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  • 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...

  • Texas unemployment rises to 5.3 percent in August

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Unemployment across Texas rose slightly to 5.3 percent in August. The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the rate increased from the 5.1 percent recorded in June and July. The national unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent. Through the course of the year,...

  • 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...

  • Perry, A&M dedicate key element of vaccine center

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry and top officials from Texas A&M University dedicated a new 100,000-square-foot manufacturing plant Thursday that's intended to have the capacity to produce bulk flu vaccine that can be delivered to as many as 50 million people within four months of...

  • Contempt case reopened against Perry prosecutor

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The special prosecutor who secured two felony abuse of power indictments against Gov. Rick Perry is facing his own legal problems after a decision by Texas' highest criminal court to renew a contempt of court case against him. Prosecutors filed a contempt of court motion...

  • Nigerian woman pleads guilty to Texas fraud

    TYLER, Texas (AP) — A Nigerian woman charged in a nearly $10 million Medicare billing scam in Texas has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Vivian Yusuf, formerly of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, faces up to 10 years in a U.S. prison. Yusuf pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tyler...

  • Texas Agriculture Commissioner Staples to resign

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said Thursday he will quit his statewide-elected office early to become president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, one of the state's most powerful trade groups. Staples has been the state's chief agriculture officer since...



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