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After sweltering temperatures killed Texas prisoners, lawmakers vote to install air conditioning

As Texas braces for its notoriously scorching summer temperatures, the state House agreed to install air conditioning in dozens of uncooled prisons within seven years.

3 arrested in Big Spring murder investigation

  Former Lubbock Rep. Froy Salinas dies at 81

Man wanted for 2006 Llano Co. murder turns self in at Lubbock County Detention Center

Donald Trump endorses Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for reelection

Texas GOP’s voting restrictions bill could be rewritten behind closed doors after key House vote

Permitless carry of a handgun in Texas nearly law, after Senate OKs bill

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  Fetal “heartbeat” bill, that could ban abortions at six weeks, nears passage in the Legislature

New Mexico officials arrest man facing murder charges for 1980′s cold case

Tucumcari armed robbery suspect arrested near Vega

Lubbock pedestrian killed in Abilene crash, driver arrested

37 migrants, including three children, found in Presidio stash house

  Police find 90 people in Houston house; possible human smuggling

The criminal penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana would be reduced under a bill OK’d by the Texas House

The measure likely faces an uphill climb in the Senate, where two years ago Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick opposed similar legislation.

  Texas House unanimously passes bill named for Judge Ruben Reyes

The Hon. Judge Ruben Reyes served Lubbock County for decades. He’s best known for establishing drug court, a program that attempts to rehabilitate rather than punish addicts.

  Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll sign bill allowing permitless carrying of handguns, believes Senate is “making progress”

The governor broke his silence Tuesday on the legislation that has been building momentum at the Texas Capitol.

Gov. reappoints Anton man to Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shaila D. Parkers and reappointed Nicholas Beckmann, M.D. of Houston and Scott Morren of Anton to the Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology for terms set to expire February 1, 2027.

  Texas lawmakers send Greg Abbott a bill that would allow Texans to purchase alcohol to go from restaurants

  Texas’ medical marijuana program is one of the most restrictive in the country. Advocates hope the Legislature will change that.

Gov. Abbott announces $11.2 billion in new funding for Texas public schools

Lubbock voters will decide Saturday if the West Texas city will become the largest “sanctuary city for the unborn”

As Austin voters weigh camping ban proposition, Texas lawmakers consider bills to prohibit homeless encampments statewide

Texas will gain two seats in Congress as residents of color drive population gains

  Authorities searching for Texas teen, believe she is being trafficked

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the FBI and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas are searching for 17-year-old Kristen Galvan. April 23 is her 17th birthday. Authorities believe she is being trafficked in Texas.

Parents outraged, say Texas church taught sex education without parental consent

Some parents in Childress are outraged after they say a church taught their children explicit sexual education without their consent.

12-year-old arrested in drowning death of half-brother at Tyler motel

Detectives with the Tyler Police Department arrested the 12-year-old half-brother of the 6-year-old boy who died after he was found unresponsive in a local motel bathtub on April 15.

Relatives of Texans killed by police hope Derek Chauvin’s conviction will advance the state’s George Floyd Act

“If this doesn’t push it, we don’t know what will,” says Debbie Bush. She has been fighting for greater accountability for police violence since her nephew was shot in the back by a San Antonio officer seven years ago.

  Cornyn announces bipartisan border reform bill

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill the Bipartisan Border Solutions Bill on Thursday, which strives to reform our current immigration system, starting with border intake and processing.

Multi-billion dollar gasoline manufacturing facility coming to Ector County

Around 3,500 workers will be employed during the four-year construction of phase one of the facility. Once the facility is operational, it will employ 350 full-time operators and maintenance personnel with an annual salary of approximately $85,000.

Reward increased for information in 1987 Lubbock County cold case

An increased reward is being offered for information in the 1987 murder of 13-year-old Veronica Taylor.

Texas teacher accused of having sexual relationship with 13-year-old student

A former Tomball ISD teacher and Whitewright native was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 and booked into the Harris County Jail Saturday.

First Responders Pandemic Care Act passes Senate unanimously

First Responders and the families of those who suffered injuries or even deaths from front line work during the COVID-19 pandemic are one step closer to receiving compensation and recognition from the State of Texas.

Wells, furnaces and septic systems damaged by Feb. winter storm may be covered by FEMA

Texas residents whose furnaces, septic systems or wells were damaged by February’s severe winter storms may be eligible for financial assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. If denied assistance, applicants may appeal.

