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Federal court strikes down Texas voter ID lawupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 15:53:00

A federal appeals court in Washington Thursday struck down the Texas voter ID law requiring photos for voters at the polls, calling it racially discriminatory.

Court rips Texas redistricting plan as discriminatoryupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 18:14:00

Federal judges struck down Texas lawmakers' plans for new congressional and state legislative districts Tuesday, finding the maps were designed to discriminate against minorities.

Packed SUV flips, killing 5 children on way to Texas water parkupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 07:57:00

Five children, ages 2 to 13, died when an SUV they were riding in blew a tire and crashed on a Texas highway, police said.

At least 4 people shot at a Texas Walmartupdated: Sun Aug 19 2012 15:52:00

At least four people were shot Sunday in a Walmart parking lot in central Texas, police said.

Children among dead in Texas truck crashupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 13:11:00

A pickup truck packed with nearly two dozen people crashed near Goliad, Texas, killing at least 13.

Texas community absorbs 10 inches of rain in a few hoursupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 15:21:00

A community just outside of Austin, Texas, was pounded by about 10 inches of rain over a few hours early Tuesday, causing flash floods and leaving at least 15 residences surrounded by water, a Texas emergency management official told CNN.

Nine Border Patrol stations to close; 41 agents to move to posts closer to bordersupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 21:36:00

Nine Border Patrol stations will be closed within the next six months to move 41 agents closer to the southern and northern borders, according to a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Feds: ICE investigator shot during Texas surveillanceupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 17:24:00

A special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit was shot and wounded early Tuesday while on surveillance in a criminal investigation in northern Hidalgo County, Texas, officials said.

Dallas NAACP seeks end to Texas lotteryupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 12:06:00

The NAACP chapter in Dallas is calling for an end to the Texas state lottery, saying the game drains the finances of low-income ticket-buyers who can least afford it, especially minorities.

Police: Shooting of two teens in Texas park has 'earmarks of a targeted attack'updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 18:13:00

Two young women, both in their teens, were shot in a small south Texas town over the weekend.

Teen girls shot in Texas parkupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 18:13:00

Two women, who were apparently dating, were shot in a small south Texas town Friday night.

GOP's problem with Latinos -- as big as Texasupdated: Tue May 29 2012 07:28:00

In Texas, where voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, politics can be brutal.

Texas man gets 20 years for trying to contact al Qaedaupdated: Thu May 24 2012 22:17:00

A Texas man convicted of seeking now-deceased Yemeni-based cleric Anwar al-Awlaki's advice about raising money for jihadists has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Oldest 2-year college in Texas furloughs staffupdated: Thu May 24 2012 17:08:00

Nearly all of the staff at the oldest two-year college in Texas was furloughed Wednesday morning because of "financial and liquidity difficulties," according to a letter sent by the college to its staff and obtained by CNN.

Texas grand jury indicts Sinaloa cartel leadersupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 19:50:00

A U.S. federal grand jury in Texas has indicted the suspected top leaders of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel.

Texas twister caught on cameraupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 17:40:00

A tornado near Kennedale, Texas, is captured on camera by storm chaser Jason McLaughlin.

Tornadoes strike central Texasupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 05:25:00

Roxanne Chavera captured this amateur video of a tornado in Devine, Texas.

Rains soak southern Plains after suspected tornado touchdown in Texasupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 05:25:00

Heavy rains threatened to inundate sections of the central and southern Plains Tuesday -- a day after a suspected tornado from the same slow-moving system touched down in south-central Texas.

Tornado touches down in Texas, causing damage and injuriesupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 23:34:00

A suspected tornado touched down in south-central Texas on Monday, the National Weather Service said, as a slow-moving line of storms brought high winds, heavy rains and large hail as it swept eastward.

Comedian Gallagher suffers heart attack at Texas clubupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 07:01:00

The comic Gallagher, known for smashing watermelons, is "slowly recovering" from a heart attack suffered just before he was to perform at a Texas club, his promotional manager said Thursday.

