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  • Woman who ‘tortured her children’ gets 5 life sentences

    10/23/2016 10:03:09 AM PDT · by digger48 · 27 replies
    WISH ^ | October 23, 2016 | Erin Cargile
    BURNET COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Five siblings in the Hill Country were isolated, tortured and sexually abused by their parents for most of their childhood. This week a Burnet County jury found the mother guilty, and District Judge Evan Stubbs sentenced Misty Hopkins, 49, to five stacked life sentences. Her husband, who was a pastor of a church in Kingsland that no longer exists, would likely be going to prison, but he died in 2012 before one of their children decided to break their silence and tell police about the abuse. It was their middle child, Holly Hopkins, who originally...
  • Shocking billboard targets Austin's 'immigrant population'

    10/22/2016 12:09:59 PM PDT · by McGruff · 33 replies
    CBS Austin ^ | October 21st 2016 | Katherine Rodriguez
    A new billboard off interstate 35 is causing a lot of dispute among Austin's citizens. The advertisement hints undocumented immigrants should join the dating site to avoid deportation. The sign reads, "Undocumented Immigrant? Before You Get Deported, Get a Sugar Daddy,” and it is just off highway I-35 near Frontage Road. Jacob Webster, the online's site CMO says he decided to run the ad “in response to Donald Trump's promise to deport all 11 million of the nation’s undocumented immigrants.” “ skews heavily towards Hispanic women, with that demo making up over 31% of all the females on our...
  • Dem Rep Jackson Lee Denounces Wikipedia on MSNBC

    10/22/2016 6:01:27 AM PDT · by DFG · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/21/2016 | Pam Key
    Friday on MSNBC when asked about the thousands of emails released by WikiLeaks from a hack of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX) mistakenly denounced the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, instead of WikiLeaks. Jackson Lee said, “You know, I’m going to first of all denounce the utilization of this intrusion by Wikipedia through the Russian intrusion. This is what it’s about. Espionage just like what was said over these last couple of days. We need to be concerned about the intrusion of Russia and Putin in these elections.”
  • Texas rejects Russian request to watch voters on Election Day

    10/21/2016 4:37:05 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 28 replies
    Texas' secretary of state, Carlos H. Cascos, wrote that "only persons authorized by law may be inside of a polling location during voting." "We are unable to accommodate your request to visit a polling station; however, our office is available to discuss generally the election process or perhaps facilitate a meeting with local election officials," he wrote.
  • Chevron Phillips' $6 billion Houston expansion nears completion

    10/20/2016 10:12:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | October 10, 2016 | Jordan Blum
    The dozen or so cranes visible from Interstate 10 in Baytown will only remain for a few more months as Chevron Phillips Chemical's $6 billion petrochemical expansion moves toward completion. Chevron Phillips' complex is more than 80 percent complete, although it won't be fully operational for almost another year. The project involves a massive ethane cracker - on a plot the size of 44 football fields - that will separate a component of natural gas called ethane, which will provide the feedstock for some 1.5 million metric tons a year of ethylene, a common building block of plastics. Chevron Phillips,...

    10/20/2016 5:28:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 19, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    An ally of liberal financier George Soros and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta had multiple conversations concerning a replacement for late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, new emails released by WikiLeaks show. Chris Stone, president of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) — a network of foundations and projects founded and chaired by Soros — emailed Podesta mere hours after Scalia died Feb. 13 to discuss a potential successor. Mere hours.​ We have the employee of a billionaire who made it his mission to determine the outcome of the political process over a decade ago trying to...
  • Armed police impersonator pulls over AISD school bus

    10/19/2016 3:07:53 PM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    kxan ^ | Oct. 19, 2016 | Andy Jechow
    A man with a gun pulled over an AISD school bus while impersonating a police officer on Tuesday. The incident began during dismissal at Murchison Middle School, located 3700 N. Hills Dr. in West Austin. A driver reported that a man, described as white and wearing a red shirt and tan shorts, was taking photos of Murchison students as they used the crosswalk. Later Tuesday afternoon, a man with a similar description posed as a law enforcement officer and pulled over a bus that had one Anderson High School student on board. After the driver dropped off the student, the...
  • Police: Austin man steals man's phone and cash, gets runover by victim

