Statewide News

Some school districts consider tapping their reserves to make ends meet

AUSTIN — For many Central Texas school districts coming off a year of deep cuts in state funding, the fiscal outlook is a little brighter today than it was this time a year ago. But others still struggle.

Texas Mexican gang members arrested in connection with brutal Spring Break attack

AUSTIN — DPS and other agencies arrested 11 alleged Texas Mexican Mafia (TMM) gang members in the San Antonio and Pleasanton areas this morning in connection with federal search warrants—and state arrest warrants related to a South

Energy company responds to gas line explosion in Panola Co.

Gary, Tx — MarkWest Energy Partners released the following statement in regard to the gas line explosion in Panola County:

Police: Man tries to kidnap infant from hospital by posing as physician

ALEXANDRIA, LA — Police are trying to figure out why a man posed as a physician and allegedly attempted to kidnap a two month old child from its hospital room.

Drought a threat to state's economy, officials say

The state's worst single-year drought on record has exposed an Achilles' heel of Texas' business climate.

STAAR a break, or waste, for non-testing students

While ninth-graders across Texas slogged through the new state English exam Tuesday morning, Bellaire High School senior Alejandro Botas caught up on sleep, homework and TV at home.

Texas students face new STAAR test this week

EL PASO --- Thousands of students across the state of Texas will be taking the new Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR starting Monday.

Texas AG in D.C. to challenge health care law

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is in Washington, D.C., for three days of U.S. Supreme Court arguments on the challenge to the Obama Administration's federal health care reform law.

Wildlife refuge emerges from former ammo plant

Bill Stephenson’s boots click-clicked Saturday as he crossed a former railroad trellis in the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, but that wasn’t the sound he heard in his mind.

Students taking the new, more rigorous STAAR exams Monday

Monday will be the first time students take the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness which by all accounts are tougher and harder to fake your way through than the old achievement tests.