Administration blocks Texas voter ID lawupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 16:49:00

A controversial new Texas law requiring voters to present personal identification before going to the polls has been blocked by the Obama administration.

Texas begins enforcing law requiring pre-abortion sonogramupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 09:59:00

Texas health officials began enforcing Tuesday a controversial law that requires doctors to provide a sonogram to pregnant women before they get an abortion.

Texas community trucks in water to stem shortageupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 04:35:00

A small central Texas community has begun trucking in thousands of gallons of water to avoid running dry during the state's historic drought, a water official said.

Federal court clears Texas law requiring pre-abortion sonogramupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 18:29:00

A three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Friday that the state of Texas can move ahead with enforcement of a law requiring doctors to provide a sonogram to pregnant women before they get an abortion.

Ruling: Texas doctors can be required to show pre-abortion sonogramupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 13:45:00

A three-judge federal appeals court panel Tuesday overturned a lower court's order blocking key parts of a Texas law requiring doctors to provide a sonogram to pregnant women before they get an abortion, potentially clearing the way for enforcement of the law.

Flooding traps drivers on Texas highwayupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 18:39:00

Torrential rains cause flash flooding in Texas that leaves streets and highways impassable and some vehicles submerged.

Mass pileup on Texas highway leaves multiple casualtiesupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 12:43:00

At least 50 vehicles were involved in a wreck that hurt dozens of people and closed part of a highway in southeastern Texas on Thursday, authorities said.

Police kill armed Texas 8th-graderupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 05:29:00

An eighth-grader was shot and killed by police after he brandished a weapon in the hallways of a Texas middle school.

Massive grass fire burns in eastern Texasupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 19:31:00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is battling a large grass fire in the marshlands of Jefferson County, Texas, an agency official told CNN on Tuesday.

Official: Soldier charged with trying to board plane with explosives updated: Mon Jan 02 2012 07:16:00

Authorities charged an Army soldier with attempting to board an airplane with a military-grade explosive at a Texas airport in an incident officials downplayed as "nothing nefarious."

Explosives found in bag at Texas airportupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 17:23:00

A North Carolina man was arrested on suspicion of attempting to carry explosives through a security checkpoint at an airport in Midland, Texas, federal authorities said.

8 killed in Texas head-on collisionupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 00:56:00

Eight people, including a mother and her three children, were killed in a head-on crash in east Texas, authorities said late Friday.

Police: Texas gunman called 911updated: Thu Dec 29 2011 12:06:00

A man dressed as Santa Claus called 911 from a Texas apartment where seven people were killed on Christmas Day, whispering "I am shooting people" on a haunting recording, police said.

5 killed in Texas plane crashupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 04:21:00

Five people were killed in a plane crash in central Texas Monday night, authorities said.

Justices to hear appeal over Texas redistricting mapupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 20:04:00

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an appeal from Texas officials over the state's controversial redistricting plan.

Texas asks high court to temporarily block redistricting mapupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 15:02:00

Texas officials are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and temporarily block a controversial congressional redistricting plan from going into effect Monday.

Texas town still suffers effects of heat, drought; water supply down to two weeksupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 22:04:00

The Texas town of Groesbeck is on the verge of running dry.

Science on spankingupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 02:49:00

Dr. Drew Pinsky and Po Bronson talk to Anderson Cooper about the science behind physically disciplining children.

Physical punishment doesn't help, it hurtsupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 02:49:00

Millions of people watched a video of a Texas judge hitting his teenage daughter repeatedly with a belt. This father justified his actions as "discipline." I beg to differ.

1 killed in Texas college bus crashupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 21:28:00

A bus carrying students and faculty from Abilene Christian University to a weekend mission project overturned Friday afternoon near Paint Rock, Texas, resulting in one death and multiple injuries, the school said.

Dozens of Occupy protesters arrested in Texas, Oregonupdated: Sun Oct 30 2011 20:26:00

The arrests occurred thousands of miles apart, but the scenes were similar in Oregon and Texas early Sunday: In the dark of night, police told Occupy demonstrators to leave protest sites. Those who refused were handcuffed and arrested.

