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Court Doc: Texas AG Fled While Being Served Subpoena

Process server Ernesto Martin Herrera says Ken Paxton avoided him for hour, then took off with wife

(Newser) - Even though recipients of a subpoena typically aren't thrilled to be getting one, the delivery of it is still usually a fairly straightforward process. Not so much at the home of Ken Paxton this week, where a process server who had such paperwork says the Texas attorney general tried...

Couple Saves Injured Baby Allegedly Abandoned by Dad

Texas' McClain family found 9-month-old in their shed after man appeared to steal neighbor's truck

(Newser) - A Texas family got quite the surprise over the weekend after finding an infant in their backyard shed, amid troubling circumstances. Katharine and John McClain say they were awoken early Saturday by the loud sounds of a truck driving away from their neighbor's house on the outskirts of Livingston,...

Girl, 12, Shot Father, Self in Murder Pact With Friend: Cops

Texas girl and her father, 38, have been hospitalized

(Newser) - Police say a 12-year-old Texas girl made a pact with a friend to kill their families and pets, and apparently tried to follow through on her end. The girl was found lying in the street outside her Weatherford home Tuesday night with a gun underneath her body and an apparent...

His Patients Were Maimed or Even Died. He Kept Practicing
The Texas Surgeon Was
Charming—and a 'Monster'
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The Texas Surgeon Was Charming—and a 'Monster'

The 'Texas Observer' reports on Dr. Eric Heston Scheffey

(Newser) - "Looking at Dr. Scheffey, one isn't likely to think he's a monster. But he was a monster." That's how retired personal injury attorney Priscilla Walters describes Dr. Eric Heston Scheffey, and she's not the only person to speak in such terms about him. She...

9 Months Later, Case of Lina Sardar Khil Still Baffles

The 'New York Times' digs in

(Newser) - Lina Sardar Khil is still missing nine months after vanishing from a San Antonio playground . The 3-year-old's story has received wide coverage, but the New York Times goes deeper, filling in some backstory on the family, the specifics of the day she disappeared, and where things stand today. Edgar...

Cops Find Man Shot Dead, Then Get Call About His Toddler

Police are investigating what they say was double homicide of dad, 2-year-old son in Houston

(Newser) - Houston police were searching Tuesday for a man they say is responsible for a double homicide of a 2-year-old boy and his father. Executive Assistant Police Chief Larry Satterwhite says officers were called to a shooting outside a strip mall southwest of downtown around 1:45pm, where they found a...

Texas Sheriff on DeSantis Stunt: 'What Was Done to These Folks Is Wrong'

Javier Salazar is investigating flights that brought migrants to Martha's Vineyard

(Newser) - The sheriff of the Texas county from which 48 Venezuelan migrants were flown to Martha's Vineyard last week is investigating the incident. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says the migrants were apparently "lured under false pretenses" onto charter flights, arranged by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and flown to...

Texas Rejects Posthumous Pardon for George Floyd

Board first voted yes, then no after Abbott's office kicked recommendation back

(Newser) - Without giving a reason, Texas officials revealed their decision Thursday to not grant a posthumous pardon to George Floyd over a Houston drug conviction. The Board of Pardons and Paroles told the public defender who has represented Floyd in a letter, the Hill reports. A majority on the board opposed...

Texas Doctor Faces Federal Charges, Accused of Putting Drugs in IV Bags

Dallas police have arrested Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Jr.

(Newser) - Update: Dallas police arrested an anesthesiologist Wednesday on federal charges after an investigation into the death of a fellow physician and cardiac emergencies suffered by several other people. Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Jr. is suspected of injecting nerve blocking agents and other drugs into patient IV bags at the surgery center...

Migrants Arrive at Harris' Home, Sent From Texas By Governor

Abbott says he wanted vice president to understand the border situation

(Newser) - Gov. Greg Abbott escalated his standoff with the Biden administration over border crossings, dispatching two buses carrying migrants to the Washington residence of Vice President Kamala Harris. The buses dropped off about 100 people early Thursday near the main gate to the Naval Observatory, the vice president's official home,...

