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Commissioners OK Betting on Historical Horse Races

The Texas Racing Commission is moving forward with a plan to install historical racing machines at racetracks in the state despite opposition from a Fort Worth lawmaker.

Peanut butter killed his mom; now son watches company brass stand trial

It was in a bland, windowless third-floor courtroom here that Jeff Almer first locked eyes with the man he holds responsible for his mother's death.

Fallout from questionable police actions in Ferguson continues

One St. Louis-area police officer resigned and another retired in the continued fallout from questionable police actions in the days after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Abbott opinion murky on plastic bag bans

    Do plastic bag bans and restrictions in cities like Austin, Laredo, and Brownsville violate Texas law?

Federal judge strikes down key part of Texas abortion law as unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Friday it is unconstitutional to force abortion clinics to become surgical centers in the state of Texas, effectively throwing out a key component of an anti-abortion law that would have forced the closure of a number of f

Ceelo pleads 'No Contest' on Ecstasy charge

Singer-songwriter Ceelo Green pleaded no contest to giving Ecstasy to a woman in 2012. Green, whose real name is Thomas Callaway, entered a plea to one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance.

Federal Judge strikes down Texas abortion regulation

A federal judge on Friday struck down new requirements for Texas abortion facilities — a decision that could have shuttered all but a few abortion clinics in the state. The standards were set to go into effect Monday.

On Border, questions over National Guard Troops' needs

After media reports in the Rio Grande Valley suggested that some National Guard troops dispatched by Gov.

Taxpayer tab grows for Perry's defense

Gov. Rick Perry has billed taxpayers $133,000 to hire several lawyers to defend him against public corruption allegations, his office confirmed Friday.

SpaceX, Blue Origin compete for NASA contract

Two private space travel companies working to launch shuttles out of Texas are competing for the same NASA contract that is expected to be handed out in the coming weeks.

Analysis: To debate or not to debate?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott reneged on an agree

Boy calls police from inside carjacked SUV

A Houston boy is happy to be home after a frightening ride inside a carjacked vehicle. His actions helped police rescue him and other children who were in the car, Syan Rhodes has the story.

Ft. Hood shooter writes ISIS leader, asks to become 'citizen' of Islamic State

The Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood has written a letter to the leader of ISIS, asking to become a citizen of the Islamic State's caliphate, his attorney said Thursday.

Portions of US 70 will be close next week

The District One office for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Smith and Aguirre Construction continue with the project development of the concrete wall barrier, lighting, and placement of a large digital message board.

$40 million lawsuit slams Ferguson police actions during recent protests

-- In a $40 million federal lawsuit, five people arrested recently in Ferguson, Missouri, accuse police of using "wanton and excessive force" and treating U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants."