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Sep. 21, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Amarillo Globe-News. September 16, 2020 State, facilities need to balance, peace of mind as restrictions are relaxed Even though the state has recently relaxed restrictions around visiting those most vulnerable to the coronavirus, people still find themselves caught between two difficult health challenges: the...

Texas ex-deputies: Leaders gave gift cards for using force

Sep. 18, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Two former employees of a Texas sheriff's office say leaders rewarded officers with steakhouse gift cards when they used force on the job. The Texas Rangers and the Williamson County prosecutor's office are investigating at least five use-of-force incidents involving the Williamson...

This undated photo provided by Mike Austin shows his wife Holly Barlow-Austin in Texarkana, Texas, before her 2019 death after being held in a Texarkana jail. Her family brought a federal lawsuit Wednesday, Sept, 16, 2020, against LaSalle Corrections, claiming its staff neglected Barlow-Austin's care and ignored her pleas for help as her health deteriorated and she went blind. (Courtesy Mike Austin via AP)

Lawsuit: Private jail company caused Texas woman's death

Sep. 16, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The family of a woman who died after being held in an East Texas jail last year filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the company that runs the facility, claiming its staff neglected her care and ignored her pleas for help as her health deteriorated and she went blind. Holly Barlow-Austin's...

More than 20 workers hurt in crane accident in Austin, Texas

Sep. 16, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two cranes collided Wednesday at a construction site in Austin, Texas, causing one of them to partially collapse and injuring at least 22 workers who were sent scrambling for safety, authorities said. The cranes collided and got tangled several stories above a building under...

Tiffany Shelton helps her 7-year-old son, P.J. Shelton, a second-grader, during an online class at their home in Norristown, Pa., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Norristown Area School District plans to offer online-only instruction through at least January 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

Schools that are mostly Black, Latino favor starting online

Sep. 11, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

Missi Magness wanted her children back in school. The parent of a first-grader and a sixth-grader who attend schools on Indianapolis’ southeast side struggled trying to oversee her children’s schooling while working from home this spring. “They need the structure, they need the...

This photo provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office via The Beaumont Enterprise shows Jonathan Torres. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, a federal judge sentenced Torres to five years in prison following his conviction for planting two bombs in Beaumont, Texas, in 2018. (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)

Texas man sentenced to 5 years in prison for 2018 bombing

Sep. 9, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Beaumont man to five years in prison following his conviction for planting bombs in the Southeast Texas city two years ago. Jonathan Matthew Torres, 42, pleaded guilty last year to possession of an unregistered destructive device and was later found...

Argyle takes over No. 1 in Texas 4A DI football rankings

Sep. 7, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine and’s high school rankings after Week 2, distributed by The Associated Press. CLASS 6A (preseason) Rank School (Record) Week 2 Prev rank 1 Galena Park North Shore (0-0) Idle 1 2 Duncanville (0-0) Idle 2 3 Katy (0-0) Idle 3 4 Austin Westlake...

Boaters flying flags honoring U.S. President Donald Trump crowd Lake Travis in Lakeway, Texas, during a boat parade Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, that attracted hundreds of watercraft of all sizes. Although this boat did not capsize, a spokesperson for the Travis County sheriff’s office in Texas said “several” boats sank Saturday while taking part in the parade in support of Trump. There were no reports of fatalities or injuries.  (Bob Daemmrich via AP)

Sheriff: Five boats sank in Texas Trump parade, no injuries

Sep. 6, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Five boats sank in a Texas lake during a nautical parade in support of President Donald Trump as tightly packed boats created large waves, officials said Sunday. Boaters began calling for help “almost immediately” after the procession for Trump’s reelection got...

North Texas' Tre Siggers (15) takes the handoff from Jason Bean (5) during the first half against Houston Baptist in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Denton, Texas. (Al Key/The Denton Record-Chronicle via AP)

Fine replacement: Bean 4 TDs as UNT beats HBU 57-31 to open

Sep. 5, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

DENTON, Texas (AP) — Jason Bean threw three touchdowns and ran for another one in his first start for North Texas, and the Mean Green set a school record with 721 total yards in a 57-31 win over FCS team Houston Baptist on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Jaelon Darden had three TD...

Several boats sink during Texas parade for President Trump

Sep. 5, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A spokesperson for the Travis County sheriff’s office in Texas says “several” boats sank Saturday while taking part in a parade in support of President Donald Trump. “We responded to multiple calls of boats in distress, several of them sank,” but...