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  • AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly

    02/18/2017 11:17:00 AM PST · by bgill · 33 replies
    Chron ^ | Feb. 18, 2017 | David Saleh Rauf
    Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID. The chief election officers in two of the state's largest counties are now considering whether to refer cases to local prosecutors for potential perjury charges or violations of election law. Officials in many other areas say they will simply let the mistakes go, citing widespread confusion among poll workers and voters..."We don't consider it something that we want to go out...
  • Oak Cliff man stabbed roommate who didn't flush the toilet, police say

    02/18/2017 10:46:53 AM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 17, 2017 | Tom Steele
    A witness told police that Darren Clark, 50, had gotten into an argument with his roommate of three years, Charles Jones, because Jones didn't flush the toilet after using it. Clark pulled out a knife and stabbed Jones, then fled, the witness said... Jones, who had been stabbed twice in the chest and once in his right arm, was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Clark was charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — family violence. He has been released from the Dallas County Jail after posting $50,000 bail.
  • Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies outside Houston

    02/18/2017 10:37:57 AM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 18, 2017 | Liz Farmer
    Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, died Saturday outside Houston at age 69, The Washington Post reports. McCorvey was 22 when she sought a way out for an unwanted pregnancy, becoming Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that established a constitutional right to an abortion. She died at an assisted-living facility in Katy due to a heart ailment, journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about the case, confirmed her death to The Post.
  • A quarter of all AISD students were absent on ‘Day Without Immigrants’ (Austin, TX)

    02/18/2017 10:33:01 AM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    Feb. 17, 2017 | Andy Jechow
    Exactly 20,008 students were absent in the school district Thursday, compared to only 4,216 the previous day. AISD says they have 83,591 students in 130 schools — that’s almost 24 percent of their students marked as absent...Pflugerville ISD say they experienced a higher than normal number of absences Thursday. While they are still gathering their attendance data, only a handful of schools had attendance below 70 percent. Friday, students in Manor walked out of classes and caused traffic delays while protesting on US 290. The district said around 50 students at Manor High School were part of the protest; no...
  • Increased ICE arrests could benefit for-profit detention center companies

    02/18/2017 10:11:40 AM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    CBS Austin ^ | Feb. 17, 2017 | Jordan Bontke|
    Weeks following Election Day, stocks for two of the biggest for-profits detention center companies, GEO and CoreCivic, increased between 20 and 40 percent. Libal attributes the rising stock to President Trump’s tough enforcement of immigration laws. “That’s because investors believe that Donald Trump is going to increase deportation and detention of immigrants,” he said. “The longer someone sits at a detention center, the more money the private prison corporation makes.”
  • Trump’s Mar-a-Lago could be underwater for 210 days a year as seas rise

    02/18/2017 8:02:58 AM PST · by bgill · 72 replies
    Guardian US ^ | Aug. 3, 2016 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Trump currently dismisses climate change as a hoax invented by China, though he has quietly sought to shield real estate investments in Ireland from its effects. But at the Republican presidential contender’s Palm Beach estate and the other properties that bear his name in south Florida, the water is already creeping up bridges and advancing on access roads, lawns and beaches because of sea-level rise, according to a risk analysis prepared for the Guardian. In 30 years, the grounds of Mar-a-Lago could be under at least a foot of water for 210 days a year because of tidal flooding along...
  • ‘Bathroom bill’ could cost Austin tourism $109 million (TX)

    02/17/2017 4:34:55 PM PST · by bgill · 46 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 17, 2017 | Robert Maxwell
    KXAN obtained the latest estimates from the CVB showing 22 groups have expressed concern about the bill. If all were to cancel their convention bookings, the impact would be severe. Austin would lose an estimated 145,890 total hotel room nights and a total estimated economic impact of $109,683,377 between now and 2021. That equates to 4-5 groups a year. The Austin Convention Center hosts an average 60 big groups annually, a spokesperson told KXAN.
  • Zealandia – pieces finally falling together for long-overlooked continent

