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High-speed train between Dallas and Houston gets federal approval

The high-speed train that promises to transport passengers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes has been approved by the Federal Railroad Administration, according to Texas Central Railroad, the company in charge of the project.

Wells police, Texas Rangers investigate missing 5-week-old baby

Cornyn, Josh Abbott Discuss Save Our Stages Act

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott opens restaurants, retailers to 75%, visitation allowed in nursing homes

Suspect charged in El Paso church vandalism, destruction of 90-year-old statue of Jesus

DPS Highway Patrol Troopers rescue 500th child during traffic stop

‘The Lord’s dealing with him now': 47th District Attorney gives update following death of man charged with murder-for-hire

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  Watch: Charges filed in ‘disturbing’ human trafficking case in Texas

Missing Louisiana man last seen in Lubbock

Governor Abbott appoints Douglas Freitag to 140th Judicial District Court

DPS: Trooper finds nearly 850 pounds of THC products during traffic stop in Oldham County

Watch live: Gov. Greg Abbott signs pledge against cutting police budgets in Texas at 2 p.m.

Gaines County reports 15 new cases of COVID-19, 279 total cases

Lubbock woman appointed to Gov. Abbott’s Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Melinda Mitchell Jones, Hari Namboodiri, and Cathy Wilson to the Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Texas ordered to immediately fix flaws in method used to reject some mail-in ballots

When local election officials throw out a mail-in ballot because they think a signature is suspect, voters must have a meaningful chance to contest the decision, a federal judge ruled.

DPS Increases Enforcement for Labor Day Holiday

Whether you’re just driving around town or traveling the open roads this Labor Day, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages all motorists to practice safe driving habits and exercise caution throughout the holiday weekend.

Coronavirus cases postpone TCU-SMU game

Plans to press forward with major college football in Texas have been dealt an early setback after Texas Christian University canceled its first football game due to COVID-19.

Gov. Greg Abbott considering legislation to put Austin police under state control after budget cut

National Ranching Heritage Center is Partnering with Hank the Cowdog

  Missing Texas girl found at Border Patrol checkpoint

  UMC EMS staff and nurses return home after serving in Southeastern Texas during Hurricane Laura

TPWD: Dove season begins September 1

  WATCH: Families of victims in Odessa mass shooting file suit against Lubbock gun dealer

  LP&L assisting with Hurricane Laura relief

Today, August 27, 10 Lubbock Power & Light (LP&L) vehicles began the nine-hour trip to help the City of Newton municipal utility with recovery efforts following electrical system damage from Hurricane Laura.

  WATCH: Governor Abbott surveys Hurricane Laura damage, hold press conference in Orange TX

Governor Greg Abbott will visit Orange Texas to survey storm damage left by Hurricane Laura overnight.

  Laura makes landfall in southwestern Louisiana near Texas as a Cat. 4 hurricane

Laura rapidly gained strength Wednesday, growing into a menacing Category 4 hurricane with the potential for a 20-foot storm surge that forecasters said would be “unsurvivable” and capable of sinking entire communities.

SCAM ALERT: Beware of Entities Posing as State Agencies to Send Purchase Orders

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a consumer alert warning Texans and Texas companies to exercise caution with any purchase order purporting to come from a state agency...

Governor Abbott provides update on Hurricane Laura, urges Texans to prepare for impact of storm

Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Austin where he provided an update on the state's ongoing response to Hurricane Laura, which is expected to make landfall this evening as a Category 4 hurricane with catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds, heavy rain, river flooding, and flash f

  WATCH: Governor Abbott to provide update on state response to Hurricane Laura

Governor Greg Abbott will provide an update on the state’s ongoing response to Hurricane Laura on Wednesday, August 26th at the Alternate State Operations Center in Austin.

  WATCH: Governor Abbott provides update on response to tropical storms Marco, Laura

Governor Greg Abbott provided an update on the state’s ongoing response to Tropical Storms Marco and Laura on Tuesday, August 25th at the Alternate State Operations Center.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares state of disaster in 23 counties ahead of Hurricane Marco, Tropical Storm Laura

With two storms gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday declared a state of disaster for 23 counties and requested assistance from the federal government.

AMBER ALERT: 14-month-old Colorado City boy missing

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Colorado City Police Department are searching for a 14-month-old boy. They believe him to be with 28-year-old Matthew Guzman. He is described as being 5′ 10″ tall, 200 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

How to vote by mail in Texas

Election officials expect a record number of people to vote by mail this year.

