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UPDATED: Mon., April 6, 2020

Pandemic, border crackdown hamper Catholics’ aid to migrants

For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 …


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

2 earthquakes rattle West Texas; largest is magnitude 5.0

Two earthquakes centered near the same remote area of West Texas rattled the region on Thursday morning.


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Though scuttled, SXSW still goes ahead with film awards

South by Southwest, the sprawling Austin, Texas, conference and festival, was one of the first major gatherings canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. But its organizers, eager to lend a hand …


UPDATED: Mon., March 23, 2020

Texas, Ohio orders on surgeries prompt new abortion fight

Orders by the governors of Texas and Ohio to stop all non-essential surgeries in those states have unleashed a new battle over access to abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.


UPDATED: Mon., March 23, 2020

Mexican man dies in ICE custody; 10th since October

A 42-year-old Mexican man died in a South Texas hospital while being held pending his deportation, immigration authorities said Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

U.S. sued to stop deportation of 3 children to El Salvador

After being denied U.S. asylum in Texas and returned to a squalid camp in Mexico, a mother from El Salvador chose to send her three children back across the border …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Webb of laughter: Openly gay Texas comedian is living a dream touring with Margaret Cho

It’s no surprise that comedienne Margaret Cho’s run of four shows at the Spokane Comedy Club from Feb. 27-29 included sold-out dates, but one surprise was her opening act, openly …


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones arrested for DWI in Texas

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was arrested in Texas on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said Tuesday.


Austin officials cancel South by Southwest festival

Austin city officials have canceled the South by Southwest arts and technology festival.


UPDATED: Wed., March 4, 2020

San Antonio: CDC planned to drop cruise passengers at mall

Federal health officials planned to drop off some cruise ship passengers at a shopping mall after their release from a two-week quarantine at a Texas air base, one of several …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

The Trump administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year …


64 white supremacists in North Texas sentenced in federal investigation

The mass sentencing caps an investigation that began in 2014 and included 153 total defendants tied to white supremacist gangs, said Erin Dooley, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office. In …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

U.S. announces 15th virus case, this one in Texas evacuee

U.S. officials on Thursday announced the country’s 15th confirmed case of the new coronavirus – an evacuee from China who had been under quarantine in Texas.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Hill collapses, roads flooded, dam eroded by Southern rains

Roads were flooded and rivers were rising across the Deep South on Tuesday after a day of heavy rains that once again filled a Mississippi lake where a dam previously …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Snowfall blankets Texas, Oklahoma; Deep South to see storms

A powerful winter storm in the central United States dropped snow as far south as El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday while areas of the Deep South were at risk of …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020

2 dead in shooting at university residence hall in Texas

Two women were killed and a child was wounded in a shooting Monday morning at a university dormitory in Texas, officials said.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Police: 2 dead after warehouse explosion shakes Houston

Two people died after a massive explosion Friday leveled a warehouse in Houston, damaging nearby buildings and homes and rousing frightened people from their sleep miles away, authorities said.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Federal criminal trial of Post Falls state representative nears completion in Texas

The federal criminal trial of Idaho state Rep. John O. Green, R-Post Falls, appears to be nearing an end in Texas, as the defense has begun presenting witnesses in the …


Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the state will reject the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order


1 dead, 3 hurt in ‘stabbing incident’ in downtown Austin

One person was killed, three others hurt and a suspect was in custody following a “stabbing incident” Friday morning in downtown Austin, police and emergency officials said.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Houston woman ringing in new year killed by stray bullet

Authorities say a woman ringing in the new year was fatally shot by a stray bullet outside her Houston home.


Houston rapper injured, two others killed in drive-by shooting

A Houston rapper is recovering after being shot in a drive-by shooting that killed two other people during the filming of a music video.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Firearms instructor took out gunman at Texas church service

A man who trained others in his Texas church to use guns to protect the congregation fatally shot a gunman seconds after he opened fire during a service, the Texas …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 29, 2019

2 dead, 1 hurt in shooting at church near Fort Worth, Texas

Two people were killed in a shooting at a church near Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday morning and a third person has been taken to a hospital, first responders said.


U.S. heads to court to build Trump border wall in Texas

The U.S. government is ramping up its efforts to seize the private land it needs to build a border wall in South Texas.


Police looking for Texas mom say body found, arrest made

Texas authorities investigating the disappearance of a 33-year-old mother and her 1-month-old daughter said Friday that an infant girl was found safe at a home near Houston, and that another …


What crackdown? Migrant smuggling business adapts, thrives

The business of smuggling migrants to the U.S. southern border is adapting to a year of changes on both sides of the frontier.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Court: Part of ‘Obamacare’ invalid, more review needed

A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down “Obamacare’s” now-toothless requirement that Americans carry health insurance but sidestepped a ruling on the law’s overall constitutionality. The decision means the law …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Mother tells judge her daughter on life support is ‘sassy’

The mother of a 10-month-old girl on life support testified Thursday that her daughter is “sassy” and enjoys cartoons, as a Texas judge considered whether a Fort Worth hospital can …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Texas police officer killed by man fleeing traffic stop

A Houston-area police sergeant was killed when a man wanted on a domestic violence warrant broke free from police while being handcuffed, fled from a traffic stop and struck her …