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Agency report says damaged guardrail could have caused Texas prison bus wreck that killed 10
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- A preliminary report on a West Texas prison bus accident that killed two prison guards and eight inmates says the bus likely hit a piece of displaced highway guardrail before it veered onto the median, went down an embankment and struck a passing freight train....

Public corruption prosecutors close case against new attorney general Paxton; no charges filed
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- State public corruption prosecutors have closed their investigation into possible ethics violations against new Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton without filing charges....

Drop in Texas juvenile jail population coincided with lower youth crime rate, study says
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A sweeping nonpartisan study released Thursday suggests Texas can be a model for improving juvenile justice systems nationwide, concluding that the state's dramatic shift away from sending youths to detention facilities has coincided with a sharp drop in crime committed by young people....

UT Chancellor writes GOP leaders, telling them concealed weapon will make campus less safe
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The new chancellor of the University of Texas System is telling Gov. Greg Abbott and other top Republicans that concealed handguns at colleges will make campus less safe....

Texas Gov. Abbott calls to abolish Rick Perry's signature tech fund that was beset by troubles
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Republican Gov. Greg Abbott began dismantling a flagship initiative of his predecessor Thursday, saying he will abolish Rick Perry's pet program that gave $200 million in taxpayer dollars to Texas startups and was beset by bankruptcies and questionable claims of success....

Convicted killer facing Texas execution seeking reprieve in appeals to US Supreme Court
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court was considering appeals intended to prevent the execution Thursday of a convicted killer who strangled a woman in Texas and beat her with a hammer before setting her body on fire nearly two decades ago....

APNewsBreak: Boy Scouts settle California lawsuit over sex abuse by volunteer Scout leader
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public....

Muslim rally at Texas Capitol draws small group of vocal hecklers, added police presence
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Hundreds of Muslims are rallying as part of their biennial Texas Capitol lobbying day - but a small group of counter-protesters are trying to shout them down....

Forcibly shaven, Fort Hood gunman Hasan says he wants to keep his top lawyer
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) -- The gunman who killed 13 people at a Texas military base in 2009 appeared in court Thursday without the beard he had fought to keep, and said he wanted to keep his lead appeals lawyer. Any change of counsel could complicate an already delayed review process....

Authorities investigating how West Texas toddler in medically induced coma suffered injuries
ABILENE, Texas (AP) -- Authorities are investigating how a toddler in a medically induced coma at a Lubbock hospital suffered her injuries....


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