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University of Texas: Missing brains were destroyed

Posted: 12/03/2014 - HOUSTON -- School officials say dozens of human brains reported missing from a University of Texas research lab in Austin were actually destroyed about 12 years ago because they were in poor condition.

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Attorneys: Condemned killer in Texas is delusional

Posted: 12/02/2014 - HOUSTON -- A federal appeals court is considering whether a condemned killer in Texas should be spared from execution Wednesday so he can undergo new mental competency examinations to support arguments he's too delusional to understand why he's being punished.

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Texas lawmakers sets $94.3 billion budget cap

Posted: 12/01/2014 - AUSTIN -- Lawmakers have capped key parts of the next state budget at nearly $94.3 billion, up almost $10 billion from the current 2-year spending cycle.

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Texas parole board refuses condemned inmate

Posted: 12/01/2014 - HOUSTON -- The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously has refused to delay this week's scheduled execution of an inmate whose attorneys contend is too delusional for the death penalty.

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Texas towns test oil and gas supremacy on fracking

Posted: 12/01/2014 - RENO, Texas -- As the first municipal fracking ban in Texas takes effect, its passage has spurred other towns to consider similar challenges to the supremacy of the state's oil and gas industry.

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Trial begins in North Texas prosecutors' deaths

Posted: 12/01/2014 - ROCKWALL, Texas -- Opening statements have begun in the capital murder trial of a former justice of the peace accused of killing a North Texas district attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor.

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Protesters arrested after blocking Dallas roads

Posted: 11/26/2014 - DALLAS -- Seven people have been arrested while blocking some downtown Dallas roads to protest a white Missouri police officer not charged in the fatal shooting of a black man.

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New sentencing for 'Bernie' mortician

Posted: 11/26/2014 - AUSTIN -- Texas' highest court has granted a new sentencing hearing for the mortician whose conviction for killing his longtime companion and storing her body in a freezer inspired the dark-comedy movie "Bernie."

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$1.8 million verdict upheld in 'American Sniper' case

Posted: 11/26/2014 - ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A judge has rejected a request from the widow of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle to order a new trial or toss a jury's verdict in favor of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.

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NAACP, citizens react to Ferguson case

Updated: 11/26/2014 - ARDMORE, Okla. -- The debate over the Michael Brown verdict isn't just an issue in Ferguson, Mo. There have been protests across the country. Some believe it's a racial issue, others believe social injustice, but the NAACP says violence is not the way to solve the problem.

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Texas troopers out in force during Thanksgiving

Posted: 11/24/2014 - AUSTIN -- Texas troopers out in force during Thanksgiving week will be watching for drunken drivers and people who don't buckle up during the busy holiday period.

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Abbott: No decision yet on Obama immigration suit

Posted: 11/24/2014 - AUSTIN -- Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says "odds favor" that Texas will sue the Obama administration over executive actions on immigration but is stopping short of his earlier vow to file a lawsuit.

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Texas OKs most new history textbooks amid outcry

Posted: 11/21/2014 - AUSTIN -- A Texas panel has approved 89 history and social studies textbooks for use in classrooms across America's second-largest state, after one top publisher withdrew a book.

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Dallas group expects to help 27,000 on immigration

Posted: 11/21/2014 - DALLAS -- Catholic Charities of Dallas estimates that about 27,000 people will seek the nonprofit's help following sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system that could shield millions of people from deportation.

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Texas Senator proposes new gun law

Updated: 11/20/2014 - Sherman, Texas -- If West Texas state Senator Charles Perry gets his way, the minimum caliber gun needed in a concealed handgun license course would decrease from a .32 caliber to a .22 caliber.

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Amid criticism, Texas fails to OK new textbooks

Posted: 11/19/2014 - AUSTIN -- Amid charges of bias from the right and left, the Texas Board of Education has failed to grant preliminary approval for any of the around 100 new history and social studies textbooks up for use in classrooms statewide.

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Man claims medical errors led to leg amputations

Posted: 11/19/2014 - FORT WORTH -- A Texas man intending to undergo a weight-loss operation is seeking $10 million in damages for what he says were a series of medical blunders that led to the amputation of both his legs at the knee.

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Judge refuses to toss Perry case

Posted: 11/18/2014 - A Texas judge refused on Tuesday to quash on technicalities two criminal felony indictments for abuse of power against Gov. Rick Perry, ruling that the potentially embarrassing case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should proceed.

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Mourners recall 1999 Texas A&M bonfire accident

Posted: 11/18/2014 - COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Mourners have lit candles and left flowers at the Texas A&M Bonfire Memorial to honor those killed and injured 15 years ago in the log pile collapse.

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