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These States' Economies Are Pulling Their Weight

Washington tops WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - How well the US economy is doing is dependent on how well the states themselves are doing, and WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which ones boast the best economies. Three main categories are in play: economic activity (including startup activity, exports per...

Teen Acts on 'Instinct' During Texas Shark Attack

Oklahoma's Damiana Humphrey should make a full recovery after incident in Galveston

(Newser) - An Oklahoma teen vacationing with her family in Texas last week got quite the shock while swimming at a beach in Galveston. Per FOX 26 , Damiana Humphrey, 19, her siblings, and another family member were in water up to their waists off of Jamaica Beach on the evening of May...

Family's Visit to Safari Park Got Very Up Close

Little Paisley Toten, 2, is OK after giraffe lifts her out of pickup truck at Texas attraction

(Newser) - A family's outing at a safari park in Texas ended with a little too much giraffe interaction. Jason Toten tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he and his fiancee were "just getting out of the house" on Saturday when they took their kids to the Fossil Rim Wildlife...

Residents Can't Quit These 5 'Sticky' States

People don't tend to move away from states like Texas and North Carolina

(Newser) - Which states can residents just not quit? The "sticky" ones, according to the Independent , which takes a look at an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas of the states with the fewest outward-bound residents. Warm weather is a top indicator of a sticky state (sweat jokes aside),...

A Texas Dad Still Wants to Know: Who Killed His Boy?

Marshall Stewart has been searching for his son's killers since 1988

(Newser) - "For thirty-five f—ing years, my brain's been turning over all these questions," says Sean Stewart. Questions like why the bodies of his 16-year-old brother, Shane, and Sally McNelly, 18, were left in the brush along a rough dirt path leading to a reservoir outside San Angelo...

Plaintiff 'Outraged' After Texas Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

State Supreme Court rejects challenge to law that would've forced clarification on medical exemptions

(Newser) - The Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected a challenge to one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the US. The unanimous ruling from the court, whose nine justices are all elected Republicans, is the latest decision to uphold Texas' abortion ban, which critics say doesn't offer enough clarity...

Son of Buc-ee's Co-Founder Allegedly Peeped on a Dozen

Mitchell Wasek allegedly used spy cameras to record guests showering, having sex

(Newser) - Mitchell Wasek, son of a co-owner of the Buc-ee's convenience store chain, has been indicted by a grand jury on 21 felony counts related to his alleged recording of people without their knowledge. A grand jury in Travis County, Texas, "decided that Mr. Wasek's conduct was unlawful,...

Storms Leave 1M Texan Homes Without Power

State hit by strong winds, baseball-sized hail

(Newser) - Strong storms with damaging winds and baseball-sized hail pummeled Texas on Tuesday, leaving one person dead and about 1 million businesses and homes without power. The storms came as much of the US recovered from severe weather , including tornadoes, that killed at least 24 people over the Memorial Day weekend....

Latest Round of Deadly Storms Kills at Least 18

Including 3 family members found dead in one home in Texas

(Newser) - The death toll from the latest deadly weather to strike the central US has been raised to at least 18 people, the AP reports. Powerful storms also injured hundreds, left tens of thousands without power, and left a wide trail of destruction across Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas after obliterating homes...

At Least 5 Dead After Powerful Texas Storms

Oklahoma also got slammed

(Newser) - Powerful storms across Texas and Oklahoma obliterated homes, leaving thousands of people without power and a wide trail of damage Sunday. A sheriff said at least five people were dead in one rural community in Texas and more were injured, per the AP . The destructive storms began Saturday night and...

As Texas Bakes, a New Weather Warning for Oklahoma

More twisters may be headed to Sooner State, while heat index in Texas hovers near 120 degrees

(Newser) - Forecasters are warning of another day of heightened risk of dangerous tornadoes in the Midwest on Saturday and telling people in South Texas it may feel like close to 120 degrees Fahrenheit almost four weeks before summer starts. The weather service in Oklahoma compared the day to "a gasoline-soaked...

Along the Border, an 'Unexpected Reprieve' for Biden

Illegal migrant crossings have plummeted 54% since December, per government figures

(Newser) - News along the southern border is offering the Biden administration "an unexpected reprieve" as the November election looms. Internal government stats show that illegal migration from Mexico into the US has fallen 54% from December to May, with US Border Patrol officials recording a daily average of 3,700...

'It Was Fierce. It Was Intense. It Was Quick.'

Severe thunderstorms rip through Houston, killing at least 4; some could be without power for weeks

(Newser) - Power outages could last weeks in parts of Houston, an official warned Friday, after thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds tore through the city, knocking out electricity to nearly 1 million homes and businesses in the region, blowing out windows on downtown high rises, and flipping vehicles. The National Weather Service said...

Barge Slams Into Texas Bridge
Oil Spill Estimate Is a Relief

Oil Spill Estimate Is a Relief

Barge hit Pelican Island Bridge in Texas, cutting island off from Galveston

(Newser) - The Coast Guard on Thursday gave a preliminary estimate that up to 2,000 gallons of oil spilled into Galveston Bay when a barge crashed into a Texas bridge the day before. "We're pretty confident there was much less oil introduced to the water than we initially estimated,...

Abbott Pardons BLM Protester's Killer

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a full pardon Thursday to a former Army sergeant convicted of murder for fatally shooting an armed demonstrator in 2020 during nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice. Abbott announced the pardon just minutes after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles disclosed it...

Family Thought They Could Handle Flood, Got Swept Away

Lucas Warren's parents survived ordeal near Burleson, Texas, but the 4-year-old didn't

(Newser) - A couple miraculously survived after being swept away by rushing floodwaters in Texas over the weekend, but their 4-year-old son did not. According to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, a 911 call came in around 2am local time on Sunday to report a vehicle with three people inside, stuck...

Floodwaters Keep Rising in Texas
Floodwaters Keep
Rising in Texas

Floodwaters Keep Rising in Texas

Flooding rescues top 400, with more rain expected Sunday

(Newser) - High waters flooded neighborhoods around Houston on Saturday following heavy rains that have already resulted in crews rescuing more than 400 people from homes, rooftops, and roads engulfed in murky water. Floodwaters inundated a wide region Saturday, from Houston to rural East Texas, where game wardens rode airboats through waist-high...

Clark Makes WNBA Debut: 'You Couldn't Ask for a Better Game'

New guard for Indiana Fever scored 21 points against Dallas Wings in exhibition match

(Newser) - More than three hours before Caitlin Clark made her WNBA debut with the Indiana Fever in a preseason game against the Dallas Wings in Arlington, Texas, on Friday night, some fans among the sellout crowd were lined up outside the arena dressed in No. 22 University of Iowa jerseys. And...

Rescues, Evacuations Follow Texas Floods

"It is not your typical river flood,' official warns

(Newser) - Officials in Houston are urging residents to prepare for worsening flooding after heavy rains that have led to high-water rescues and mandatory evacuation orders. "This threat is ongoing, and it's going to get worse. It is not your typical river flood," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the...

Congressman Cuellar Indicted on Bribery Charges

Texas Democrat and his wife accused of improper ties with Azerbaijan officials

(Newser) - Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas and his wife were indicted on conspiracy and bribery charges and taken into custody Friday in connection with a federal probe into ties between American business leaders and the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, per the AP . From 2014 to 2021, Cuellar and his...

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