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Motorcycle rider killed in accident along Highway 249

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HOUSTON – A man was killed in a motorcycle accident after he struck a mattress in the middle of the road Sunday night.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, it happened at …….. read more here. 

KHOU Staff, KHOU.com

Petition drive seeks removal of Jefferson Davis monument

Since its inception a month ago, an online petition to remove a historical marker honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis from Washington Park in Brownsville has amassed almost 5,000 signatures.

The petition’s author, Brownsville resident Antonio Castillo, said his wife and children are of African American ancestry and that from the …… read more here.

By Christina R. Garza | Staff Writer

New Braunfels police release more information on kidnapping reports

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From the New Braunfels Police Department:

In an effort to clear up any confusion concerning the two recent Aggravated Kidnapping reports, here are the details as we know them today:

  • The first reported incident happened a little after 1:30pm on Saturday, Jan. 16th, in the 800 block of West San Antonio street outside of the McKenna Event Center. The 35-year old male victim reported that a unknown male entered his vehicle, displayed a firearm, and instructed him to drive. They traveled a short distance to the I-35 frontage road and the suspect exited the vehicle and was last seen on foot running southbound towards Ruekle Road. No injuries were reported. The suspect was ……. read more here.

American-Statesman Staff

Wal-Mart to close 269 stores, 154 of them in the U.S.

Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market.

The stores being shuttered account for a fraction of the company’s 11,000 stores worldwide and less than 1 percent of its global revenue.

 More than 95 percent of the stores set to be closed in the U.S. are within …….. read more here.

Money Pours into Texas Politicians’ Campaign Accounts

Photo illustration by John Jordan

 

The first significant campaign finance disclosures of this primary election season were due at midnight Friday, and candidate reports trickled into the Texas Ethics Commission’s online system over the weekend. Here’s a first look at some significant reports.

Top state officials

Most of the top statewide offices are not on the ballot this year, but officeholders still have to file, and the most …… read more here.

by Ross Ramsey

Amarillo balks at more Mideast refugees

ASSIMILATING? The YMCA in Amarillo hosts Somalis celebrating Muslim rites.

As Texas officials spar with Obama administration lawyers over refugee resettlement, Amarillo is building Muslim “ghettos.”

Under federal refugee programs, the North Texas town has become home to more than 1,000 Mideast migrants – giving Amarillo the …….. read more here.

By Kenric Ward

Montgomery County Water Fight

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An overzealous groundwater regulation in Montgomery County, at the behest of bureaucrats, is costing taxpayers millions, killing lakeside business, and driving property values down.

Last year, the Lone Star Groundwater Conservative District (LSGCD) placed a mandate on residents’ use of groundwater out of fear of over usage and the mandate impacts taxpayers within 147 local entities. Montgomery County residents, at last check, were pumping roughly 83,000 acre-feet of water per year out of the Gulf Coast Aquifer. In the name of conservation, LSGCD decided, without voter approval, to ……. read more here.

By Charles Blain

 

RERsports: Athlon Sports’ key statistics from the 2015-2016 bowl season

Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every week during the regular season, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated, but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game. The same can be said after bowl games. While postseason matchups are just one game in sample size of around 13 contests, the bowl games often ……. read more here. 

East Texas standoff ended in 2014, but it’s not clear everyone knew it

Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times

John Joe Gray isn’t the fugitive he was in 2000, when he and relatives retreated to his Trinidad land. The sheriff didn’t realize Gray’s charge had been dropped until recently.

TRINIDAD — How long can the Oregon standoff last? If the one that dragged on in this rural East Texas town is any example, the answer is at least a decade, and perhaps much longer.

In a wooded 47-acre compound on the Trinity River about an hour southeast of Dallas, John Joe Gray, 66, quietly carried out what some call the longest standoff in ……. read more here. 

Manny Fernandez

RERsports: NCAA votes to allow Big 12 to hold football title game

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — – The Big 12 Conference got what it wanted and showed the smallest power conference in major college football still has some muscle.

A rule change approved Wednesday at the NCAA annual convention will allow the Big 12 to …….. read more. 

By JIM VERTUNO (AP Sports Writer)