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Texas begins replacing paved roads with gravel due to lack of funding

The oil and gas boom in Texas has produced an unintended effect: The state plans to covert some roads to gravel to save money. The oversized vehicles and overweight loads used by energy companies has had a devastating impact on many roads, but the state has not appropriated enough money…

A Texan tragedy: Plenty of oil, but no water

Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last month when she turned on the tap and…

Texas to soon run out of lethal injection drug

Texas, the state that puts to death the most prisoners in the US, will soon run out of the drug used for lethal injections. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Justice told AFP Friday that the state’s stock of pentobarbital, the barbiturate used for the death penalty, has nearly…

Poop-based parasite sickens over 100 in three states

A parasite that comes from fecal matter has been spotted in Iowa, Nebraska and Texas since the beginning of July, authorities warned this week. The cyclospora parasite comes from fecal matter and is typically contracted by humans who eat produce tainted by said fecal matter. Over 100 people came down…

‘Texas thinks of women as second-class citizens – if it thinks we’re citizens at all’

Some Democrats see the abortion row played out in Austin’s statehouse as a turning point for Texas liberals. But with the bill now passed by the state senate, others warn that life will get even harder Clad in orange or blue as they wait outside the entrance, the long line…

Texas Senate given second chance to pass controversial abortion bill

Texas politicians were due to give formal approval on Wednesday to a controversial abortion bill, two weeks after a marathon filibuster frustrated its progress and prompted protests against the proposals. After nearly ten hours of impassioned debate in Austin, the state’s house of representatives voted in favour of the plans…

Texas lawmakers advance major anti-abortion bill

By Corrie MacLaggan AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas House committee voted to move forward with a proposal to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and toughen standards for clinics, after at least 2,000 people sought to testify for and against the measure at an eight-hour hearing. The…

10-year-old boy and pregnant woman thought dead in Texas triple shooting

A 10-year-old boy, a pregnant woman and at least one other woman were shot on Monday in a triple shooting that left two people dead in Texas. According to KDFW, Fort Worth police confirmed that a 10-year-old boy and a 20-year-old pregnant woman died after a shooting near the 2900…

Texas executes first woman in nearly three years

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – Texas on Wednesday executed by lethal injection a woman convicted of stabbing her elderly neighbor to death in 1997, the first U.S. execution of a woman in nearly three years, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was pronounced dead…

Texas students to seek federal help to soften ‘cruel’ truancy policies

By Stephanie Simon (Reuters) – Several students from northeast Texas said they plan to file a federal complaint on Wednesday accusing their school districts of cruel and unusual punishment by prosecuting them in criminal court for missing school or being late for class. The civil rights complaint, a copy of…

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