Texas

A tanker truck travels on FM 2067 between Austin and Victoria in April 2018.

Damage from heavy trucks has battered local roads in and around the state's oil fields, and many counties want the state to help pay for repairs and maintenance. Will lawmakers take action?

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W.C. Steinmann says his family roots in Texas date back to 1882.

The 74-year-old rancher lives in DeWitt County, between San Antonio and Victoria, an area surrounded by oil and natural gas fields. Steinmann and other local property owners say the oil and gas boom is destroying the rural road system.

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The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,244 in 2017 — more than 500 fewer than 2016.

“We’re encouraged by the decrease in dog attacks,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo in San Diego, where postal employees suffered 46 attacks — the fifth ranked city in 2017. “The totals are still too high, but we’re confident that with continuing education and dog bite prevention training, along with advancing technology, we can keep more people safe and keep attacks trending downward.”

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Photo illustration by Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over Texas' congressional and state House maps. But you don't have to wait until then to see the frustration boiling over in the long-winding litigation.

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Everyone in the Texas redistricting fight is ticked off.

In their latest brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the voting and minority rights groups challenging Texas' political maps painted Republican state lawmakers as “opportunistically inconsistent in their treatment of appearance versus reality.”

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Cody Shry of Pinehurst (facebook.com photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sixty-four outstanding high school anglers from across the country have been named to the 2018 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

The students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.

In Texas Thomas Martin of Jewett and Cody Shry of Pinehurst were selected, with Derek Pietsch of Montgomery and Gabriel Talley of Willis named honorable mention.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law. These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in March.

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Judge Raquel West sentenced Kirt Vavasseur, 32, to 15 years in prison for committing second-degree felony online solicitation of a minor. Vavasseur was also sentenced concurrently to 10 years in the Institutional Division in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on three other charges of online solicitation related to the same investigation.

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AUSTIN – The king mackerel recreational bag limit increases from two to three fish per person, per day on Friday, March 16. In January, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a temporary exception that increases the daily bag limit of king mackerel from two to three fish in state water. This exception is effective until Aug. 31, at which time a new statewide regulation currently under review may also increase the daily bag limit from two to three fish.

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Spectrum outage draws long lines

UPDATED: New information includes Spectrum spokesperson Brian Anderson's claims that revealing the number of affected customers is "proprietary," as well as clarifying information to denote the fact that the company's decision to no longer serve its customers with analog programming (instead of strictly digital, which requires fee-based equipment) was solely under Spectrum's purview.

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A 45-year-old Kountze man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced Feb. 28.

John Edward Burns pleaded guilty on Aug. 16, 2017, to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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AUSTIN – For Texas anglers and fisheries biologists alike, heavy rainfall early in the year signals the beginning of a very exciting event – the annual 

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