    02/17/2017 6:13:02 AM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    msn ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Elle Hunt
    Zealandia – a new continent submerged in the southwest Pacific – is a step closer to being recognised, the authors of a new scientific paper claim. A paper published in GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America, contends that the vast, continuous expanse of continental crust, which centres on New Zealand, is distinct enough to constitute a separate continent. Despite the obvious question of how something so large could be previously undiscovered, the paper’s authors argue that even “the large and the obvious in natural science can be overlooked”. Zealandia covers nearly 5m square km (1.9m sq...
  • List of Austin restaurants participating in a Day without Immigrants on Thursday (TX)

    02/15/2017 8:24:39 AM PST · by bgill · 37 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Feb. 15, 2017 | Matthew Odam
    A grassroots movement that seems to be a response to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s ongoing sting known as Operation Cross Check, as well as to the Trump administration, has called on people to unite in protest. A Spanish-language flier that has circulated in Austin and on social media calls on the “undocumented, residents, citizens and immigrants from all over the world” to boycott work, opening their businesses for the day, buying gasoline, attending class and more.
  • AISD warns teachers against giving students sanctuary from authorities (Austin, TX)

    02/15/2017 7:35:57 AM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 14, 2017 | Andy Jechow
    Over the weekend, AISD teachers attended a union workshop on how to answer students’ questions and fears on immigration policy, including what to do if an immigration officers knock on their door. While the district acknowledged the politically and social active epicenter that is the Texas capital city, they reminded staff to be “meticulous” and “calculated” in their response to controversial events, like the targeted Immigration and Custom Enforcement operation...“A district employee may not provide a legal sanctuary for students fleeing law enforcement or stop a local or federal officer from conducting a lawful investigation or lawful arrest,” the district...
  • Wedding bells ringing at Taco Bell offering cheap nuptial option

    02/15/2017 7:24:23 AM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 15, 2017 | Claire Ricke
    A cheaper option to tie the knot, the Taco Bell wedding costs $600. Alongside the Crunchwrap Supremes and burritos, couples can order a wedding off of the menu. The money includes: •Taco Bell garter •Bow tie •Wedding bouquet made of sauce packets •Just Married T-Shirts •Taco Bell brand champagne flutes The newlywed’s first meal will be a twelve-pack of tacos and a Cinnabon delights cake. It starts this summer.
  • Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency: Number of People Ordered to Evacuate Rises to Nearly 200,000 (CA)

    02/13/2017 5:52:03 AM PST · by bgill · 48 replies ^ | Feb. 12, 2017 | AP
    Nearly 200,000 people remained under evacuation orders Monday as California authorities try to fix erosion of the emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam that could unleash uncontrolled flood waters if it fails. About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville - one of California's largest man-made lakes - had water levels so high that an emergency spillway was used Saturday for the first time in almost 50 years. The evacuation was ordered Sunday afternoon after engineers spotted a hole on the concrete lip of the secondary spillway for the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam and told authorities that it could...
  • Texas senator looks to scrap funds that lure business to Texas

    02/06/2017 8:17:10 AM PST · by bgill · 14 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 5, 2017 | Phil Prazan
    The Texas Enterprise Fund and Texas Major Events Trust Fund have both been around since 2003. The Enterprise Fund has given out more than $600 million to companies bringing jobs and business to the state. The Major Events Trust Fund has paid out more than $275 million. As a grassroots activist, Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, railed against ‘corporate welfare.’ Now she wants to scrap the taxpayer funds used to lure business to Texas. “All we’re doing is taking more money from the taxpayer and giving it to private industry,” Sen. Burton said.
  • First refugees arrive in Oregon since Trump's travel ban, family welcomed at airport

    02/06/2017 8:09:58 AM PST · by bgill · 51 replies
    keyetv ^ | Feb 6, 2017 | KATU
    A crowd gathered in PDX on Sunday evening to welcome the first refugee family to arrive in Oregon since President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The Iraqi family of five - a couple and their three children, ages ten, five, and three - arrived at the Portland International Airport...Tonight, Catholic Charities was overjoyed to welcome our first refugee family since the Executive Order suspending refugee admissions was blocked by US Judge James Robart.
  • Wall goes up around America at miniature world in Germany

    02/05/2017 10:31:28 AM PST · by bgill · 41 replies
    keyetv ^ | Feb. 5, 2017 | AP
    A wall has appeared around the United States — at a popular miniature world attraction in the German city of Hamburg. Operators of the Miniatur Wunderland erected the wall complete with barbed wire this week, separating the U.S. display from the rest of the world...Co-founder Gerrit Braun said Thursday the idea for the wall arose after staff discussed whether the U.S. display needed changing to reflect "current developments."
  • Data: Find Texas teachers accused of impropriety with a student

