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  • Few fireworks in first Texas governor's debate

    EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis came out swinging against Republican Greg Abbott over classroom dollars and women in the first debate of the Texas governor's race Friday night, but uncomfortably skirted whether she supported President Barack Obama. Still, no real fireworks livened...

  • Missing Travis County deputy's body found

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Travis County sheriff says dive teams have recovered the body of a deputy whose patrol car was swept away by floodwaters as she checked roadways during heavy rains this week. The body of Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis was found Friday afternoon in Lake Austin. The...

  • Texas jobless rate up for first time this year

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly last month, representing the first increase in the rate this year, state officials said Friday. The Texas Workforce Commission announced the state unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, up from the 5.1 percent recorded in July. The...

  • Texas governor's debate: Things to Watch

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — For the first time in nearly a decade, Texas voters will be able to watch a debate between the state's gubernatorial candidates. The stakes and viewership aren't expected to be high when Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis meet for the event in McAllen. The...

  • Texas backs off sales of alcohol at some gun shows

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After hundreds of negative responses, Texas officials appear to be backing off a plan to allow sales of alcohol at some gun shows, which would have come with strict conditions such as a ban on sales of live ammunition. Staff at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has...

  • More than 700 infants exposed to TB at hospital

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Public health officials say more than 700 infants at an El Paso hospital have been exposed to tuberculosis by an employee infected with the disease. The city's Department of Public Health says the infants along with about 40 employees at Providence Memorial Hospital were...

  • Former West Texas prison guards sentenced

    ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Two former guards at a West Texas federal prison have been sentenced on charges stemming from an investigation of an inmate suicide two years ago. U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings on Friday sentenced 45-year-old Frederick Hernandez, of Big Spring, to 10 months in prison...

  • Officers' misconduct leads to ticket dismissals

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's police chief says hundreds of drivers ticketed for traffic violations could be getting the tickets dismissed because the officers whose names are on the citations may not have been present when the violation occurred. Chief Charles McClelland says an internal affairs...

  • 2 dead, I-20 westbound blocked in East Texas

    SCOTTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead and a section of Interstate 20 westbound in East Texas remains closed after a fire engulfed an 18-wheeler involved in a crash with a second tractor-trailer. Harrison County sheriff's deputies tell KSLA TV (http://tinyurl.com/p7gvvwc...

  • 9 Texans arrested in theft from Caterpillar plant

    SEGUIN, Texas (AP) — Eight Caterpillar employees are among nine people charged with felonies who Seguin police say stole at least $160,000 in parts from the company's plant. The Seguin Police Department says the suspects were taken into custody on Friday after the owner of a diesel repair shop...

  • GOP's Abbott, Democrats' Davis face off in debate

    EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — For the first time since 1998, the Republican and Democratic nominees for Texas governor will debate their positions in a South Texas setting. On Friday, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis will participate in a debate to be televised live statewide. The...

  • GOP's Abbott woos Latinos on hostile Texas border

    PENITAS, Texas (AP) — Despite a 3-to-1 edge in campaign cash and polling leads over his Democratic opponent, Greg Abbott is courting Republican-snubbing Hispanic voters with efforts reminiscent of former President George W. Bush's time as governor of Texas. The Republican candidate and current...

  • 2 school officials sentenced for stealing millions

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two top officials of a Southeast Texas school district have been sentenced to prison for stealing more than $4 million from the district. Devin Wayne McCraney is the former Beaumont Independent School District finance director, while Sharika Baksh Allison is the...

  • Range Resources to pay $4M drilling waste fine

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Energy company Range Resources said Thursday it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental violations at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. The penalty is the largest the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry. Range,...

  • Federal inmate sentenced for deadly assault

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A Missouri man incarcerated at a federal prison in Southeast Texas has been sentenced to more than 12 years for fatally beating another inmate who he mistakenly believed was in prison for molesting children. Jacob Smith of Forsyth, Missouri, was sentenced Thursday after...



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