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  • Woman assaults Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, faces charges, officials sayWoman assaults Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, faces charges, officials say

    HOUSTON (KPRC) — A woman was charged after she assaulted Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo during her arrest, according to court documents. Danielle Paris, 40, was charged with harassment of public servant after the assault on Acevedo on Saturday. Paris is being held at the Harris County Jail on a $3,000 bail. Acevedo served as Austin’s police chief for nearly a decade before leaving to take the top job in Houston in November 2016.

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  • LSU treats Texas as 'in-state' recruiting area and Tigers must keep it up - The AdvocateLSU treats Texas as 'in-state' recruiting area and Tigers must keep it up - The Advocate

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  • Houston firefighter charged with sexual assault of a childHouston firefighter charged with sexual assault of a child

    HOUSTON (AP) — A 27-year-old Houston firefighter has been arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a child. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says Brandon Ramirez met the girl online, sent sexually explicit photos and videos of himself to her over weeks and then met her in person for a “sexual encounter.” The charge indicates the girl is from 14 to 17 years old. Ramirez was arrested Saturday and jailed on $100,000 bond after investigators from the sheriff’s child abuse division looked into the case. Ramirez, identified Sunday as a firefighter by sheriff’s spokesman Jason Spencer, is set for a court appearance Monday. Online court records didn’t indicate an attorney for Ramirez.

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  • Despite legislative blow, Texas mother continues fight to ban potentially dangerous pipingDespite legislative blow, Texas mother continues fight to ban potentially dangerous piping

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Brennen Teel was 31 years old when he died in a house explosion in Lubbock in 2012 after lightning struck the garage he was inside taking cover from a thunderstorm. According to a fire marshal investigation, the bolt struck corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) and ignited the gas it carried. "It's changed our life," said Brennen's mother Becky Teel. "Every waking moment, every breath. The phone doesn't ring. The conversations don't happen." After her son's death, Teel made it her mission to convince cities to ban the product. The city of Lubbock first banned the piping with a unanimous city council vote, then the city of Rockwall—where Becky lives—did the same. Three other cities—Beaumont, Garland and Argyle—were on track to follow. Brennen Teel was 31 years old when he was killed in a Lubbock, Texas, home fire on Aug. 24, 2012. (Courtesy: Teel family) Those steps came after calls to make the material safer by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) and the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM). CSST was introduced in the 1990's and has been widely-used for residential gas lines service since then. According to the LOP and NASFM, the design and the thin walls of CSST have "proved problematic and susceptible to lightning's high intensity electric charge." Teel's efforts recently suffered a blow because of a last-minute maneuver by a state Senator during the closing days of the most recent legislative session. Teel said CSST manufacturers hired lobbyists to stop her efforts in Lubbock and Rockwall to no avail. Then, she added, those opposed to her efforts took it to the state level. Click here to find out how to see if you have CSST in your home or business "Absolutely, they knew how to do it," she said of a legislative move made in the closing hours of the last session in May. In the preceding months, no state lawmakers filed bills to prevent cities from banning CSST. That would have meant hearings and debates on the floor of the House and Senate about the safety problems associated with CSST. Instead, Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, tacked on an amendment to a bill aimed at ending state inspections of commercial espresso machines. State Senator Kelly Hancock While Hancock's amendment did not include any mention of CSST, it effectively crushed Teel's efforts—with no hearings or debate. After the law went into effect, Teel said Hancock agreed to meet with her to discuss the issue. "I asked if we could take the amendment off, and he said 'No,'" she recounted. Hancock's office sent KXAN a statement, saying: We filed this amendment because the safety of Texas homes is too important to allow a monopolistic ban on nationally code-certified gas pipes in favor of one specific type of unproven pipe that science says carries its own set of safety concerns including fitting corrosion. The amendment keeps all nationally code-certified options on the table so home builders and homeowners can make the wisest choice for their property. Sen. Hancock believes Lubbock's new safety code created a monopoly benefiting the only company currently making CSST meeting the city's new standard. The senator emailed us one consultant's test, done on behalf of another company whose newer version of CSST doesn’t meet the new standard. It claims the type picked by Lubbock also doesn't meet those safety requirements. Despite that, the researcher who did that study told the Lubbock council he considers the product it picked to be safe and he would use it in his own house. You can read it here: CSST report You can also watch the entire debate and final passage of the Lubbock safety requirements from May 12, 2016 by clicking here. KXAN followed up asking why Hancock did not file a bill and have hearings so each side could present its case. He and his office responded: 1) "The matter was brought to our attention after bill filing deadline (for further context, the Rockwall ordinance was passed after session already began), and 2) there were concerns that these city-by-city bans on all but one product (i.e. monopoly policies) could significantly expand before next session, resulting in statewide building code confusion, had the Legislature not acted this year to follow statutory precedent of an adherence to national codes and standards. "I was very surprised," said Teel. "I did not hear about it until after [the legislation had passed]." Lubbock's fire marshal, who led the effort to ban CSST in that city, said he was also caught off guard by the new law. After Brennen Teel's death, the fire marshal explained the city brought in researchers from across the nation to study the issue. "We have done more research on this product than anybody," said Nelson, who feels the legislature eliminated his city's local control. "We felt like our citizens deserved a higher level of safety... instead, this was a decision made politically, attached to the back of a bill that has nothing to do with gas line safety." Nelson added, this July, after the measure was signed into law, lightning struck another Lubbock home, causing a dangerous gas leak blamed on CSST. "It's very disappointing, but I'm not finished, Teel said. "We have nothing to gain, other than the safety of someone else and that's what we're working for."