    10/19/2016 10:27:27 AM PDT · by bgill · 40 replies ^ | Oct. 19, 2016 | Katherine Rodriguez|
    the suspect was holding a semi-automatic handgun and pointed at him saying “give me all your money, you’re in the wrong neighborhood.”The man then handed over his cash and cell phone and walked back to his car. The victim stated he began to honk his horn hoping to scare the suspect and get was then when the suspect began running towards the man and stood next to the passenger’s side of the van yelling something at him while pointing the gun. The victim added he turned on his vehicle and tried to leave the scene, but he turned his...
  • Police Investigate Threat Against Rockwall County GOP Headquarters

    10/18/2016 11:52:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Oct 18, 2016
    Rockwall County authorities have requested the FBI's help in investigating an alleged terroristic threat against the county's Republican Party headquarters. The Rockwall County Sheriff's Department and Rockwall Police Department were dispatched Tuesday just after 11 a.m. to the headquarters at 112 Kenway Drive after an unknown caller contacted the office by phone and left a threatening message. Texas Board Suspends License of Vet Who Killed Cat Details about the message were not disclosed. The agencies have asked for the FBI to join the investigation. Anyone with information that could help authorities is asked to call the Rockwall County Sheriff’s office...
  • oil leaders: opec threatening u.s. economy and new mexico’s lifeblood; nation has lost 400,000

    10/18/2016 7:54:30 PM PDT · by panhandle67 · 33 replies
    Roswell Daily Record ^ | 10/8/16 | Levi Hill
    CARLSBAD — Oil experts say America is under attack by Saudi Arabia and OPEC, but instead of bombs, the OPEC oil cartel is dropping millions of barrels of oil on the U.S. economy in a clear effort to undermine the nation’s oil producers and kill any chance of American energy independence. The first to feel the flood of foreign oil into the U.S. are the independent oil producers, whose stripper wells in Texas alone account for 20 percent of the nation’s oil and gas production, said Judy Stark, executive vice president of the The Panhandle Producers & Royalty Owners Association.
  • Politico Co-Founder: Trump Could Lose Texas, Race Not ‘Remotely Close’

    10/18/2016 5:39:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 71 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Remember Wendy Davis? She was the Texas Democrat who became an MSM darling for her filibuster against a state law restricting abortions. Davis exploited her 15-minutes of fame by running for Governor of Texas in 2014. But despite the backing of an adoring press, Davis got demolished, losing by more than 20 points to Greg Abbott. For the record, my home county of Hood showed its scorn by awarding Davis all of . . . 18.9% of the vote. So when on today’s Morning Joe, Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei claimed that Hillary Clinton is so far ahead that she has...
  • State investigating allegations of voter fraud in Tarrant (Texas)

    10/17/2016 7:25:25 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 3 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | October 17, 2016 | Anna M. Tinsley
    Less than a month before the Nov. 8 election, allegations of voter fraud in Tarrant County are under investigation by the state, prompting concern that the timing may intimidate some voters — and possibly lay groundwork for the Legislature to enact more restrictions on voting next year. The complaints focus on mail-in ballots, which allow people to vote from their homes without any ID or verification of identity. Supporters have long said mail-in balloting is crucial for overseas residents, the military and senior citizens. Critics maintain that such voting is ripe for abuse and raises concerns about “vote harvesting,” in...
  • Hillary camp is delusional enough to think they can win Arizona and Texas

    10/17/2016 9:41:50 AM PDT · by Viper652 · 35 replies
    Wow, must be states they think they can rig. She's now wasting money on Texas of all places
  • Want a Break From Politics? Check Out This How This Teen Helped a Crying Nine-Year Old Girl

