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31 min ago | KGNS-TV Laredo

Sixth Texas woman to face execution

A 38-year-old Arlington woman is scheduled to be executed in Texas on Wednesday for the starvation death of her girlfriend's son, Davontae Marcel Williams. Lisa Ann Coleman would be the the sixth woman - and 517th person - to be executed in the state since 1982, the year Texas reinstated the death penalty following a 1976 Supreme Court decision that allowed states to resume capital punishment.


Related Topix: Texas, Arlington, TX, Death Penalty

1 hr ago | WPTZ-TV Plattsburgh

City unveiling statue of wrongly accused man

"He would send us letters, telling us what classes to take, telling us to look out for a subscription to Money magazine he was sending us," brother Cory Session remembers. Cole was a student at Texas Tech when he was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1985 rape of 20-year-old Michele Mallin.


Related Topix: Texas Tech, Texas, Criminal Defense Law, Law

3 hrs ago | Washington Times

Rick Perry strikes back, invites Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto to visit Texas

Texas Gov. Rick Perry responded to harsh criticism from Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto in a letter on Wednesday, inviting him to come to Texas to see the professionalism of the National Guard troops now stationed at the Texas border. Last week, in an interview in El Universal, Mr. Pea Nieto called the increased law enforcement presence at the border "reprehensible, and said Mr. Perry's decision was an "attack on good relations and neighborliness."


Related Topix: Texas, Rick Perry, US Governors, Immigration Reform

3 hrs ago | Dallas Morning News

Following criticism on border troops, Texas Gov. Rick Perry invites Mexican president for visit

Reacting to harsh criticism, Gov. Rick Perry extended an invitation to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to come to Texas see the professionalism of the National Guard troops he has deployed to the border. While praising the cooperative trade and shared heritage, Perry nevertheless also took Pena Nieto to task for failing to do enough to stop illegal immigration.


Related Topix: Rick Perry, US Governors, Immigration Reform, Texas, Prison, US News, Illegal Immigration

6 hrs ago | Mass Transit

CTC Inc. Announces the Appointment of Darin Kosmak as Vice President

CTC Inc. announced Sept. 16 Darin Kosmak has joined the company as vice president.


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8 hrs ago | Texas Tribune

Texas A&M University

Earlier this month, the Texas A&M University System's board of regents approved the establishment of the cryptically named Area 41 Institute. Its creation had been foretold by Tommy Williams , a former state senator who now serves as the system's vice chancellor for federal and state relations.


Related Topix: Texas A&M University, Texas, West, TX

11 hrs ago | KSLA-TV Shreveport

Lubbock unveils statue of wrongly convicted man

Twenty-eight years to the day after Timothy Cole was falsely convicted of raping a Texas Tech student, Lubbock and state officials will unveil a statue honoring the U.S. Army veteran on a street corner not far from where the victim was abducted. Gov. Rick Perry pardoned Cole more than 10 years after he died in prison following DNA tests that proved another man committed the crime.


Related Topix: Texas Tech, Rick Perry, US Governors, Texas, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Tue Sep 16, 2014

News Max

Texas Sheriff to Newsmax: ISIS May Be Entering US From Mexico

Law enforcement agencies along the U.S. border have received "an intelligence report" warning that members of the Islamic State may be crossing into the country from Mexico, a Texas sheriff told Newsmax on Tuesday. "It was an intelligence release that was sent to the border sheriffs and law enforcement officers along the border to be careful, that there were ISIS individuals in JuA rez," said Gary Painter, sheriff of Midland County.


Related Topix: Immigration Reform, Texas, El Paso, TX, Rick Perry, US Governors

KTEN-TV Denison

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Here's a familiar headline: "Fight brews over social studies textbooks." It's that time again, when our fractious State Board of Education reviews and adopts textbooks for our 4.7 million public schoolchildren.


Related Topix: Texas, Opinion

Inside view of Texas governor's race with 8 weeks to go

Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis opens up about terminating two pregnancies in her new memoir "Forgetting To Be Afraid." She speaks with HuffPost Live about her powerful story, and why she chose to share it at that... On the streets of northeast Texas, teams of representatives canvas in pairs throughout Dallas and Fort Worth neighborhoods, including surrounding suburban cities, leaving literature on doors if occupants are away from home.


