Timeline Texas (B) 2016-Present

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2016        Jan 6, In Texas Iraqi refugee Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan (24) of Houston, was indicted on three charges that he tried to provide material support to extremists.
    (AP, 1/8/16)

2016        Jan 20, Texas executed Richard Masterson (43) for the 2001 strangulation of Darin Shane Honeycutt, which he claimed was accidental.
    (SFC, 1/21/16, p.A6)

2016        Jan 25, Officials said a Texas grand jury investigating allegations that a US abortion provider sold organs of aborted fetuses instead indicted two anti-abortion activists who secretly filmed the group.
    (AFP, 1/26/16)

2016        Mar 9, In Texas Coy Wesbrook was executed for killing 5 people, including his ex-wife, in a 1997 shooting rampage.
    (SFC, 3/10/16, p.A5)

2016        Mar 12, In Texas police Officer K. Levi fatally shot an unarmed man suspected of damaging a traffic sign and charging the officer three times in Houston.
    (SFC, 3/14/16, p.A54)

2016        Mar 13, In Texas off-duty suburban Dalla police Officer Ken Johnson (35) saw a vehicle being burglarized and gave chase. An altercation ensued and Johnson fatally shot Jose Raul Cruz (16) and wounded another juvenile. Johnson was arrested on March 16 on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
    (SFC, 3/18/16, p.A6)

2016        Mar 15, Flooding caused by days of heavy rain forced the closure of a section of I-10, a major east-west US highway on the Louisiana-Texas border along the rising Sabine River.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)

2016        Mar 16, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Saudi Arabian Oil Co. said they will split up the assets of their joint US venture, which will see the kingdom's state-owned producer take full ownership of America's biggest oil refinery. The Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, had been part of a 50-50 joint venture between the two companies called Motiva Enterprises LLC, which formed in 1998.
    (AP, 3/17/16)

2016        Mar 17, In Texas Nika (5) and Michaela (1), the daughters of Ukraine-born concert pianist Vadym Kholodenko (b.1986), were found smothered to death in their Fort Worth suburban home. In 2018 a judge ruled that his estranged wife, Sonya Tsygankova, was not guilty by reason of insanity.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vadym_Kholodenko)(SFC, 7/16/18, p.A4)

2016        Mar 22, In Texas Adam Ward (33) was executed in Huntsville for shooting and killing code enforcement officer Michael Walker (44) in 2005.
    (SFC, 3/22/16, p.A6)

2016        Apr 3, In Texas freshman Haruka Weiser was strangled, sexually assaulted and killed as she walked to her dorm in Austin. Her body was found on April 5.
    (http://tinyurl.com/j68je5s)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A5)

2016        Apr 5, In Texas the body of Haruka Weiser (18), a dance major from Portland, Oregon, was discovered in a creek near the Univ. of Texas alumni center and football stadium in the heart of campus. On April 8 police announced the arrest of a suspect. On June 10 Meechaiel Criner (17), a runaway from the state’s foster care system, was indicted on a capital murder charge.
    (AP, 4/8/16)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A5)

2016        Apr 8, In Texas an airman shot his commander in an apparent murder-suicide at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
    (SFC, 4/9/16, p.A6)

2016        Apr 13, In Texas a jury convicted Dallas-area Dr. Jacques Roy and six co-defendants of fraud for allegedly processing almost $375 million in false Medicare and Medicaid claims.
    (SFC, 4/14/16, p.A5)

2016        Apr 30, In Texas a grandmother and 4 of her grandchildren were killed and another person also died in floods caused by storms that unleashed tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains on several central US states.
    (Reuters, 5/1/16)

2016        May 7, Voters in Austin, Texas, rejected a $9 million campaign by Lyft and Uber to overturn a requirement for fingerprinting drivers for ride-hailing companies. In response Uber and Lyft on May 9 halted services Austin.
    (SFC, 5/9/16, p.A5)(SFC, 5/10/16, p.D1)