Out-of-work Texans could start seeing extra $300 in unemployment payments next week

On Friday, federal officials gave Texas the green light to provide the additional payments. States can contribute another $100, but Texas does not plan to do so.

Fmr. Dallas police officer pleads guilty to possession of ‘sadistic’ child porn

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox says 35-year-old Daniel Lee Collins, a former senior corporal, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Abducted Texas sisters found safe in Waco

Two Texas sisters have been found safe in Waco after being abducted in North Texas on Thursday morning.

  Keep Texas Moving working to raise private funds for Texas road maintenance

The state is predicting a budget shortfall by the end of this legislative session because of the pandemic and the fall of energy prices.

As the Texas restaurant industry struggles, so do farmers, truckers and others in the food supply chain

Economic experts say a slow recovery in the industry means problems will persist for the restaurant sector — and businesses in the supply chain on which it relies.

Texas will apply for federal program to get extra $300 per week for unemployed Texans

More than 10 states — not including Texas — have already been federally approved for additional jobless relief, providing an extra $300 or $400 in unemployment checks. On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott said he was directing the state employment agency to apply for the federal funding.

Man wanted by Potter County officials for child sex charges

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help locating a man wanted for child sex charges.

Texas school district’s dreadlocks ban discriminatory, federal court rules

The decision comes a month after the Barbers Hill School District board of trustees voted to keep the dress code policy, which advocates have deemed racist.

  WATCH: “Any city in Texas that defunds their police department will receive a property tax revenue freeze” - Gov. Abbott

Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen to announce a proposal in Fort Worth on police funding.

  Arrington announces legislation increasing penalties on riots, assaults

Today, at the George H. Mahon Federal Building, Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) announced three pieces of legislation to protect law enforcement, hold rioters accountable, and restore order amidst the ongoing violence in major cities across the U.S.

DPS announces 3 Texas Ranger promotions

The Texas Department of Public Safety today announced the promotion of three Texas Rangers to the rank of captain, including the first two female Ranger captains in DPS history and the first-known Ranger in modern history to hold a doctorate degree.

3 Texas officers shot by gunman, who holds 3 people in home

Police in a suburb of Austin, Texas, say multiple officers have been shot and a person remains barricaded inside a home.

5 people wounded in shooting at flea market in San Antonio

Police in San Antonio say at least five people were wounded, including one critically, in a shooting at a flea market.

2 adults, 3 young children killed in crash south of Odessa

Five people, including three young children, have been killed in a two-vehicle crash that happened Friday morning seven miles south of Crane, Texas.

AMBER ALERT: Five children believed to be in danger, police looking for two adults

Sheriff’s Deputies in Zavala County are searching for five children they believe to be in danger, as well as the two adults believed to be connected to the disappearance. If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Zavala County Sheriff's Office at 830-374-3615.

Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses Go on Sale August 15

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding hunters and anglers that current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except the Year-from-Purchase All-Water Package) will expire at the end of August. New licenses for the 2020-21 season go on sale Aug. 15.

  Gov. Abbott praises local leaders, warns against ‘COVID Fatigue’ during Lubbock visit

Gov. Greg Abbott praised city and county leaders and warned residents about the danger of "COVID Fatigue" during his visit to Lubbock on Thursday.

State Senator Kel Seliger tests positive for COVID-19

State Senator Kel Seliger has tested positive for COVID-19.

Authorities looking for suspect accused of butchering horses in Houston area

Several horses have been killed and butchered in the Houston area over the last few months, according to authorities.

Restaurants, bars and breweries scramble to reinvent themselves to get around Gov. Greg Abbott’s bar shutdown

Businesses that make up most of their sales with alcohol were closed down by Abbott's latest shutdown order, leaving them to maneuver through loopholes to reopen.

  WATCH: Governor Abbott holds August 11 COVID-19 news briefing

Governor Abbott is traveling to Beaumont and Victoria to meet with local officials and will host a COVID-19 news briefing August 11, at 11:30 a.m.

$400 in extra unemployment benefits remain uncertain in Texas after Trump’s executive order

The order could face legal challenges, and Texas might have to chip in a quarter of the cost. State leaders have not said how they'll respond.

  3 Texas Parks and Wildlife employees die in West Texas helicopter crash

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees died in a helicopter crash on TPWD’s Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Brewster County.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says local governments can’t stop or delay evictions

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton advised Friday that local Texas governments' attempts to delay evictions for renters grappling with the COVID-19 recession amounted to rewriting state law — something they can't do, he said in nonbinding legal guidance.

