Latest Texas state government News

Fort Worth faith leaders want judge to enforce police reform

Oct. 16, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Community and faith leaders on Wednesday called on the Trump administration to open a civil rights investigation into the Fort Worth Police Department in the wake of a white officer's fatal shooting of a black woman in her home, saying the goal should be a police reform plan...

Ex-Texas prison official pleads guilty to evidence tampering

Oct. 16, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former prison major has pleaded guilty to felony tampering for planting screwdrivers in an inmate's cell at a Texas prison that was investigated by the state following allegations that a captain required employees to hit a daily quota of disciplinary write-ups. Juan Jackson entered a plea...

Ex-Rep. Sessions subpoenaed in Giuliani grand jury probe

Oct. 15, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury has subpoenaed former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions for information about his interactions with Rudy Giuliani and several associates who were indicted last week. The former lawmaker from Texas is cooperating with investigators and will turn over documents in the...

Texas GOP speaker tape: Lawmaker 'vile,' Trump 'killing us'

Oct. 15, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' GOP House speaker sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020, called a female lawmaker "vile" and said President Donald Trump is "killing us" in pivotal races in a secretly recorded meeting with a conservative activist released Tuesday. House Speaker Dennis Bonnen also...

Texas prison guard acquitted in death of inmate

Oct. 14, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A jury has acquitted a former Texas prison guard who slammed a handcuffed inmate to the ground so hard that the man's liver ruptured and he died. The Houston Chronicle reports that Lou Joffrion was acquitted last month on aggravated assault charges in the 2017 death of David Witt,...

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Oct. 10, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Texas newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 10, 2019 What the killing of Guyger witness Joshua Brown has to teach us now When a witness in a murder case is himself murdered just days after a high-profile trial, it is both right and appropriate for a community to...

Texas records 1st death linked to e-cigarette use

Oct. 10, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Health officials in Texas say the state has recorded its first death associated with vaping-related lung illnesses. The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed Wednesday that an older woman in north Texas died last week from a lung disease associated with using electronic...

Texas appeals court rejects recommendation to spare killer

Oct. 7, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected a lower court recommendation that a convicted killer's death sentence should be changed to life in prison because prosecutors lied during the case. A district judge had recommended 34-year-old Paul David Storey be resentenced because...

Texas A&M system bans e-cigarettes amid US vaping illnesses

Oct. 6, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University officials decided to ban e-cigarettes from all campuses because of the health risks associated with smoking them. Chancellor John Sharp announced Tuesday in a memo that the ban will go in effect "as soon as possible" on all A&M system campuses across the...

Ex-Mexican governor wanted in Texas waives extradition to US

Oct. 5, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A former governor of a Mexican state along the U.S.-Mexico border will face money-laundering and fraud charges in South Texas after waiving extradition to the United States. The San Antonio Express-News reports Jorge Juan Torres López had been indicted in 2013 in Corpus Christi on...