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Audrii Cunningham Suspect Charged With Capital Murder
Audrii Cunningham's
Cause of Death Released

Audrii Cunningham's Cause of Death Released

Texas 11-year-old died of injuries including blunt head trauma

(Newser) - Audrii Cunningham, the 11-year-old Texas girl found dead in a river this week after vanishing last week, died of homicidal violence including blunt head trauma, the medical examiner's office said Thursday, per the AP . Family and friends remembered the fifth-grader at a vigil Wednesday night, CNN reports. "No...

Judge: School's Dreadlock Punishment Is OK

Texas ruling says district didn't violate state law by penalizing student Darryl George for hairstyle

(Newser) - A Black teenager fighting his high school suspension in Texas over his hairstyle lost a round in court on Thursday. A state judge ruled that the Barbers Hill school district in Mont Belvieu did not run afoul of a new state law when it penalized Darryl George last year, reports...

NASA Puts Out Call for Volunteers: 'Martians Wanted'

Live and work in Mars simulator for a year to help space agency prep for the real thing

(Newser) - For those just itching to find out what it's like to live on the red planet, NASA has your dream job. The space agency is looking for four volunteers for its next mission to simulate life on Mars for a year. Selected applicants would actually be living in Houston,...

Missing Girl Left Home With &#39;Person of Interest&#39;
Body of Missing Texas Girl
Found in River

Body of Missing Texas Girl Found in River

Audrii Cunningham, 11, had been missing since last week

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. Authorities delivered a tragic update Tuesday on the search for 11-year-old Texas girl Audrii Cunningham , who had been missing since she didn't show up for school on Thursday. Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons said Audrii's body was found in the...

Only Clue in Texas Girl's Disappearance Is Backpack

Police have arrested a person of interest as they search for Audrii Cunningham, 11

(Newser) - Audrii Cunningham was believed to have been dropped off at her bus stop Thursday morning, but the 11-year-old never made it onto the bus and has not been seen since. The Polk County Sheriff's Office in Texas says it has arrested a man described as a person of interest...

Joel Osteen Lauds &#39;Heroes&#39; of Megachurch Shooting
Joel Osteen
Returns to
His Church

Joel Osteen Returns to His Church

Pastor praises law enforcement, his Houston megachurch's security team after Feb. 11 shooting

(Newser) - Lakewood Church was back in business on Sunday, a week after a shooting at Joel Osteen's megachurch in Houston left the shooter dead, her young son critically injured, and another man hurt. The congregation offered up prayers for the injured, as well as for 36-year-old shooter Genesse Moreno, while...

1 Dead, 5 Hurt After Car Crashes Through Texas ER Doors
Driver in Texas
Hospital Crash IDed

Driver in Texas Hospital Crash IDed

Meanwhile, official says aquarium probably saved lives by absorbing car's impact after ER crash

(Newser) - A large aquarium in the lobby of a Texas emergency room likely saved lives when it absorbed the impact of a car that smashed through the entrance, a hospital official says. The crash Tuesday evening at St. David's North Austin Medical Center killed the driver and injured five other...

Police Identify Megachurch Shooting Suspect

Genesse Ivonne Moreno was fatally shot by off-duty officers inside Lakewood Church

(Newser) - The woman who opened fire in Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch on Sunday has been identified as 36-year-old Genesse Ivonne Moreno, but many details, including the motive, remain unclear. The Houston Chronicle reports that Moreno, who was fatally shot by two off-duty officers working security inside Lakewood Church, was named...

Man Who Put Abortion Drug in Wife's Drink Gets Jail Time

It's 180 days behind bars for Texas lawyer Mason Herring

(Newser) - A Texas man who pleaded guilty to sneaking an abortion drug into his pregnant wife's drinks will serve 180 days behind bars and be on probation for 10 years, reports the AP . NBC News reports that Mason Herring is also barred from having any contact with either his estranged...

Students Rebel Against Phone Policy, Get a Big Warning

Houston superintendent threatens to suspend kids who walk out of high school over phone ban

(Newser) - Students who don't like their Texas school's new cellphone policy carried out a series of protests over the past week, and now their district's superintendent is warning of repercussions. Chron.com reports that "hundreds" of students at James Madison High School in Houston protested in front...

