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A Texas inmate was executed Tuesday evening for the death of a corrections officer during a short-lived escape from prison six years ago.
Jerry Martin, 43, had requested that no additional appeals be filed on his behalf, clearing the way for his lethal injection.
From the death chamber gurney, Martin told relatives of the slain corrections officer that he was sorry. “I wish I could take it back, but I can’t,” he said.
Baylor students and Waco residents alike have strongly differing opinions about Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling concerning Texas abortion laws. Some celebrate the national and local effects of the upholding of Texas abortion restrictions, while others look ahead in anticipation of the progression of a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood opposing the restrictions.
Houston will provide health care and life insurance benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of city employees, officials announced Wednesday.
Eligible couples must have been married in other states as Texas bans same sex unions.
The announcement flouts an opinion issued in April by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that said local governments and school districts that offer same-sex domestic partner benefits are violating the state constitution. Houston’s decision also came after the Texas National Guard in September refused a Pentagon directive to process applications for military benefits for same-sex couples, citing the state law that does not recognize gay marriage.
A small number of social conservatives on Wednesday urged the Texas Board of Education to approve new science books that de-emphasize lessons on evolution and climate change, but the edits they seek may not have enough support to succeed.
The board’s 10 Republicans and five Democrats will vote later this week on new textbooks and e-books in math, science and technology that could be used starting next fall by most of the state’s five-plus million public school students.
Officials at the Dallas Zoo say they cannot explain how one lion was killed by another in full view of visitors and families watching the exhibit.
The female lion, 5-year-old Johari, was bitten on the neck by one of the male lions on Sunday afternoon, zoo officials said. Witnesses watched two lions approach Johari.
State health officials have connected a Central Texas compounding pharmacy to a bacterial outbreak that sickened 17 patients in Corpus Christi hospitals earlier this year.
Bacteria found in an unopened bag of sterile drugs at a local hospital was “indistinguishable” from that found in the blood of those sickened, Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/1jj8wko ).
By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Texas to continue enforcing abortion restrictions that opponents say have led more than a third of the state’s clinics to stop providing abortions. The justices voted 5-4 to leave in effect a provision requiring doctors who perform abortions in clinics […]
A conservative student group announced Monday they will play a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game” this week on the University of Texas at Austin, drawing condemnation from Democrats and a threat of expulsion from campus officials.
The Young Conservatives of Texas have planned the game for Wednesday. Members will wander the campus wearing signs that say “illegal immigrant,” and students who capture them and take them to the Young Conservatives’ recruiting table will get $25 gift certificates.
Many in Texas have no options for health coverage despite the aims of the Affordable Care Act.
Jan Gill is finishing her third semester at McLennan Community College. Stacking books in the library a few hours every day, she collects a paycheck from her work-study.
Workers operating a Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death in July recalled glitches with the safety features on the cars, according to police report.
Rosa Ayala-Goana died when she was ejected from the Texas Giant roller coaster July 19. One employee told police in the aftermath that the safety restraint on the car from which the Dallas woman fell 75 feet to the ground was “a little high, or not as tight as it should be,” The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday.