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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Gov. Greg Abbott, right, presents the Governor's Medal of Courage 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 Dec. 29, 2019. A Texas grand jury has decided to take no action against Wilson for the fatal shooting. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Texas grand jury: No action against killer of church shooter

Sep. 29, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A grand jury in Texas decided Monday to take no action against a man who fatally shot an armed man who killed two people at a Fort Worth-area church in late December, prosecutors said. Jack Wilson, a firearms instructor who trained a volunteer security team at the West Freeway...

This undated photo provided by Maria Castillo shows her son Josiah McIntyre. A Houston-area official said Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, it will take 60 days to ensure a city drinking water system is purged of a deadly, microscopic parasite that doctors believed killed McIntyre and that led to warnings for others not to drink tap water. (Courtesy of Maria Castillo via AP)

Purging water system of brain-eating microbe to take 60 days

Sep. 29, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (AP) — A Houston-area official said it will take 60 days to ensure a city drinking water system is purged of a deadly, microscopic parasite that doctors believed killed a boy and that led to warnings for others not to drink tap water. Lake Jackson City Manager Modesto Mundo said Monday...

Deadly microbe water warning lifted for final Texas city

Sep. 27, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (AP) — Environmental officials in Texas have lifted a warning for a final Houston-area community to stop using tap water because it might be tainted with a deadly brain-eating microbe, but with a warning that the water should be boiled before being consumed. Earlier this month,...

Deadly microbe water warning lifted for all but 1 Texas city

Sep. 26, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (AP) — Texas officials on Saturday lifted a warning for all but one Houston-area community to stop using tap water because it might be tainted with a deadly brain-eating microbe. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warned the Brazosport Water Authority late Friday of the...

East Texas county commissioner accused of vote-harvesting

Sep. 26, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — An East Texas county commissioner and three other people have been indicted on charges that they fraudulently solicited mail-in votes from able-bodied voters by claiming they were disabled, often without the voters’ knowledge or consent. Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown...

Judge blocks Texas' repeal of straight-ticket voting

Sep. 25, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Friday blocked Texas from eliminating straight-ticket voting, a decision that would allow for choosing one party's entire slate of candidates in the November election that is now less than six weeks away. Most states don't offer straight-ticket voting. Texas has for...

The sign for Tyler Technologies is seen outside the company's offices, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Plano, Texas. The major U.S. provider of software services to state and local governments, including the online publishing of election results, has told customers that an unknown intruder broke into its phone and IT systems. Plano, Texas-based Tyler Technologies told customers in an email that it discovered the breach and contacted law enforcement and enlisted outside cybersecurity help. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Hacked software provider acknowledges ransomware attack

Sep. 25, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A major U.S. provider of software services to state and local governments acknowledged Friday that it was hit by a ransomware attack two days after telling clients an unknown intruder had compromised its phone and information technology systems. Tyler Technologies said in a statement that it...

Software provider to state and local governments hacked

Sep. 24, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A major provider of software services to state, county and local governments, including the online publishing of election results, told customers Wednesday that an unknown intruder broke into its phone and information technology systems. Tyler Technologies, a Plano, Texas-based S&P 500...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a shopping mall on a rainy day in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China lifts pandemic bar on entry by foreigners

Sep. 23, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

BEIJING — Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat of the new coronavirus continues to recede. The decision lifts a months-long blanket suspension covering most foreigners apart from diplomats and those in...

In this undated photo, provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, is Gilmar Guevara. For the second time in as many weeks, Texas' highest criminal court on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, commuted the death sentence of Guevara after agreeing with findings that he was ineligible to be executed because of an intellectual disability. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals changed the death sentence that Guevara had faced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

2nd Texas death row inmate declared intellectually disabled

Sep. 23, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — For the second time in as many weeks, Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of an inmate after agreeing with findings that he was ineligible to be executed because of an intellectual disability. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals changed the death...