    02/05/2017 7:39:31 AM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Feb. 5, 2017 | Cody Winchester
    From January 2010 through December 2016, 686 teachers in Texas permanently lost their teaching licenses following allegations of impropriety with a student, according to data from the Texas Education Agency. The American-Statesman requested from the TEA the names of teachers who surrendered their teaching licenses or whose licenses were revoked after being investigated by the TEA for engaging in an improper relationship with a student. The newspaper then analyzed thousands of records included in government databases and media reports to determine the names of teachers who were charged and ran criminal background checks on those teachers through the Texas Department...
  • An hour from Austin, Trump’s first two weeks are cause for celebration

    02/05/2017 7:19:41 AM PST · by bgill · 21 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Feb. 4, 2017 | Johnathon Tilove
    From Day 1, Donald Trump’s presidency has roiled Austin. But on a gorgeous February day barely an hour northwest of the Texas capital in bucolic Burnet County, habitués of the Blue Bonnet Cafe were savoring the first two weeks of the Trump presidency like a slice of the timeless eatery’s best-selling coconut cream pie. “Love him,” said Dan Ross, who lives in Cottonwood Shores and is a police officer in Horseshoe Bay. “Think he’s doing great” “I see the confidence,” said Ross, 59, who was having breakfast with his wife, Sharon Ross, 57. “Everybody I talk to, they are more...
  • Texas film incentive program at risk of being abolished

    02/04/2017 2:37:45 PM PST · by bgill · 10 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | Amanda Brandeis
    Austin film production crews, vendors and small business owners are coming together to fight for a state program they rely on. The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP) was designed to entice big productions to do business in Texas, creating local jobs and spurring the economy. It’s used to attract television, video game and film productions to the state. In 2013, the program got a big boost from the legislature, over $90 million, the largest dollar amount since the program was created in 2005... We reached out to all three lawmakers and received a response from Sen. Burton. While...
  • HEB adds K-9 units to parking lot patrols (San Antonio, TX)

    02/04/2017 2:21:20 PM PST · by bgill · 15 replies
    CBS ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | Camilla Rambaldi|
    In an effort to keep families safe, HEB (grocery store) is adding K-9 units to some of its parking lot patrols. The K-9 units have already been added to seven locations across the city. Step by step, officers with their K-9 can be seen making rounds and greeting customers. “They are here almost all the time every time we come shopping,” says Lori Garza, a customer. Over the last three months SAPD calls for service show two reports of car burglaries, several threats and disturbances at the HEB at the Alon, on Northwest Military.
  • Answers Demanded, as Dozens Flee Arlington (TX) School from Mysterious Sickness

    02/04/2017 10:43:35 AM PST · by bgill · 50 replies
    Jack on the Web ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | unknown
    A mysterious sickness is causing a growing crisis at a North Arlington junior high school. The principal has been replaced; however, as many as 60 teachers and an untold number of students have reported a similar sickness while at the school. Teachers and students from Nichols Junior High have all reported a similar sickness, including dizziness, nausea and difficulty concentrating. It is reported that many teachers have passed out during class. According to sources, some are refusing to return to work, while others request immediate transfers. Some teachers have even begun to hold classes outside, for the safety of the...
  • Uber buying plane fare for drivers stranded by Trump ban

    02/04/2017 8:46:05 AM PST · by bgill · 46 replies
    KXAN ^ | Feb. 4, 2017 | AP
    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says his company is buying plane tickets for stranded drivers now that a federal judge has put a hold on President Donald Trump’s ban on travel to the United States by people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Kalanick tweeted Friday night that the head of litigation for the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company is “buying a whole bunch of airline tickets ASAP!”
  • Officials launch site to raise funds for Travis (County, TX) after grant funds cut

    02/04/2017 8:35:28 AM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | Taylor Goldenstein
    After Gov. Greg Abbott yanked $1.5 million in state grant funding to Travis County over its new sanctuary policy, state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez on Friday announced a new initiative to raise money from the private sector to make up for the loss. The initiative, called Travis County #StrongerTogether, will allow people to donate tax-deductible funds to the county in an effort to keep afloat the formerly grant-funded programs, such as a special veteran’s court and drug diversion program, through the Austin Community Foundation.
  • Man freed early from life sentence by Obama back in jail (TX)

