The death of Sandra Bland — a 28-year-old African-American woman from Naperville, Illinois– is being treated as a murder investigation, Waller County’s district attorney Elton Mathis announced Monday night.
In our news wrap Friday, a Texas grand jury will take up the case of Sandra Bland, a black woman who police say hanged herself Monday after being jailed for a traffic violation. Friends and family say they doubt she would have committed suicide. Also, Islamic State bombers set off a car bomb that killed more than 100 people near Baghdad. The blast brought down buildings in a busy marketplace. Continue reading
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush, at 91 the oldest living former president, was being treated at a hospital early Thursday for a broken bone in his neck suffered in a fall. Continue reading
Despite a recently passed law allowing licensed Texans to carry handguns in plain view, Whataburger, the iconic Texas restaurant chain, will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties.
Mammoth bones, prehistoric rock carvings and more than a million acres of wilderness will be protected as part of three new national monuments that President Barack Obama is creating in California, Nevada and Texas. Continue reading
Five new sites around the world, including the San Antonio Missions in Texas, were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status on Sunday, officials of the United Nation’s cultural and educational body announced during their annual meeting. Continue reading
Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum. Continue reading
The court is considering an emergency appeal from abortion providers in Texas, who want the justices to block two provisions of a state law that already has forced the closure of roughly half the licensed abortion clinics in the state. Continue reading
In dueling decisions Thursday about free speech, the Supreme Court upheld Texas’ refusal to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag and struck down an Arizona town’s restrictions on temporary signs put up by a small church. Continue reading