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Mental exam ordered in attempted murder case

Jul. 18, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

PORTLAND, N.D. (AP) — A Texas woman accused of shooting two men in Portland, North Dakota has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. KFGO reports 32-year-old Sadie Rix, of Austin, made her first appearance in Traill County court Wednesday. She's charged with two counts of attempted murder and...

Fossil found in 1980s in Texas declared new genus, species

Jul. 16, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) — Experts say fossil remains discovered in the 1980s at the Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas have been identified as a new genus and species of duckbilled dinosaur. The Journal of Systematic Paleontology announced the classification of the Aquilarhinus palimentus...

Who's behind voting-machine makers? Money of unclear origins

Jul. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The voting-machine makers that aim to sell their systems in North Carolina are largely owned by private equity firms that don't disclose their investors. The companies didn't want the public to know even that much. North Carolina's statewide elections board demanded the machine-makers'...

One boy's tale of family separation heads to court

Jul. 12, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

BUDA, Texas (AP) — There were water balloons at Byron Xol's birthday party — bunches of them, filled a dozen at a time. He squeezed them with both hands, until the water burst on his face and chest. "Super good!" the 9-year-old yelled, again and again. It's a new catchphrase — but then, Byron...

University of Texas expands free tuition help

Jul. 9, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas will provide free tuition for undergraduate students from families earning less than $65,000 annually starting in fall 2020. The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Tuesday approved creating a $160 million endowment for the tuition plan. School...

New Texas UIL rule means physicals for many in marching band

Jul. 8, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A new University Interscholastic League rule requires physical exams or medical histories for students in school marching bands across Texas. KXAN-TV in Austin reports doctors want to make sure marching band students are healthy enough to participate, especially during excessive heat....

2 Texas residents die in swimming incidents in Oklahoma

Jul. 5, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

ALTUS, Okla. (AP) — A 56-year-old man who died on the Fourth of July is among two Texas residents who authorities say drowned in separate swimming incidents in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Robert Leo Kollasch of Austin, Texas, died Thursday while swimming in Lake Altus, about 110 miles (177...

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Jul. 2, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Texas newspapers: Austin American-Statesman. June 28, 2019. Nearly 250 years after our country was founded, America still grapples with seemingly straight-forward questions: Who counts? And do our voices count equally? The U.S Supreme Court, mirroring the deep divisions...

Castro, O'Rourke both hit Texas capital after debate dustup

Jun. 28, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One Texan became a political sensation waging a longshot Senate campaign, then stormed into the presidential race with even more momentum, climbing in the polls, running up monster fundraising and dominating the national conversation. The other announced his 2020 bid earlier and to far...

Report: Apple to shift assembly of Mac Pro from US to China

Jun. 28, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple will manufacture its new Mac Pro computer in China, shifting away from a U.S. assembly line it had been using for that product in recent years, according to a report published Friday. The company intends to assemble the new Mac Pro in a factory near Shanghai, according to The...