    02/04/2017 8:30:18 AM PST · by bgill · 31 replies
    MySanAntonio ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | Guillermo Contreras
    A San Antonio man who was freed from life in prison by President Barack Obama is back behind bars after allegedly crashing his vehicle into another motorist and undercover police cars while fleeing from a drug deal Thursday. Robert M. Gill, 68, whose life sentence for cocaine and heroin distribution conspiracy was commuted by Obama and expired in 2015, was profiled last year in the Express-News about his readjustment to life on the outside...He again faces a potential sentence with a mandatory minimum, five years, and could get up to 40.
  • Malia Obama parties into the early morning in NYC

    02/04/2017 7:00:20 AM PST · by bgill · 57 replies
    Page Six ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | Emily Smith
    Malia Obama is making the most of her time living in Manhattan after exiting the White House. The former first daughter attended a starry HBO “Girls” premiere, then went dancing into the early hours of the morning...We were told that “Secret Service agents were all over the place” at the party, but they managed to blend into the crowd of more than 600 guests...Later, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., Malia rolled into Lower East Side club and bar Happy Ending...They stayed for about an hour until around 3 a.m...was photographed arriving later that morning for work.
  • Texas Mayor Announces That She Is Transgender

    02/01/2017 3:48:24 PM PST · by bgill · 72 replies
    NYT ^ | Feb. 1, 2017 | Christine Hauserfeb
    Ms. Herbst said that she had the support of her family. Her wife grew up in New Hope, and the couple have lived in the town with their two daughters since 1999. “It is gender identity, not sexual preference that applies to me,” the mayor wrote. “I love my wife, and she loves me. We have no intention of change. My daughters have been adamant supporters of me and are proud to tell people their father is transgender.”
  • West Texas family finds rattlesnake slithering up toilet

    02/01/2017 3:33:32 PM PST · by bgill · 97 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 1, 2017 | KTAB/KRBC
    A Jones County family experienced a nightmare come true when a rattlesnake slithered up inside their toilet last week. Big Country Snake Removal says the family contacted them after finding the adult snake in their toilet. When officials arrived on scene, the company investigated the property and found 24 rattlesnakes total in the family’s storm cellar and under the house. Five were babies and the rest were adults.
  • Arlington (TX) rep placed under state protection after filing bill to ban abortions

    01/30/2017 3:35:55 PM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Jan. 30, 2017 | PATRICK SVITEK
    State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, has been placed under the protection of the Texas Department of Public Safety after receiving death threats following his filing of a bill to criminalize abortion in Texas. "Representative Tinderholt and his family have received multiple death threats leading to his family being placed under DPS protection on multiple occasions," Micah Cavanaugh, Tinderholt's chief of staff, said in a statement Monday. "Specifics to the threats cannot be discussed due to an ongoing investigation, and we do not intend to speak on behalf of law enforcement." The threats began after Tinderholt filed his Abolition of Abortion...
  • Abbott expands threat to cut funding to Travis County (TX) over ICE policy

    01/29/2017 11:00:23 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Jan. 27, 2017 | Elizabeth Findell
    Abbott previously said he is preparing to deny Travis County $1.8 million in grants administered through his office, in response to new Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s policy of honoring only some requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain undocumented immigrants booked into the jail. But in a memo from state Budget Director Steven Albright, Abbott’s office asked all state agencies to account for all funds — including federal funds — administered to Travis County. Last year, Travis County received $10 million in federal grants, many of them passed through state agencies, plus $4.8 million from the state.
  • Mayor Adler: Immigrants should feel welcome and safe (Austin, TX)

    01/29/2017 9:39:41 AM PST · by bgill · 40 replies
    keyetv ^ | Jan. 28, 2017 | Jordan Bontke|
    Near the end of his over hour-long speech, Adler went off script for a moment to remind those in the city his stance on immigrants coming to Austin. “In this community, they should feel welcome and safe,” said Adler. Prior to that, he said last year Austin accepted 600 refugees from Iran, Syria and Afghanistan; most of them women and children. He anticipated another over 600 refugees in the city this year, and said almost one in four Austinites weren’t born in the U.S.
  • Anonymous donor spends $13,250 to pay lunch debts for 148 students (Iowa)