    10/17/2016 9:29:26 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies
    The Stream ^ | October 17, 2016 | Dustin Siggins
    A nine-year old cheerleader stood alone at a football game as the fathers of her squadmates lifted their daughters onto their shoulders. Addie Rodriguez was alone because her father Abel is undergoing military training in California. “It was truly unfortunate to see your daughter standing out there being the only one without their father, knowing why he’s away. It’s not just an absentee parent. He’s serving our country,” Addie’s mom Alexis Perry-Rodriguez said. Enter San Antonio teenager Matthew Garcia. And what an entrance. Seeing Addie’s situation, Matthew — a senior at Central Catholic High School — vaulted two fences as...
  • ‘Largest’ Voter Fraud Probe Underway in North Texas

    10/17/2016 7:23:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 17 Oct 2016
    A state investigation is underway over allegations of voter fraud in Tarrant County ... Concerns have arisen over mail-in ballots, which many believe open the door to “vote harvesting,” or the process of illegally filling out and returning the ballots of valid voters without their consent. Mail-in ballots are designed for eligible voters who are unable to leave their homes, are in jail or out of the country, and many argue that such balloting is critical for those who would be unable to vote otherwise. But the mail-in balloting process allows those voters to cast their votes from home without...
  • Man says Dallas megachurch removed him as a member

    10/17/2016 7:16:46 AM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 70 replies ^ | 10/16/2016 | staff
    A north Dallas church is sticking to its convictions after it revoked a gay man's membership, saying he no longer desired to resist sin. In a candid facebook post last Sunday, Jason Thomas wrote about a painful anniversary one year ago about the day Watermark Community Church sent him a letter revoking his membership. Thomas said he spent years of his life in church programs that promised to help him over come his attraction to men. Many of those years was at Watermark Community Church. One program he participated in is described as a "12 step discipleship through recovery", also...
  • Texas Reuters/Ipsos poll

    10/17/2016 6:27:11 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 28 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/16/2016 | Political Polls
    Texas Reuters/Ipsos Polls: Trump 57% (+25) Clinton 32%
  • Cruz denies sending tweet urging conservatives to leave GOP

    10/16/2016 8:44:09 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 84 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 16, 2016 | 11:27pm | Marisa Schultz and David K. Li
    WASHINGTON – Ted Cruz appeared to declare the Donald Trump/Hillary Clinton race all but over—before taking that call back. The Texas Senator and runner up to the GOP nomination tweeted Sunday: “Why conservatives will need a new party if/when Hillary wins.” The conservative firebrand last month reluctantly endorsed The Donald– despite holding a grudge against the billionaire for insulting his wife’s appearance and speculating his father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. His public declaration against the GOP nominee drew immediate attention and the tweet was mysteriously deleted later Sunday. Cruz appeared to be linking to a...
  • Glenn Beck: Michelle Obama gave ´most effective political speech´ since Reagan

    10/16/2016 12:58:53 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 169 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/2016 | Rafael Bernal
    First lady Michelle Obama´s speech this week slamming Donald Trump´s comments about women was "the most effective political speech since Ronald Reagan," according to right-wing commentator Glenn Beck. On his TV program Friday, Beck said his viewers should watch Obama´s speech to see its "devastating effects. And I don´t mean on Donald Trump. I mean on the conservative movement." "We had been talking about, ´there is no war on women.´ You just handed them a war on women," Beck said. "And if you listen to her words carefully, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, they are coopting women and it...
  • Two Suspected ISIS Recruits Traveling to Mexico Busted in Texas

    10/15/2016 11:41:15 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 3 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 10/15/2016 | Bob Price
    Two Wisconsin men have been arrested in San Angelo, Texas, on charges of providing material support to ISIS. The men were traveling to Mexico and allegedly had plans to travel on to Iraq or Syria. Jason Michael Ludke, 35, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Yosvany Padilla-Conde, 30, an illegal alien who has been living in Wisconsin, were arrested on October 5 by Tom Green County Sheriff David Jones and a team of federal agents, according to Joe Hyde, president of San Angelo Live. Sheriff Jones told Hyde he had received a warning from the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force...
  • Face it: Property taxes are forcing Illinoisans out of their homes