Family says missing man found in Amarillo

The family of Steven Pardo says he has been found.

  Lubbock activists say bills from Sen. Charles Perry seeking to ‘erase’ trans community

Lubbock activists are criticizing two bills from Sen. Charles Perry, one that would prevent transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports, and another that would classify gender reassignment procedures as child abuse for children under 18.

Shootout in San Antonio leaves 2 men dead, police officer injured

The police officer approached the vehicle and “spoke casually” with the driver for a couple minutes, Police Chief McManus said.

Texas House gives initial approval to “constitutional carry,” which would allow people to carry a gun without a license

House Bill 1927, spearheaded by state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, would nix the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun.

  Scammers stealing identities to apply for unemployment benefits

The pandemic has put many people out of work, forcing them to turn to the state for unemployment benefits, but that has created an opportunity for scammers to make money off of bogus claims.

Vandal targets Baylor University campus

The phrase “Baylor Rapes for god!” was spray-painted on a sign that reminds visitors the university is a smoke free campus.

Former Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst arrested on domestic violence charge

Dewhurst ran against Ted Cruz for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate and was ousted from his No. 2 spot in Texas government by Dan Patrick.

Senate passes bill to curb Texas governor’s power to shut down state for extended time during emergency

The Senate action, which must still be approved by the House, would require the governor to call a special session in order to declare a state emergency that lasts more than 30 days.

ERCOT asks Texans to conserve power, but says outages not expected as it nears emergency conditions

The tight conditions for the grid are being caused by a stalled cold front over Texas, combined with a high number of energy-producing plants being offline for maintenance.

Vehicle title, registration waiver ends April 14

The temporary waiver of certain vehicle title and registration requirements, announced by Governor Greg Abbott on March 16, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will end at 11:59 p.m. on April 14, 2021, with no grace period.

5 people shot, 1 killed after possible gang-related shootout between cars on Texas highway

During the shootout, a stray bullet hit a woman in a separate, unrelated vehicle, police said.

Police: Texas infant fatally shot by 3-year-old brother

Police believe an infant was fatally shot Friday by his 3-year-old brother after the older boy got a hold of a gun inside a Houston apartment.

Missing Texas boy has been found; Amber Alert canceled

Aaron McBeth has been found, officials said.

  Police: Employee kills 1, wounds 5 at Texas cabinet business

Police confirm multiple people were shot during an incident Thursday afternoon at Kent Moore Cabinets in Bryan.

Texans sue Attorney General Ken Paxton, accuse him of violating First Amendment for blocking them on Twitter

A federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled in 2019 that Trump violated the First Amendment for blocking his Twitter followers, because he used his Twitter account to conduct official business and interact with the public.

Texas investigating allegations that unaccompanied migrant children are being abused, sexually assaulted in San Antonio

The governor did not know the identities of those who alleged assault, nor did he provide many details. He said he was concerned more than one child may have been assaulted.

First day of STAAR testing canceled for thousands of students experiencing technical issues across Texas

Texas education officials advised districts to suspend the first day of STAAR testing after thousands of students showed up in person and were prevented from taking the standardized test online because of widespread technical issues across the state.

  Gov. Abbott Executive Order prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order Tuesday prohibiting government-mandated “vaccine passports” in Texas.

Governor Abbott declines to throw first pitch at Rangers game due to MLB’s ‘false narrative’ on voter integrity laws

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to the Texas Rangers baseball organization declining the invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the their home opening game.

Fallen DPS trooper spent time working at East Texas police, sheriff’s departments

“He was just one of the best Texas peace officers I’ve ever met,” said Botie Hillhouse, Henderson County Sheriff.

7 Texas officers fired following death of Black jail inmate

The detention officers violated sheriff’s office policies and procedures leading up to the death of Marvin Scott III, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said in a news release Thursday. An eighth officer resigned.

Texas Senate approves bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views

Some experts have raised doubts whether the bill will hold up in court.

Texas Senate advances bill limiting how and when voters can cast ballots, receive mail-in voting applications

Senate Republicans on Thursday cleared the way for new, sweeping restrictions to voting in Texas that take particular aim at forbidding local efforts meant to widen access.

Trooper Chad Walker has died, DPS confirms

Trooper Chad Walker, 38, was stopping to assist a driver near Mexia, Texas, around 7:45 p.m. Friday, March 26, when he was shot multiple times. Trooper Walker was transported to Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, where he later died from his injuries.

