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MJ Hegar, former congressional candidate, says she’s running to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

Texas removes thousands of children from Medicaid each month due to red tape, records show

6-year-old New Mexico boy found after AMBER Alert issued

Average US price of gas spikes 13 cents per gallon, to $2.91

Alaska authorities find body of missing Texas man

A Texas sales tax increase would hit poor people the hardest

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Police release identity of 2 women found in notorious Texas ‘killing fields’

  Dead skunk found in Gray County tests positive for rabies

  Sunray woman pleads guilty to charges in Sodus double homicide

Texas Senate votes to advance property tax reform bill, avoids “nuclear option” procedural move

  PHOTOS: Half of Franklin, TX destroyed by Saturday morning tornado

  Texas DPS distributing life-saving NARCAN kits statewide

Mike Pence to hold fundraisers in Dallas, Midland next week

Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Texas next week for a pair of fundraisers.

As Texas lawmakers negotiate on property tax reform, Gov. Greg Abbott says school taxes must be capped

The Republican governor weighed in on the issue Thursday as both chambers maneuvered to bring the legislation to a floor vote.

  Hereford woman found dead in Clovis motel

The Clovis Police Department is investigating after a Hereford woman was found dead in a Clovis motel on April 7.

  President Trump: Executive order paves the way for ‘jobs of tomorrow’ in oil, gas industries

President Donald Trump traveled to oil and gas country, Crosby, Texas, to sign an executive order on Wednesday.

  High winds across the area cause grass fires to break out

  President Trump signs executive action on oil, gas industry

Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Dennis Bonnen propose raising the Texas sales tax in order to lower property taxes

Texas advances abortion bill similar to effort in Congress

Texas Tech Health Sciences Center agrees to stop considering race in admissions, ending federal inquiry

Man charged in shooting of trooper after South Texas crash

‘Back the Bluebonnet’ challenge has Texas law enforcement playing in meadows, frolicking in fields

The #BacktheBlueBonnet challenge has public servants and emergency responders pausing to smell the flowers

Texas estimates it may owe feds $223 million after illegally decreasing special education funding

A major flaw in the way Texas spends money on kids with disabilities might lose the state almost a quarter of its annual special education grant.

Texas House approves major school finance reform package, adds teacher raises to the bill

After more than three hours of discussion, the Texas House nearly unanimously passed a comprehensive bill to reform the way schools are funded and slow the growth of property tax bills.

  Patriot Guard motorcycle riders to escort unclaimed veterans ashes through Lubbock

The remains of veterans found among unclaimed ashes left sitting for more than a decade are being escorted to their final resting place.The Patriot Guard motorcycle riders, will escort the caravan to San Antonio from the Potter County Courthouse where the remains were found.

Whataburger introduces limited-time Dr. Pepper milkshake

Whataburger is looking to capture the hearts of Texans across the state.

Texas Senate approves occupational licensing bill LGBTQ advocates call a “license to discriminate”

The bill passed on a 19–12 vote, with one Republican voting against it and one Democrat voting for it. It requires one more approval in the Senate before it heads to the Texas House.

Texas bans chaplains from its execution chamber

The state of Texas has banned all prison chaplains from its execution chamber, days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state was violating an inmate’s rights by not allowing a Buddhist chaplain into the death chamber with him.

Federal agency to investigate Texas chemical fire

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says it will investigate a fire at a Houston area chemical plant that killed one worker and injured two others

  2nd Texas chemical fire in about 2 weeks kills worker

A tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire at a Texas plant Tuesday, killing one worker, critically injuring two others and sending panicked employees fleeing over a fence to safety.

  Muleshoe man dies after Wednesday officer-involved shooting in Cochran County

A suspect was killed Wednesday after a shootout with law enforcement officials, following a short chase from Levelland to Whiteface. Officials have released the identity of the suspect.

Texas House approves 2020-21 budget plan, keeps extra $9 billion for school finance, property tax relief

In Dennis Bonnen’s first major test as speaker of the Texas House, the chamber he oversees resoundingly passed a $251 billion budget Wednesday after a long but largely civil debate — a departure from the dramatics that have typically defined such an affair.

Texans are waiting for birth and death certificates amid health agency understaffing

The backlog — which was exacerbated by the state's switch to a new computer system for processing records in January — comes as the short-staffed Texas Department of State Health Services vies for a boost in funding. Meanwhile, families anxiously wait.