Prosecutors: Man Who Didn't Get Promotion Killed Family

Feng Lu arrested in connection with 2014 Houston-area murders

(Newser) - More than eight years after the murder of an entire family stunned the Houston area's Chinese community, an arrest has been made. According to court documents filed Wednesday, investigators believe 58-year-old Feng Lu killed Maoye Sun; his wife, Mei Xie; and their two sons, 7-year-old Titus and 9-year-old Timothy,...

50 Wheels of Undeclared Cheese Cost NM Woman

She was fined $1K after trying to enter Texas from Mexico

(Newser) - Officers with Customs and Border Protection say they stopped a woman hiding contraband under a blanket in her SUV as she tried to cross the Texas border from Mexico earlier this month. But it wasn't drugs, or even weapons—though it may have been sharp: It was 50 wheels...

17-Year-Old Grabs Shotgun, Kills 2 Breaking Into Home

Case will go to grand jury, Texas sheriff says

(Newser) - A 17-year-old in a Houston suburb opened fire with a shotgun when three masked, armed men broke into a home, killing two of them. The third man fled the house and drove away, police said. A 12-year-old child, an adult woman, and another 17-year-old were in the Channelview home at...

Mistrial in Case of Ex-MLB Pitcher Accused of Abusing Boy, 4

Jury deadlocks in John Wetteland trial

(Newser) - Update: The jury in the child sex assault trial of former All-Star and World Series MVP pitcher John Wetteland deadlocked, leading the judge to declare a mistrial Friday. "We will move forward, whether this means it is resolved through negotiations or trial again is up to him," a...

Teams Search for Victims After 9 Deaths in Rising Rio Grande

River water was flowing five times faster than usual after heavy rain

(Newser) - Officials on both sides of the US-Mexico border searched for more victims Saturday after at least nine migrants died while trying to cross the rain-swollen Rio Grande, a dangerous border-crossing attempt in an area where the river level had risen by more than 2 feet in a single day. US...

Drinking Water of the Future May Come Increasingly From Toilets

In the face of climate change, recycled water could be a solution

(Newser) - Garden hose bans are in place across much of Britain, where rivers and reservoirs are at unusually low levels following months of low rainfall. In the future, part of the solution will be "to reprocess the water that results from sewage treatment and turn it back into drinking water,...

Southwest Pilot's Warning Was an Odd One

It wasn't about turbulence or an overbooked flight, but a passenger sending nude pics

(Newser) - What happens in Texas apparently doesn't stay in Texas, because what took place on one Southwest Airlines flight getting ready to fly to Mexico is now making headlines all over the globe. That's thanks to a now-viral TikTok video taken by Teighlor Marsalis, who tells CNN she recorded...

Pregnant Driver Gets 2nd Ticket for Driving in HOV Lane

'You again?' deputy said to Brandy Bottone, who claims Texas abortion law supports her case

(Newser) - Update: A traffic citation for a pregnant Texas woman who drove in the HOV lane, claiming her unborn baby counted as a passenger, has been dismissed. But Brandy Bottone decided to tempt fate, and Texas cops, once again: The Dallas Morning News reports the 32-year-old Plano woman was ticketed a...

Texas School Board's Rejection of Arabic Sign May Be Unlawful

Activist could use case to challenge SB 797

(Newser) - A Texas school district rejected "In God We Trust" signs printed in Arabic on Monday, despite a state law requiring that donated signs be displayed . The signs offered to the Carroll Independent School District by parent Sravan Krishna during a board meeting fit the parameters of Senate Bill 797,...

O'Rourke Ends Up in Hospital, Pauses Campaign

Democratic gubernatorial candidate says he had bacterial illness, will rest at home for a bit

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke has temporarily paused his gubernatorial campaign and is resting up after a weekend hospitalization for a bacterial infection. The Hill reports that the Texas Democrat announced his malady Sunday on Twitter, noting he wasn't feeling well on Friday and so he went to San Antonio's...

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