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Texas suit alleging fraud in border wall construction comes apart

Hidalgo County’s claims of improper enrichment by a former employee and his family are either dismissed or withdrawn. Employee sees vindication; the county says it could appeal or head to federal court.... Read more»

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New evidence in border wall kickback scheme could suggest wrongdoing beyond fraud

Fresh details have been alleged about a plan to make millions off the first border wall in Texas, with a court filing talking of kickback deals worked out over drinks and steak dinners.... Read more»

The Taking

How a Texas bureaucrat became a multimillionaire amid rush to build border fence

A decade ago as the federal government rushed to construct 60 miles of barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, it entrusted the chief of a little-known local agency to execute a compromise project. What it didn’t know was that he — and his family — stood to make millions from it.... Read more»

Days later, cause of Border Patrol agent's death still unclear

Days after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another seriously wounded in Texas, details as to what happened to the agents, or even whether they were attacked, are still scarce. ... Read more»

Five days after Harvey, here's where things stand in Texas

Nearly five days after the hurricane-turned-tropical storm first touched Texas soil, Harvey has broken state rainfall records and sparked unprecedented flooding across Southeast Texas and the city of Houston, where residents are desperate for relief. ... Read more»

Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey

As Texans in the Rio Grande Valley prepare for Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Border Patrol said its checkpoints north of the border will remain open.... Read more»

White nationalist rally at Texas A&M University has been canceled

The white nationalist rally planned on the campus of Texas A&M University has been canceled, officials confirmed Monday. ... Read more»

CBP to jumpstart construction of Trump’s border wall in Texas wildlife refuge

Customs and Border Protection indicates it will use its own funds to build 3-mile segment of wall amid one of the nation’s most cherished bird-watching locales, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande River in Texas.... Read more»

Video: Lawmakers fight in Texas amid immigration protests, ICE called by GOP rep.

On the last day of the regular session of the Texas Legislature, hundreds protested at the Capitol — and a Republican lawmaker called ICE on them. He also nearly came to blows with Democratic colleagues. With video.... Read more»

Texas governor jokes about shooting reporters after signing gun bill

After signing a bill and testing out a few guns at a shooting range Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott held up his bullet-riddled target sheet and joked, "I'm gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters."... Read more»

West Texas nuclear waste project on hold — for now

Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to temporarily suspend a review of its application to store tens of thousands of metric tons of spent nuclear fuel at its West Texas dump.... Read more»

Instead of a border wall, some Texans want parks, solar panels or levees

As the Trump administration moves ahead with plans for a barrier on the Rio Grande, Texans are weighing in on how the president should approach the project. And the ideas range from the comical to the practical. ... Read more»

Trump official implies border wall might go on Mexico side of Rio Grande

Though Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't say it directly, his remarks implied the border wall would have to go on the southern side of the Rio Grande River — in Mexico. ... Read more»

Scientists: Trump's border wall would devastate wildlife habitat

At the U.S.-Mexico border, scientists say existing fencing is hurting wildlife and warn that a continuous wall could devastate many species. The barriers in place have made it harder for animals to find food, water and mates. Many, like jaguars, gray wolves and ocelots, are already endangered.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent convicted of corruption but not Texas murder

Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna was found guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity, but a Cameron County jury acquitted him of murder. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agent's Texas murder trial begins

The capital murder case began in 2015 with the discovery of a headless body floating off South Padre Island. The trial of two men charged in the case — a U.S. Border Patrol agent and his Mexican-born brother — begins Tuesday in South Texas... Read more»

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