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Arkansas awaits word from Supreme Court on execution

Published Apr. 28 2017

VARNER, Ark.—Arkansas prepared to execute its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal...

Texas officials backs tough 'sanctuary city' ban

Published Apr. 28 2017

AUSTIN—The Texas House approved a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" Thursday, empowering local police to enforce federal immigration law against...

Arkansas proposes cuts to expanded Medicaid program

Published Apr. 28 2017

LITTLE ROCK—Arkansas Department of Human Services officials say a plan to move more than 60,000 residents off of Arkansas' expanded...

Oil company finds hidden trove of oil in Gulf of Mexico

Published Apr. 28 2017

HOUSTON—British oil company BP has discovered 200 million barrels of oil in a hidden cache in the Gulf of Mexico...

Exxon fined $20M for emissions from Texas plant

Published Apr. 28 2017

BAYTOWN, Texas—A judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a penalty of nearly $20 million for releasing 10 million pounds...

Minority groups want trial on Texas voting maps before '18

Published Apr. 28 2017

SAN ANTONIO—Minority rights groups on Thursday told federal judges that Texas needs new election maps for 2018, which would likely...

Baylor president: University will exceed laws to protect students

Published Apr. 28 2017

WACO, Texas—The new president of Baylor University says school officials will exceed state and federal laws in ensuring that students...

Arkansas' set to conclude executions with fourth today

Published Apr. 27 2017

LITTLE ROCK—Arkansas' aggressive effort to execute condemned inmates is set to conclude Thursday after the state Supreme Court refused to...

Woman on death row loses appeal in death of disabled babysitter

Published Apr. 27 2017

HOUSTON—Texas' highest criminal court Wednesday refused an appeal from an East Texas woman on death row for the slaying seven...

Texas Senate OKs bill requiring seat belts on school buses

Published Apr. 27 2017

AUSTIN—Thousands more Texas children could soon have seat belts on the buses they ride to school.

Parents re-create closed Blockbuster store for autistic son

Published Apr. 27 2017

SHARYLAND, Texas—When an autistic Texas man's favorite video store closed, his parents surprised him by bringing part of it home.

Arkansas panel backs reinstatement in judge's DWI case

Published Apr. 27 2017

LITTLE ROCK—An Arkansas judicial commission recommended Wednesday that a circuit judge arrested in January on drunken driving charges be reinstated.

FBI, DPS raid some Laredo city, Webb County offices

Published Apr. 27 2017

LAREDO, Texas—The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety have raided Laredo municipal offices, the Webb County Courthouse and other...

Relics that once adorned Waco courthouse stored in secret spot

Published Apr. 27 2017

WACO, Texas—In a plain room whose location won't be revealed, 115-year-old zinc relics that originally adorned the historic McLennan County...

Texas poised to pass 'sanctuary city' ban with jail penalty

Published Apr. 27 2017

AUSTIN— Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a...

Tough court on immigration serves as model for Trump plans

Published Apr. 26 2017

DEL RIO, Texas—One by one, the Mexican men stood in the jury box, shackles rattling as they fidgeted slightly and...

Texas advocates push longshot marijuana bills with vets, moms

Published Apr. 26 2017

AUSTIN—Medical marijuana advocates in Texas are promoting support from more conservative sources to push longshot legislation that would ease pot...

Number of Dallas police officers are at the lowest level in a decade

Published Apr. 26 2017

DALLAS—The number of police officers serving Dallas has fallen to its lowest level in about a decade while the department...

Police: Supervisor shot by employee in Dallas had just been married

Published Apr. 26 2017

DALLAS—Police have identified the supervisor fatally shot by an employee at a Dallas office building as woman who had been...

Arkansas conducts nation's first double execution since 2000

Published Apr. 26 2017

VARNER, Ark.—After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days—including two...

Measure would establish day of remembrance for slain officers

Published Apr. 26 2017

AUSTIN—The anniversary of five Dallas police officers killed during a downtown shooting would be commemorated as "Fallen Law Enforcement Officer...

Gardens offer vocational training

Published Apr. 26 2017

VICTORIA, Texas—Johnnie Johnson, 46, watches her co-worker carefully trim plants at Devereux Gardens.

Another theory on Waco mammoths deaths attracts scrutiny

Published Apr. 26 2017

WACO, Texas—It might be ancient history, but the question of what killed the Waco mammoths has unearthed strong feelings about...