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House approves lower pay, furloughs for teachers

Posted: 06/28/2011 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature has approved a bill allowing public school districts to cut teacher pay and furlough them beginning in 2012, in an attempt to avoid mass layoffs.

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Airport groping bill weakened

Posted: 06/28/2011 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas Senate committee has passed a weakened version of a bill criminalizing intrusive security pat-downs at airports, angering many of the people who showed up to support it.

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Body of Central Texas woman found stuck in duct

Posted: 06/28/2011 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The body of a woman reported missing since late last month has been found stuck in an exhaust vent duct of a downtown Austin building.

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Sherman man's death linked to Dallas rave

Posted: 06/23/2011 - DALLAS (AP) - Authorities have linked a second death to an electronic music festival in Dallas where they suspect a 22-year-old man took drugs, later began acting irrationally and died after running into freeway traffic on his way home.

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Some evacuation orders lifted in Southeast Texas

Posted: 06/23/2011 - STONEHAM, Texas (AP) - Several thousand residents chased by wildfires from their homes in Southeast Texas began returning home Wednesday after officials began lifting some of the evacuation orders as conditions improved.

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Texas GOP lawmakers clash over abortion language

Posted: 06/23/2011 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas House Republicans are fighting among themselves over abortion language within a major health care reform bill - a clash that has stalled the measure.

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Perry vetoes texting while driving bill

Posted: 06/20/2011 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed a bill that would have outlawed sending or reading text messages while driving.

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Dallas authorities: Teen dies after attending rave

Posted: 06/20/2011 - DALLAS (AP) - Dallas officials say a teenager has died and more than two dozen others at a music festival were treated at hospitals for drug, alcohol and heat-related problems.

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States look to Internet taxes to close budget gaps

Posted: 06/20/2011 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Cash-strapped state governments have one place they could get $23 billion if they could agree on how to do it: Internet retailers such as Amazon.com.

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Texas House passes school funding measure

Posted: 06/10/2011 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has approved slashing $4 billion from Texas public schools and would establish a new school finance formula.

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Witness in Dallas police slaying says he lied

Posted: 06/07/2011 - DALLAS (AP) - The robbery suspect sought by a Dallas officer who was killed trying to serve a warrant has testified he lied when he initially said he thought police were at the door.

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Texas teen to be tried as adult in sister's death

Posted: 06/07/2011 - TYLER, Texas (AP) - A judge has ruled that a 15-year-old East Texas boy accused of killing his sister by shooting her in the head will stand trial as an adult.

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DPS to terminate top official, seek prosecution

Posted: 06/07/2011 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Department of Public Safety has begun termination proceedings against the former administrator of its homeland security grant funds.

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George W. Bush to host wounded vets golf tourney

Posted: 06/02/2011 - DALLAS (AP) - Former President George W. Bush will host a two-day golf tournament in October for members of the U.S. military wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Texas AG backing school's appeal of prayer ban

Posted: 06/02/2011 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is helping a South Texas school district appeal a federal judge's ruling that would ban public prayer at a high school graduation this weekend.

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National Guard deployment extended

Posted: 06/02/2011 - GRANJENO, Texas (AP) - The Obama Administration is extending a one year, 1,200 troop deployment on the border set to expire June 30 by at least three months, after lawmakers in Arizona and Texas pressed for better security.

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