Texas police looking for man they believe sexually assaulted 4 sorority alumnaeupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 23:01:00

Texas police are hunting for a man they believe broke into the homes of four former members of the same sorority, then sexually assaulted them.

CNNMoney: Texas prisoners lose their lunchupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 14:16:00

Prisoners in Texas jails have been tightening their belts as the state cuts back on weekend lunches to save money.

Mexican drug cartels recruiting teens, Texas officials sayupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 18:02:00

Mexican cartels are recruiting Texas high school students to "support their drug, human, currency and weapon smuggling operations on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border," the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday.

Truth Squad: Has Texas created jobs as America was losing them?updated: Thu Oct 13 2011 12:28:00

At Tuesday night's debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire Texas Governor Rick Perry credited his leadership for the creation of jobs in Texas as the rest of the country was shedding many more.

Texas firefighters catch a break at lastupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 17:33:00

After an intense fire season, the Texas Forest Service finally has a reprieve from firefighting.

Rains a welcome relief in drought-stricken Texasupdated: Sun Oct 09 2011 22:03:00

Much-needed rain fell across drought-stricken Texas on Sunday, offering relief but no end to what's been one of the state's driest years on record.

Investigators search for cause of Texas chemical plant fireupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 18:01:00

Crews sprayed foam Wednesday to extinguish pockets of fire remaining at a Texas chemical plant two days after a massive blaze sent bright flames and thick plumes of smoke high into the sky.

Fire-ravaged county in Texas battles a new blazeupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 20:59:00

A new wildfire flared up Tuesday afternoon in same Texas county that lost more than 1,500 homes in last month's devastating blazes, authorities said.

Gunfire prompts lockdown on Texas campus, no injuries reportedupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 19:30:00

An altercation at a Texas community college Wednesday afternoon escalated to gunshots and a campus lockdown but no injuries were reported and a suspect was captured, according to officials at Victoria College in Victoria, Texas.

Texas death row inmate granted another Supreme Court reprieve updated: Tue Sep 20 2011 18:42:00

The Supreme Court for the third time this year has stopped the pending capital punishment of a Texas inmate, giving lawyers for the man more time to file their appeals.

iReporter fights Texas firesupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 09:36:00

iReporter and firefighter Andy Throne updates the situation in Texas. for CNN's Fredricka Whitfield.

Drought keeps Texas wildfire burningupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 15:22:00

CNN's Jim Spellman forced to evacuate while reporting on a Texas wildfire once thought to be nearly contained.

Wildfire stops at statueupdated: Sun Sep 11 2011 22:12:00

A family in Texas says a statue of the Virgin Mary helped save their house from a wildfire. KTRK reports

More residents to return to their neighborhoods in fire-stricken Texasupdated: Sun Sep 11 2011 22:12:00

Authorities expect to allow residents to begin re-entering some of their communities in fire-ravaged Bastrop County, Texas, this week as firefighters made some headway against the blaze at 50% containment.

More wildfires erupt in Texas as it faces worst dry spell since 1895updated: Sat Sep 10 2011 21:39:00

In a dry spell unseen since 1895, Texas added 24 new wildfires burning 1,154 acres to a disaster that has so far torched more than 1,000 homes, the state's Forest Service said Saturday.

Weather experts: U.S. summer hottest in past 75 yearsupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 21:37:00

The summer of 2011 was the second hottest on record for the United States, and the hottest in 75 years, government weather experts said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Wildfires and drought cost Texas billionsupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 13:44:00

The Texas wildfires are adding economic trauma to a state that has already suffered billions of dollars in agricultural damages from an ongoing drought.

Wildfire prompts evacuations in Texasupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 13:43:00

Officials say evacuations are underway in Magnolia, Texas, as a raging wildfire inches closer to a residential area.