Updated property tax reform proposal surfaces in the Texas House

In an effort to continue working toward property tax reform, a Texas House chairman tasked with spearheading the issue this legislative session sent colleagues a new draft of his high-priority bill on Tuesday — the day before his committee could vote to advance the proposal.

  Mother sues Weather Channel for $125 Million after deadly 2017 crash

Nearly two years after a fatal crash took the lives of three storm chasers, the family of one victim has filed a $125 million lawsuit against the Weather Channel.

  Special Olympics cuts come under fire as DeVos faces budget questions

The Education Department has asked to end about $17.5 million in funding for programs meant to support awareness of and encourage participation in the Special Olympics.

Border Patrol closes West Texas checkpoints as influx of migrants strains resources

A government spokesman said shutting down the checkpoints near El Paso is a temporary measure.

Suspect faces murder count after West Texas deputy dies

The man accused of shooting a West Texas sheriff's deputy faces an upgraded charge after the lawman died over the weekend

Overnight storms bring hail, knock out power to thousands in East Texas

Severe storms have knocked power out to thousands of residents across East Texas.

  Plant leaked dangerous levels of chemicals into Houston Ship Channel, officials confirm

Intercontinental Terminals Co., the company that owns the plant, said flames breached the dyke wall around its chemical tank yard and chemicals leaked out.

Texas sues company behind Deer Park terminal fire

Late Friday, the state of Texas sued Intercontinental Terminals — the Houston-based company whose petrochemical storage facility in the suburb of Deer Park caught fire last weekend and burned for days, sending a dramatic plume of black smoke over the nation’s fourth-largest city.

Man pleads guilty to killing son, sentenced to 50 years in prison

A man will spend 50 years in prison for the death of his 8-month-old son that happened in 2015.

TTU System Board of Regents Elect New Chairman and Vice Chairman

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents elected Christopher M. Huckabee and J. Michael Lewis chairman and vice chairman, respectively, during a special-called meeting of the board on Thursday afternoon.

  Residents fret about TX chemical plant fire, despite assurances

Authorities lifted Thursday's order to remain indoors after several hours, saying tests showed the elevated levels of benzene in the air had cleared.

State historian to present ‘Historic Buildings of Lubbock’ lecture Saturday

Texas State Historian Monte Monroe will present his lecture “Historic Buildings of Lubbock” at 2 p.m. Saturday inside the Mahon Library Community Room at 1306 9th St.

Mother accused of allowing man to sexually assault 5-year-old for $400

Authorities arrested a 36-year-old Texas woman who has been accused of permitting a 62-year-old man to sexually assault her 5-year-old daughter for $400.

Clarendon College student killed in accident on campus Monday night

No information on the nature of the accident has been released.

  Crews work to control fire at Texas petrochemicals plant

The fire will likely burn for two more days. Officials are telling residents to stay inside.

Beto O’Rourke raises $6.1 million in first 24 hours — beating Bernie Sanders and all other 2020 contenders

Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million for his presidential campaign in his first 24 hours as a candidate, beating every other 2020 Democrat who has disclosed first-day figures, according to his campaign.

American Airlines suspends flights to Venezuela

American Airlines says it is suspending flights to Venezuela because of safety concerns

Greg Abbott tells every university in Texas to re-evaluate processes in light of admissions scandal

Gov. Greg Abbott is urging Texas universities to re-evaluate their admissions processes in the wake of a federal investigation that led to bribery charges against a coach at the University of Texas at Austin.

Palo Duro Canyon forced to close trail system after recent storms

Due to recent storms sweeping across the Panhandle, an excessive amount of water has forced Palo Duro Canyon State Park to temporarily close their trail system.

Driver pulled over with horse in truck bed may face animal cruelty charge

A photo of a horse riding in the back of a pickup has gone viral, drawing thousands of reactions on social media.

Severe weather may have led Texas plane to crash, killing 4

Authorities say severe weather may have caused a twin-engine Cessna to lose altitude and crash in East Texas, killing the four people aboard

Texas Senate unveils its first version of a school finance reform bill

On the night of the deadline to file bills this legislative session, Texas Senate leaders turned in their first crack at legislation designed to reform school finance — rounding out a series of proposals in the upper chamber aiming to address rising property taxes and fix the way the state pays for

  Family, colleagues honor Midland officer killed Tuesday

The funeral service for Nathan “Hayden” Heidelberg, the 28-year-old Midland police officer who was killed on Tuesday took place inside the First Baptist Church in Midland on Friday afternoon.