Bills restricting abortion, including one that bans procedure as early as six weeks, gets Texas Senate OK

The slate of bills must still go to the House for approval.

Governor Abbott announces COVID-19 rapid testing program for Texas youth Summer camps

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management today announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for Texas youth summer camps.

14-year-old girl last seen in Point found safe, suspect arrested

She was found with suspect Justin Gray, 40. He has been arrested.

Texas prisons stopped in-person visits and limited mail. Drugs got in anyway.

In the year since Texas initiated its anti-contraband program, and without any visits from family or friends, the number of reported drug incidents in prisons stayed steady, and prisoners were disciplined for drugs more often.

ONLY IN TEXAS: People on horseback wait in drive-thru line at new east Texas Starbucks

Some things you only see in Texas... like people on horseback waiting in line at a drive-thru.

Texas trooper shot in roadside attack no longer displaying brain activity

Walker, who was struck in the head and the abdomen, was taken to the Waco hospital in critical condition.

  WATCH: Governor Abbott news conference on broadband access across Texas March, 29

Governor Greg Abbott will hold a press conference on legislation to increase broadband access across Texas on Monday, March 29, in Beaumont.

Jerry Jones donates $20M for construction of National Medal of Honor Museum

The National Medal of Honor Museum won’t open in Arlington for a few more years, but the future museum got a big boost toward making that opening a reality.

Man accused of shooting Texas state trooper dies by suicide

DeArthur Pinson Jr., 37, wanted in connection to the shooting of Texas DPS Trooper Chad Walker near Mexia, has killed himself, according to Limestone County Judge Richard Duncan.

Warren Buffett group lobbying Texas lawmakers for deal to build $8 billion worth of power plants for emergency use

The proposed company, which would likely be known as the Texas Emergency Power Reserve, would build and maintain plants that sit idle during normal times

Ken Paxton refuses to release messages about attendance at pro-Trump rally before Jan. 6 insurrection

The Texas attorney general’s office is attempting to withhold all messages Ken Paxton sent or received while in Washington for the pro-Donald Trump rally that devolved into a riot at the U.S. Capitol.

  WATCH: Gov. Abbott ‘Save Our Seniors’ initiative update

Gov. Abbott is in McAllen to discuss the statewide ‘Save Our Seniors’ initiative.

  Texas lawmakers move to make alcohol-to-go permanent

Alcohol-to-go may become permanent in the state of Texas.

  Wharton County deputy nearly struck by oncoming 18-wheeler

The Wharton County Sheriff’s Office posted a video Tuesday night featuring a close call for one of their deputies.

  WATCH: Texas deputy nearly struck by oncoming 18-wheeler

The Wharton County Sheriff’s Office posted a video Tuesday night featuring a close call for one of their deputies.

Tim Smith, of Lubbock, appointed by Gov. Abbott to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Christopher G. Cantu, David Coatney, Michael Glynn, Clyde Loll, and Tim Smith to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027.

Texas HHSC expanding visitation to nursing facilities and long-term care settings

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is expanding visitation statewide in nursing facilities and other long-term care settings, effective today.

Biden administration to open migrant holding facility in Pecos, TX

The facility will initially house 500 unaccompanied migrants with the ability to hold up to 2,000.

Amber Alert ended, missing Texas girl found safe

The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued an Amber Alert for a missing 16-year-old Waco girl.

Travelers from Athens, Texas, unharmed after lightning strikes pickup

A driver and his passenger escaped unharmed from a pickup that burst into flames after it was struck by lightning as it was traveling between Athens and Corsicana Wednesday morning.

After House stalls on readjusting electricity prices, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urges Gov. Greg Abbott to use emergency powers

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday pleaded for Gov. Greg Abbott to take executive action on reversing billions of dollars in charges for wholesale electricity during last month’s deadly winter storm after the Texas House adjourned for the week without taking up the issue.

  WATCH: Governor Abbott news conference on unaccompanied minor crisis

Governor Greg Abbott will hold a news conference on Wednesday, March 17 in Dallas to discuss the unaccompanied minor crisis.

Gov. Abbott launches third week of Save Our Seniors in 28 counties

The Governor announced the Save Our Seniors program in Corpus Christi in February to ensure more seniors are vaccinated throughout the state.

At least 57 people died in the Texas winter storm, mostly from hypothermia

The deaths occurred in at least 25 counties. And 25 of the fatalities occurred in Harris County. Some Texas deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning and medical equipment failure.