Driver of deadly immigrant smuggling run pleads guilty

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The driver of a semitrailer packed with at least 39 immigrants, 10 of whom died, has pleaded guilty to making the deadly smuggling run. James Matthew Bradley Jr. pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in San Antonio to one conspiracy count and a count of transporting the immigrants resulting in death. He faces up to life…

To fund bid against Ted Cruz, former Corpus Christi mayor puts up building as prize in "essay and rib contest"

Dan McQueen is an unconventional candidate for unconventional times.  Months after wrapping up a 37-day stint as Corpus Christi mayor that saw him frequently lash out at critics over social media, McQueen is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican primary.  Now, he is rolling out a fundraising strategy that involves concise

Texas officials: Hurricane Harvey death toll rises to 88

Hurricane Harvey has directly or indirectly taken the lives of as least 88 Texans, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the Department of State Health Services.  The majority of deaths – 62 – were caused by wind, rain and floods, which led to drownings or trees falling on people.   Meanwhile, 26 deaths were caused by

Federal judge: Abbott was wrong to remove mock Nativity scene

A federal judge ruled against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision two years ago to remove a mock Nativity display from the Texas Capitol that advocated the separation and church state.   U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled late Friday that Abbott "violated [the Freedom From Religion Foundation's] clearly established First Amendment right to be

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