2016        May 12, The Obama administration said public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. Politicians in Arkansas, Texas and elsewhere soon vowed defiance.
    (SFC, 5/13/16, p.A8)(SFC, 5/14/16, p.A6)

2016        May 14, In Texas 8 people were killed and 43 were injured after a charter bus heading to a casino in the town of Eagle Pass rolled over on the highway.
    (AFP, 5/14/16)

2016        May 27, Record rainfall and severe flooding hit hard parts of southeast Texas. By May 30 least 6 people person were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 5/27/16)(SFC, 5/31/16, p.A5)

2016        Jun 1, The Brazos River in Texas surged to its highest in more than a century in an area outside of Houston. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood watch for large parts of the state and said storms lasting until the weekend could send even more rivers over their banks.
    (Reuters, 6/1/16)

2016        Jun 2, In Texas a new round of storms dumped more rain on flood-hit parts of the state, threatening to aggravate already swollen rivers, deluge homes and force more evacuations.
    (Reuters, 6/2/16)
2016        Jun 2, In central Texas a US Army troop carrier overturned in a swollen Fort Hood creek, killing 9 soldiers.
    (Reuters, 6/3/16)(AFP, 6/4/16)

2016        Jun 14, In Texas armed Walmart worker Mohammad Moghaddam (54) was shot and killed by police in Amarillo after he took two people hostage following a work-related dispute.
    (SFC, 6/15/16, p.A7)

2016        Jun 19, In Texas the Blue Origin space company completed its fourth successful unmanned rocket launch and safe landing using the same New Shepard vehicle.
    (SFC, 6/20/16, p.A4)

2016        Jun 27, The US Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down Texas’s widely replicated rules that sharply reduced abortion clinics in the state.
    (SFC, 6/28/16, p.A7)

2016        Jun 28, In the Texas Panhandle three Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway workers were missing after two freight trains collided.
    (SFC, 6/29/16, p.A4)

2016        Jul 7, In Dallas, Texas, Micah Johnson (25), a US Army reservist who served in Afghanistan, gunned down 5 officers before being killed in a standoff with police. Seven more officers were wounded in the attack that ended when police used a robot bomb to kill Johnson, who told them he wanted to kill white officers. Police took three people into custody.
    (Reuters, 7/8/16)(AFP, 7/9/16)

2016        Jul 8, Thousands of protesters marched in US cities late today, one day after a black extremist shot dead five cops who were protecting a peaceful march against police brutality in Dallas, Texas.
    (AP, 7/9/16)

2016        Jul 16, In Texas an inmate killed corrections officer Mari Johnson (55) near the kitchen of the Robertson Unit in Abilene.
    (SSFC, 7/17/16, p.A10)

2016        Jul 20, A Texas voter identification law, considered the strictest in the nation, was struck down in a federal appeals court that ruled it discriminated against minorities and the poor. The court ruled it must be changed before the November elections.
    (CSM, 7/21/16)

2016        Jul 28, In Texas a Fort Worth police officer shot and paralyzed David Collie (33), a black man, as he walked away from the officer. A police dash cam video showed the encounter with Collie posing no immediate threat. Collie was charged with aggravated assault but a grand jury declined to indict him.
    (http://tinyurl.com/gusy73z)(SFC, 12/29/16, p.A6)

2016        Jul 30, In central Texas 16 people were killed when a hot air balloon crashed in a fiery blaze on a rural field outside the town of Lockhart, one of the deadliest such accidents in history.
    (AFP, 7/30/16)

2016        Jul 31, In Austin, Texas, Teqnika Moultrie (30) was killed and three other women were rushed to a local hospital with gunshot wounds. The shooter was still at large. A second, separate shooting incident in the area took place just minutes later. On August 3 Endicott McCray (24) was arrested outside Atlanta and charged with the murder of Moultrie. Police said McCray had been trying to settle a score with his brother-in-law.
    (AFP, 7/31/16)(SFC, 8/5/16, p.D7)

