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  • Larry Hagman of "Dallas" Dead at 81

    11/23/2012 8:05:46 PM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 180 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | November 23, 2012 | Staff
    Actor Larry Hagman, notorious and beloved as 'Dallas' villain J.R. Ewing, dies From staff reports Larry Hagman, the North Texas native who played the conniving and mischievous J.R. Ewing on the TV show Dallas, died Friday at a Dallas hospital. He was 81. Mr. Hagman died at 4:20 p.m. Friday at Medical City Dallas Hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer, members of his family said.
  • Judge: Northside ISD CANNOT Expel Student for Rejecting RFID Tracking Chip

    11/23/2012 6:15:04 PM PST · by brityank · 41 replies
    1200 - WOAI News/Radio ^ | Thursday, November 22, 2012 | Jim Forsyth
    Judge: Northside ISD CANNOT Expel Student for Rejecting RFID Tracking Chip says district's tracking program 'violates fundamental Constitutional Rights' A judge in Texas has barred a school district from expelling a student because she refused to wear a Radio Frequency Identification chip as part of an effort by the school to track students and make sure they attend class, 1200 WOAI news has learned. "This is a national issue," John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, a free market advocacy from which filed the lawsuit, told 1200 WOAI news. "Do we want to live in a surveillance state where everybody...
  • Latest U-Haul Index Shows Californians Leaving for Texas

    11/23/2012 6:28:55 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 100 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 November 2012 | Bob Adelmann
    The U-Haul Index, popularized by economist Mark Perry, shows how much extra people in California are willing to pay to get out of town and head for Texas. Latest U-Haul Index Shows Californians Leaving for Texas The New American 23 November 2012 One of the best indicators of a state’s economic health, according to John Merline, writing in Investor’s Business Daily, is the “U-Haul Index” (first publicized by economist Mark Perry) to see what people are paying to move into, or out of, the state. Renting a 20-foot truck one way from San Francisco to San Antonio, Texas, for...
  • Massive pileup shuts I-10 in Texas; 2 dead

    11/22/2012 8:20:56 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 50 replies
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | November 22, 2012 | unattributed
    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 100 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage. The collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions at about 8:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast city about 80 miles east of Houston. A man and a woman were killed in a Chevy Suburban SUV crushed by a tractor trailer, the Texas Department of Public Safety told KFDM-TV. Officials...
  • Texas: Pro-Gun Measure Introduced for the 2013 Legislative Session

    11/21/2012 8:16:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    16 November, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    November 12 was the first day that bills could be pre-filed for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature. State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) has pre-filed House Bill 47, an NRA-backed measure that reduces the number of classroom instruction hours required for issuance of an original Concealed Handgun License (“CHL”) to four hours. Currently, students taking a Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) approved course for their first CHL must receive at least ten but not more than fifteen hours of classroom training from a qualified handgun instructor. Under this proposed legislation, the existing core elements of classroom instruction (firearms laws...
  • Robbery victim fights back against suspects(TX)

    11/21/2012 8:11:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | Sonia Azad
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- One suspected robber is dead and another in the hospital after their intended robbery victim pulled a gun and shot them last night in southwest Houston. It happened at an apartment complex on Medfield near Dairy Ashford. According to investigators, the suspects robbed the two men and took their car keys. They then reported tried to get the victims to drive them to the ATM to get more money, but their plan was cut short. One of the victims apparently has a concealed handgun license. He pulled out his pistol and shot at all three suspects. Two...
  • Travel Warning U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs (Mexico)

    11/20/2012 3:26:47 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ^ | November 20, 2012
    The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens about the security situation in Mexico. General information on the overall security situation is provided immediately below. For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Mexico dated February 8, 2012 to consolidate and update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel. General Conditions: Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year...
  • Mgr of UT SW’s animal research committee files whistleblower suit after alleging non-compliance

    11/20/2012 10:17:47 AM PST · by Alamo-Girl · 24 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/19/12 | Robert Wilonsky
    For the last few years, Donna Pulkrabek was the manager of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a group of scientists and vets and other folks tasked with keeping an eye on how the school treats its animal research subjects, among them dogs, goats, frogs and sheep and mice. It was her job to make sure UTSW complies with Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare guidelines concerning the treatment of animals....
  • Fabrication Trick Offers Fivefold Leap in Hard-Disk Capacity

    11/19/2012 7:38:08 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Tom Simonite
    Current hard-drive designs are reaching their limit in data storage, but a new manufacturing technique could allow drive capacities to keep expanding. A technique that enables the nanopatterned layers that store data in hard disk drives to assemble themselves has been improved to better suit mass production, and could enable disks that store five times as much data as the largest available today. Using self-assembly instead of machines that print or etch out features has long been considered a potential solution to a looming barrier to expanding the capacity of hard-disk designs. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin...
  • Texas only border state to allow aerial shooting

    11/18/2012 2:07:51 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Valley Central.com ^ | November 18, 2012 | Action 4 News Staff
    AP) -- AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas is the only border state that allows and trains its officers to fire on suspects from airborne helicopters
  • Father, Son and Daughter Arrested in Bank Robberies [Single Dad Had To Take Care of Kids]

    11/18/2012 12:17:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 18, 2012
    Nov 18, 2012 Father, Son and Daughter Arrested in Bank Robberies A father, son and daughter may be responsible for robbing as many as seven banks in two states, according to authorities. Ronald Scott Catt, 50, and his two children, 20-year-old Hayden and 18-year-old Abby were arrested last week on charges they robbed a credit union in Katy, Texas. Deputies with the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office in Texas say the family, which recently moved to the area, could also be responsible for several other robberies in Texas and their native Oregon. During the Oct. 1 robbery in Texas, two figures,...
  • Police stationed along Texas border fight endless battle against drug trafficking