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  • McCarty, No. 8 Texas women beat No. 12 Florida State 87-72 - USA TODAYMcCarty, No. 8 Texas women beat No. 12 Florida State 87-72 - USA TODAY

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  • Pitcher Hamels gives mansion to camp for special needs kidsPitcher Hamels gives mansion to camp for special needs kids

    Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, are donating a mansion and 100 acres of land in southwest Missouri to charity that provides camps for children with special … Click to Continue »

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    Austin police say an officer has shot and wounded a man who stabbed another man outside a house and then refused to drop his knife as he moved toward the … Click to Continue »

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    Brooke McCarty returned from a hip injury to score a season-high 24 points, leading No. 8 Texas over No. 12 Florida State 87-72

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    Fort Worth police say a man who refused orders to remove his hands from his pockets during a traffic stop has been shot by officers when he pulled out a … Click to Continue »

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  • A first-grade class in Texas wrote letters to Santa; one girl asked for food and a blanket - OregonLive.comA first-grade class in Texas wrote letters to Santa; one girl asked for food and a blanket - OregonLive.com

    OregonLive.comA first-grade class in Texas wrote letters to Santa; one girl asked for food and a blanketOregonLive.comUp until a few days ago, many did not know of Crystal Pacheco, a first-grader from the southern Texas city of Edinburg who asked for some food and a blanket for Christmas. Nashley Garcia, who lives in neighboring McAllen, was among those people. Garcia ...Texas 7-year-old's heartbreaking letter to Santa inspires flood of donationsKTRK-TVDonations for Texas first grader pour in after Santa letter goes viralKHQ Right NowTexas first-grader has a simple wish list for Santa — food and a blanketDallas NewsMashableall 47 news articles »

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  • Texas Southern takes road skid to No. 14 TCU (Dec 18, 2017) - FOXSports.comTexas Southern takes road skid to No. 14 TCU (Dec 18, 2017) - FOXSports.com

    FOXSports.comTexas Southern takes road skid to No. 14 TCU (Dec 18, 2017)FOXSports.comTexas Southern has lost its first 11 games, all on the road, while No. 14 TCU enters Monday's game with the visiting Tigers on a 15-game winning streak dating to last season. TCU is 10-0 after winning its last five games last season on the way to a ...and more »

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  • South Texas county plans new courthouse after Harvey damage - mySanAntonio.comSouth Texas county plans new courthouse after Harvey damage - mySanAntonio.com