2016        Aug 9, Texas reported its first Zika-related death after a baby girl whose mother traveled to El Salvador while pregnant died two weeks ago shortly after birth in a suburban Houston hospital.
    (AP, 8/10/16)

2016        Aug 22, In Texas a woman was killed after a truck carrying airbag parts made by Japan's troubled Takata exploded in a massive fireball on a highway in Maverick County. The woman was in a house 30 feet (9m) away from the explosion. It appeared that the supply truck was in a road accident that caused a fire and then the deadly explosion.
    (AFP, 8/30/16)

2016        Nov 16, The US Geological Survey said the Wolfcamp Shale geologic formation in the Midland area of West Texas could yield 20 billion barrels of oil.
    (SFC, 11/17/16, p.A8)

2016        Nov 20, In San Antonio an ambush-style attack left Detective Benjamin Marconi dead. Otis Tyrone McKane, the attacker in Texas, was arrested the next day. In 2021 McKane (36) was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death.
    (SFC, 11/21/16, p.A6)(SFC, 11/22/16, p.A6)(AP, 8/7/21)

2016        Dec 1, In Texas the city of Corpus Christi first received a “dirty water report" from the oil refiner Valero owned administration building at the asphalt plant leased to Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions and city workers flushed the pipe. On Dec 7 a 2nd report came from the same building and the main was flushed. On Dec 13 the city warned residents to stop using the public water supply forcing school closures and a run on bottled water. On Dec 14 the city released a map showing where it was safe to drink water. On Dec 18 the four-day ban on drinking from the public water supply was lifted.
    (SFC, 12/16/16, p.A9)(SFC, 12/17/16, p.A7)(SSFC, 12/18/16, p.A20)(SFC, 12/19/16, p.A5)

2016        Dec 4, In Texas Deputy Dora Linda Nishihara (69) was killed and two others were injured when two vehicles plunged into a water-filled sinkhole in San Antonio.
    (SFC, 12/6/16, p.A6)

2016        Dec 14, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would choose former Texas governor Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy, calling him "one of the most successful governors in modern history".
    (CSM, 12/14/16)

2016        Dec 31, In Texas a federal judge granted a temporary injunction that stope federal health officials from enforcing rules that are intended to ban discrimination by doctors and hospitals against transgender people.
    (SSFC, 1/1/17, p.A8)
2016        Dec 31, In Texas three people were killed when two small planes collided near McKinney.
    (SFC, 1/2/17, p.A4)

2016        In Texas the firefighters and policemen of Dallas began pulling money out of the underfunded pension fund. Mayor Mike Rawlings sued to stop them.
    (Econ, 12/10/16, p.72)

2017        Jan 1, In Texas an accidental pesticide poisoning left four children dead. Phosphine gas was likely released when a father used a garden hose to wash away a pesticide under a mobile home.
    (SFC, 1/4/17, p.A6)

2017        Jan 6, In southern Texas three duck hunters went missing. Their bodies were recovered the next day near Matagorda Bay.
    (SFC, 1/9/17, p.A5)

2017        Jan 16, US astronaut Eugene Cernan (b.1934), the last man to walk on the moon, died in Houston, Texas. Cernan, James Lovell and John Young were the only three astronauts to voyage twice to the moon.
    (Reuters, 1/17/17)(SFC, 1/17/17, p.A5)

2017        Jan 22, In Texas one person was killed and five others injured after two men robbed a jewelry store in San Antonio. One robber was wounded and the 2nd was arrested later that night.
    (SFC, 1/23/17, p.A5)

2017        Jan 26, In Texas Terry Edwards (43) was executed for a fatal 2002 robbery in in Dallas that left two Subway employees dead.
    (SFC, 1/27/17, p.A6)

