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Ryan, Thornberry return from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, joined Speaker Paul Ryan on a delegation to Afghanistan last week. Thornberry made the following statement as he and the Speaker concluded their visit: “After my visit to Kabul, I am more convinced than ever that we have the right team…

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O’Rourke raises $38.1M, triples Cruz despite sagging polls

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O’Rourke said Friday that he raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in the last three months, more than tripling the haul of his Republican opponent, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, in a Texas race that’s become one of the country’s hottest — if not its closest. O’Rourke said the funding came…

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West Texas an ‘extraction colony’ as oil, gas exports surge

By KIAH COLLIER of THE TEXAS TRIBUNE and JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS and RACHEL LEVEN of the CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY, The Texas Tribune and the Center for Public Integrity MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Drilling booms have come and gone in this oil town for nearly a century. But the frenzy gripping it now is different.…

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Border officials alarmed by migrants abandoned in the desert

By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Smugglers in recent weeks have been abandoning large groups of Guatemalan and other Central American migrants in Arizona’s harsh cactus-studded Sonoran Desert near the border with Mexico, alarming Border Patrol officials who say the trend is putting hundreds of children at risk. Collectively, more than 1,400 migrants…

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World War 2 airborne demonstration coming to Frederick

The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team prepares for their upcoming trip to Normandy, France, by hosting FIVE WWII aircraft, including “That’s All, Brother”, the lead aircraft into the WWII D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. The ADT will hold a formation flying clinic at their headquarters, Frederick Army Air Field, to develop the skills of the…

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Texas receives $2.6 million for public health response to opioid epidemic

The Texas Department of State Health Services has received $2.66 million to expand the state’s public health response to opioids over the next year. The grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help local health departments and health care providers prevent overdose deaths, enhance the available data on opioid use in Texas,…

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Federal prisoner dies in shooting at west Texas hospital

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a federal prisoner has died after what a west Texas hospital says was a shooting inside the hospital. The marshals service says in a news release that the prisoner died just before 6 p.m. Monday at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, about 330 miles (531 kilometers)…

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Search resumes for 4 people missing in west Texas flooding

JUNCTION, Texas (AP) — Authorities have resumed their search for four people missing since a recreational vehicle park was overrun by raging floodwaters in west Texas. Kimble County Sheriff Hilario Cantu says crews were searching Wednesday morning for the three men and one woman along the South Llano River in Junction, a town about 140…

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Texas Supreme Court asked to hear sex offender law challenge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has been asked to consider a challenge to the state’s retroactive sex offender laws that some say unfairly stack new punishments on those convicted in plea deals. More than 2,800 sex offenders remain on the Texas registry despite being no longer required to register under terms of…

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1 killed, 5 hurt when unfinished Dallas town house collapses

DALLAS (AP) — A construction worker is dead and five co-workers are hospitalized with injuries after a three-story town house they were building in Dallas collapsed during a thunderstorm. The collapse happened about 4 p.m. Monday about a mile (1.6 kilometers) west of the city’s downtown. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says 20 to 30…

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