Coast Guard Was Inspecting a Port, Noticed Strange Barking

'Connie the Container Dog' was definitely an unexpected surprise

(Newser) - Keen ears on the part of a group of US Coast Guard inspectors led to the rescue last week of a dog trapped in a Texas shipping container. Bryan Wainscott, Ryan McMahon, Lucas Loe, and Jose Reyes were on the job Wednesday at the Port of Houston, randomly selecting containers...

2nd Member of Mahomes Family Lands in Legal Trouble

Patrick Mahomes Sr. gets DWI before son's Super Bowl game; QB's brother recently faced charges

(Newser) - The father of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was arrested in East Texas on at least his third charge of driving while intoxicated, according to jail records. The legal issue comes as the younger Mahomes prepares to lead his team into the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers...

Texas Has the Right to Secede, Haley Says
Haley Figures
Texas Can Secede

Haley Figures Texas Can Secede

'That's their decision to make,' former governor says

(Newser) - Nikki Haley returned to the subject of secession on Wednesday, saying Texas has the right to leave the union if it wants to. The Republican presidential candidate—whose campaign lines include "We have a country to save," per CBS News —made the comments in an appearance on...

Trump Leans Into Border as a Campaign Issue

Praises Texas for opposing federal Border Patrol

(Newser) - Donald Trump lavished praise Saturday on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for not allowing the Biden administration entry to remove razor wire in a popular corridor for migrants illegally entering the US. In a speech focused overwhelmingly on border security—potentially foreshadowing a big issue in the general election—Trump said...

Trump Urges States to Send Troops to Texas

25 GOP governors back Abbott in border dispute

(Newser) - Former President Trump has waded into the dispute between Texas and the federal government over razor wire along the Rio Grande , urging states to deploy National Guard members to Texas. "We encourage all willing States to deploy their guards to Texas to prevent the entry of Illegals, and to...

In States With Abortion Bans, This Number Stands Out

There were 520K rapes in 14 states, resulting in 64K pregnancies

(Newser) - In September 2021, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott insisted that his state's strict six-week abortion ban was adequate time for women to obtain an abortion, and that he would "eliminate all rapists" in his state, implying that pregnancies from rape in Texas would eventually no longer be an issue....

Suspect in Chicago Shooting Spree That Killed 8 Dies in Texas

Romeo Nance, 23, shot himself in confrontation with police

(Newser) - A man suspected of shooting and killing eight people in suburban Chicago is believed to have fatally shot himself after a confrontation with law enforcement officials in Texas, police said late Monday. Police in Joliet, Illinois, said on Facebook that at about 8:30pm Central time 23-year-old Romeo Nance was...

SCOTUS Says Border Agents Can Cut Texas' Razor Wire

Court ruled 5-4 on emergency appeal

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sided 5-4 with the Biden administration on Monday, allowing Border Patrol agents to cut through razor wire Texas officials installed along the border to deter migrants. Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar urged the justices to "restore Border Patrol's access to the border it is charged...

Texas Sets Up Legal Showdown Over Border

State rejects federal demand to give Border Patrol access to park along the Rio Grande

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has rejected the federal government's demand to give Border Patrol agents access to a park along the border in Eagle Pass by the end of Wednesday, setting up a legal showdown over border policy. In a letter to Homeland Security general counsel Jonathan Meyer,...

3 Migrant Drownings New Flashpoint in Border Debate
3 Migrant Drownings New
Flashpoint in Border Debate
the rundown

3 Migrant Drownings New Flashpoint in Border Debate

Feds accuse Texas of refusing to allow them to try to save woman, two children. Texas denies it

(Newser) - The drownings of a migrant woman and two children trying to cross from Mexico into Texas on Friday night has become the latest flashpoint in the immigration debate between Gov. Greg Abbott and the Biden administration. However, both sides have different stories about how the drownings unfolded:
  • Feds: Border Patrol

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