    South Texas county plans new courthouse after Harvey damagemySanAntonio.comROCKPORT — Leaders of a South Texas county battered by Hurricane Harvey plan to build a new courthouse to replace the more than 60-year-old structure destroyed by the storm. The Aransas County Commissioners Court on Friday approved seeking a request ...and more »

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  • San Antonio-area man, 22, attacked by stepdad with macheteSan Antonio-area man, 22, attacked by stepdad with machete

    A 22-year-old man has told police in the San Antonio area that his stepfather attacked him with a machete. Police in Kirby, an enclave of San Antonio, say officers found … Click to Continue »

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  • Louisiana to partially close shrimp seasonLouisiana to partially close shrimp season

    Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators say the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters beginning at official sunset Monday. Affected by last week's order are … Click to Continue »

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  • Many Fort Worth drivers ignore red light camera ticket finesMany Fort Worth drivers ignore red light camera ticket fines

    City records show less than half of the more than 230,000 drivers caught by cameras running red lights in Fort Worth during the last fiscal year actually paid the $75 … Click to Continue »

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  • Lack of transparency clouds Texas spending after HarveyLack of transparency clouds Texas spending after Harvey

    How is Texas spending billions in federal aid in response to Hurricane Harvey? Good question

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  • Small earthquake off South Texas coast in Gulf of MexicoSmall earthquake off South Texas coast in Gulf of Mexico

    A small earthquake has been detected off the coast of South Texas. The U.S. Geological Survey says the rare 3.0 magnitude temblor Saturday afternoon northeast of South Padre Island in … Click to Continue »

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    The Spokesman-ReviewLack of transparency clouds Texas spending after Harvey - ABC NewsABC NewsIn this Nov. 17, 2017 photo, homeowner George Dorsey, center, prays with Samaritan's Purse volunteers who are helping to rebuild his hurricane-damaged home in Houston. How is Texas spending billions in federal aid in response to Harvey, among the ...Lack of transparency clouds Texas spending after HarveyThe Spokesman-ReviewSecret Santa pays a visit to Harvey-ravaged Texas - Videos - CBS ...CBS NewsHurricane Harvey costs to Texas prison system now over $8 millionChron.comNPRall 18 news articles »

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  • In this Sept. 5, 2017 photo, a worker walks past a pile of debris outside a business damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas. How is Texas spending billions in ...In this Sept. 5, 2017 photo, a worker walks past a pile of debris outside a business damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas. How is Texas spending billions in ...

    In this Sept. 5, 2017 photo, a worker walks past a pile of debris outside a business damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas. How is Texas spending billions in federal aid in response to Harvey, among the costlies

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  • Memorial dedicated to mark 1894 Austin-area lynchingsMemorial dedicated to mark 1894 Austin-area lynchings

    An Alabama group memorializing lynchings nationwide has installed its first plaque in Texas, marking the deaths more than 120 years ago of two African-American men and a woman in Central … Click to Continue »

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  • Reward increased for one of Texas' most wanted sex offenders - Fort Worth Star TelegramReward increased for one of Texas' most wanted sex offenders - Fort Worth Star Telegram

    Fort Worth Star TelegramReward increased for one of Texas' most wanted sex offendersFort Worth Star TelegramOfficials with the Texas Department of Public Safety have increased a reward to $10,000 for information leading to the capture of one of the state's most wanted sex offenders. Authorities identified him as Dakota Marcus Stewart, 26, of Mansfield who is ...

