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Grand jury finds Amarillo officer-involved shooting was justified

47th District Attorney Randall Sims said today a Potter County grand jury found an Amarillo officer-involved shooting justified.

12 school-age kids rescued after Wonderland roller coaster gets stuck

Double murder trial begins in N.Y. for ex-Sunray police chief

Texas House passes bill allowing handgun owners to carry weapons in church

Texas ‘Chick-fil-A’ bill blasted by LGBT lawmakers advances

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down in Chapel Hill area

  Red Cross emergency shelter set up in San Angelo after damaging tornado

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  Abilene preparing disaster declaration after Saturday morning storm

Texas officer fatally shoots woman after struggle over Taser

South Plains High School athletes excel at day 2 of UIL State Track & Field Championships

Longview storm recovery still a struggle on day 3

Cleanup efforts continue after storms cause school closures, power outages throughout East Texas

TABC cancels San Antonio club’s liquor permit following charges of human trafficking

Failed escape from Texas jail led to sprinklers set off

Investigators in San Antonio say a man originally arrested on a trespassing count tried to escape through the ceiling of his cell but was caught after setting off some sprinklers

Sandra Bland’s own video of 2015 Texas traffic stop surfaces

Bland was found hanging in her jail cell outside Houston three days after her arrest. Her death and dashcam video showing Trooper Brian Encinia trying to pull the 28-year-old Chicago-area woman out of her vehicle became flashpoints in the debate over the treatment of black people by police.

Texas seeks more armed school personnel after mass shooting

Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school killed eight students and two substitute teachers, lawmakers in the gun-friendly state are close to passing new measures that they say would harden campuses

Texas police arrest bartender who served man prior to attack

Authorities in suburban Dallas have arrested a bartender who served drinks to a man who later went to his estranged wife's home and fatally shot her and seven others as they gathered to watch the Dallas Cowboys play

Electric scooters could soon be kicked off Texas sidewalks, if state Senate gets its way

Texas lawmakers want to make clear guns allowed in churches

Texas may finally kill a program that can land poor people in jail for traffic fines

Joaquin Castro won’t challenge John Cornyn for U.S. Senate seat

Texas Senate rushes to advance school finance bill, passes it out of committee

Texas will end its botched voter citizenship review and rescind its list of flagged voters

Texas will end its botched voter citizenship review and rescind its list of flagged voters

Three months after first questioning the citizenship status of almost 100,000 registered voters, the Texas secretary of state has agreed to end a review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens that was flawed from the start.

Tiff’s Treats grand opening charity event

Attention all foodies! Tiff's Treats is coming to Lubbock. The grand opening will be on Saturday, May 4, and proceeds will go to local charity, Sondra's Song.

  Deadly southern storms kill at least 5 as they move across the Southeast

At least five deaths related to the storm system have been confirmed.

Amarillo Fire Department working hazmat situation at Plains Dairy

The Amarillo Fire Department is working a hazmat situation at Plains Dairy.

Texas execution set for John William King in racist dragging death of James Byrd Jr.

It’s been more than two decades since an infamous hate crime in East Texas, where three white men were convicted of chaining a black man to the back of a pickup truck, dragging him for miles and then dumping the remains of his body in front of a church.

Texas House votes to legalize the farming of industrial hemp

Hemp is a cousin of the marijuana plant, but it contains low levels of the psychoactive element in marijuana known as THC. The House's bill will now go to the Senate.

MJ Hegar, former congressional candidate, says she’s running to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

Hegar, the former Air Force helicopter pilot who mounted a spirited challenge to U.S. Rep. John Carter in 2018, is running for the U.S. Senate next year.

Texas removes thousands of children from Medicaid each month due to red tape, records show

Most states check whether children on Medicaid still qualify for the program once a year. Texas checks more often, using an automated system that critics say lead to kids losing coverage even though they're still eligible.

6-year-old New Mexico boy found after AMBER Alert issued

UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m., New Mexico State Police confirm the young boy has been located and is safe. Thanks to all who shared information on this incident.

Average US price of gas spikes 13 cents per gallon, to $2.91

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline surged 13 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.91

Alaska authorities find body of missing Texas man

Alaska authorities say search and rescue dogs have found the body of a Texas man who went missing in Fairbanks

A Texas sales tax increase would hit poor people the hardest

Texas’ Republican leadership wants to raise the taxes that consumers pay when they go shopping in order to lower the taxes that homeowners and business owners pay on their properties.