Senator Campbell files two bills to expand access to school choice

With less than 48 hours until the bill filing deadline, State Senator Donna Campbell filed two significant bills on Thursday to expand school choice in Texas.

  New legislation aims to provide relief to NM communities impacted by groundwater contamination from military bases

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján introduced a bill today to provide relief to communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force Bases in New Mexico and across the country.

Memorial service set for Midland police officer killed in line of duty

A memorial service for Officer Nathan Hayden Heidelberg is set for Friday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Midland. Heidelberg was shot and killed in the line of duty early Tuesday morning in Midland.

Governor Abbott appoints three to Texas Tech University System Board Of Regents

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ginger Kerrick, Mark Griffin, and Dusty Womble to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2025.

Two years on: Ag Community Relief remembers victims of March wildfires

They say the destruction and the loss of Cody, Sydney, Sloan and Cade spurred them to bring their compassion to the Panhandle, and then to the rest of the nation.

West Texas officer responding to home alarm fatally shot

A West Texas police officer responding to an alarm at a home has been shot and killed by the owner of the home who believed he was being burglarized

Remains identified as Texas man killed aboard USS Oklahoma

Military officials have identified a 37-year-old Navy seaman from Texas as one of the men killed aboard the USS Oklahoma in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor

  Bull rider who trained Perry for ‘8 Seconds’ says actor had lasting impact on rodeo world

Most associate Luke Perry with the hit ‘90s TV show “Beverly Hills, 90210,” however, it’s not the beaches in California, but instead the arenas in Texas many in the rodeo community feel the late actor should be remembered by.

  New Mexico AG sues Air Force over Cannon, Holloman AFB groundwater contamination

The complaint filed in New Mexico federal court says the Air Force violated the state’s Hazardous Waste Act, causing danger to communities surrounding the bases.

Exxon raises production forecast in Texas and New Mexico

Exxon is raising its forecast of oil and gas production in the Permian Basin

  Texas Senate unanimously passes $5,000 teacher pay raises, adding librarians

The Texas Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill that would provide $5,000 annual pay raises for full-time classroom teachers and librarians, at a cost of $4 billion over the next two years.

TTU system day at the Texas Capitol

Held every other year, Texas Tech System Day allows supporters to visit with members of the Texas legislature to advocate for the Texas Tech University System.

  Joe Cuba gets way more than he asked for

WWII Veteran turns 100 in style.

Billie Coble scheduled to become oldest man executed in Texas during modern era of the death penalty

On Thursday, Texas is scheduled to execute a 70-year-old man for killing three of his wife’s family members in the Waco area nearly three decades ago.

Amarillo autopsies not impacted by Lubbock M.E. controversy

District Attorneys for Randall County and the 47th District have worked with the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s office in previous years.

Beto O’Rourke not challenging John Cornyn in 2020

The former El Paso congressman and 2018 U.S. Senate candidate has said he'd make up his mind on a 2020 decision by the end of the month.

Southwest says it has gained US approval for Hawaii flights

Southwest says it has won US approval to begin flights to Hawaii from California

City Council to participate in Texas House Ways & Means hearing

The Lubbock City Council will attend and participate in the Texas House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee hearing inside the Texas Capitol.

  Maegan Hembree: Still missing 6 years later

Tuesday marked six years since Smyer-native Maegan Hembree went missing.

  Texas Senate panel advances $5,000 teacher pay raise proposal

After a contentious three-hour public hearing Monday, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed a bill that would provide annual $5,000 pay raises for all full-time classroom teachers in the state.

  Cannon Air Force Base water contamination shuts down Clovis dairy

Since 1992 the Highland Dairy has sat just southeast of Cannon Air Force Base. Unknown to the owner, Art Schaap, his neighbors’ firefighting activities would bring his business to a halt.

Texas judge rules all-male draft unconstitutional

The judge did not issue an injunction against the federal policy, meaning it will remain in place on appeal.

  Grandmother assaulted by daughter several times before death, police say

Police said their investigation revealed that Traci Lee Alaniz had assaulted her mother several times within the last few months.