    10/14/2016 10:09:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 109 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | October 13, 2016 | Austin Berg
    Pardess Mitchell is watching her community crumble. She and her husband have lived in Lake County for 16 years. They pay more in property taxes than they do on their mortgage. The tax bill is $15,000 a year on a house they bought for $227,000 in 2013. “They’re taxing us out of the neighborhood. They’re pushing us out. They’re pushing us out of our homes and communities,” she said. “If it continues this way we’ll have to leave.” A Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll released Oct. 10 revealed nearly half of registered Illinois voters said they would leave the...
  • First Lady not alone in encouraging woman to stand up against abuse

    10/14/2016 6:54:40 AM PDT · by bgill · 9 replies
    keye ^ | Oct. 13, 2016 | Adela Uchida|
    "This is a prime example of rape culture. This is an example where we are talking about sexual assault and we don't even realize that's what we're discussing," said Victoria Berryhill, spokeswoman for the Safe Alliance.
  • It’s a record: 15 million Texans registered for Nov. 8 election

    10/13/2016 1:23:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 39 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Oct. 13, 2016 | Anna M. Tinsley
    More Texans than ever are registered and ready to vote in the upcoming Nov. 8 election. New numbers released today show that a record 15 million Texas voters signed up to cast ballots in the election next month that will determine who the next president is — as well as decide officeholders throughout the state, preliminary state estimates show.
  • Houston 911 operator accused of hanging up on 'thousands'

    10/12/2016 4:45:21 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 84 replies
    KHOU ^ | 10-12-2016
    HOUSTON - A 911 operator is accused of hanging up on people calling for help. Investigators say that Crenshanda Williams had thousands of "short calls", lasting less than 20 seconds. In one call, a security guard reported drivers drag racing. Moments later, investigators say that Williams hung up. The recording captures her saying "aint' nobody got time for this. For real." Williams reportedly told investigators she often hangs up on callers because she didn't feel like talking with anyone at the time.
  • USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll: 10/12 -- Trump down 1.3, Clinton up 1.1 -- CLINTON IN LEAD !!!

    10/12/2016 12:16:05 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 222 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 12, 2016 | LA Times
    Change Trump: down 1.3 Clinton: up 1.1 10/12 Trump: 44.0 Clinton: 44.4 10/11 Trump: 45.3 Clinton: 43.3
  • HX Video: Obama exposes himself while having erection

    10/11/2016 3:40:17 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    Published on Oct 11, 2016 While talking on the phone on a plane
  • Watch: San Antonio cops defy law by wearing Trump hats

    10/11/2016 7:47:40 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 27 replies
    San Antonio Police Department officers disobeyed city law on Tuesday when they donned Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" ball caps during a motorcade escort of the GOP candidate. More than a dozen local cops were sporting the red hats during their motorcycle escort of the Republican nominee to and from San Antonio International Airport, according to a video Trump posted on Twitter.
  • Kroger faces backlash after police, officer's wife say employees refused to serve them

    10/11/2016 5:13:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Fox ^ | October 11, 2016
    A Houston-area woman says a teenage cashier at a Kroger supermarket in Spring, Texas, stepped away from the cash register and refused to check out her groceries last week because she was offended by the message on the customer’s T-shirt. It read: “Police Lives Matter / All Lives Matter.” The incident occurred just a week after a similar situation in Alexandria, La., when a police officer in uniform said a cashier declined to check out her groceries. In Texas, the woman, who says her husband is a police officer and gave only her first name — Meredith — told KTRK...
  • Texas congresswoman Kay Granger calls for Trump to step down

    10/11/2016 9:50:24 AM PDT · by Menehune56 · 138 replies
    WFAA 8 ABC [DFW Metro] ^ | 10/10/2016 | WFAA Staff
    Kay Granger, Texas’ lone Republican female member of congress, is asking Donald Trump to “remove himself from consideration” for the presidency. [snip] “We have heard rumors about the insensitive and vulgar things Mr. Trump says about women,” Granger’s statement reads. “But watching that video is disgusting. Mr. Trump should remove himself from consideration as Commander in Chief.”
  • Bryan Juarez found not guilty in fatal shooting last year

