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Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's efforts to discourage and disrupt the flood of tens of thousands of people crossing the border illegally.

Ethics panel fines conservative activist $10,000

| |Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

Texas Ethics Commission rules that Michael Quinn Sullivan, head of advocacy group Empower Texans, is an unregistered lobbyist. He says he is a journalist and will appeal the fine to a court.

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.

2014: A costly election year

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

More than $1.3 million has been raised in some local legislative and statewide races.

Efforts to boost air quality getting little traction in DFW

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

Despite warnings from experts about the effect on public health in Dallas-Fort Worth, government officials still haven’t developed comprehensive policies or solutions to the region’s ozone problem.

U.S. officials to leaders in Central America: ‘Do you want your children back?’

| |Sunday, Jul. 20, 2014

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, questions whether migrant children should be piled into makeshift shelters in North Texas and elsewhere.

Immigration debate plays out on I-30 bridges in Arlington

| |Saturday, Jul. 19, 2014

Protests against illegal immigration and counter-protests are expected this weekend across the nation.

Prison roof in Texas collapses, 19 inmates injured

|Saturday, Jul. 19, 2014

Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals.

State uses payday lender as a payment option for traffic violators

| |Saturday, Jul. 19, 2014

Critics say the state shouldn’t steer customers to Irving-based ACE Cash Express, which just agreed to pay $10 million to settle allegations of illegal debt-collection tactics.

Oscar de la Renta exhibit opens at Bush library

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

As former first lady Laura Bush gazed at the elegant knee-length Oscar de la Renta dress and coat she wore to the swearing-in ceremony at her husband's 2005 inauguration, she recalled that white turned out to be the perfect color choice.

Davis’ campaign finance reports don’t match her fund-raising claims

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

Republicans accuse Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis of using “fuzzy math and Enron-style accounting to artificially inflate her cash on hand and obscure the fact that a large number of the contributions she claims are not made directly to her campaign.”

Correction: Switzerland-Obit-Winter story

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

In a story July 17 about the death of Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Winter's last performance was on July 12 at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria. His last performance was on July 14 at the Cahors Blues Festival in southwestern France, not July 12 in Austria.

Tarrant County dollars flow into the race for lieutenant governor

| |Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014

Republican Dan Patrick has raised $7.8 million overall since declaring his candidacy for lieutenant governor, compared with Democrat Leticia Van de Putte’s nearly $2.3 million.

Slot machine-like devices at Texas racetracks?

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

Texas racetracks need the electronic boost, supporters say.

Heavy rains soak parts of North Texas, more on way

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

More than 10 inches of rain has fallen in Cooke County, forcing authorities to close Interstate 35 for several hours near Valley View.

Panhandle judge rules that Hank Skinner should stay on Death Row

| |Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014

Gray County judge rules that the results of DNA tests wouldn’t have changed the death penalty verdict at Hank Skinner’s trial in 1995.

Abbott claims his gubernatorial campaign has an unprecedented war chest

| |Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014

Democrat Wendy Davis of Fort Worth actually out-raised Republican Greg Abbott in the latest reporting period, but the

For Patriot Guard Riders, it’s ‘show up and show respect’

| |Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014

The mostly motorcycle group that attends funerals of veterans and first responders now has 2,200 members in North Texas.

Suit over Confederate flag sent back to lower court

|Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014

Appeals court says a state board violated the First Amendment rights of the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans when it refused to allow a specialty license plate with a rebel battle flag.

Feds: Texas voting maps deliberately discriminated

| |Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department told judges Monday that Texas lawmakers carefully crafted electoral maps marginalizing minority voters despite the state’s exploding Hispanic population in a deliberate effort to racially discriminate and protect conservative incumbents.