    01/29/2017 9:17:49 AM PST · by bgill · 27 replies
    kvue ^ | Jan. 28, 2017 | im Norvell
    An anonymous donor has paid off lunch debts for 148 Johnston elementary school students whose accounts were in the red by $10 or more. The donation, totaling $13,250, was made Jan. 9. It benefited students in kindergarten through fifth grade in all five Johnston elementary schools, said Laura Sprague, director of communications. The Johnston Partnership also runs a program called Friday Friends that provides a packet of food for students to eat over the weekend. Each backpack costs around $8.15 per week and the program relies on donations.
  • State of Texas: In-depth – The Loyal Opposition

    01/29/2017 8:51:38 AM PST · by bgill · 12 replies
    kvue ^ | Jan. 29, 2017 | John Thomas
    President Donald Trump signed a record number of executive orders in his first week in office. Many of those orders have the President’s political opponents bracing for battle. “We have our work cut out for us,” said Congressman Lloyd Doggett. The Austin Democrat says he will work to stop policies that could hurt Texans. “I see my role as being part of the loyal opposition,” Doggett added.
  • Former (TX) State Rep Calls Reporter "(deleted)" for Asking about Radical Christianity

    01/27/2017 12:57:25 PM PST · by bgill · 25 replies
    Faithfulnews ^ | Jan. 27, 2017 | unknown
    Following a Capitol forum on the dangers of radical Islam, a political reporter asked the forum's host, Texas House Republican Kyle Biedermann, if he plans on hosting similar hearings on radical Christianity and radical Judaism. Bierderman ignored him. Former Texas Rep. Molly White, however, did not. "How dare you say that, you (delete)," said White, with a look of disgust...White spent her single term in the statehouse forcing Muslims to pledge their allegiance to the United States. White was replaced by Biedermann, who continued the xenophobic tradition by recently sending a survey out to Texas Muslims asking if they support...
  • Texas Ag Commish Sid Miller fears U.S. turning into ‘Muslim country’

    01/27/2017 12:39:43 PM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Jan. 27, 2017 | Roberto Villalpando
    One of Donald Trump’s favorite Texans on the presidential campaign trail, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, brought his trademark white cowboy hat across the pond to the studios of the BBC earlier this week to talk about his fear of a Muslim America. Host Nick Robinson asked Miller: “You once said you stayed awake at night worrying about the United States would become a Muslim country. Is that right?” “I did,” Miller said.
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): Press is ‘healthy’ adversary, not ‘opposition party’

    01/27/2017 12:21:23 PM PST · by bgill · 42 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Jan. 27, 2017 | Sean Collins Walsh
    “It’s fair to say the press and politicians have always had somewhat of an adversarial relationship,” Cornyn said at a meeting of the Texas Hospital Association in Austin. “My view is you have your job to do, I’ve got my job to do, and I’m fine with that. But I think (administration officials) feel somewhat aggrieved by some of the unfair coverage that they’ve gotten and they’re entitled to their opinion. I would call it, as opposed to the opposition party, I would say it’s a healthy adversarial relationship.”
  • Austin man at center of illegal voting claim says months away from finishing research

    01/27/2017 12:02:39 PM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kvue ^ | Jan. 27, 2017 | kvue
    President Donald Trump said Friday that he was looking forward to the result of a project on illegal voting that is tied to an Austin, Texas man who was launched into prominence with one tweet last November. The man is Gregg Phillips who is the founder of “VoteStand” and on Nov. 13, 2016 tweeted, “We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens. We are joining .@truethevote to initiate legal action.”
  • Sheriff Sally Hernandez responds to Gov. Abbott's threats

    01/27/2017 8:48:48 AM PST · by bgill · 59 replies ^ | Jan. 26, 2017 | kvue
    Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott informed Hernandez in a three-page letter that her ICE policy would betray her oath to residents of Travis County. He also added that failing to remove the policy before it is enacted on Feb. 1 would run the county the risk of losing grant money from the Criminal Justice Division. Abbott upped the ante Wednesday by telling Fox News Wednesday that he is working with lawmakers to create legislation that would include civil and criminal penalties for public officials wanting to create sanctuary cities. Hernandez responded Thursday that she would continue on with her policy because...
  • Gov. Abbott: Travis County Sheriff’s ICE policy frivolous, reckless