    10/10/2016 8:26:15 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 2 replies ^ | 10 October 2016 | Ryan Autullo
    A Travis County jury returned a not guilty verdict in Bryan Juarez’s murder trial. After resuming discussions on Monday morning, the jury deliberated for 10 ˝ hours over two days. Juarez, 23, was on trial for shooting Christopher Burton at an East Austin apartment complex on the evening of Aug. 3, 2015. The altercation was sparked by Burton calling Juarez a gay slur. In Friday’s closing arguments, prosecutors said Juarez was fueled by anger and alcohol when he grabbed a gun from his apartment and confronted Burton about the slur.
  • Texans Are Cutting Back, Wheels Come off Houston Economy

    10/10/2016 7:57:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 08 October 2016 | Wolf Richter
    Retail sales in Texas boomed for five years straight, from March 2010, their low point during the Great Recession. Sales tax collections jumped 46% from the first half of 2010 through the first half of 2015 – dizzying growth for a mature market! Given the size of the Texas economy, it helped prop up US retail sales. But by May 2015, 10 months into the oil bust, things began to sag. Sales tax collections in September for sales that occurred in August dropped 3.5% year-over-year, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. And in August, sales tax collections had...
  • Feds Thinking About Killing 31,000 Mining Jobs To Protect A Chicken

    10/08/2016 5:26:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 10/08/2016 | Andrew Follett
    A new report has government officials considering setting 10 million acres of across six states in the American west off limits to mining and development to protect the chicken-like Greater Sage Grouse, which is not an endangered species. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report found that much of the Sage Grouse’s habitat sits on top of extremely valuable deposits of minerals including gold, copper, lithium, silver, uranium and many others. The USGS report means that the government’s most restrictive grouse protection plan could kill even more than 31,000 jobs and lead to more than $5.6 billion in reduced annual economic...
  • TexasCowboy Memorial Shoot XI

    10/08/2016 6:40:46 AM PDT · by TheMom · 290 replies
    Today | TheMom
    The 11th Annual TexasCowboy Memorial Shoot is underway! Once again we are celebrating the memory of an amazing man, and carrying on a tradition he started. As always, it is great to visit with old friends and meet new ones. Eventually pictures will be posted to this thread.
  • North Texas Investor Takes on Wells Fargo in Ad

    10/07/2016 11:51:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Oct 6, 2016 | Julie Fine
    A North Dallas man is so angry with Wells Fargo, he has taken out a full-page ad in The Dallas Morning News and three other newspapers Thursday to the tune of a quarter-of-a-million dollars. Lacy Harber, 80, of Dennison, says he lost close to $5 million one day alone in a dealing with one of the branches of Wells Fargo. It has been very upsetting to both Harber and his wife, and in his full-page ad, he used the words "greed," "dishonesty," and "betrayal" in describing the San Francisco-based banking giant. Harber says he is a longtime customer, and Wells...
  • Why the Texas Electric Grid Matters to U.S. Security

    10/07/2016 5:20:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 7, 2016 | David Grantham
    (Editors’ note: This column is co-authored by NCPA Research Associate Luke Twombly) The second presidential debate might mention that a Russian state newspaper predicted direct confrontation with the United States over Syria. Neither candidate will probably note that the escalation comes as solutions to protect America’s frighteningly vulnerable electric grid system languish on Capitol Hill. Each should be reminded that an increasingly popular target for U.S. adversaries sits largely unguarded. Thankfully, Texas can take the lead. As the only state with a self-contained grid, Texas finds itself in a remarkable position to protect the nation by protecting itself. The primary...
  • Largest Voter Fraud Investigation in Texas History Underway in Tarrant County

    10/07/2016 5:15:19 AM PDT · by dila813 · 58 replies
    empowertexans ^ | Oct 6, 2016 | Ross Kecseg
    A massive investigation is underway in Tarrant County as law enforcement officers from the Texas Attorney General’s Office investigate a vote-harvesting scheme alleged to involve as many as 20,000 ballots. Last month, Texas Scorecard reported that Tarrant County Elections administrator Frank Phillips disclosed the AG’s office had launched a criminal investigation into voting abnormalities inside Tarrant County. The investigation was the result of a complaint filed by Aaron Harris, of Direct Action Texas, an organization that also uncovered significant errors in Hill County’s primary election results. Today, Harris confirmed that AG investigators have been spotted on the ground in Tarrant...
  • Man relieved of clown wig, given counseling after Vidor PD receives 5 clown-sighting calls

