official: Teen Shooter, Victim Didn't Know Each Other

Teen shot fellow student, self at Alpine High School in Texas

(Newser) - The superintendent of the Texas school district where a 14-year-old girl shot and injured a student before turning the gun on herself says investigators don't believe the girls knew each other, the AP reports. Alpine Independent School District superintendent Becky Watley said Friday officials are still looking into possible... More »

Female Shooter Dead, 2 Hurt in Texas School Shooting: Cops

Sheriff says female shooter killed herself at Alpine High School

(Newser) - A female student has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting and injuring another female student at a high school in the West Texas town of Alpine, the Brewster County sheriff said Thursday, per the AP . "The shooter appears to have shot herself," Brewster County Sheriff... More »

For First Time Since 1940, Texas Paper Endorses a Democrat for President

Clinton has experience and judgment to take on the task: 'Dallas Morning News'

(Newser) - A Texas newspaper just did something it hasn't done since before World War II: recommended a Democrat for president, the Los Angeles Times reports, noting the Lone Star State is a "must-win" for Donald Trump. In a Wednesday editorial, the Dallas Morning News says it had no choice... More »

Woman Becomes Cop, Catches Her Childhood Molester

She wore a wire while Erlis Chaisson confessed to his crimes

(Newser) - A Texas woman molested for four years as a child brought her abuser to justice as a cop more than a decade later, the Daily Beast reports. The unnamed victim says Erlis Chaisson, a family member, started sexually abusing her in the mid-'90s when she was 8 years old.... More »

Why This Single Mom Dressed Up Like a Dad

'I wasn't about to let him miss out,' Texas' Yevette Vasquez says

(Newser) - A Texas mom stepped up to the plate (complete with a Texas Rangers baseball cap) for her son last week in the most heartwarming way. Fox 4 reports that Yevette Vasquez was dropping her son Elijah off at Fort Worth's Sue Crouch Intermediate School Thursday morning when she remarked... More »

Cost for Most Expensive High School Stadium Ever Hits $70M

Texas really, really loves high-school football

(Newser) - When Texas voters approved a $63 million high-school football stadium in May, the school district fought back against claims it was the most expensive high-school stadium ever. They might not have much of a leg to stand on anymore. The Dallas Morning News reports the cost of McKinney Independent School... More »

Teacher Apologizes After Class Picks Racist Nickname

She posted it, says she was unaware it was a slur

(Newser) - School officials are apologizing after a group of sixth-graders in Texas chose a derogatory nickname for their class. Classrooms were allowed to pick nicknames as part of a team-building exercise at Bell Manor Elementary School in Bedford, and one class wanted to be called the "Jighaboos," a name... More »

Truck Was Headed to Takata Factory. Then, an Explosion

Rescuers searched for victim for 2 days, found teeth and bones in debris

(Newser) - More trouble for Takata : A truck carrying Takata airbag parts and explosives crashed in Texas last week, exploding and killing a woman and injuring four others. Authorities say the truck left a highway in Quemado before dawn on Aug. 22, caught fire outside Lucila Robles' home, then violently exploded after... More »

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 »

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