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Williams: Texas will get A-F school rating system

Posted: 04/02/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The state's top education official says he will direct Texas to rate schools and school districts based on letter grades A through F starting next year.

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2 flee Texas jail, 1 faces capital murder trial

Updated: 04/02/2013 - SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) - An inmate awaiting trial on a capital murder charge in a 2011 slaying and another prisoner have broken out of an East Texas jail.

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Texas inmate to die April 9 loses at Supreme Court

Posted: 04/01/2013 - HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a Texas death row inmate who's set to die next week for an East Texas slaying more than two decades ago.

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Gastar in acquisition deal with Chesapeake Energy

Posted: 04/01/2013 - HOUSTON (AP) - Gastar Exploration Ltd. is buying proven reserves and undeveloped leasehold interests in Oklahoma from Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $75.2 million.

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Texas-Oklahoma passenger rail options discussed

Posted: 04/01/2013 - DALLAS (AP) - Transportation officials are studying the feasibility of adding high-speed passenger trains and other rail upgrades to a corridor extending from Oklahoma City to South Texas.

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Texas lawmakers boost state spending

Posted: 04/01/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature may not be spending quite like a drunken sailor, but they've certainly got the checkbook out.

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Texas DA slain in his home; had armed himself

Posted: 04/01/2013 - KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - The mayor of the city where a north Texas prosecutor and his wife were found killed in their house says the attack does not appear to have been random.

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Texas unemployment rate ticks upward

Posted: 03/29/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State officials say the Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in February to 6.4 percent but add that leading industries continue to show growth.

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Texan gets life term, pregnant girlfriend slain

Posted: 03/29/2013 - DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas-area man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend and the death of their unborn child.

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Dallas Museum of Art gets $17 million endowment

Posted: 03/28/2013 - DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Museum of Art has been given a $17 million gift to expand its collection of European art before 1700, with a focus on the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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Drugs suspected in Austin apartment explosion

Posted: 03/28/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Propane tanks have been found inside a Central Texas apartment that exploded and burned two occupants in what police call a drug-related blast.

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TxDOT to pay to keep 13 small airport towers open

Posted: 03/28/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Department of Transportation says it will pay to keep air traffic control towers open at 13 small airports when those facilities lose money next month.

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Drought conditions worse in Texas after dry winter

Posted: 03/28/2013 - HOUSTON (AP) - Nearly all of Texas is in drought, threatening severe water restrictions in some parts of the state and another record-setting dry spell if spring rains don't materialize.

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Middleman in murder-for-hire plot loses appeal

Posted: 03/27/2013 - HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected an appeal from an auto mechanic sent to death row for being the middleman in a murder-for-hire plot that left a Houston-area police officer's wife fatally shot nearly two decades ago.

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Trial tied to wrongful conviction goes to jury

Posted: 03/27/2013 - SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A jury is deliberating the fate of a 58-year-old man accused of killing an Austin woman whose husband was wrongfully convicted of her slaying and spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated.

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Man sentenced to 20 years for attack on ex-wife

Posted: 03/27/2013 - ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for using Molotov cocktails to start a fire at the convenience store where his ex-wife worked then shooting her as she fled the flames.

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Purple Heart found in Calif. returned to Texans

Posted: 03/27/2013 - TYLER, Texas (AP) - A 1941 Pearl Harbor victim's Purple Heart found along a California road has been returned to his East Texas family thanks to a teacher and his students.

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Man pleads not guilty to extorting A&M professor

Posted: 03/27/2013 - HOUSTON (AP) - James Arnt Aune was regarded as a fine scholar, mentor and friend by students and his fellow professors at Texas A&M University, where he headed the school's Department of Communication.

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