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Border Patrol Refuses Donations of Diapers, Soap

Texas state Rep. Terry Canales says situation is 'disgusting'

(Newser) - A group of friends say they were ignored by Border Patrol agents while trying to deliver $340 worth of diapers, soap, and toys to a Texas facility where migrant children were said to be going without . Austin Savage, one of the group of six, says the lobby of the facility... More »

Migrant Children Removed From 'Appalling' Texas Facility

Some kids have been moved to a tent camp

(Newser) - Federal authorities have confirmed that hundreds of children have been removed from a Texas facility where they had been kept in vile conditions that shocked visiting attorneys . Department of Homeland Security officials tell NBC News that around 300 children have been moved from the Border Patrol facility in Clint, some... More »

School District Has Drastic Plan to Quash Vaping 'Epidemic'

Nebraska's Fairbury Public Schools hopes urine tests for nicotine serve as deterrent

(Newser) - Random drug tests ordered by Nebraska's Fairbury Public Schools will be looking for one drug in particular: nicotine. In an effort to curb teen vaping, students in grades seven through 12 who hope to take part in extracurriculars including marching band must submit to random nicotine testing following a... More »

Yes, This Gator in Texas Has a Knife in Its Head

'I feel that somebody did this on purpose'

(Newser) - Alligators might take for granted the antibiotic properties in their blood and their tough, thick skulls, but one Texas reptile may be rethinking that attitude. CNN reports on a gator that's been spotted cruising through the waters of a lakeside Fort Bend County community, seemingly just a regular alligator... More »

Suspect in Transgender Woman's Death Already in Jail

Police believe Kendrell Lavar Lyles killed Muhlaysia Booker in Dallas

(Newser) - Police in Dallas have a suspect in custody in the murder of Muhlaysia Booker —and they believe he is responsible for at least two more murders. Police say Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 33, was already in custody for two apparently unrelated killings when he was arrested in the May 18... More »

Small Texas City Makes Controversial Abortion Move

Waskom declares itself a 'sanctuary city for the unborn,' outlaws the procedure

(Newser) - The small city of Waskom, Texas, has no abortion clinics, and the town council wants to make sure it stays that way. The five-member all-male panel unanimously approved an ordinance this week declaring Waskom to be a "sanctuary city for the unborn," reports East Texas Matters . The move,... More »

Law to 'Save Chick-fil-A' Will Hurt Gay Community: Critics

Democrats angered by new Texas bill providing religious protections

(Newser) - Chick-fil-A has a fan in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who on Monday signed into law a bill that blocks "adverse action" against the restaurant and other businesses and persons for contributions to religious groups. The "Save Chick-fil-A" law, to take effect Sept. 1, stems from a decision to... More »

Facebook Is Building a Massive Solar Farm

Texas project will be among the nation's biggest

(Newser) - Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that's believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation and the social media giant's first direct investment in renewable energy. Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy recently announced it was partnering with Facebook on... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Texas Police Chief's Body Found After 2-Day Search

Chris Reed apparently fell out of a boat while fishing

(Newser) - All he did was go fishing with his wife—but Chris Reed, a Texas police chief, fell out of the boat and never recovered. His body was found Sunday after a two-day search in Galveston Bay that involved about 40 vessels and over a dozen federal, state, and local agencies,... More »

Texas Cops Surround House, Get Huge Surprise

They thought there was an intruder. And there was.

(Newser) - Police who surrounded a house in eastern Texas because they thought they had a burglary in progress found a deer instead, the AP reports. The homeowner called Lufkin police early Thursday after she heard glass breaking. The woman hid in a closet and realized she had left her weapon in... More »

District Fires Teacher Who Reported Students to Trump

Texas teacher thought her tweets were private

(Newser) - Fort Worth high school English teacher Georgia Clark thought she was sending private messages to President Trump when she asked him to remove the "illegals" in the public school system—but the Twitter messages were public, and she has now lost her job over them. The Fort Worth Independent... More »

2nd Transgender Woman in 2 Weeks Murdered in Dallas

Body was pulled from lake Saturday

(Newser) - Police in Dallas have called in the FBI for assistance after the second murder of a transgender woman in the space of two weeks. The body of Chynal Lindsey, 26, was pulled from White Rock Lake on Saturday, less than a mile from where the body of 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker... More »

New Ban Should Please Many Drivers in This State

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed bill getting rid of red-light cameras

(Newser) - Texans no longer have to dread trips to the mailbox, at least for one reason. On Saturday, Gov. Greg Abbott posted a video on Twitter showing himself signing into law a ban on red-light cameras, which the Houston Chronicle says will go into effect Sept. 1. The bill also permits... More »

'Super Bowl'-Style Deal May Soon Bring $1.6B to Texas Teachers

Details on education plan unveiled by Gov. Greg Abbott, including teacher raises, are still scarce

(Newser) - The Texas Legislature has been grappling lately with a slew of issues, from immigration and abortion to LGBT rights. Now, a big move for lawmakers there on one particular front: GOP Gov. Greg Abbott has announced relief will soon arrive to help his state's public school teachers. The AP... More »

Cops Deliver Sobering Message on Missing 4-Year-Old

'I'd be lying' to say Maleah Davis will be found alive, Houston police chief says

(Newser) - Even though Derion Vence was arrested almost two weeks ago in the case of missing preschooler Maleah Davis and charged with tampering with evidence relating to a corpse, Houston police weren't explicitly saying they thought the 4-year-old had been murdered. That all changed Thursday, when Chief Art Acevedo said... More »

Ex-Police Chief Allegedly Turned Killer at Wife's Urging

Timothy Dean on trial for double-murder over a custody dispute

(Newser) - This much is clear: On the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2018, two people were shot to death outside their home in Sodus, near Rochester, NY. The victims were 28-year-old Joshua Niles and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Amber Washburn. The trial has now begun for the suspected shooter, 34-year-old Timothy Dean, who... More »

Girl Snatched Off Street Found in Texas Hotel

Salem Sabatka, 8, was snatched right off the street

(Newser) - "We Got Her!" Those must have been sweet words for a Texas mother who had seen her 8-year-old girl snatched off the streets of Fort Worth on Saturday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Thanks to surveillance video, social media, and two local church members, police were able to... More »

Cops: Serial Killer With an Eye for Jewelry Killed 12 in 2 Years

Billy Chemirmir allegedly targeted elderly women in Texas

(Newser) - Police in Texas believe they've uncovered one of the state's most prolific serial killers, a man accused of killing 12 women in less than two years. Billy Chemirmir—a citizen of Kenya living in the US illegally, per KTVT —was jailed in March 2018 on suspicions that... More »

Search for Missing Girl Shifts to Haunted House

Searchers say they had tip from Houston police

(Newser) - The search for missing Houston 4-year-old Maleah Davis has shifted to a haunted house attraction south of the city. Members of the Texas EquuSearch search and rescue organization said teams searched the area near Creepy Hollow in Rosharon, KTRK reports. Tim Miller of EquuSearch tells KHOU that the organization received... More »

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