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'Alive by the Grace of God': Allen West Gets in Nasty Accident

The former US representative was driving back from a Texas Freedom Rally in Austin

(Newser) - Former Rep. Allen West of Florida was recovering Sunday after suffering a concussion, several fractured bones and cuts in a motorcycle crash in Texas, according to a post on his Facebook page. The post said West was driving back from a rally in Austin focused on reopening the state amid... More »

Now a Thing: Jury Trial via Zoom

Texas tries it out for what's believed to be the first time

(Newser) - For what officials believe is the first time since the US went into coronavirus lockdown, a virtual jury trial was held Monday. Lawyers in Texas' Collin County selected a jury from among the more than two dozen potential jurors who logged in to the videoconference, Reuters reports. They then served... More »

Tensions in Texas Rise as More Rules Lifted

Some cities are trying to keep restrictions

(Newser) - Few states are rebooting quicker than Texas, where stay-at-home orders expired May 1. With cases still rising, including single-day highs of 1,458 new cases and 58 deaths Thursday, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has defended the pace by pointing out that Texas’ 1,200 deaths are still behind similarly big... More »

Texas Feud Between Neighbors Results in 6 People Shot

All will survive in Katy, Texas

(Newser) - Police in Katy, Texas, say a feud between neighbors got way out of hand Sunday night and resulted in six people being shot, reports NBC News . The victims included a 5-year-old girl, though none of the injuries are life-threatening. Details are scarce, but a preliminary investigation suggests "it was... More »

Former WWE Champ Accused of Horrific Sexual Assault

Jose A. Rodriguez Chucuan, aka Alberto Del Rio, arrested in Texas

(Newser) - A professional wrestler is facing charges after a woman accused him of a horrific, hours-long assault, News 4 San Antonio reports. Jose A. Rodriguez Chucuan, 42, known to wrestling fans as Alberto Del Rio, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, after a woman told police that Chucuan beat her on... More »

Tennessee Authorities Think They've Nabbed a Serial Killer

Suspect Clark Perry Baldwin identified through genetic genealogy

(Newser) - Authorities in Tennessee believe they've nabbed a serial killer. Clark Perry Baldwin, a 59-year-old former truck driver, was arrested in Iowa Wednesday and charged in the 1991 death of a 24-weeks-pregnant woman in Tennessee. In March 1991, Pamela McCall was been found strangled in Spring Hill, Tenn., a few... More »

The Plane Touched Down. Suddenly, a Man Appeared

Southwest jetliner kills adult male on runway in Austin, Texas

(Newser) - A man was struck and killed by a commercial jet landing on a runway at an airport in Austin, Texas, authorities said. The pilot of Southwest Airlines Flight 1392, a Boeing 737 arriving from Dallas, reported seeing a person on Runway 17R at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The sighting occurred shortly... More »

Rising Price of Eggs Brings Lawsuits

In many places, stores are charging three times as much during pandemic

(Newser) - The retail price of a dozen eggs has shot past $3 in parts of the country during the pandemic, sometimes tripling the bite. That's price gouging, say new lawsuits that ask that the industry give consumers some of that money back. "As in any time of economic turmoil,... More »

Salon Owner's Choice: Jail or Apology. She Chose Jail

Shelley Luther of Dallas ignored order to keep her business closed

(Newser) - A salon owner in Dallas is emerging as the public face of the resistance to lockdown orders across the country. Shelley Luther began a week-long jail sentence on Tuesday after refusing orders to close her business, reports the Dallas Morning News . Coverage:
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Park Ranger's Lecture on Social Distancing Doesn't Go Well

Brandon Hicks, 25, is accused of pushing Texas park ranger Cassidy Stillwell into a lake

(Newser) - A Texas park ranger who was politely instructing a crowd on social distancing Thursday unexpectedly ended up in a lake—and the man accused of pushing him in has been arrested. The ranger, identified by CNN as Cassidy Stillwell, was patrolling Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park in Austin around 5pm... More »

Texas Reopens as Virus Numbers Hit 3-Day High

One expert warns that 'we should expect' a spike in coronavirus cases

(Newser) - Texas is reopening its economy as coronavirus case numbers remain high, and the media isn't letting it go. NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reports that Texas marked its first three-day stretch of over 1,000 new cases Saturday as stores, movie theaters, and restaurants reopened to limited capacity. In fact 1,... More »

Texas Governor on Reopening: 'It's Time to Set a New Course'

Stay-at-home orders are expiring, and some states, like Texas, are beginning incremental reopenings

(Newser) - Friday's the day for Texas. That's the day after its stay-at-home order expires, and when Gov. Greg Abbott says venues such as restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums, retail stores, and libraries may reopen, though at 25% of their usual capacity, report the Texas Tribune and Dallas Morning News... More »

Mayor: I'm So Sorry for My 'Lapse in Judgement'

Texas Mayor Becky Ames violated her own stay-at-home order

(Newser) - Whoops: A Texas mayor was spotted this week breaking her own stay-at-home order by visiting a nail salon, NBC News reports. A photo appeared on social media of Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames wearing a mask as she got a manicure Tuesday at the Nail Bar. "I promise there was... More »

Texas Doctor Moves Into Kids' Treehouse

ER doc doesn't want to risk infecting family

(Newser) - A south Texas emergency room physician has chosen a novel place to self-isolate as he's treating patients with the novel coronavirus. Jason Barnes made a temporary home of his children’s treehouse in the backyard of the family's Corpus Christi home. He is among many health care workers... More »

One Sister Died of Spanish Flu, the Other of Coronavirus

Texas' Selma Ryan dies 102 years after her 5-year-old sibling

(Newser) - A Texas woman has died of complications from the novel coronavirus 102 years after her sister died of the Spanish Flu. Selma Ryan, who was not yet born when her 5-year-old sister, Esther Hoeffner, died in 1918, passed away Tuesday at an assisted living facility in Austin, reports KXAN . She... More »

Former Playboy Playmate Dead at 33

Ashley Mattingly committed suicide amid substance abuse battle

(Newser) - Former Playboy playmate Ashley Mattingly has died at 33. Believed to have committed suicide on Wednesday, Mattingly was found unresponsive at her home outside of Austin, Texas, by police on Thursday after a friend requested a wellness check, reports People . "We learned late Thursday night that it is believed... More »

NASCAR Plans to Roar Back Without Fans

States compete to host the first race after return

(Newser) - The race is on among states willing to host the first NASCAR race without fans. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that NASCAR was working with Texas Motor Speedway on a plan to race there. "To prevent spread of #COVID19, it will be without fans," Abbott said. "... More »

Bus Chase With Hijacker Ends in Fatal Shootout

The suspect was killed and three police officers wounded in Texas

(Newser) - A man opened fire on a Dallas-area public bus on Sunday, hijacking it with two people aboard and leading officers on a chase that ended in a shootout in which the man was killed and three officers were wounded, according to police officials, the AP reports. A man got on... More »

Governor Orders First Reopenings for Texas

Citing low testing numbers, Democrats argue it's too soon

(Newser) - He hedged his optimism several ways, but Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that he sees enough progress against the spread of the coronavirus that he's taking the first steps toward reopening Texas. "We're now beginning to see glimmers that the worst of COVID-19 may soon be behind... More »

Texas Clinics Take Pandemic Abortion Ban to SCOTUS

State has banned non-essential medical procedures

(Newser) - Abortion clinics in Texas on Saturday asked the Supreme Court to step in to allow certain abortions to continue during the coronavirus pandemic, reports the AP . The clinics filed an emergency motion asking the justices to overturn a lower-court order and allow abortions when they can be performed using medication.... More »

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