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  • Division II Football Championship: Texas A&M-Commerce wins first DII national championship - NCAA.comDivision II Football Championship: Texas A&M-Commerce wins first DII national championship - NCAA.com

    NCAA.comDivision II Football Championship: Texas A&M-Commerce wins first DII national championshipNCAA.comThe Texas A&M-Commerce Lions are 2017 Division II football national champions after defeating West Florida 37-27 from Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Interactive bracket | Printable bracket. Both teams entered the title game looking for its ...Texas A&M-Commerce wins first Division II titleUSA TODAYTexas A&M-Commerce captures first NCAA Division II football titleKansas City StarTexas A&M-Commerce lifts Division II football title at Children's Mercy ParkSporting Kansas CitySB Nationall 54 news articles »

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  • GOP betting that its fix for US economy will defy warningsGOP betting that its fix for US economy will defy warnings

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, on the progress of an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws. less House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, on the progress of an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the ... more WASHINGTON - The tax overhaul of 2017 amounts to a high-stakes gamble by Republicans in Congress: That slashing taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals will accelerate growth and assure greater prosperity for Americans for years to come.

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  • Veterans honored with wreaths laid on their gravesVeterans honored with wreaths laid on their graves

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Governor Greg Abbott joined in a wreath laying ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin on Saturday to honor veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As part of Wreaths Across America, the governor, along with other attendees, placed Balsam fir wreaths on several headstones of veterans and other notable Texans who have died. The group and Gov. Abbott honored Texans like Stephen F. Austin, Chis Kyle, Darrell K. Royal and Barbara Jordan among many others. Wreaths Across America aims to get enough wreaths for every veteran and they have been working toward that mission since the group started two years ago.  

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  • Vintage arcade games store in South Texas caters to playersVintage arcade games store in South Texas caters to players

    The sound of more than 40 classic arcade machines fills the main floor of The Flux as customers are transported to an era when video games and toys required more than a swipe and a tap to be enjoyed. The Monitor reports the shop - which feels more like a museum of vintage toys, games and other niche items than your run-of-the-mill trade-in retailer - embraces the nostalgic aesthetic of that era.

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    Juan Cavazos, 74, at his home on Oklahoma Avenue in Brownsville. The retired teacher accepted $21,500 for the two acres the government seized, but later discovered that neighbors who hired lawyers got paid much more for their land.

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  • No. 24 Texas Tech rolls past Rice 73-53 on old home courtNo. 24 Texas Tech rolls past Rice 73-53 on old home court

    Keenan Evans scored 13 points, Zhaire Smith added 12 and No. 24 Texas Tech beat Rice 73-53 in the Red Raiders' first game since 1999 at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, their old home court

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  • Austin seeks community input on downtown homelessnessAustin seeks community input on downtown homelessness

    AUSTIN (KXAN) –  City leaders head into 2018 with a laser focus on the downtown homeless problem. On Saturday, the city asked for input from those who call Austin home. Part of the solution is finding a new provider for services at the ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless) downtown. The mission of the ARCH is to get homeless Texans off the streets. But more and more people notice the space and services are not enough. So people came to the forum Saturday to tell, write and describe to the city’s public health department what they should do. Stephanie Hayden, interim director of the City of Austin Public Health Department, told KXAN, “We can’t do this work alone. We need the community to help us with this work.” Some recommendations are basic stuff everyone needs — an individual’s own space, a clean bathroom. Others range from mental health to professional services. Hayden said they’ll form the ARCH’s new mission with this feedback. The city will take this input while they find a new organization to run the services next year. The contract is up for bid. They’ll have two other meetings like this in January. Forum No. 2: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center 7500 Blessing Avenue Conference Room B Forum No. 3: Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Rosewood-Zaragosa Neighborhood Center (Gymnasium) 2800 Webberville Road Every year, the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, or ECHO, holds a count of the homeless population. The next one will be on Jan. 27. They are looking for volunteers. Find out how you can help with Austin ECHO’s 2018 Homeless Point in Time Count These forums are a continuation of an outreach program KXAN has been tracking. Earlier this year, two phases were held that helped the city and ECHO learn more about the area around the ARCH. A police presence was constant outside, and police say crime was the lowest it has been in three years. However, there was an increase in calls just blocks away. Some just say the problem moved. Now groups are working to re-scope services at the ARCH. The Austin City Council is addressing homelessness in its “Downtown Puzzle.” It would use a hotel occupancy tax to help pay for overall improvements downtown. The city council discussed the plan again Thursday night, and are expected to continue talking about it in March.    