2017        Feb 1, Texas Rep. Gov. Greg Abbott blocked funding for the first time over sanctuary cities after Austin’s Sheriff Sally Hernandez said she would stop honoring all immigration holds in her jails following Pres. Trump’s inauguration.
    (SFC, 2/2/17, p.A4)

2017        Feb 5, In Texas Tom Brady led the New England Patriots on five straight scoring drives that equaled 31 straight points. The last touchdown wrapped up a 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the first-ever overtime in the Super Bowl's 51-year history.
    (AP, 2/6/17)

2017        Feb 14, In Texas storms packing heavy rains, lashing winds and tornadoes hit the Houston metropolitan area, ripping roofs off homes, blowing windows out of frames and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.
    (Reuters, 2/14/17)

2017        Feb 21, A federal judge ruled that Texas cannot cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by antiabortion activists in 2015.
    (SFC, 2/22/17, p.A4)

2017        Feb 25, In Texas Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Lizana (35) was sentenced to three months of confinement, one month of hard labor and given a dishonorable discharge following his conviction of misconduct with eight women.
    (SFC, 2/27/17, p.A4)

2017        Mar 7, Texas executed Rolando Ruiz was executed for the 1992 contract killing of Theresa Rodriguez (29) orchestrated by her husband and brother-in-law.
    (SFC, 3/8/17, p.A5)

2017        Mar 8, Wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas left 6 people dead along with some 2,500 adult cattle and 1,000 calves.
    (SFC, 3/9/17, p.A7)

2017        Mar 10, A panel of federal judges in the Western District of Texas ruled 2-1 that three Congressional districts must be redrawn. The two judges who sided with the plaintiffs found that the way in which these three districts were drawn amounted to an unconstitutional dilution of the Hispanic vote.
    (CSM, 3/11/17)

2017        Mar 14, Texas executed James Bigby (61) for the 1987 killing of a father and his infant son.
    (SFC, 3/15/17, p.A5)

2017        Mar 16, James Cotton (b.1935), pioneering harmonica player, died in Austin, Texas. He helped established the harmonica as an integral part of modern blues.
    (SFC, 3/18/17, p.A7)

2017        Mar 27, French energy company Total announced the launching a multi-billion-dollar petrochemical joint venture in Texas as it tries to profit from the "business-friendly environment" under the current US administration.
    (AP, 3/27/17)

2017        Mar 28, The US Supreme Court voted 5-3 to reverse a Texas appeals court ruling that said Death Row inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled in the 1980 murder of a Houston grocery store clerk.
    (SFC, 3/29/17, p.A4)

2017        Mar 29, In Oklahoma and Texas six people were killed and nearly 200,000 customers were without electric power after overnight storms brought tornadoes, torrential rain and hail to large parts of the states.
    (Reuters, 3/29/17)(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A12)
2017        Mar 29, In southwestern Texas a small shuttle bus carrying church members home from a retreat collided with a pickup truck killing 13 people in Uvalde County. The pickup driver, Jack Dillon Young (20), said he had been texting while driving.
    (SFC, 3/30/17, p.A12)(SFC, 4/1/17, p.A7)

2017        Apr 3, In Texas William Kenny (64) shot and killed Deputy Clinton Greenwood, a Houston area constable, outside a courthouse. Kenny shot and killed himself the next day outside a Houston hospital.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A4)

2017        Apr 7, In Texas a woman fatally shot her stepfather, critically injured her mother and killed two other people in the Houston area before killing herself.
    (SSFC, 4/9/17, p.A6)

2017        Apr 20, A US federal court found that a Republican drawn map setting the boundaries of Texas statehouse districts violates the US Constitution by intentionally discriminating against minority voters.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A5)

2017        Apr 24, In Texas a man fatally shot his female supervisor and then killed himself in a Dallas office building.
    (SFC, 4/25/17, p.A5)

