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Nov 24, 2014

University of Texas acquires archives of literary giant García Márquez

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 24 (Reuters) – A research library at the
University of Texas has acquired the archives of Nobel
Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez, whose spellbinding
stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for
millions of readers around the world.

García Márquez, who died in April at 87, was best known for
“One Hundred Years of Solitude,” a dream-like, dynastic epic
that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Nov 21, 2014

Activists seek clemency for terminally ill Texas death row inmate

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Activists delivered a petition to Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday with more than 100,000 signatures seeking the release of a death row inmate they say is terminally ill and only has weeks to live.

The governor’s office was not immediately available to comment on the petition launched by religious groups and activists including the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Max Soffar, convicted in the July 1980 slaying of three people at a Houston bowling alley.

Nov 21, 2014

Texas school board approves textbooks criticized for religious bent

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The Texas State Board of
Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on
Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books
exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the
U.S. system of government.

The Republican-controlled 15-member body voted along party
lines to approve the use of the textbooks for all ages of
students in the second-most populous U.S. state, with about 5
million children in the public school system.

Nov 21, 2014

Texas school board to vote on textbooks criticized for religious bent

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday plans to vote on whether to approve textbooks criticized for exaggerating the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government.

The Republican-controlled 15-member body will be voting whether to approve the use of more than 100 textbooks for all ages of students in the second-most populous U.S. state, with about 5 million children in the public school system.

Nov 20, 2014

Three charged with suspected $1.5 mln oil theft from Texas fields

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Three people have been
indicted for stealing shale oil over three years worth an
estimated $1.5 million by driving it off in trucks that were
supposed to be disposing waste water, according to court
documents obtained on Thursday.

Texas residents Victor Manuel Guerra, 37, Juan Martin
Bernal, 49, and Carlos Samuel Pena, 25, have been charged with
theft from an interstate shipment, wire fraud and money
laundering, according to an indictment unsealed this week.

Nov 19, 2014

Six Flags, German firm reach settlement in Texas roller coaster death

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Amusement park operator
Six Flags and a German roller coaster maker have reached
a settlement with the family of woman who was killed last year
when she plunged to her death from a roller coaster at a park in
Texas, they said in a statement.

Six Flags and Gerstlauer Amusement Rides of Germany reached
the deal with the family of Rosy Esparza. Her family had been
seeking more than $1 million in damages but terms of the
settlement were not disclosed, a lawyer for the Esparza family
said on Wednesday.

Nov 19, 2014

Powerful Texas school board hears testimony on contentious textbooks

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The Texas Board of Education, a group whose decisions can set the tone for school districts nationwide, heard testimony on Tuesday on a new set of school history and social studies textbooks that critics say advance Christian ideology.

The Republican-controlled 15-member body will be voting this week on whether to approve more than 100 books for use by students from elementary to high schools in the second-most populous U.S. state. Once textbooks are approved by Texas, they often are marketed nationally.

Nov 18, 2014

Texas aims to extend border protection surge with Mexico through August

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas plans to spend nearly $90 million to extend through August 2015 a show of force along its border with Mexico that includes the deployment of up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops, officials said on Tuesday.

Governor Rick Perry, a Republican who is making the move due to what Texas sees as a lack of federal action, has requested $86.1 million in spending from Dec. 1 through August for the deployment, which has been criticized by Democrats in the state as wasteful and the Mexican government has called irresponsible.

Nov 17, 2014

Skull-fetching retriever helps solve Texas escaped prisoner case

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The case of a convicted sexual predator who was one of the most wanted men in America after escaping from a federal detention facility in Texas has been solved with the help of a 15-year-old Labrador retriever who discovered the man’s skull.

The dog, named Carly, found the skull in September and brought it to the Austin home of her owners. DNA testing indicates it belongs to Kevin Patrick Stoeser, who had been convicted of sexually abusing children, Hector Gomez, a supervisory deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service, said on Monday.

Nov 10, 2014

Texas Governor Perry gets support in felony case from bipartisan lawyers

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – A bipartisan and high-profile group of lawyers on Monday filed a brief seeking to have abuse of power felony charges against Texas Governor Rick Perry thrown out, arguing the indictment against him is constitutionally flawed.

Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, has said he was within his rights as governor in vetoing funds for a county prosecutor, a veto that resulted in the two felony charges being laid against him.