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  • Texas too much for Louisiana Tech - Monroe News StarTexas too much for Louisiana Tech - Monroe News Star

    Monroe News StarTexas too much for Louisiana TechMonroe News StarAUSTIN, Texas – Banged up and without one of their key frontcourt players, Louisiana Tech fought and battled in Austin but ended up falling, 75-60, to Texas on Saturday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center. Undersized, undermanned (without forward ...Texas notebook: Shaka Smart experiments with supersized lineupChron.comTexas survives late Louisiana Tech push for 75-60 winBurnt Orange Nationall 18 news articles »

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    LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech flexed its defensive muscles and fought off Rice 73-53 on Saturday night at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The No. 24 Red Raiders forced 26 Rice turnovers and turned them in

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  • Silvers lifts Troy over UNT, 50-30, in New Orleans BowlSilvers lifts Troy over UNT, 50-30, in New Orleans Bowl

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  • Police issue warrants for 5 East Texas students accused of sexually…Police issue warrants for 5 East Texas students accused of sexually…

    Felony warrants have been issued for the five East Texas junior high school students who reportedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old. According to the Texarkana Police Department, the warrants were issued for students at Pleasant Grove Junior High School who allegedly assaulted the victim on a school bus while returning from a basketball game in Paris on November 30, 2017.

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  • Aransas County plans new courthouse in Rockport after Harvey damageAransas County plans new courthouse in Rockport after Harvey damage

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  • Silvers golden as Troy pulls away from North TexasSilvers golden as Troy pulls away from North Texas

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  • Teacher says she was raped by inmate at understaffed Texas prison, and he was never chargedTeacher says she was raped by inmate at understaffed Texas prison, and he was never charged

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  • 24 Texas Top 10 most wanted captured in 201724 Texas Top 10 most wanted captured in 2017

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  • Alleged serial killer indicted in Texas in fourth deathAlleged serial killer indicted in Texas in fourth death

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  • Retail chain sued for selling guns to Texas church shooterRetail chain sued for selling guns to Texas church shooter

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  • Military hero McRaven leaving post as Texas chancellorMilitary hero McRaven leaving post as Texas chancellor

    University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven, the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, announced Friday that he'll leave the school in May. McRaven, 62, divulged in 2015 that he was diagnosed with leukemia five years earlier. He cited unspecified health concerns Friday as a factor in his surprise departure while stressing "they are not serious but they have caused me to rethink my future."

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  • NBA roundup: Paul leads Rockets to 12th straight winNBA roundup: Paul leads Rockets to 12th straight win

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  • Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gainsBorder arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains

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  • Colorado ski resort sued after fatal fall from chairliftColorado ski resort sued after fatal fall from chairlift

    The family of a Texas woman who fell to her death from a chairlift at a small Colorado ski resort as she was riding up with her two young daughters has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. William Huber, the girls' father, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Denver on Friday, claiming that Ski Granby Ranch knew the lift was unsafe before the Dec. 29 accident that killed 40-year-old Kelly Huber, of San Antonio, and severely injured her daughters, then 9 and 12. The lift malfunctioned and hit a support tower at the resort 90 miles west of Denver, causing the family to fall 25 feet onto hard-packed snow.

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  • Texas GOP chairman sues secretary of state to get Rep. Farenthold off ballotTexas GOP chairman sues secretary of state to get Rep. Farenthold off ballot