2017        Apr 27, Texas lawmakers approved SB4, a bill that penalizes local officials who fail to cooperate with federal immigration authorities by allowing police to inquire into the legal status of people who are merely detained rather than arrested.
    (Econ, 5/6/17, p.26)

2017        Apr 29, In eastern Texas multiple tornadoes ripped through the town of Canton late today, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others. Authorities warned the number of casualties could rise.
    (Reuters, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 29, In Texas Jordan Edwards (15), a black youth, was killed by police fire as he and other teenagers were driving away from a party in a Dallas suburb. Police Officer Roy Oliver (37), who fired into the car full of teens, turned himself in on May 5 after being charged with murder. He was released after posting a $300,000 bond. On August 28, 2018, Oliver was convicted of murder.
    (SFC, 5/2/17, p.A5)(AFP, 5/6/17)(SFC, 8/29/18, p.A7)
2017        Apr 29, In Texas three people were killed when an air ambulance crashed in Amarillo.
    (SSFC, 4/30/17, p.A6)

2017        May 1, Univ. of Texas student Kendrex White (21) stabbed at least four people, killing one and wounding the others, before surrendering to police in Austin.
    (SFC, 5/2/17, p.A6)

2017        May 4, In Texas office workers found nearly 400 migratory birds of brilliant plumage killed after they smashed into an office tower in Galveston while flying in a storm. More than 20 species were represented among the 395 birds that died.
    (AP, 5/6/17)

2017        May 7, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law focusing on sanctuary cities that lets police ask about a person’s immigration status and threatens sheriffs with jail if they do not cooperate with federal authorities.
    (SFC, 5/8/17, p.A4)

2017        May 21, Weather caused power outages, flooding and structural damage at the World Trade Bridge between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Traffic was suspended pending further notice.
    (AP, 5/22w/17)

2017        May 22, Swiss specialty chemicals maker Clariant and The Woodlands, Texas-based Huntsman Corp. said they are merging to create a company with a market value of $13.8 billion through an all-stock transaction.
    (AP, 5/22/17)

2017        May 29, In Texas hundreds of protesters opposing the state’s tough new law against sanctuary cities staged a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas State House prompting lawmakers below to scuffle.
    (SFC, 5/30/17, p.A7)

2017        Jun 2, In Texas three police officers were wounded in Laredo in a shootout with Antonio Geraldo Rodriguez (55), a suspect in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.
    (SSFC, 6/4/17, p.A6)

2017        Jun 10, In Texas South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo (28) emerged from 30 competitors to claim the $50,000 award and a gold medal in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held every four years in Fort Worth.
    (AP, 6/11/17)

2017        Jun 22, Tropical storm Cindy moved inland near the Louisiana-Texas border, bringing heavy rainfall and life-threatening conditions over the northern Gulf Coast.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra added four more US states subject to its state-sponsored travel ban for alleged discrimination against the LGBT community. Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas joined Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
    (SFC, 6/23/17, p.D1)

2017        Jun 29, In Texas Andrew Bice (34) opened fire on two police officers in San Antonio as they proceeded to question him about a vehicle break-in. Officer Miguel Moreno was shot in the head and died the next day. Bice was killed in the shootout.
    (SFC, 7/1/17, p.A6)

2017        Jun 30, The Texas Supreme Court ruled that gay spouses may not be entitled to government-subsidized workplace benefits.
    (SFC, 7/1/17, p.A6)

2017        Jul 2, Texas authorities said they have found the bodies of a man and a girl inside a Dallas home. Shavon Randall (13) was abducted June 28 in Lancaster. Agents a day earlier arrested Devontae Owens (24) and Laquon Wilkerson (30) and charged them with aggravated kidnapping.
    (SFC, 7/3/17, p.A4)

2017        Jul 10, In Texas Dr. Howard Gregg Diamond (56) was arrested on charges that included conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Federal prosecutors said he wrote prescriptions that contributed to the overdose deaths of at least seven people over a four year period.
    (SFC, 7/13/17, p.A4)