Texas Health and Human Services announces limited visitation at nursing facilities and long-term care facilities

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced limited visitation rules for nursing facilities and long-term care facilities. HHSC is also issuing enhanced emergency rules requiring additional actions by nursing facilities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  Henderson, Texas, golf course groundskeeper survives lightning strike

According to the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management, they were called out to the Henderson Country Club at around 8:35 a.m. for a person who had been struck by lightning.

Amarillo police arrest one person for stealing car with child inside

One person has been arrested after police say they stole a car with a child inside.

Missing 12-year-old boy found safe

The Amarillo Police Department is asking for help finding a missing 12-year-old boy.

2 arrested in connection to vandalism of predominantly black churches in Texas

At least two people have been arrested in connection to the vandalism of two predominantly Black churches in the city of Gatesville.

West Texas women gift President Trump a Prayer Quilt

A West Texas woman gave President Trump a special gift during his visit to Midland Texas.

Gov. Abbott says local health officials can shut down schools only in limited circumstances

In a statement Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said local health authorities can shut down schools if there’s evidence of an outbreak after students have already returned to campus — but cannot shut them down weeks before schools open.

Three medical professionals with Texas Tech ties appointed to Governor’s advisory council

Governor Greg Abbott has released the names of appointments for his Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services, and three of them bring ties to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Governor Abbott, HHSC extend flexibilities for Medicaid, CHIP providers during COVID-19 response

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is extending flexibilities to Medicaid and CHIP recipients and providers through October 23rd, 2020, as the state continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

2 people injured when plane out of Tyler crashes in Houston

The pilot, age 40 and his 33-year-old passenger went down in front of a home and hit a tree.

Lubbock Chamber urges Texas Governor to let bars and breweries open outdoor areas

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce sent a letter, late last week, to Texas Governor Greg Abbott urging for clarification on the opening of outdoor areas at bars and breweries.

Promotion requirements for 2020-2021 STAAR testing in grade 5 and 8 students waived by Gov. Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott announced another change in Texas education for the 2020-2021 school year Monday, waiving grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for students in grades 5 and 8.

Governor Abbott extends early voting period for November election

With this change, in-person early voting will begin on Tuesday, October 13, and continue through Friday, October 30. Election day will be November 3.

Amid virus surge, South Texas coast drenched by cyclone

A day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday with high winds and drenching rains that destroyed boats, flooded streets and knocked out power across a region already reeling from a surge in coronavirus cases.

AMBER ALERT: Longview PD searching for missing 3-year-old girl

Authorities in Longview, Texas, are searching for a 3-year-old girl they believe to be in grave or immediate danger.

Mask mandate appears to be helping in Texas, but experts ask Gov. Greg Abbott not to rule out a shutdown

A plateauing of new virus cases would hardly represent a victory over the pandemic, but it would help keep hospitals from being overrun with sick patients.

H-E-B giving Texas teachers 15% discount on school supplies, essential items

H-E-B said it is continuing its longstanding commitment to supporting Texas educators by extending savings on hundreds of supplies to help teachers prepare for the upcoming school year.

Texas DPS commissions 77 new Troopers at graduation ceremony

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) commissioned 77 new Texas Highway Patrol Troopers from its A-2020 recruit class during a graduation ceremony held on Friday, July 17.

Local lawn care worker maintains Vanessa Guillen memorial

A makeshift memorial for Vanessa Guillen is being taken care of by a local lawn care worker for free.

Five U.S. Navy teams deploy to Texas coronavirus hot spots

Medical professionals from the U.S. Navy were deployed Sunday to aid hospitals in four cities across southern Texas and the Rio Grande Valley...

  US appeals court overrules Texas GOP’s in-person convention

A federal appeals court has overruled a judge’s decision allowing the Texas Republican Party to hold an in-person convention in Houston, marking a big win for the nation’s fourth-largest city in an ongoing battle with the state GOP.

Governor Abbott announce eLearning funding for Texas students

The State of Texas will allocate $200 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the purchase of eLearning devices and home internet solutions to enable remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic for Texas students that lac

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says “there is no shutdown coming” as coronavirus cases surge

Abbott said last week that if the spread of the virus didn't slow that "the next step would have to be a lockdown." But in a television interview Thursday he said that there have been rumors of such a move, and stressed that they were not true.

City of Lubbock warns about scam emails pretending to warn about COVID-19 exposure sites

The City of Lubbock is warning residents about a phishing scam pretending to be an email about potential COVID-19 exposure sites.