    10/06/2016 7:40:05 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 15 replies
    KFDM ^ | 10-6-2016 | Madison Miller
    The Vidor Police Department received 5 calls for service in reference to clown sightings between 10:19pm Wednesday night and 5:23 am Thursday morning. The officers actually found one individual at the time and he only had on a clown wig at the time of his encounter, he was relieved of his wig and was given counseling. All other sightings were unconfirmed by police as the officers were not able to locate any at the other locations around town. We will continue to investigate any reports called into the police. If possible please let the officers attempt to locate the subjects....
  • Texas Store Employee uses AK-47 to stop 4 armed robbers

    10/06/2016 2:07:46 PM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 60 replies
    breitbart ^ | Oct 4, 2016 | Bob Price
    An employee of a jewelry store in Conroe, Texas, pulled an AK-47 from behind the counter to stop four would-be armed robbers. One of the armed robbers opened fire and multiple employees returned fire, killing the suspect. Jeffery Turner, Jr., owner of Jeff’s Jewelry Store in Conroe, told police that four men entered his store and demanded jewelry, purses and other items. At least one of the robbers displayed a firearm, according to Montgomery County Police Reporter’s Scott Engle. One of Turner’s employees responded by pulling an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle from behind the counter. The gunman fired at the store...
  • Special-needs boy set on fire by bullies he thought were friends

    10/06/2016 11:17:45 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 151 replies
    <p>A 10-year-old special-needs boy was on life support after bullies allegedly lured him to a field, doused him with gasoline, and lit him on fire on Sunday.</p> <p>Kayden Culp of Kerrville, Texas, has burns on 20 percent of his body from his ears to his belly button, and his organs are failing, according to a YouCaring page set up by the boy’s family to cover his health expenses.</p>
  • Texas Executes Man Convicted of Killing Neighbor Couple

    10/06/2016 1:13:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Oct 5, 2016 | Michael Craczyk
    An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to killing a neighbor couple during a shooting rampage 13 years ago and said he wanted to be put to death for the crime was executed Wednesday evening. Barney Fuller Jr., 58, has asked that all his appeals be dropped to expedite his death sentence. Fuller never made eye contact with witnesses, who included the two children of the slain couple. Asked by Warden James Jones if he had any final statement, Fuller responded: "I don't have anything to say. You can proceed on, Warden Jones." Fuller took a deep breath as Texas...
  • Texas inmate argues death sentence racially tainted

    10/04/2016 7:08:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2016 4:46 PM EDT | Michael Graczyk
    A Texas jury took only 17 minutes to convict parolee and former mechanic Duane Buck of gunning down his ex-girlfriend and a man at her Houston apartment, then deliberated about four hours before deciding he should be put to death. Now nearly two decades later, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to look for a third time at whether the death sentence the jury gave Buck was tainted by testimony and evidence related to the fact he is black. “Injecting race into a capital sentencing proceeding is not only wholly improper, it poses a special risk of harm to...
  • Clown sightings reported in Stephenville, no threats made (TX)

    10/04/2016 12:20:24 PM PDT · by bgill · 22 replies | Oct. 4, 2016 | Autumn Owens
    The Dancing in the Park event that occurs every Thursday night at Stephenville City Park made a post on its Facebook page stating, “Due to the clown sightings in Stephenville dancing in the park is canceled until further notice just to be safe.” Although no threats were made by the "clowns" King understands that it can cause an uneasy feeling. On Monday Dallas ISD had confirmed that an investigation was underway regarding calls about alleged clown sightings. Other alleged sightings included North Fort Worth and Garland, but when police responded to the areas no one dressed in clown attire was...
  • Ignoring Anti-Refugee Rhetoric, Texans Rush to Help in Resettlement