2017        Jul 21, In Texas Ivan Velasquez-Caballero of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was sentenced by a federal judge in Laredo to serve 30 years in a US prison and forfeit $10 million for his drug-related crimes. Velasquez-Caballero (47) was expected to face deportation following his release from prison.
    (AP, 7/22/17)

2017        Jul 23, In Texas 8 people were found dead after emergency crews pulled dozens of smuggled migrants from a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer heat. A ninth victim died at the hospital. Adan Lara Vega (27) had been told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride. Instead, the Mexican laborer climbed with his friends into a pitch-black, metal tractor-trailer compartment that lacked ventilation -- a deadly oven that would claim 10 lives. Driver James Bradley Jr. (60) was later charged under a federal law against knowingly transporting people who are in the country illegally. On April 20, 2018, Bradley was sentenced to life in prison. 
    (AP, 7/24/17)(SFC, 7/25/17, p.A1)(SFC, 4/21/18, p.A6)

2017        Jul 25, In El Paso, Texas, the bodies of three Guatemalan nationals were recovered after they drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico.
    (SFC, 7/26/17, p.A5)

2017        Jul 27, Texas executed TaiChin Preyor (46) for the 2004 slaying of Jami Tackett (24), identified by court records as his drug supplier in San Antonio.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.A6)

2017        Aug 3, In Texas Peter Zuccarelli (62) of Plano pleaded guilty to federal charges that he smuggled circuits abroad for use by space programs in China and Russia.
    (AP, 8/4/17)

2017        Aug 13, Police in Texas acting on a tip found 17 immigrants locked inside a tractor-trailer parked at a gas station about 20 miles (30 km) from Mexican border.
    (AP, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 18, Texas authorities said a monthlong sting operation in Houston has led to the arrest of more than 250 sex buyers and traffickers.
    (SFC, 8/19/17, p.A5)

2017        Aug 19, In Texas a park ranger in Houston arrested Andrew Schneck (25) as he tried to plant explosives on the statue of Confederate Lt. Richard Dowling.
    (SFC, 8/22/17, p.A6)

2017        Aug 25, Category 4 hurricane Harvey struck coastal Texas this evening, the most powerful storm to hit the US mainland in more than a decade.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)

2017        Aug 26,  A second person was killed as Harvey, the most powerful storm to hit Texas in more than 50 years, roared inland, knocking out power to more than 230,000 people and threatening catastrophic flooding.
    (Reuters, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 27, Tropical Storm Harvey unleashed catastrophic flooding in Houston, turning streets in Texas' largest city into raging rivers as trapped residents climbed to higher floors and the death toll rose.
    (AFP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 28, In Texas federal engineers released water from Houston area reservoirs in hopes of controlling rushing currents as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to dump more rain on the city. Local officials reported 10 deaths possibly related to the storm.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)(SFC, 8/29/17, p.A9)

2017        Aug 29, Texas officials said Houston reservoirs that have contained heavy rains from Tropical Storm Harvey are starting to overflow, forcing authorities to release more water into the city's swollen drainage system to alleviate pressure on two dams.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)

2017        Aug 30, In Texas a federal judge temporarily blocked most of the state’s tough new “sanctuary cities" law that would have allowed police to inquire about people’s immigration status during routine interactions. The law was to take effect on Sep 1.
    (SFC, 8/31/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 30, Tropical Storm Harvey bore down on eastern Texas and Louisiana, bringing the catastrophic downpours that paralyzed the US energy hub of Houston with record rainfall and drove tens of thousands of people from their homes.
    (AP, 8/30/17)

2017        Aug 31, A federal judge in Austin blocked Texas from banning a common second trimester abortion procedure.
    (SFC, 9/1/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 31, The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey drenched northern Louisiana as it moved inland. Rescuers searched homes around Houston and in the hard-hit southeastern coast for more survivors and victims as the storm killed at least 35 people.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, A Houston-area chemical plant that lost power after Harvey engulfed the area in floods was rocked by fires and two explosions. Local authorities said the resulting smoke presented no danger to the community at all.
    (AP, 8/31/17)