Police release identity of 2 women found in notorious Texas ‘killing fields’

Police have finally been able to identify two unknown women whose remains were found years ago in the Calder Road area of League City, off of I-45 in Galveston County.

Dead skunk found in Gray County tests positive for rabies

A dead skunk that was found in Gray County just south of Pampa has tested positive for rabies.

Sunray woman pleads guilty to charges in Sodus double homicide

Jury selection for Dean’s trial is scheduled for May 15, and Childers is set to be sentenced in June.

Texas Senate votes to advance property tax reform bill, avoids “nuclear option” procedural move

After a key Republican holdout voted to bring the bill to the floor, the legislation passed 18-13.

  PHOTOS: Half of Franklin, TX destroyed by Saturday morning tornado

KWTX in Waco reports that the town of Franklin, TX took a direct hit from a tornado on Saturday morning, causing widespread damage.

  Texas DPS distributing life-saving NARCAN kits statewide

Life-saving NARCAN kits have begun being distributed throughout the state of Texas. These kits could be fundamental in an opioid overdose crisis.

Mike Pence to hold fundraisers in Dallas, Midland next week

Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Texas next week for a pair of fundraisers.

As Texas lawmakers negotiate on property tax reform, Gov. Greg Abbott says school taxes must be capped

The Republican governor weighed in on the issue Thursday as both chambers maneuvered to bring the legislation to a floor vote.

Hereford woman found dead in Clovis motel

The Clovis Police Department is investigating after a Hereford woman was found dead in a Clovis motel on April 7.

President Trump: Executive order paves the way for ‘jobs of tomorrow’ in oil, gas industries

President Donald Trump traveled to oil and gas country, Crosby, Texas, to sign an executive order on Wednesday.

  President Trump signs executive action on oil, gas industry

President Donald Trump spoke in Texas today where he announced executive action to boost the oil and gas industry.

Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Dennis Bonnen propose raising the Texas sales tax in order to lower property taxes

The idea would need approval from two thirds of the House and Senate and a majority of Texas voters.

Texas advances abortion bill similar to effort in Congress

A measure in Texas that threatens doctors with prison time if they don't try saving the lives of infants born during attempted abortions has won approval in the Republican-controlled Senate

Texas Tech Health Sciences Center agrees to stop considering race in admissions, ending federal inquiry

The medical school reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

Man charged in shooting of trooper after South Texas crash

Authorities say a man suspected of shooting a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper as he investigated a vehicle collision in South Texas has been arrested after fleeing hours earlier

‘Back the Bluebonnet’ challenge has Texas law enforcement playing in meadows, frolicking in fields

The #BacktheBlueBonnet challenge has public servants and emergency responders pausing to smell the flowers

Texas estimates it may owe feds $223 million after illegally decreasing special education funding

A major flaw in the way Texas spends money on kids with disabilities might lose the state almost a quarter of its annual special education grant.

Texas House approves major school finance reform package, adds teacher raises to the bill

After more than three hours of discussion, the Texas House nearly unanimously passed a comprehensive bill to reform the way schools are funded and slow the growth of property tax bills.

  Patriot Guard motorcycle riders to escort unclaimed veterans ashes through Lubbock

The remains of veterans found among unclaimed ashes left sitting for more than a decade are being escorted to their final resting place.The Patriot Guard motorcycle riders, will escort the caravan to San Antonio from the Potter County Courthouse where the remains were found.

Whataburger introduces limited-time Dr. Pepper milkshake

Whataburger is looking to capture the hearts of Texans across the state.

Texas Senate approves occupational licensing bill LGBTQ advocates call a “license to discriminate”

The bill passed on a 19–12 vote, with one Republican voting against it and one Democrat voting for it. It requires one more approval in the Senate before it heads to the Texas House.

Texas bans chaplains from its execution chamber

The state of Texas has banned all prison chaplains from its execution chamber, days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state was violating an inmate’s rights by not allowing a Buddhist chaplain into the death chamber with him.

Federal agency to investigate Texas chemical fire

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says it will investigate a fire at a Houston area chemical plant that killed one worker and injured two others

2nd Texas chemical fire in about 2 weeks kills worker

A tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire at a Texas plant Tuesday, killing one worker, critically injuring two others and sending panicked employees fleeing over a fence to safety.