    10/03/2016 6:00:33 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 20 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | September 30, 20169-3-2016 | by Jim Malewitz
    Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the state's withdrawal from the national refugee resettlement program. Texas' top elected officials have not exactly welcomed refugees over the past year. Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the federal government — thus far unsuccessfully — to keep people fleeing war-ravaged Syria from settling here. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller compared refugees to venomous rattlesnakes. And Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on his threat to end cooperation with the nation’s refugee resettlement program because federal officials refused to “unconditionally approve” a Texas plan requiring extra vetting of applicants. Such a move...
  • City, county get more than $500,000 to cover Twin Peaks shootout costs

    10/02/2016 2:48:01 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/1/2016 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    Local entities will get more than half a million dollars in outside money to cover costs associated with last year’s deadly Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, officials said. McLennan County has accepted a state grant of more than $268,000, and the city has gotten an almost $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. County commissioners will meet Tuesday to officially accept the state money. County staff had applied for a grant from the state’s County Essential Services Program. It offers reimbursements of costs a county incurs for the investigation or prosecution of capital murder or crimes committed because of...
  • Regardless of the 13th Zodiac Sign Controversy, NASA Says Astrology Fake

    10/02/2016 7:57:11 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 73 replies ^ | September 29, 2016 | Monica Antonio
    "NASA caused quite a stir when news of the space agency changing the 12 zodiac signs, adding a 13th sign called Ophiuchus, surfaced online. However, NASA has denied such claims and said that with or without the change in zodiac signs, astrology is still fake. The ruckus was caused when Cosmopolitan posted an article, saying that NASA has decided to change the astrological signs for the first time in 2,000 years. The article says that the change was caused by the stars and Earth's axis being different today than it was in the past."
  • Clean Water Act: Report details how agencies expand authority

    10/01/2016 5:27:55 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    AgAlert ^ | September 28, 2016 | Dave Kranz
    Emphasizing the need for congressional action, farm groups renewed their call for reform of Clean Water Act enforcement, following release of a report documenting how federal agencies overreach their authority to regulate farmland. The report, issued last week by the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, describes numerous incidents in which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency have tried to expand their authority to regulate what crops farmers grow and how they grow them, based on the agencies' interpretation of the act.
  • 'Affluenza' teen's request to remove judge from case denied

    10/01/2016 7:49:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2016 9:52 PM EDT
    Efforts by lawyers for “affluenza” teenager Ethan Couch to have the judge in his case removed, which could have resulted in his release from jail, have failed. […] Couch’s attorneys had argued this week that Texas District Judge Wayne Salvant has no authority over Couch because the teen’s case should be considered a civil case. But prosecutor Richard Alpert argued Couch’s case “ceased to be a civil case when it was transferred from juvenile to felony court.” …
  • States Sue Obama Administration in Last-Ditch Effort to Stop US From Giving Up Control of Internet

    09/30/2016 5:38:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | September 30, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    Republican attorneys general from Nevada, Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma are suing the Obama administration in a last-ditch effort to stop the U.S. from giving up control of the internet’s domain name system. “Trusting authoritarian regimes to ensure the continued freedom of the internet is lunacy,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The president does not have the authority to simply give away America’s pioneering role in ensuring that the internet remains a place where free expression can flourish.” The AGs … asked a judge late Wednesday to step in and stop the transition to an international oversight...
  • Austin ISD employee, wife sentenced for smuggling 500 illegal immigrants into US

    09/29/2016 8:05:18 PM PDT · by bgill · 11 replies
    keye ^ | Sept. 29, 2016 | CBS Austin
    An Austin ISD maintenance worker and his wife were sentenced to federal prison Thursday for conspiring to smuggle more than 500 illegal immigrants into the United States. According to the United States Attorney’s Office, San Juana Valdez Menchaca, 54, was sentenced to 70 months, and her husband, Julian Perez Perez, 57, was sentenced to 33 months.
  • TAMU students demand mandatory ‘anti-racism’ course

    09/29/2016 12:09:15 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 28, 2016 | Anthony Gockowski
    A group of student activists at Texas A&M University is demanding that the school incorporate a mandatory anti-racism class into the core curriculum. What’s more, the group of students, known as “TAMU Anti-Racism” is also demanding that the university implement penalties for any sort of racist behavior.