    01/23/2017 12:44:34 PM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 23, 2017 | Calily Bien
    Gov. Greg Abbott is doubling down on his stance on how Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez plans on dealing with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. On Friday, Sheriff Hernandez released a statement outlining the policy changes and describing how she will prohibit Travis County deputies and jailers from inquiring about someone’s immigration status. Gov. Abbott quickly responded in a Tweet by saying he will cut funding for Travis County for adopting “sanctuary policies.” On Monday, Gov. Abbott sent a letter to Sheriff Hernandez stating her actions are “frivolous” and “reckless.” Gov. Abbott goes on to say that Sheriff Hernandez should...
  • Sasha Obama and Joe Biden's granddaughter Maisy go on vacation together in Miami

    01/18/2017 5:38:06 PM PST · by bgill · 49 replies
    Hello! ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | Hello!
    First daughter Sasha Obama got some serious R&R over the weekend during a trip to Miami. President Obama and Michelle Obama's 15-year-old daughter and a group of friends, including Vice President Joe Biden's granddaughter, Maisy Biden, soaked up the sun and hit up some of the city's hotspots.
  • Police release suspect images in violent Dallas Target assault

    01/18/2017 4:01:48 PM PST · by bgill · 43 replies
    WFAA ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | Marjorie Owens
    Police say surveillance video shows the two males approach Whitener as he walked toward the store. The suspects then walked away when the theater director walked into the entrance. Once inside, Whitener immediately went to a Target employee and told them about the males, who were then asked by an off-duty officer and a security guard to leave the property. However, authorities say Whitener was approached by the two males after he left the store at about 11:05 p.m. "They made a threatening statement to [Whitener] and then beat him with the [wooden] stick and fled on foot towards the...
  • OU football player suspended indefinitely following CTX armed robberies arrest (Waco, TX)

    01/18/2017 2:51:18 PM PST · by bgill · 36 replies
    KXXV-TV ^ | Jan. 18, 2017 | Kandace Thomas
    University of Oklahoma defensive back and former La Vega High School football player Parrish Cobb turned himself into police Tuesday night, after being accused of three armed robberies in Central Texas, according to Waco Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Patrick Swanton. Cobb, 19, is facing an aggravated robbery charge for an armed robbery that happened near the Baylor campus on Jan. 10. He's also accused of being involved in the armed robbery that happened on campus outside the McLane Student Life Center on Jan. 7. The Bellmead Police Department had also issued a warrant for his arrest after an armed robbery...
  • Austin restaurants, bars to protest inauguration by donating profits (TX)

    01/18/2017 1:20:14 PM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kvue ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | Jason Puckett
    On Friday, Jan. 20, any profits made at Bouldin Creek Cafe, a vegetarian establishment, will go directly to the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Owner Leslie Martin said it's a way to protest the inauguration and "maintain hope" in their community. "We wanted to make a statement," Martin said. "We have concerns about gay rights, minorities - how they're going to be treated and how their civil rights will be protected. There were a large number of people that we feel are living in fear right now wondering what's going to happen."
  • Sparring over evidence marks first day of Border Patrol agent's trial (TX)

    01/18/2017 8:45:27 AM PST · by bgill ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | The Texas Tribune
    Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna got to trade in his jail-issued orange uniform for a suit and tie Tuesday, but the judge turned down his bid to have potentially damaging testimony thrown out on the first day of his capital murder trial. Luna and his brother Eduardo are accused of murder and drug cartel ties in the grisly beheading death of Franky Palacios, whose headless body was found floating off the waters of South Padre Island during the height of spring break in 2015. Joel Luna briefly took the stand as his lawyer attempted to suppress a statement he gave...
  • Father and son accused of sexually assaulting 14-year-old twin girls (TX border)