Wildfires rip through sun-scorched Texasupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 13:43:00

Firefighters southeast of Austin, Texas, battled strong winds Monday as they struggled to gain ground against a fast-moving wildfire that has so far scorched some 25,000 acres and destroyed close to 500 homes.

Dozens of wildfires burn in Texasupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 21:32:00

CNN's Jim Spellman reports on the worst fire season in years in Texas as multiple fires continue to burn.

Texas wildfires scorch homes; death toll climbs to 4updated: Tue Sep 06 2011 21:32:00

A raging wildfire near Austin, Texas, killed two people, officials said Tuesday, as firefighters fought to gain the upper hand against flames, wind and fatigue.

Wildfires continue to plague Texasupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 14:34:00

High winds fan the flames of a wildfire that has destroyed 300 homes and thousands of acres near Austin, Texas.

Strong winds whip up wildfires in central Texasupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 07:42:00

Strong winds whipped up several wildfires in central Texas Sunday, threatening homes and forcing some residents to evacuate.

Progress made against Texas wildfire, but new blazes eruptupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 18:06:00

Firefighters have made some progress in battling a spreading wildfire in northern Texas, but dry conditions contributed to a rash of new fires as well, officials said Thursday.

Residents evacuated as firefighters battle blaze in parched Texasupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 11:01:00

High winds whipped up a spreading wildfire in northern Texas on Wednesday as firefighters battled several blazes across the tinder-dry state.

Judge strikes parts of Texas sonogram abortion lawupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 12:12:00

A federal judge has blocked key parts of a Texas law that would require doctors to provide a sonogram to pregnant women before they get an abortion, days before the law was set to take effect.

Fast-growing Texas wildfire scorches homes, prompts evacuationsupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 22:56:00

A fast-moving wildfire in northern Texas has forced evacuations and destroyed 25 homes, fire officials said Tuesday.

Texas court allows 'sin tax' for strip club patronsupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 20:46:00

The highest court in Texas has upheld a special "sin tax" imposed on "sexually oriented" businesses, which the state openly says it hopes will discourage "secondary behaviors" allegedly associated with those going to watch unclothed dancers.

Heat wave causes shortage in horse hayupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 05:57:00

The heat wave and drought are causing some farmers to fear that their livestock and horses may starve.

Report: Crop losses in Texas top $5 billionupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 05:57:00

With Texas scorched by a blistering hot summer and parched by a 10-month drought, state agriculture officials are counting a record $5.2 billion in commodity losses, according to Texas A&M agriculture economists.

Homes burn in Texas grassfireupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 00:22:00

A grassfire in bone-dry central Texas was 50% contained early Tuesday after consuming 15 homes, the state forest service said.

Grass fire flares in Texas, burns 10 homesupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 20:59:00

What started as a grass fire in tinder-dry Leander, Texas, quickly moved on to consuming homes Monday as air tankers, a helicopter and a task force with bulldozers and trucks moved in to battle a drought-fueled blaze.

Desperate for water in Texasupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 09:25:00

CNN's Ed Lavandera looks at a controversial plan to bring more drinking water to parts of Texas.

CNNMoney: Struggling to climb out of the jobs holeupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 12:44:00

Jobs may be coming back in many states ... but don't let it fool you.

Texas holds 9th execution of 2011updated: Wed Aug 10 2011 20:44:00

Texas authorities Wednesday executed a onetime gang member for the killings of two men in 2002.

Tropical Depression Don disappoints in parched Texasupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 02:37:00

The storm known as Don fizzled to a tropical depression, failing to quench the thirst of parched Texas counties.

Skating rink shooting leaves six deadupdated: Sun Jul 24 2011 13:39:00

Six people are dead and four others are injured after a birthday party shooting Saturday at a Texas skating rink.

Texas inmate set to die for hate crimes in 9/11's wakeupdated: Sat Jul 16 2011 11:27:00

"I cannot tell you that I am an innocent man. I am not asking you to feel sorry for me, and I won't hide the truth," Mark Anthony Stroman said from Texas death row at the Polunsky Correctional Unit in Livingston. "I am a human being and made a terrible mistake out of love, grief and anger, and believe me, I am paying for it every single minute of the day."

