Statewide News

Pentagon: Awarding Purple Hearts to Ft. Hood victims could hurt trial

The Pentagon is fighting a push to award the Purple Heart to victims of the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, fearing it could hurt the case against the Army officer charged with turning on his comrades.

2 inmates escape Hopkins Co. Jail, 9 schools on lockdown

According to the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, two inmates, one being held on a capital murder charge, escaped the Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning around 9:20 a.m.

TX DPS releases 2012 Gang Threat Assessment

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the 2012 Texas Gang Threat Assessment. This list was developed to provide a broad overview of gang activity in Texas.

TX lawmakers grapple with end-of-life legislation

Texas lawmakers have grappled year after year over whether families or medical professionals should make the final decision on when to end a terminally ill patient’s life-sustaining care.

TX sex offender reward increased to $15,000

The reward for Juan Jose Villa, 36, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender has increased to $15,000 for information leading to his arrest if the tip comes in during the month of April.

AIER releases top college destinations index for 2012

The American Institute of Economic Research has released its top 75 College Destinations Index from 2012. The study is based on the following categories:

Get your home's air conditioning ready for warm weather

(StatePoint) When the weather heats up, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system quickly becomes a most valuable player in your home life and stays that way for several months. However, the U.S.

Keeping your home safe and secure

(StatePoint) Whether you're making a fast trip to the store or leaving on a two-week vacation, are you confident that locking your doors is enough to keep your home safe and secure?

Homeowners: Five steps to avoid contractor fraud

(StatePoint) Each year, thousands of trusting homeowners hire contractors for home repairs or renovation projects. But for many, dreams of a remodeled kitchen, new roof or updated patio are dashed by contractor fraud.

How to make your garden more environmentally friendly

(StatePoint) Spring is here, which means it's time to slip those green thumbs into some gardening gloves. And if you want to feel truly good about what you grow, consider upgrading your garden to be more planet-friendly.