Texas’ governor declares state of disaster from coronavirus

DALLAS — Texas' governor declared a state of disaster Friday as the coronavirus pandemic spread to all of the state's biggest cities. The declaration came...

Houston Livestock and Rodeo will be shut down

HOUSTON — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors, will be canceled about halfway through its run as...

Texas coronavirus cases lead to cancellation of SXSW

Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued a local emergency on Thursday that effectively cancels this year’s South by Southwest festival. The 10-day event was scheduled...

State closing two prisons as population shrinks

Following a declining inmate population and dangerous understaffing in Texas prisons, the state is closing two of its more than 100 lockups. State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, announced Thursday that the Garza East prison in Beeville and the Jester I Unit in Sugar Land would be closing soon. He said in a statement that all employees at the closing prisons would be offered jobs at nearby facilities, “preventing the loss of any jobs while also addressing understaffing at other units.” A prison spokesperson said the Beeville unit would close in mid-May, and the Sugar Land prison would close this summer. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s executive director, Bryan Collier, said diversion, treatment and education programs, as well as a low rate of people getting sent back to prison, led to the decision. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Trading quarantines, Americans from cruise land in US

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Two charter flights carrying cruise ship passengers from Japan landed at military bases in California and Texas overnight,...

Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

HOUSTON — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the state will reject the re-settlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so...

Ban on state income tax gets strong support

AUSTIN — Amendments to the state constitution that would make it harder to enact a state income tax, stabilize funding for state parks and...

Border Patrol agent shoots, kills gunman who opened fire

SUNLAND PARK, New Mexico — Border Patrol officials say an agent shot and killed a gunman who opened fire about a mile from the...

Texas deputy fatally shoots man armed with knife, tree limb

KOUNTZE, Texas — Authorities say an East Texas sheriff's deputy fatally shot a 31-year-old man after he used a knife and a tree limb...

AMBER Alert issued for 3-month-old girl

UPDATE: Jamila Franklin has been found safe and sound. Amarillo Police are on the lookout for a woman in connection with the abduction of a...