    11/17/2012 9:23:50 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    NBC33 TV ^ | November 17, 2012 | Robert Arnold
    Police stationed along Texas border fight endless battle against drug trafficking and human smuggling: NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Brooks County, Texas is a less than five-hour drive from Houston, but the rural community of just over 7,200 people is facing an overwhelming amount of crime. High-speed chases, smugglers and a rising body count has become a fact of life in a county made up largely of ranchers and farmers. "We have a lot to contend with," said Brooks County Chief Deputy Urbino Martinez. "It takes a toll." Houston's connection to this rise in crime can be clearly seen in the...
  • Ranchers, farmers brace for 'death tax' impact

    11/17/2012 3:16:39 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 16, 2012 | William La Jeunesse
    the estate tax -- also known as the "death tax."... set to soar at the beginning of 2013 ... The estate tax dates back to 1916 when then-President Woodrow Wilson imposed the tax of 1 to 10 percent on the wealthy because World War I reduced federal government revenues. Under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the tax rose to 77 percent, as Congress tried to prevent wealth from becoming concentrated among a few powerful and super-rich families. Ironically, many nations historically more concerned with class and wealth -- namely Russia and China -- have since abandoned their estate taxes.
  • Lawmakers: Video shows tarp hid 2 killed by DPS sniper

    11/16/2012 8:00:32 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | November 16, 2012 | Lynn Brezosky
    BROWNSVILLE — A Department of Public Safety video of an airborne sniper shooting that left two Guatemalan immigrants dead backs up DPS statements that the immigrants were not visible to troopers, according to state lawmakers granted requests to view the footage. State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, said the clip, which he viewed in his capitol office on Thursday, contradicts reports by the Guatemalan consulate that a covering concealing the immigrants in the back of the truck had blown off, exposing them to the trooper firing from a DPS helicopter.
  • Texas A&M student senate approves concealed handgun bill

    11/16/2012 7:44:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    theeagle.com ^ | 16 November, 2012 | ALLEN REED
    Texas A&M student senators want handguns in classrooms, and with a little help from the Legislature, they might soon get their wish. The student senate voted 38-19 Wednesday to ask A&M university officials and state lawmakers to permit concealed carry license holders to bring handguns inside university buildings, said Rusty Thompson, interim director of Student Activities. Student Body President John Claybrook said he has not decided whether to sign or veto the senate's recommendation but wants to have a decision by Monday. The student senate's "Texas A&M Personal Protection Bill," reads, in part: "Seeing a need for self-preservation against criminals,...
  • ICE Team Goes After Immigrants with Criminal Records

    11/16/2012 6:46:01 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    KRGV.com ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | KRGV.com
    McALLEN - A team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are tracking down illegal immigrants with criminal records. CHANNEL 5 NEWS joined the team during a recent operation. The officers' first target was a known gang member and child sex offender. "This tip came in within the last week," ICE Field Office Director Enrique Lucero said. "Convicted of indecency with a child and sentenced to seven years," Lucero said of the suspect. Lucero is familiar with the felon's record. "(He) also been convicted of four DUIs," Lucero said. The suspect is a repeat immigration violator, Lucero said. The man is...
  • Texas has backup plan for keeping feds at bay

    11/16/2012 4:22:18 PM PST · by Perseverando · 30 replies
    WND ^ | November 15, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    <p>Presumably, a proposal being developed in Texas right now won’t be necessary should its petition on the White House website to secede from the union be successful.</p> <p>But if not, the Lone Star state apparently wants to be prepared to challenge whatever it views as a federal encroachment on the rights of the state, or its citizens.</p>
  • Judge plans field trip in Rowlett’s dispute with Garland gun range(TX)

    11/16/2012 8:08:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | 15 November, 2012 | RAY LESZCYNSKI
    After a day of testimony from witnesses for the city of Rowlett, Judge Ken Molberg will see for himself whether safety improvements at the Garland Public Shooting Range are enough to protect a neighborhood more than a mile downrange. The city and residents who have had a problem with rifle bullets on their property and the owners of the gun range returned to Dallas’ 95th District Court on Thursday to settle a request for a temporary injunction to shut the rifle portion of the range down. Early in the proceedings, Rowlett City Attorney David Berman challenged Molberg to visit the...
  • Texas gets failing grade on its gun laws

    11/16/2012 7:04:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | 15 November, 2012 | Tricia Lynn Silva
    The San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has released a new report that examines gun laws and violence in all 50 states. The report, titled “Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence,” looks at the relationship between state gun laws and gun violence — as well as assigning a grade to each state based on the strength or weakness of these laws. Texas’ grade: F. In fact, the Lone Star State was one of 21 states that received an F in the report. The center takes issue with the fact that Texas...
  • Obama’s war on energy is a war on jobs: Natural gas gives the economy much-needed boost

    11/15/2012 10:30:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 15, 2012 | William C. Triplett II
    Three hours west of Washington, D.C., U.S. Route 50 emerges from the West Virginia forest in a gentle curve. On the south side of the highway rises an enormous natural gas drilling rig. To its left and slightly behind it is a gas separation plant under construction. This is the “wet gas” portion of the Marcellus shale-gas play that underlies Appalachia. The separation plant will divide the wet gas into propane, pentane, butane and the like. In front of the rig and closest to the highway is a kind of filling station with color-coded fittings instead of hoses on the...