Related Topix: Texas, Rick Perry, US Governors

Hispanically Speaking

Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

The thousands of Central American children and families fleeing violence and arriving at the southern U.S. border became national front-page news over the summer. Congress responded by saying a lot but doing nothing, while many states and cities welcomed them into their communities and provided humanitarian support.


Related Topix: Prison, Immigration Reform, Texas, Rick Perry, US Governors

KTEN-TV Denison

History books spark new Texas classroom battle

The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation's Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases. The Board of Education will approve new history textbooks for the state's 5-plus million public school students in November.


Related Topix: Texas, Alabama Government, Alabama, Hillary Clinton, US Politics, US News, Southern Methodist University

KVII-TV Amarillo

State Rep. Villalba to speak on future of GOP in Texas

Texas State Representative Jason Villalba will be in Amarillo on the next stop of his state-wide speaking tour Thursday, September 18th. He will be speaking to the members of the Amarillo Republican Women's Club about "The Evolution of the Texas Electorate and the Future of the GOP in Texas".


Related Topix: Texas, Amarillo, TX, Immigration Reform, US News

Media Research Center

$6.4 Million from Soros Behind Legal Battles for 3 Conservative 2016 Contenders

Legal battles against state governor's with higher political aspirations keep cropping up. But looking deeper into attacks on Republican governors from Texas, Wisconsin and Louisiana reveals George Soros' checkbook was behind it all - but the news media aren't about to point that out.


Related Topix: Texas, US Politics, US News, Bobby Jindal, Republican, US House of Representatives, Rick Perry, US Governors, Scott Walker

Fox News

Nevada Rolls Snake Eyes on Tesla

If any state should know about bad bets, it's the gambling mecca Nevada. But it rolled the dice and they came up snake eyes when it won the five-state bidding war Tesla Motors conducted for its new $5 billion battery factory.


Related Topix: Nevada Government, Nevada, Tesla Motors, Startups, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona Government, New Mexico Government, California, California Government

With Pre-K Grant, Texas Switches Gears on Federal Cash

In a shift for a state that has shunned other federal education initiatives like Common Core and Race to the Top, Texas will participate in a signature Obama administration program focused on early learning. The news has already become a political football.


Related Topix: Texas, Rick Perry, US Governors

KUT-FM Austin

Texas Fails In Nursing Home Care, Prompting a Push for Change

Texas is the worst state in the nation when it comes to nursing home quality, according to a new report from a national advocacy group - Families for Better Care. The group has ranked Texas last for the second year in a row, so Texas lawmakers have been discussing what to do to change this when they return to Austin in January.


Related Topix: Texas, Medicine, Nursing, Austin, TX

Daily Mail

Texas set to execute female murderer tomorrow 10 years after she...

Thousands of California residents are forced to flee their homes as dozens of wildfires tear across 9,000 acres - leaving neighborhoods 'looking like a war zone' Coleman was charged with capital murder in the 2004 death of the boy, who officials found bruised, beaten and starved at the time of his death The young boy's mother, Marcella Williams, is currently serving a life sentence for her role in her son's death A Texas woman who has been on death row for eight years following the 2004 death of her girlfriend's son will be executed tomorrow.


Related Topix: Texas, Arlington, TX

National Review Online

Joel Gehrke: Huck: I'm Better than the Others

In a roundtable meeting this morning with journalists in Washington, D.C., Huckabee said that he would decide next year whether or not he will run for president, but he already knows he's unlikely to support any of those freshman senators. "If not me, I would be supportive of someone who has had executive experience and who has been a governor prior to somebody having only had legislative experience, which I think is fundamentally different in the manner in which one serves," Huckabee said after describing what it takes to be a commander-in-chief.


Related Topix: Senator Ted Cruz, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Mike Huckabee, Arkansas, Arkansas Government, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Texas, Senator Marco Rubio

KCBD-TV Lubbock

Traffic Alert: Road work to begin on Milwaukee Tuesday

The Texas Department of Transportation is scheduled to place concrete Tuesday night, Sept. 16, on Milwaukee Avenue as part of Phase 5A construction of the Marsha Sharp Freeway.


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