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Police: Routine traffic stop leads to arrest of woman with pot, meth, heroin, cocaine
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:21:11 UT

According to the El Paso Police Department, Alyssa Nicole Estorga was arrested after police discovered an array of drugs in her car during a routine traffic stop. 

Teen in critical condition after shooting in Hockley
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:35:08 UT

Sheriff's deputies are investigating a shooting in northwest Harris County on Tuesday that sent one person to the hospital.

Texas improves to 41st nationally in child well-being report
dailytribune.net / Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:05:29 -0500
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A much-watched annual report shows Texas making slight improvements but still remaining among the 10 worst states to be a kid.

Homeless, but not voiceless, at Carnegie Hall
dailytribune.net / Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:42:48 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — They're homeless, but a group of men and women from Texas has made it to Carnegie Hall.

$5,000 reward offered after Houston security guard shot repeatedly
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:38:43 UT

Authorities are still searching for the man who repeatedly shot a security guard last month - but now Crime Stoppers has offered up a $5,000 reward for information in the case.

Report: CIA leader talked with Syrian regime about Austin Tice, journalist missing since 2012
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:50:13 UT

The New York Times is reporting that the CIA director spoke with a Syrian regime official in February about Austin Tice, a former Marine officer from Houston who became a journalist and went missing in 2012 while reporting on the civil war in Syria.

Tice's family has held out hope for nearly five years. He was abducted Aug. 14, 2012. He appeared in a video a month later but has not been heard from since. A Syrian official previously told the Associated Press the government has no knowledge of Tice's whereabouts.

Outside probe clears police chief in Miss Black Texas arrest
dailytribune.net / Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:12:16 -0500
COMMERCE, Texas (AP) — An outside investigation commissioned by an East Texas city reports it found no wrongdoing in the arrest of Miss Black Texas 2016.

Amber Alert issued for Stormie Clemmer, 15-year-old girl last seen in Alpine, Texas
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:27:41 UT

The Brewster County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing 15-year-old girl who is said to be in grave or immediate danger.

1 suspect in custody, 2 at large after police chase in northern Harris County
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:12:54 UT

One suspect is custody and at least two still on the loose after a Saturday night police chase.

Preparations underway for start of Bassmaster Open and carnival in Orange
beaumontenterprise.com / Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:37:08 UT
Work crews were busy throughout the day Wednesday as they set up for the carnival that will offer entertainment, games, and carnival fare for those attending this weekend's Bassmaster Open fishing tournament in Orange. The carnival is being run for the first time this year by Houston-based Texas Born Amusements. The event kicks off today, with fishing pros making their first weigh-in of the tournament at 3 p.m.

With little notice, DPS shortens driver’s license office hours
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:23:00 UT

Despite a two-year budget of $2.4 billion, the Texas Department of Public Safety, with little notice, has reduced office hours at 11 of the state's busiest driver's license offices and plans to lay off more than 100 full-time employees to deal with a $21 million funding crunch. The statewide police agency's primary function is to patrol state highways and issue driver's licenses, but in recent years has spent hundreds of millions on security operations along the 1,200-mile border with Mexico. DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said Monday the department is not allowed to use funds set aside for border security to offset shortfalls in other areas of operation, like the driver's license division. DPS executives, in a May 31 email to legislators and their staff obtained by the Houston Chronicle, explained that reductions in staff hours at 11 offices, along with closing two driver's license offices in Dallas and laying off 108 full-time employees, were necessary after the 2018-2019 funding for the division was reduced by 4 percent, or $7 million, in the upcoming state budget that begins Sept. 1. Rodriguez, the El Paso legislator, said cutting back on overtime for driver's license services for Texas taxpayers, while we pay millions to DPS for 'border security' overtime, again illustrates the departure of DPS from its core public service functions. Chronic problems at the DPS driver's license division have shown little improvement in recent years, despite a division that currently has 230 locations around the state and 2,100 employees, according a report by the Legislative Budget Board. Since 2012, the Legislature has given DPS an infusion of $310 million as part of a Driver License Improvement Plan, and eight service "mega centers" were opened across the state between 2013 and 2015. "The key point is to balance your workforce against the actual demand for in-person driver's license services on a weekly basis," said Bettencourt in a statement released by his office.

University of Texas takes issue with Gene Simmons’ devil horns’ copyright claim
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:59:46 UT

Of course most of us know that it is the American Sign Language gesture for love and also very similar to the University of Texas "hook 'em" gesture. 

Police find nearly $1 million worth of meth disguised as lollipops
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:44:00 UT

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said a foiled burglary led to the discover of lollipops made out of methamphetamine. Investigators believe the lollipops are targeted toward children. 

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