Updated: 5:08 AM Texas lawmakers adopted a state spending limit yesterday that may curtail their access to money to pay for property tax relief or teacher pay raises. The action in Austin came despite a record budget surplus.
Updated: 5:05 AM Texas Congressman Ron Paul has taken the first step toward launching a second presidential bid -- this time as a Republican. The iconoclastic nine-term congressman from Lake Jackson yesterday filed incorporation papers to create a presidential exploratory committee. The physician was the Libertarian nominee for president in 1988.
Updated: 4:59 AM A Lackland Air Force Base lab which works to improve the safety of troops is under threat of closing by fall. Air Force budget plans outline closing the Force Protection Battlelab at Lackland and doing away with its 23 jobs by fiscal 2008. It's one of seven similar labs targeted by the Air Force as it tries to reduce costs.
Posted: 2:31 AM The US ambassador to Greece is condemning a rocket attack on the US Embassy in Athens Friday. Charles Reis says "there can be no justification for such a senseless act of violence." The embassy was occupied at the time but no one was hurt.
Updated: 2:37 AM The remains of a badly decomposing body are being examined by Brazos County authorities after a gruesome discovery Thursday night. Sheriff's officials worked through the night at the site, located on FM 159 just west of Navasota.
Updated: 5:09 AM As he recovers at home from hip replacement surgery, former President George H.W. Bush is already thinking about jumping out of an airplane --- again. Bush plans to mark his 85th birthday in June 2009 by skydiving like he did when he turned 80.
Posted: 9:37 PM Death row inmate Carlos Granados has been executed Wednesday night over the 1998 stabbing death of a Georgetown boy in a domestic dispute.
Updated: 9:55 PM In an address to the nation, President Bush has committed more than 20,000 additional American troops to Iraq. The President says that the situation there is "unacceptable" to him and to the American people and his plan is a "strong commitment." Plus, reaction to the speech.
Posted: 4:46 PM The Democratic-controlled House has overwhelmingly voted to increase the minimum wage by more than $2, to $7.25 an hour. The vote was 315-to-116. It would be the first increase for the nation's lowest-paid workers in almost ten years.
Updated: 5:00 AM Appeals are pending as Carlos Granados faces execution tonight over a 1998 deadly stabbing in Georgetown during a domestic dispute. The victim was his girlfriend's three-year-old son -- Anthony Jiminez. Katherine Jiminez suffered from some two dozen stab wounds -- but survived to testify against Granados.
Updated: 4:58 AM A man accused of repeatedly stabbing a five-year-old girl with an ice pick is facing capital murder charges. Twenty-one-year-old Michael Eugene Moorman of Morgan is accused of stabbing the girl in the chest and then stabbing himself.
Updated: 4:55 AM The Texas House has voted 121-to-27 to keep Tom Craddick as speaker. The vote came after Representative Jim Pitts dropped out of the speaker's race late Tuesday.
Posted: 10:13 PM Bond has been set a $30,000 for a Spring man accused of injuring his infant twins. Joshua Powell, 26, remains in the Montgomery County jail charged with two felony counts of injury to a child.