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This Is the Most Diverse State in America

California ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list; West Virginia is in last place

(Newser) - If you're looking to set down roots in a true melting pot—in a place that WalletHub notes features "a complex tapestry of backgrounds"—there are some places in America that thrive when it comes to diversity. The site wanted to determine "where idea and identity...

At Texas School, a Fight Over Boy's Dreadlocks

Darryl George, 17, suspended for violating dress code same week a law protecting hair was enacted

(Newser) - The same week his state outlawed racial discrimination based on hairstyles, the AP reports that a Black high school student in Texas was suspended because school officials said his locks violated the district's dress code. Darryl George, a junior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, received an...

Republican Vote Holds as Texas Senate Acquits Paxton

GOP House had approved impeachment, but party-line verdict restores attorney general to office

(Newser) - Republicans in the Texas Senate came to Attorney General Ken Paxton's aid on Saturday, delivering an acquittal of the impeached official on a vote at the Capitol in Austin. Paxton faced 16 articles of impeachment, each of which required 21 votes, a two-thirds majority, for conviction. On every charge,...

Game Developers Irate Over 'Phenomenally Unpopular' Fee

Unity Technologies shuts 2 offices after death threat comes in over controversial new cost

(Newser) - Earlier this week, Unity Technologies, a video game software company based in San Francisco, made an announcement that roiled the gaming world: It would begin charging developers a 20-cent fee each time a user installed one of its games, a "phenomenally unpopular" move that set off "widespread anger,...

Girl Scouts Escape an Approaching Alligator

Troop leader put herself between reptile and girls at Texas park

(Newser) - "I always say I would do anything for them," says Girl Scout troop leader Nichole Glenn. "Now, I definitely know I would do anything for them." Glenn put herself between a member of her troop and a huge alligator as it moved toward the girls on...

Prosecutors Abruptly Rest Case in Texas AG's Impeachment

After alleged mistress shows up, does not testify

(Newser) - The prosecution in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's impeachment trial rested its case Wednesday in what media outlets are painting as a surprise move that was preceded by another surprise, the appearance—but failure to testify—of the AG's alleged mistress, a central figure in the case . Paxton...

5 States Where the Natives Don't Leave

Texas is the 'stickiest,' and South Dakota the least sticky, according to new analysis

(Newser) - A new analysis finds that Texas is the "stickiest" state in the nation, though the designation has nothing to do with heat. In this case, it refers to the propensity of people born in a particular state to pack up and move out—or not. The analysis by the...

Bitcoin Miner Made $31M by Cutting Power Use in Texas

Energy credits paid better for Riot last month than mining

(Newser) - Riot Platforms mined about $8.9 million in bitcoin in August. But that's nothing compared with the company's haul in the same month for selling power back to the Texas grid after Riot reduced its electrical consumption by more than 95% during peak demand periods. "August was...

Judge Orders Texas to Remove Floating Barrier
Texas' Floating Barrier
Staying Put (for Now)

Texas' Floating Barrier Staying Put (for Now)

Stay issued in legal challenge of Rio Grande buoys

(Newser) - Texas' floating barrier isn't going anywhere, at least for now. A federal appeals court on Thursday put on hold the Wednesday ruling from a lower court that ordered the state to remove it by next week. The stay allows the barrier to stay put while the legal challenge continues,...

Affair Will Be Central to Paxton's Impeachment Trial
Affair Will Be
Central to Paxton's
Impeachment Trial
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Affair Will Be Central to Paxton's Impeachment Trial

Texas attorney general allegedly accepted bribes from developer who hired his girlfriend

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces impeachment by the state Senate in a trial that will largely focus on an extramarital affair. As the Texas Tribune reports, the trial beginning Tuesday and expected to last two to three weeks "could air out the sordid details of the staunch, Christian...

