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‘Texas system unconstitutional’
LMTonline.com / Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:46:48 -0500
AUSTIN — A judge declared Texas’ school finance system unconstitutional for a second time Thursday, finding that even though the Legislature pumped an extra $3 billion-plus into classrooms last summer, the state still fails to provide adequate funding or distribute it fairly among wealthy and poor areas.

Cigarroa to receive honor
LMTonline.com / Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:46:48 -0500
As a young attending physician, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa was mesmerized by radiologist Julio Palmaz, long recognized for inventing the world’s first heart stent.

LCC, TAMIU ink new deal
LMTonline.com / Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:01:03 -0500
A new agreement between Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University streamlines the transfer of LCC students into TAMIU’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering Program.

Teen writes book, hopes to see it as TV series
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:00:00 UT
(AP) — While many teen girls are concerned with the latest fashions, cell phones and their friends, 15-year-old Abby Summers has bigger issues — like how to convince major Hollywood producers to turn her book into a television series. Summers has recently published her first book, "The Unknowns," and while that might be satisfaction enough for some people, Summers is already planning the second book in what will be a trilogy and will be pitching her book before producers in Los Angeles in September, The Batesville Daily Guard reported (http://bit.ly/1oyMO26 ). Summers' fictional book, "The Unknowns," centers around six teenagers who awake to find themselves in a forest and make their way to a place called Ataxia. The main character, Alex, is adopted and raised in an abusive home with alcoholic parents and has learned to survive on her own — a trait she would need to survive. Summers' book shows she's got quite an imagination as it is a far cry from her real life with parents Mark and Crystal and brother, Andrew, 17, who has Bardet-Biedl syndrome with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that will eventually take his sight. Summers was chosen by her publisher, Xlibris, as one of 10 authors to participate in an Author Solutions Pitchfest, an event that allows authors to deliver their story ideas for movie and TV show adaptation directly to Hollywood decision-makers. Attendees will attend a workshop to practice their pitch and then be given two minutes to pitch their idea to representatives from a variety of agencies, studios, management and production companies. Selected authors will be given an opportunity to pitch via video conference to Tom Jacobson, who has produced Ferris Bueller's Day Off, ''Flashdance, and Christmas Vacation.

Man gets jail for drugs
LMTonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:32:00 -0500
A man who attempted to smuggle 15 kilograms of cocaine through a Border Patrol checkpoint south of Hebbronville was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Laredo to 37 months in prison.

Green Party picks candidate
LMTonline.com / Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:07:16 -0500
It took less than 10 minutes for the Webb County Green Party to select its candidate for Pct. 1 Webb County commissioner.

Truck stop shooting
LMTonline.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:52:04 -0500
Laredo police shot and killed a man early Saturday at a truck stop in West Central Laredo after receiving a report of a person armed with a weapon.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa arrested in West Texas for pot
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 25 May 2014 19:33:39 UT
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say rapper Wiz Khalifa has been arrested in West Texas for marijuana possession. A statement from El Paso police says because Khalifa traveled without identification, a search was ordered and Transportation Security Administration agents found a canister with marijuana.

Energy reform education deal signed by institutions
LMTonline.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:36:16 -0500
Local, state and Mexican officials gathered last week in Monterrey, Mexico to establish a partnership — one based on the education of energy reform — between TAMIU and La Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León.

3 vehicles damaged in drive-by shooting
LMTonline.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:05:19 -0500
A drive-by shooting in South Laredo left three vehicles damaged, according to a Laredo Police Department spokesperson.

Zetas member gets prison in arms case
LMTonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:32:00 -0500
An alleged Zetas drug cartel member was sentenced Wednesday in a Laredo federal court to 93 months in prison for conspiring to smuggle firearms and grenades into Mexico.

Legal fees adding up
LMTonline.com / Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:01:03 -0500
The legal representation for the Democratic candidate for Pct. 1 Webb County commissioner embroiled in a sexual harassment lawsuit cost taxpayers more than $80,000, county officials said.

Empty Bowls event on Friday at LEA
LMTonline.com / Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:03:26 -0500
The magic of Motown music hits the Laredo Energy Arena on Friday night.

Brazilian teen studies at UHS
LMTonline.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:05:19 -0500
A foreign high school student traveled 4,983 miles to learn about the culture of the United States while pursuing his studies.

1¢ difference
LMTonline.com / Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:05:25 -0500
Webb County commissioners will hold a public hearing this morning on a proposed new property tax rate.

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