  Muleshoe man dies after Wednesday officer-involved shooting in Cochran County

A suspect was killed Wednesday after a shootout with law enforcement officials, following a short chase from Levelland to Whiteface. Officials have released the identity of the suspect.

Texas House approves 2020-21 budget plan, keeps extra $9 billion for school finance, property tax relief

In Dennis Bonnen’s first major test as speaker of the Texas House, the chamber he oversees resoundingly passed a $251 billion budget Wednesday after a long but largely civil debate — a departure from the dramatics that have typically defined such an affair.

Texans are waiting for birth and death certificates amid health agency understaffing

The backlog — which was exacerbated by the state's switch to a new computer system for processing records in January — comes as the short-staffed Texas Department of State Health Services vies for a boost in funding. Meanwhile, families anxiously wait.

Updated property tax reform proposal surfaces in the Texas House

In an effort to continue working toward property tax reform, a Texas House chairman tasked with spearheading the issue this legislative session sent colleagues a new draft of his high-priority bill on Tuesday — the day before his committee could vote to advance the proposal.

  Mother sues Weather Channel for $125 Million after deadly 2017 crash

Nearly two years after a fatal crash took the lives of three storm chasers, the family of one victim has filed a $125 million lawsuit against the Weather Channel.

  Special Olympics cuts come under fire as DeVos faces budget questions

The Education Department has asked to end about $17.5 million in funding for programs meant to support awareness of and encourage participation in the Special Olympics.

Border Patrol closes West Texas checkpoints as influx of migrants strains resources

A government spokesman said shutting down the checkpoints near El Paso is a temporary measure.

Suspect faces murder count after West Texas deputy dies

The man accused of shooting a West Texas sheriff's deputy faces an upgraded charge after the lawman died over the weekend

Overnight storms bring hail, knock out power to thousands in East Texas

Severe storms have knocked power out to thousands of residents across East Texas.

  Plant leaked dangerous levels of chemicals into Houston Ship Channel, officials confirm

Intercontinental Terminals Co., the company that owns the plant, said flames breached the dyke wall around its chemical tank yard and chemicals leaked out.

Texas sues company behind Deer Park terminal fire

Late Friday, the state of Texas sued Intercontinental Terminals — the Houston-based company whose petrochemical storage facility in the suburb of Deer Park caught fire last weekend and burned for days, sending a dramatic plume of black smoke over the nation’s fourth-largest city.

Man pleads guilty to killing son, sentenced to 50 years in prison

A man will spend 50 years in prison for the death of his 8-month-old son that happened in 2015.

TTU System Board of Regents Elect New Chairman and Vice Chairman

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents elected Christopher M. Huckabee and J. Michael Lewis chairman and vice chairman, respectively, during a special-called meeting of the board on Thursday afternoon.

  Residents fret about TX chemical plant fire, despite assurances

Authorities lifted Thursday's order to remain indoors after several hours, saying tests showed the elevated levels of benzene in the air had cleared.

State historian to present ‘Historic Buildings of Lubbock’ lecture Saturday

Texas State Historian Monte Monroe will present his lecture “Historic Buildings of Lubbock” at 2 p.m. Saturday inside the Mahon Library Community Room at 1306 9th St.

Mother accused of allowing man to sexually assault 5-year-old for $400

Authorities arrested a 36-year-old Texas woman who has been accused of permitting a 62-year-old man to sexually assault her 5-year-old daughter for $400.

Clarendon College student killed in accident on campus Monday night

No information on the nature of the accident has been released.

  Crews work to control fire at Texas petrochemicals plant

The fire will likely burn for two more days. Officials are telling residents to stay inside.

Beto O’Rourke raises $6.1 million in first 24 hours — beating Bernie Sanders and all other 2020 contenders

Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million for his presidential campaign in his first 24 hours as a candidate, beating every other 2020 Democrat who has disclosed first-day figures, according to his campaign.

American Airlines suspends flights to Venezuela

American Airlines says it is suspending flights to Venezuela because of safety concerns

Greg Abbott tells every university in Texas to re-evaluate processes in light of admissions scandal

Gov. Greg Abbott is urging Texas universities to re-evaluate their admissions processes in the wake of a federal investigation that led to bribery charges against a coach at the University of Texas at Austin.

Palo Duro Canyon forced to close trail system after recent storms

Due to recent storms sweeping across the Panhandle, an excessive amount of water has forced Palo Duro Canyon State Park to temporarily close their trail system.