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The chairman of the Texas Republican Party, James Dickey, is suing the Texas secretary of state to get embattled Congressman Blake Farenthold off the March primary ballot. In a statement sent to KXAN Political Reporter Phil Prazan, a Texas Republican Party spokesperson said, “It basically comes down to the fact that Mr. Farenthold has asked to be removed from the ballot and Chairman Dickey believes that the Republican Party of Texas should be able to do that.” The congressman tried to withdraw his name from the ballot three days after the Dec. 12 deadline. Dickey argues in the lawsuit that Section 172.052(a) of the Election Code is “overbroad,” calling the deadline date arbitrarily set. Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, announced Thursday he would be retiring at the end of his term, which expires in 2019, following sexual harassment allegations made against him. In a longer statement, Chairman Dickey said incongruous deadlines under Texas law are preventing the ballot removal from happening. With this filing we are asking a federal court to resolve this issue and achieve the common-sense result that all parties want. It’s our expectation that this matter will be resolved quickly. Regardless of the result we are prepared to quickly move on to electing more Republicans throughout the great state of Texas.” The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether Farenthold sexually harassed a former member of his staff and retaliated against her for complaining. The congressman used money from the U.S. Congressional Office of Compliance to pay Lauren Greene — a former communications director in his office — $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle, NBC reported. Farenthold’s district spans from Corpus Christi to Bastrop County and Caldwell County.

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  • City Council Approves Multi-million Dollar Incentive Plan To Move 2k USAA Jobs DowntownCity Council Approves Multi-million Dollar Incentive Plan To Move 2k USAA Jobs Downtown

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  • Taxi Drivers Disagree On Permit Limits But City Council Might Have Final SayTaxi Drivers Disagree On Permit Limits But City Council Might Have Final Say

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  • Academy sued for selling gun to Sutherland Springs church shooterAcademy sued for selling gun to Sutherland Springs church shooter

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The family of three people killed in a Texas church shooting has filed a lawsuit seeking $25 million in damages against a sporting goods chain that sold two firearms to the shooter. The lawsuit claims Katy, Texas-based Academy Sports & Outdoors was negligent in selling to Devin Patrick Kelley an AR-556 rifle used in the deadly Nov. 5 shooting. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in San Antonio by the family of Joann Ward, who along with her two daughters were among the 26 people killed. MORE: Survivor in Sutherland Springs church shooting sues Air Force An Academy Sports spokesman didn’t immediately return a call Friday seeking comment. The sporting goods chain has previously confirmed that Kelley had bought two firearms from two different San Antonio stores in 2016 and 2017.

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  • UT Chancellor Bill McRaven will step down in MayUT Chancellor Bill McRaven will step down in May

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Bill McRaven will step down from his position as University of Texas system chancellor in May 2018, citing chronic health issues over the past few years that have led him to rethink his future. “There’s going to be a lot of speculation as to why I’m stepping down, but the fact is, this is a very personal decision for me,” 62-year-old McRaven said Friday, as seen in video posted online by the University of Texas. “…over the past several months I have been dealing with some health issues,” the retired four-star admiral said. “They are not serious, let me say that again they are not serious, but they have caused me to rethink my future.” He continued, “As I enter the fourth quarter of my life, there are still a lot of things I want to do. I want to teach, I want to write, I want to do some traveling, and as hackneyed as it sounds when someone is stepping down, I want to spend more time with my family.” McRaven, who became chancellor in January 2015, said he’s put his career first for the last 40 years and it’s time for that to change. He has been credited with spearheading the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in Pakistan 2011, according to the Associated Press. As the chief executive officer of the UT System, McRaven oversees institutions that educate 221,000 students. The Board of Regents has launched a search committee for the next chancellor. Bill McRaven announces his resignation (UT Photo)

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  • Texas gym owner indicted in May blaze, firefighter deathTexas gym owner indicted in May blaze, firefighter death

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a gym owner accused of torching his San Antonio business in a blaze that left one firefighter dead and two injured. The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office on Friday announced the indictment of 39-year-old Emond Johnson. Investigators believe Johnson had debts related to the gym, located in a strip mall, and set the May 18 fire. Some areas burned and collapsed. Firefighter Scott Deem was killed. Two others were hurt. Emond Johnson (Photo via WOAI) Johnson was arrested in October and indicted Tuesday on charges of murder, arson resulting in death, arson of a building and two counts of arson and bodily injury. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder or the first-degree felony arson counts. An attorney representing Johnson, Miguel Najera, declined comment Friday.