2017        Sep 1, In Texas rescuers searched painstakingly through flooded neighborhoods across the southeast for people stranded by Hurricane Harvey's deluge as President Donald Trump asked Congress for $7.85 billion in federal disaster relief. 50 people were feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In Texas a raging fire and thick black smoke erupted this evening from Arkema SA's flood-damaged chemical plant, 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Houston, for the second time this week.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)

2017        Sep 2, US Pres. Donald Trump returned to Texas for a 2nd time and visited with some of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. At least 44 deaths were blamed on the storm that damaged at least 156,000 dwellings in Harris County.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A11)

2017        Sep 3, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said damage from Hurricane Harvey would exceed that of epic hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, likely reaching $150 billion to $180 billion. It was later reported that Harvey caused an estimated $125 billion in damage statewide.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)(SSFC, 10/14/18, p.A10)

2017        Sep 4, Officials said the confirmed death toll in southern Texas from Hurricane Harvey rose to at least 60 across 11 counties. The death toll was soon raised to at least 70 with some 200,000 homes destroyed or damaged.
    (SFC, 9/5/17, p.A4)(SSFC, 9/10/17 p.A13)

2017        Sep 10, In Texas seven people were found dead in Plano after police responded to reports of shots being fired inside a residence. Officers killed the suspected shooter.
    (SFC, 9/11/17 p.A4)

2017        Sep 12, In Texas Alfred Lockett (48) was shot and killed in an Austin drug store parking lot. Witnesses said the shooting culminated a high-speed confrontation involving two cars that ended in the store lot. Suspect Juan de Dios Carbajal-Jaimes (18) fled to Mexico.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y73wxaa9)(AP, 11/2/17)

2017        Sep 13, The US federal flood insurance program estimated it will make $11 billion in payments through the government-run program for flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)

2017        Sep 14, In Texas crews removed a statue of Robert E. Lee from the Lee Park in Dallas and put it into storage at an abandoned naval air station.
    (SFC, 9/16/17 p.A4)

2017        Sep 28, The US EPA said an unknown amount of sediments contaminated with dioxins have washed down from a Houston-area Superfund site during flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
    (SSFC, 10/1/17, p.A9)

2017        Sep 29, In Texas Kyriakos Savvas Georghiou (27) surrendered to Houston police after decapitating his mother and wounding his father in a stabbing attack.
    (SFC, 10/3/17, p.A4)

2017        Oct 9, Texas Tech. Univ. police Officer Floyd East was killed while booking student Hollis Daniels III (19). Daniels fled the scene but was soon recaptured and confessed to killing East.
    (SFC, 10/11/17, p.A7)

2017        Oct 12, Texas inmate Robert Pruett (38) was executed for the 1999 death of corrections officer Daniel Nagle.
    (SFC, 10/13/17, p.A8)

2017        Oct 21, In Texas all five of America's living former presidents took the stage at a benefit concert at Texas A&M to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern United States and Caribbean.
    (AFP, 10/22/17)

2017        Oct 24, In Texas the body of Sherin Mathews, who was adopted in 2016 from an orphanage in India, was found in in a culvert in Richardson, a Dallas suburb. She had been missing for two weeks. An autopsy report later said she was a victim of homicide. Wesley Mathews, her father, was charged with felony injury to a child. Sini Mathews, her mother, was charged with child abandonment.
    (AP, 1/3/18)

2017        Nov 1, The Houston Astros won game 7 of the baseball World Series (5-1) against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
    (SFC, 11/2/17, p.D2)

