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President Donald Trump speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention in Austin, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump thanks farmers for backing him through China trade war

Jan. 19, 2020 10:25 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump thanked farmers Sunday for supporting him through a trade war with China as he promoted a new North American trade agreement and a separate one with China that he said will massively benefit farmers. “We did it,” Trump said, recalling his campaign...

Texas gun control advocate prevented from getting free locks

Jan. 16, 2020 3:55 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A firearms trade association distributing taxpayer-funded gun locks to Texas residents to prevent accidental shootings advised the Austin Police Department not to give any to a woman affiliated with a gun control advocacy group, emails show. The Police Department ultimately rejected...

FILE - This Jan. 28, 2019 file photo shows Pete Davidson during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Judd Apatow's “King of Staten Island,

Judd Apatow's 'King of Staten Island' to open SXSW film fest

Jan. 15, 2020 7:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Judd Apatow's “The King of Staten Island," starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live," will make its premiere as the opening night film at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival. The Austin, Texas, festival on Wednesday announced that “The King of Staten...

Allegiant Air announces new nonstop flights from Des Moines

Jan. 14, 2020 4:08 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Allegiant Air announced Tuesday it will add three new nonstop flights — to Memphis, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and Chicago — from the Des Moines International Airport. The added flights are part of the carrier's largest expansion in the company's history, the Des Moines...

Gov. Greg Abbott presented the Governor's Medal of Courage on Monday morning Jan. 13, 2020 to Jack Wilson, left, who shot and killed 43-year-old gunman Keith Thomas who opened fire on the congregation and killed two people at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas on December 29th, 2019. The Governor's Medal of Courage is given to civilians who display great acts of heroism by risking their own safety to save another's life. It is the highest award given to civilians by the Governor. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Man who shot church gunman gets highest Texas civilian honor

Jan. 13, 2020 5:24 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday gave Texas' highest civilian honor to a 71-year-old man who shot and killed an armed attacker at a church in December. Abbott gave Jack Wilson the Governor's Medal of Courage during a ceremony in Austin, calling him a hero for stopping the shooter at a church...

President Donald Trump speaks about proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump to promote trade deals in Sunday speech to US farmers

Jan. 13, 2020 1:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will highlight his policies on trade and domestic energy in a speech to U.S. farmers next week, the White House announced Monday. Trump is scheduled to address the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention on Jan. 19 in Austin, Texas. It will be his third...

Coleman's 14 points lead Texas over Kansas State 64-50

Jan. 11, 2020 11:26 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas turned up a lock-down defense to get the Longhorns their first Big 12 win of the season. Matt Coleman III scored 14 points and the Longhorns held Kansas State scoreless for the first eight minutes of the second half to pull away for a 64-50 victory Saturday night. “We just...

Regents put Texas Southern University president on leave

Jan. 11, 2020 2:04 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A historically black college in Houston says it has placed its president on administrative leave. The Board of Regents at Texas Southern University announced Friday that Austin A. Lane was put on leave with pay. The board did not offer a reason for the action. The board announced it has...

In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 photo, Johnathan Aguilar's wife Amy and son console each other as friends and family of gather in front of Johnathan's childhood home on the east side of Austin, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 to remember him and to honor his name during a candlelight vigil. Johnathan Aguilar was killed in the stabbing on Jan. 3, 2020. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Texas governor picks new fight over homeless after attack

Jan. 7, 2020 7:30 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that last week's seemingly random knife attacks by a homeless man at an Austin shopping plaza magnified a “sense of lawlessness" in the liberal state capital city, whose mayor has accused the governor of demonizing people living on...

This undated booking photo provided by the Harris County (Texas) District Attorney's Office shows Magen Fieramusca. Court records unsealed Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, state that Fieramusca, accused of kidnapping Heidi Broussard, a Texas mother who was later found dead, plotted to present Broussard's baby girl as her own. (Harris County District Attorney's Office via AP)

Affidavit: Kidnap suspect pretended dead mom's baby was hers

Jan. 6, 2020 10:35 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A woman accused of kidnapping a Texas mother who was later found dead hatched an elaborate scheme to present the victim's baby girl as her own, according to court records. Last month, investigators found the infant, Margot Carey, along with the body of her mother, Heidi Broussard, at...