    01/18/2017 8:34:42 AM PST · by bgill · 25 replies ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | CBS 4 News
    Investigators have arrested a father and son accused of sexually assaulting twin 14-year-old girls. Juan Carlos Garcia Jr., 25, of Edcouch is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony. •During a forensic interview, one of the two girls said Garcia Sr. molested her on a weekly basis. Juan Carlos Garcia, 50, of Edcouch is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child, a first-degree felony. Investigators booked Garcia Jr. and Garcia Sr. at the Hidalgo County jail on Thursday. They were released Saturday and couldn't be reached for comment.
  • Mother, daughter charged with capital murder in deadly north Austin game room shooting

    01/18/2017 8:13:27 AM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    keyetv ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | CBS Austin
    According to police, a caller said that three armed black males forced their way into the game room and, once inside, shot people before leaving. After the shooting, police were notified that a black female had been dropped off at St. David's Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen by a black, 4-door Volvo with temporary tags on the back and no front license plate. A black male was driving and a black female was in the front passenger seat. The victim, later identified as Shalonda, was taken out of the back and left at the ER door. The...
  • Travis Co. could lose $2M if federal immigration hold policy changes (Austin, TX)

    01/18/2017 8:05:18 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    keyetv ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | CBS Austin
    Travis County could lose close to $2 million in state and federal funding due to a proposed policy change. Budget Director Travis Gatlin sent out a memo warning of a possible loss of grant money if the county doesn't fully cooperate with federal immigration holds.
  • Friends remember teen who shot himself in APD patrol car (Austin, TX)

    01/10/2017 9:58:40 AM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 10, 2017 | Leslie Rangel
    Austin police are now tasked with launching an in-custody death investigation to determine what went wrong during the arrest and custody process that led to a teen shooting and killing himself in the back of a patrol car...Anam had some run-ins with police in recent years...charged him with engaging in organized crime in connection to numerous vehicle thefts and home burglaries...friends describe him as the "coolest" person in high school.
  • Police: Man who shot himself inside patrol car dies

    01/09/2017 3:35:13 PM PST · by bgill · 12 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | Christopher Adams
    Austin police are investigating how a suspect handcuffed inside a patrol car was able to get into the car with a gun and shoot himself on Sunday. Police arrested 19-year-old Zachary Khabir Anam at Barton Creek Square Mall around noon for shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance. Officers originally couldn’t figure out his name, so they decided to drive him to APD Headquarters downtown to get fingerprints. On the way, police say the young man was making suicidal comments. When the officer asked if he had the means to do that, the suspect said he did.
  • Lawsuit: Whole Foods managers were fired for whistleblowing

    12/27/2016 11:51:24 AM PST · by bgill · 14 replies
    keyetv ^ | Dec. 27, 2016 | Ben Nuckols
    Nine managers who were fired by Whole Foods supermarkets for allegedly manipulating a bonus program have filed a class-action lawsuit against the grocery chain. The lawsuit filed this week in D.C. Superior Court says the managers were fired for blowing the whistle on a company-wide practice of not paying bonuses earned by employees. The former managers say Whole Foods engaged in "systemic wage theft" at its stores nationwide and that the managers were punished for it after a "sham internal investigation."
  • ATCEMS ambulance hijacked with medic team, patient inside (Austin, TX)

    12/27/2016 11:34:30 AM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kxan ^ | Dec. 25, 2016 | Bailey Buckingham
    An Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services ambulance was hijacked Sunday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. with a medic crew and patient inside. “It’s certainly a surprising event and especially to have two in a month,” Captain Rick Rutledge, with ATCEMS told KXAN on Monday, causing ATCEMS to think twice about whether procedural changes need to be made to protect equipment, patients and crews. ATCEMS says until this month, the last ambulance theft in recent memory in the early 1990’s, prompting policy changes and training crews still follow today. Rutledge says the crew involved in Sunday’s hijacking did everything right by...
  • 100-150 teens involved in Fort Worth mall fight

    12/27/2016 10:18:55 AM PST · by bgill · 83 replies
    kvue ^ | Dec. 27, 2016 | Lauren Zakalik
    Fort Worth Police say they went to the Hulen Mall Monday night on a shots fired call. When they arrived, they found no evidence of a shooting. What they found instead were massive melees, breaking out one after the other inside the mall. Police say between 100 and 150 teenagers were fighting each other in the food court. In the end, police say up to four teenagers received citations for fighting. We know now that mall fights similar to these happened all over the country Monday night. Police are looking into the connections.