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Babysitter Set Man’s House On Fire While Watching Twin Boys

Austin authorities say a 57-year-old babysitter intentionally set a man’s house on fire while watching his twin 5-year-old boys.

08/22/2014

Sandra Johnson and Natalie Jeng two are accused of conspiring to steal more than $2 million from Garden Ridge Pottery. (Getty Images)

Contractor Serving 1,100 Foster Children Quits

The state will take over direct management of the care and service of about 1,100 foster children after the contractor it had hired canceled its contract.

08/01/2014

President Barack Obama orders BBQ at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, on July 10, 2014. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Fist-Bumps Cashier Who Said ‘Only When I Have Sex’ When President Asked If He’s Gay

President Barack Obama had a good laugh with a cashier at Franklin Barbecue in Austin last week during a surprise stop.

07/14/2014

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Cruz Sends Obama Map With Directions From Fundraisers To Border Towns

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has joined Texas Gov. Rick Perry in calling on President Barack Obama to visit the Mexican border personally, with Cruz sending Obama actual directions to the border from Obama’s planned fundraiser stops in Austin and Dallas.

07/09/2014

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Texas Game Wardens Target Drunken Boaters

Texas officials say game wardens arrested nearly 60 boaters for operating under the influence over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

07/08/2014

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Ex-Texas School Administrator Stole $500K In Check Scam

A Central Texas woman faces up to 15 years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $508,000 from a rural school district in a bogus checks scam.

06/24/2014

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Texas Asks Feds For $30 Million To Secure Border

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the U.S. Homeland Security secretary for $30 million so Texas can send more state troopers to the Texas-Mexico border to provide security while the Border Patrol is contending with an immigration surge.

06/12/2014

Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry speaks to supporters at the Victory Texas and Republican Party of Texas election night watch party at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch on Nov. 2, 2010 in Buda, Texas. (credit: Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

Perry to University Of Texas Regents: Don’t Rush To Raise Tuition

Republican Gov. Rick Perry is again opposing tuition hikes within the University of Texas System as the flagship Austin campus proposes pushing the average semester cost past $5,000.

05/14/2014

File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Legislator Sentenced to 15 Days In Jail After Drunk Driving Accident

A West Texas legislator has been sentenced to 15 days in jail over a 2013 drunken driving accident in Austin.

05/02/2014

A newspaper is reporting that an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office task force arrested at least 12 men since 2011 under a sodomy law that was invalidated a decade ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Officials Say Gang Membership Exceeds 100K

State public safety officials say they believe more than 100,000 people are members of gangs that are a threat to public safety in Texas.

04/17/2014

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