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Texas Town Has Tiny Red Worms in Water Supply

No one's explained yet where they came from

(Newser) - Residents of the Woodland Acres Subdivision started filtering in to Old River-Winfree city offices on Monday evening, clutching containers of water filled with tiny red worms (shown in the video here )—worms they say came out of their faucets, sprinklers, and showers, the Houston Chronicle reports. And although the... More »

Texas DA Finds 'Help' for Sandra Bland Probe

And toxicology report reveals level of marijuana in her bloodstream

(Newser) - Elton Mathis won't be investigating Sandra Bland's death all alone. The Waller County district attorney has called in two lawyers to lead an "oversight committee" designed to advise the DA's probe, the Houston Chronicle reports. Whether defense attorneys Darrell Jordan and Lewis White can help figure... More »

For Sale: Ranch Bigger Than LA, NYC Combined

All yours, for $725M in Texas

(Newser) - It has the slightly strange designation of being the biggest ranch in the US with a continuous fence, but the qualifiers end there: The Waggoner Estate in Texas is huge—at 800 square miles, it's bigger than Los Angeles and New York City combined, reports Bloomberg . And it's... More »

Timeline Emerges in Sandra Bland's Jail Cell Death

Bland left alone for 90 minutes before she was found dead: cop

(Newser) - "What happened to Sandy Bland?" read a sign held by a woman camped out yesterday outside the building where the 28-year-old was found dead on July 13. There is still no answer, but there are more details: A timeline of Bland's final hours before she was found dead... More »

Lawyer: Here's Why Sandra Bland Was Really Arrested

Attorney Cannon Lambert describes what he saw in dashcam video

(Newser) - The traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland's death escalated over something fairly minor, according to the family's lawyer. Named Cannon Lambert, he tells NBC News what he saw in dashcam video of the black activist's roadside traffic stop on July 10 in Texas. Lambert says the... More »

Cops: Mom Left 2 Kids in Food Court During Interview

But Laura Browder says children were 30 yards away, always in her line of sight

(Newser) - A 24-year-old mother was arrested Wednesday on charges of child abandonment after police say she left her 2-year-old and 6-year-old in a Houston mall food court while she was on a job interview, Click2Houston reports. But Laura Browder says the kids were always in her line of sight and that... More »

Cop in Sandra Bland Traffic Stop Now on Desk Duty

Investigation continues into her suspicious death in Texas

(Newser) - It sounds like Texas law-enforcement officials think the trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland was a little too aggressive. "We have identified violations of the department's procedures regarding traffic stops and the department's courtesy policy," says the Texas Department of Public Safety, without elaborating. The trooper... More »

Could Arrest Video Hold Answers in Odd Jail Death?

Family members say Sandra Bland's jail death wasn't suicide

(Newser) - Sandra Bland was supposed to start a new job this week, but she was found dead in a jail cell Monday morning in what police say was a suicide and family members say was something more sinister. The Chicago-area resident was taken into custody after allegedly kicking an officer during... More »

2 Fishy Deaths in Police Custody Raise Questions

Witnesses: Jonathan Sanders told cop 'I can't breathe' during 20-minute choke-hold

(Newser) - A 39-year-old black man died last Wednesday after a Mississippi cop held him in a choke-hold for "more than 20 minutes, close to 30 minutes," a lawyer says. Three witnesses related to the victim say Jonathan Sanders was riding a horse-drawn buggy in Stonewall when he made a... More »

Prison Guard Fatally Beaten Escorting Inmate to Cell

Attack occurred at a facility in Texas

(Newser) - A corrections officer escorting an inmate to his cell was beaten to death today at a northeast Texas prison. The officer was escorting the inmate from a dayroom at the Telford Unit in New Boston when he was attacked with an object, says a prison spokesman. Officials did not immediately... More »

Judge Against Gay Marriage Has Couples Sign Letter

James DePiazza says it's 'to let them know where I stand'

(Newser) - A judge who opposes same-sex marriage plans to keep performing civil ceremonies anyway—as long as couples acknowledge how he feels. "[I want] to let them know where I stand," Texas Judge James DePiazza, who is Catholic, tells the Houston Chronicle . "I would want to know that... More »

New Texas Texts: Slavery Was 'Side Issue' of Civil War

It was mainly states' rights that was war's impetus, per state education standards

(Newser) - About 5 million Texas schoolchildren will get their hands on brand-new social studies textbooks when school starts up again, the Houston Chronicle reports—textbooks that USA Today says are "misleading, racially prejudiced, and, at times, flat-out false." The beef with the new primers: They're in keeping with... More »

Another Man Dies After Shooting Firework Off Body

At least 4 killed by fireworks during Fourth of July celebrations

(Newser) - Another man is dead after reportedly shooting a firework off his own body, this time in Texas. Postal worker Justin Bartek, 30, was setting off fireworks with friends along the Colorado River in Columbus early yesterday when he put a Medieval Knight, a large, tube-shaped firework, on his chest and... More »

The Internet Encounters This Centipede, Freaks Out

The giant redheaded centipede is the stuff of nightmares

(Newser) - Chilopodophobes, look away. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department came across a giant redheaded centipede on a broom in Garner State Park and posted a photo of the creepy-crawly to Facebook last week. It might just show up in your worst nightmares: The "Texas Redhead" centipede has a long... More »

Texas Woman Is Killed Trying to Save Suicidal Beau

She was trying to drag Michael Thomas off road after he walked into traffic

(Newser) - The holiday weekend went terribly wrong for one Texas couple after police say a man tried to kill himself by lying down in traffic—and his girlfriend instead died trying to save him, reports NBC News . The Harris County Sheriff's Office tells KPRC that Michael Thomas had been drinking... More »

Alamo Is First Texan World Heritage Site

But UN isn't in control of site, officials stress

(Newser) - "Remember the Alamo" is now a United Nations directive as well as a rallying cry. The San Antonio site and four other Spanish Colonial missions in the area have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites for their "outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity,... More »

Swimmer Scoffs at Gators, Gets Killed by One

It's the first fatal attack in Texas in about 200 years

(Newser) - The sign said: "No Swimming: Alligator." The waitress said: "Please do not go swimming, there's a bigger alligator out here, just please stay out of the water." The swimmer said: "F--- the alligators." And that's how Texas recorded its first alligator death... More »

Kentucky Clerks Blocking All Marriages

Legal experts say they can expect to be sued

(Newser) - Clerks in at least five Kentucky counties are refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and heterosexual couples, citing their beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. "I have always tried to be fair to everyone and treat everyone the same," a clerk tells the... More »

Supreme Court Rules on Texas Abortion Clinics

Abortion-rights advocates say state law will close more clinics

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force about 10 abortion clinics to close. The justices voted 5-4 today to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations, refusing to keep them on hold while the clinics... More »

Affirmative-Action Case Will Go Before SCOTUS Again

Abigail Fisher's lawsuit against University of Texas will get 2nd look by court

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education. The justices said today they'll hear for a second time the case of a... More »

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