Southwest Journalist

Man gets 8 years for South Texas cartel slaying

Zane Sparling

May 28, 2014

Filed under Front Page, Texas

  EDINBURG — A 20-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison in the South Texas slaying of a man who hired him to move a drug load for the Gulf Cartel. The Monitor in McAllen Juan Carlos Morin was sentenced...

Houston leaders approve nondiscrimination measure

Tara Bryant

May 28, 2014

Filed under Texas

JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON — Houston leaders on Wednesday approved expanded anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents in a measure that critics argued would impede their religious liberties. The...

Fort Worth may have demolished the wrong home, again

Zane Sparling

May 28, 2014

Filed under Front Page, Texas

EMILY SCHMALL Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — Jorge Rodriguez was hoping for an early retirement to Aguascalientes in his native Mexico. Instead, the 56-year-old concrete pourer is suing the city of Fort Worth for...

Texas schools struggle with nutrition standards

Rebekah Wahlberg

May 28, 2014

Filed under Front Page, Texas

LISA GRAY Houston Chronicle HOUSTON — The big plastic trash can at Briscoe Elementary got a workout during lunch on a recent school day. Kindergartners plopped more than a third of their lunches into the bin. Left uneaten: an...

New Mexico biofuel plant explodes into flames

Zane Sparling

May 27, 2014

Filed under Texas

JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press ANTHONY, N.M. — A New Mexico biofuel facility caught fire Tuesday, sending a giant column of black smoke into the air and prompting authorities to briefly evacuate an area that included about 350 homes. A series of...

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