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  • Hurricane Harvey-displaced mom of 5 now expecting quadrupletsHurricane Harvey-displaced mom of 5 now expecting quadruplets

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  • Exxon Mobil Is The Latest Oil Giant To Grab A Foothold In Mexico's Energy SectorExxon Mobil Is The Latest Oil Giant To Grab A Foothold In Mexico's Energy Sector

    From Texas Standard . For decades, if you pulled into any gas station in Mexico, the brand name on the pump would invariably be PEMEX, the name of the state-run oil monopoly. Now oil giant Exxon Mobil has announced it will open 50 gas stations in Mexico in 2018. Eight are opening this week. Most other major energy companies have begun operations in Mexico since the nation opened its energy economy to private companies.

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  • Meet The Secret Service Agent Who Was There When Kennedy DiedMeet The Secret Service Agent Who Was There When Kennedy Died

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  • Mexican Senate Approves Massive Expansion Of Military's RoleMexican Senate Approves Massive Expansion Of Military's Role

    From Texas Standard . Lots of folks will soon be southbound, spending the holidays with family and friends in Mexico. There are the usual warnings about traveling through regions where there’s considerable cartel violence. Now the Mexican Senate has taken a big step toward deploying the army on the streets – perhaps indefinitely. Critics are worried that this is the start of a de facto militarization of Mexico. Alfredo Corchado , Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, says Mexico is responding to the large amount of crime and violence associated with the drug cartels that operate there.

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  • A Texas group trained this dog. Now he's a police detectiveA Texas group trained this dog. Now he's a police detective

    Police in central Kansas have a new drug detective: a pit bull who was rescued by a Texas organization and trained for law enforcement work. Kano, a 55-pound (25-kilogram) puppy, … Click to Continue »

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  • Seven Gulf Coast Universities Partner For Hurricane Research And PlanningSeven Gulf Coast Universities Partner For Hurricane Research And Planning

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  • Does Sexual Harassment Training Need An Update?Does Sexual Harassment Training Need An Update?

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  • A Win In Alabama Won't Translate Unless Texas Democrats Can Turn Purple Counties BlueA Win In Alabama Won't Translate Unless Texas Democrats Can Turn Purple Counties Blue

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  • Trump Administration Says It's Time To Go Back To The MoonTrump Administration Says It's Time To Go Back To The Moon

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  • Five year-old Texas shooting victim just wants cards for ChristmasFive year-old Texas shooting victim just wants cards for Christmas

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  • Texan claims $14 million lottery prize just two days before ticket would have expiredTexan claims $14 million lottery prize just two days before ticket would have expired

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  • Meet The Grass That’s Eating Southeast TexasMeet The Grass That’s Eating Southeast Texas

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  • Filing Period Comes To Calm Close After Chaotic 30 DaysFiling Period Comes To Calm Close After Chaotic 30 Days

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  • ‘Back In The Saddle Again’: Former Land Commissioner Files Candidacy To Win Back Old Job‘Back In The Saddle Again’: Former Land Commissioner Files Candidacy To Win Back Old Job

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  • Will A Net Neutrality Rollback Make The Internet More Expensive?Will A Net Neutrality Rollback Make The Internet More Expensive?

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  • Former General Land Office Commissioner Wants His Old Job Back Former General Land Office Commissioner Wants His Old Job Back

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  • Texas Matters: Issues Of Equity After Hurricane HarveyTexas Matters: Issues Of Equity After Hurricane Harvey

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  • San Antonio Sees First Significant Snowfall In Over 30 YearsSan Antonio Sees First Significant Snowfall In Over 30 Years

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  • Friday Closures, Delays Throughout San AntonioFriday Closures, Delays Throughout San Antonio

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  • HUD: Homeless Population On Rise In TexasHUD: Homeless Population On Rise In Texas

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  • Texas GOP Chair Calls For Valdez's Immediate Departure From Office  Texas GOP Chair Calls For Valdez's Immediate Departure From Office

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