Driver Crashes Into Denny's, Injuring 23

Man at the wheel of the SUV wasn't hurt

(Newser) - A driver plowed through a wall of a busy East Texas restaurant on Monday, injuring 23 people. Police in the Houston suburb of Rosenberg said a man crashed his SUV into a Denny's restaurant just off the Southwest Freeway. The vehicle slammed into the restaurant's south wall, leaving...

Drivers in This State Are the Most Confrontational

Arizona tops Forbes Advisor's list of those with the most road rage

(Newser) - Road rage: Most of us have dealt with it, in one form or another. Those different forms—cutting people off, not letting others change lanes, honking the horn, and flipping the bird, just to name a few—are what Forbes Advisor included in its attempt to determine which states have...

Texas Plans Would Fight Using Roads to Reach Abortion Care

Clinics in New Mexico have opened to help out-of-state patients

(Newser) - Texas' laws against abortion are among the most restrictive in the nation. But opponents of abortion rights are concerned that women can receive abortions in other states, including adjoining New Mexico—where new clinics have opened to accommodate women traveling from Texas. So communities across Texas are considering making it...

Texas Drought Yields Dino Tracks, WWI Shipwrecks

'If I was ever going to find anything, this would be the best time to do it'

(Newser) - As of Monday, 79% of the state of Texas was in drought , with 12% in "exceptional drought." Those conditions, though challenging for residents, have the upside of revealing some remarkable finds. At Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, officials have uncovered at least 70 new dinosaur tracks...

3 Weeks After Girl, 4, Drowned, Rest of Her Family Found Dead

Murder-suicide leaves parents, 2 children dead in Texas

(Newser) - Three weeks ago, a 4-year-old girl fatally drowned in Allen, Texas. On Monday morning, her parents and brothers were found dead in the family home in what police believe was a murder-suicide in which the girl's drowning "is believed to be a factor," per a police spokesperson....

Texas National Guardsman Shoots Man Across Border

Wounded man across the Rio Grande is Mexican, and incident is under investigation

(Newser) - An unusual shooting involving a soldier with the Texas National Guard is under investigation. The Guardsman fired across the Rio Grande and wounded a Mexican man Saturday evening, reports the Dallas Morning News . The man identified as Darwin Jose Garcia, 37, was hit in the leg and is recuperating, per...

Give a High-Five to Our Hardest-Working State

North Dakota comes in at No. 1 on WalletHub's rankings, while New Mexico brings up the rear

(Newser) - Compared to workers in other countries, Americans are known for balking at taking too much vacation time, either because their employer doesn't offer that many paid days off or because workers feel they can't miss too many days without negative repercussions. The positive side of that coin is...

Texas Is Charging EV Drivers $200 Per Year
Texas Is Charging EV
Drivers $200 Per Year
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Texas Is Charging EV Drivers $200 Per Year

State says controversial new fee will compensate for lost gas taxes

(Newser) - Starting on Sept. 1, drivers of electric vehicles in Texas are going to have to pay an extra $200 per year—and some see it as attempt to discourage EV adoption in a state with huge oil interests. The $200 annual registration fee, introduced in a law passed earlier this...

Texas Woman Charged With Threatening Trump Judge

'If Trump doesn't get elected in 2024, we are coming to kill you,' she allegedly told Chutkan

(Newser) - A Texas woman left a voicemail message threatening to kill the judge overseeing former President Trump's federal election interference case, prosecutors say. Abigail Jo Shry, 43, allegedly called the chambers of US District Judge Tanya Chutkan on August 5, two days after the former president was arraigned in the...

Joint US-Mexico Body Makes Big Find on Border Barrier

Topographical survey discovers that nearly 80% of controversial buoy barrier is in Mexico, not US

(Newser) - Migrant advocates, environmentalists, and the Mexican and US governments have all pushed back at the controversial border barrier Texas has installed in the Rio Grande to prevent migrants from crossing into the United States. Despite recovering at least two bodies along the barrier since it was installed in July, and...

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