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  • Torrential rains have battered West Texas

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Odile have battered West Texas, and police said Monday they were investigating whether the death of a woman in El Paso was related to the flooding. Rainfall amounts across Texas in the past week have ranged from 2 inches to...

  • Testing of West Texas babies exposed to TB begins

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — West Texas health officials are testing some infants for tuberculosis after they revealed last week that more than 700 of the babies may have been exposed at an El Paso hospital to a hospital worker found to have TB. The children were potentially exposed at a nursery in...

  • Houston man sentenced for role in tax fraud scheme

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for his involvement in a scheme to file more than 250 fraudulent tax returns that claimed nearly $1.3 million in refunds. Thirty-two-year-old Linus Davar Riggs was sentenced in federal court Monday. A second man...

  • Perry asks to miss court date citing overseas trip

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Indicated Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants to skip his next scheduled court appearance because he'll be out of the country. In a motion Monday, Perry's attorneys asked the judge to let him miss an Oct. 13 pretrial hearing due to "long-standing plans to be in Europe" all that...

  • Escaped Texas prisoner caught about 8 hours later

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A convicted killer was recaptured Monday about eight hours after he escaped from a prison in Amarillo by scaling a fence, authorities said. Marvin Garcia, 34, from El Salvador, was apprehended after authorities aboard a search plane saw someone jump from a northbound...

  • Jury selection starting in prosecutors' slayings

    ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Jury selection is beginning at the capital murder trial of a former justice of the peace accused of killing a North Texas district attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor. Eric Williams faces a possible death sentence for the slayings last year of Kaufman County District...

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze at Texas school

    POST, Texas (AP) — Elementary school classes have been canceled in a West Texas city after fire crews worked seven hours to battle flames at the school. Authorities say they don't know what started the fire at the Post Elementary School on Sunday. The extent of the damage is also unclear. No...

  • Rick Perry uses Joan Rivers' death as support for anti-abortion law

    Speaking at an event Sunday, Perry said, "it’s a curious thought" whether the comedian would still be alive had there been tighter regulations at the New York outpatient surgery center where she went into cardiac arrest earlier this month.

  • 2 flights make emergency landings at DFW airport

    DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says two flights that originated in Dallas had to make emergency landings two minutes apart because of unrelated mechanical problems. Spokeswoman Laura Masivdal says no injuries were reported after the flights returned early Monday morning to Dallas-Fort Worth...

  • Memorial held for slain Houston teenager

    HOUSTON (AP) — Family and friends are mourning a Houston-area teenager whose body was found mutilated and left in the woods. A memorial was held Sunday for 14-year-old Jose Meraz. Houston police say a man walking his dog near the Addicks Reservoir found the boy's body Sept. 15. Family members...

  • Police: Texas solider beat daughter to death

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso police have charged a Fort Bliss soldier with capital murder after they say he beat his 2-year-old daughter to death because she soiled her diaper. Police Det. Mike Baranyay says 20-year-old Dartarious Graham was arrested on Sunday. He says the U.S. Army specialist...

  • Court challenge to tough voter ID law nears end

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal judge will hear closing arguments on tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will hear closing arguments Monday in Corpus Christi in a...

  • Perry: Texas adequately funded schools on my watch

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Perry says Texas adequately funded public schools on his watch and still believes in offering in-state tuition rates to students who are living in the country without legal permission. Perry on Sunday sat for a wide-ranging interview at the Texas...

  • Citing Joan Rivers, Texas' Perry backs clinic law

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Perry has pointed toward comedian Joan Rivers dying at a surgery clinic while defending a Texas law that would shutter abortion facilities statewide. Perry said Sunday "it's a curious thought" whether Rivers might be alive had there been tighter...

  • Heavy rain causes flooding in West Texas

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Heavy rain in West Texas is causing flooding in several counties where authorities are urging drivers to stay off the roads. National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Ciccone in Midland says there's been flash flooding in the northern Permian Basin and a large portion of...



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