Texas county mirrors U.S.updated: Sat Jul 16 2011 09:01:00

Lee County, Texas closely mirrors the racial and ethnic makeup of the United States. Here's the county "by the numbers."

Supersize pride permeates Texasupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 07:27:00

Texas residents aren't shy about their love of the Lone Star state and its rich history, as CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

One Mexican's death row case spills far beyond borders of Texasupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 07:35:00

When he was arrested in Turkey in 1970, Billy Hayes was given a choice of whom to call. For a scared young man facing serious charges, it was an easy decision: The U.S. consulate in Istanbul.

Texas bus accident sends all 21 passengers to hospitalsupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 17:03:00

A Texas charter bus traveling near San Marcos, Texas, overturned around 4 a.m. Friday, sending all 21 passengers to local hospitals for various injuries, the severest one belonging to a 4-year-old.

Texas faces subdued July Fourth due to droughtupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 13:27:00

The oohs and aahs of the Independence Day holiday will be more subdued this year in Texas, where months of severe drought have led to restrictions on fireworks across much of the state.

Texas prepares for redistricting battleupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 10:38:00

CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on the redistricting battle that is brewing in Texas.

Wildfires burn across the Southupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 16:02:00

A new fire in Texas forced home evacuations and consumed hundreds of acres, while fires in other states in the Southwest and Southeast challenged firefighters' efforts to contain them.

Texas fires force evacuationsupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 23:54:00

KTRK reports three brush fires near Houston, Texas, forcing residents to evacuate.

Police search for female caller who launched hunt for bodiesupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 18:47:00

Police are searching for a "tipster" who launched a frantic search for children's bodies in Texas, since their examination of the scene has turned up no evidence of murder.

Texas officials say no bodies found at homeupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 22:31:00

A tipster launched a search for bodies in Texas Tuesday evening, but a search of property in a rural area turned up no evidence of any homicides, authorities said.

CNNMoney: Texas budget cuts not as big as fearedupdated: Thu May 26 2011 18:55:00

Texas legislative leaders agreed Thursday to a budget that cuts $15 billion in spending over the next two years.

'Lock 'em up' not always best solutionupdated: Thu May 26 2011 10:25:00

As budget battles in Washington and the states unfold, politicians are striving to achieve the most for their money, pinpointing where they can cut spending without sacrificing service.

CNNMoney: Texas budget could cost 335,000 jobsupdated: Mon May 23 2011 17:28:00

Texas could see 335,000 jobs disappear over the next two years if lawmakers adopt the $83.8 billion budget that will go before the state House late next week, according to a state agency. (See correction, below).

CNNMoney: Florida and Texas in jobs pissing matchupdated: Sat May 21 2011 12:16:00

Call it the Battle of the Ricks.

Texas law requires sonograms, explanations before abortionsupdated: Fri May 20 2011 15:27:00

Women seeking an abortion in Texas will have to view a picture of the embryo or fetus and hear a description of its development before having the procedure, under a law that takes effect September 1.

Source: Retired general to run for Senate as Democrat in Texasupdated: Wed May 11 2011 10:28:00

It seems national Democrats have found their candidate in Texas. Matadors (Related Stories)updated: Mon May 02 2011 12:15:00

Matador stories in the SI Vault

Wildfires burn in south, central and west Texasupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 16:33:00

Strong winds whipped up wildfires in central, south and west Texas Friday, complicating efforts to bring various blazes there under control.

Hot weather forecast for Texas as battle against wildfires continuesupdated: Mon Apr 25 2011 05:37:00

Hot, dry weather returns to Texas this week, whisking away the limited relief scattered thunderstorms brought to firefighters in parts of the Lone Star state over the weekend.

Texas firefighters catch a breakupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 21:41:00

Temperatures dip as Texas continues to grapple with wildfires. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

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