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Ex-BP Engineer From TX Convicted on 1 Obstruction Charge

Posted: 12/18/2013 - A former BP drilling engineer has been convicted of one charge that he deleted text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal probe of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A jury acquitted him of a second charge.

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Hearings Over Embattled UT Regent Resume

Updated: 12/18/2013 - Update- Lawmakers won't hear from an embattled University of Texas regent as they resume mulling whether to recommend impeachment. A House committee reconvenes Wednesday in the investigation of Regent Wallace Hall. He's accused of misusing his office in an attempt to force out Austin campus president Bill Powers. Powers' job is safe for now after receiving a cautious endorsement last week from UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. Both men have clashed over the direction of UT's flagship campus and are expected to testify in the Hall investigation. But Hall won't be speaking to lawmakers. He wasn't subpoenaed, and his attorney this week signaled concerns over lawmakers' intentions. The threat of impeachment is seldom seen in Texas politics. - A University of Texas System regent being investigated for possible impeachment won't testify as expected to lawmakers this week.

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Former Teacher Sentenced in Child Porn Case

Posted: 12/17/2013 - An ex-kindergarten teacher already sentenced to 60 years in a Texas child pornography case has received an additional 30-year sentence following an international exploitation investigation.

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Texas First-year Teacher Numbers Drop Sharply

Updated: 12/16/2013 - The number of new teachers in Texas has dropped sharply during the last four years, though education observers identify several different reasons for the trend.

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Texas Governor's Candidates Speak on Deadly Wreck

Posted: 12/16/2013 - The two presumptive front-runners in the race for Texas governor say they're outraged by a probation sentence given to a North Texas teen for a deadly wreck that killed four pedestrians

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New School Mascot Policy gets Preliminary Approval

Posted: 12/13/2013 - The Houston school district board has given preliminary approval to a policy that would prohibit the use of mascots considered offensive or culturally insensitive.

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Texas DPS Increasing Holiday Patrols For 3 Weeks

Posted: 12/13/2013 - during a three-week holiday reporting period. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the additional DWI patrols began Friday and run through Jan. 2. The period includes Christmas and New Year's Day.

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