2017        Nov 5, In Texas Devin Patrick Kelley (26), a man thrown out of the US Air Force for beating his wife and child, shot and killed 26 people using an assault rifle in the First Baptist Church in rural Sutherland Springs, where his in-laws had sometimes worshipped before shooting himself. In 2021 a federal judge found the US government 60% responsible for harm caused to victims in the mass shooting. In 2022 a federal judge said the Air Force must pay more than $230 million in damages to victims' families and survivors.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)(Reuters, 7/7/21)(SFC, 2/8/22, p.A7)
2017        Nov 5, In New Mexico a small plane crashed near the Hatch airport killing all four occupants from Texas.
    (SFC, 11/7/17, p.A5)

2017        Nov 7, President Donald Trump, speaking in South Korea, said tougher gun laws would not have prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more restrictions might have led to more casualties.
    (AP, 11/7/17)

2017        Nov 8, Texas executed Mexican citizen Ruben Ramirez, for the February 1997 killing of his cousin Mayra Laguna (16).
    (SFC, 11/9/17, p.A6)

2017        Nov 9, In Texas Larry Anthony Quinn Thomas of Copperas Cove was fatally shot in a drug deal gone bad. Shooting suspect Andrew Sommervold (21) was arrested on Dec. 3 in Pittsburg, Ca. His sister (16) was taken into custody in Vallejo, Ca., on March 19 for her role in the murder. Two others involved in the murder, Jamiroquai Ejiawoko (17) and Joshua Vega (23), were arrested on November 15.
    (SFC, 3/22/18, p.D2)

2017        Nov 13, In Texas Matt Ellis (20), a Texas State Univ. fraternity pledge, was found unresponsive at an off-campus apartment after attending an initiation ritual with Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members.
    (SFC, 11/18/17, p.A6)

2017        Nov 18, In Texas US Border patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez (36) was killed and his partner seriously injured late today while on patrol in Culberson County. They were apparently bludgeoned with rocks and a possible ambush was cited.
    (SFC, 11/20/17, p.A5)(SFC, 11/21/17, p.A8)

2017        Nov 22, The Washington Post reported that US Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, had told a woman in 2015 that he would complain to US Capitol Police if sexually explicit photos of him and other material from their relationship were to be publicly exposed.
    (SFC, 11/24/17, p.A8)

2017        Nov 23, Texas state Trooper Damen Allen (41) was shot and killed during a traffic stop near Fairfield, 90 miles south of Dallas. Suspect Dabrett Black (32) was arrested hours later in Hempstead, 110 miles from the scene of the shooting.
    (SFC, 11/25/17, p.A5)

2017        Nov 30, US Rep. Congressman Joe Barton of Texas announced his retirement following new reports that he had carried on multiple extramarital relationships before his 2015 divorce.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)

2017        In the US 23 convicted killers were executed this year, including seven from Texas, more than any other state.
    (SFC, 1/19/18, p.A6)

2018        Jan 5, Astronaut John Young (b.1930) died at his home in Houston. He commanded the Apollo 16 lunar voyage and walked on the moon in April, 1972.
    (SSFC, 1/7/18, p.C11)

2018        Jan 8, In Texas a man, a woman and their two young sons were shot to death in Galveston in an apparent murder-suicide.
    (SFC, 1/9/18, p.A5)

2018        Jan 18, Texas carried out the nation’s first execution this year. Anthony Allen Shore (55), known as Houston’s “Tourniquet Killer" was executed for the 1992 killing of a woman (21), one of four female victims.
    (SFC, 1/19/18, p.A6)

2018        Jan 22, In Texas a girl (15) was injured in a shooting at her high school cafeteria and a boy (16) was taken into custody in the town of Italy, 45 miles south of Dallas.
    (SFC, 1/23/18, p.A6)

2018        Jan 25, In Texas FBI agents raided a Houston residence about a day after Ulises Valladores (47) was kidnapped for ranson by men claiming to be part of a Mexican cartel. Valladores was fatally shot during the rescue attempt. In September his family sued the FBI agent who killed him alleging illegal search and seizure and wrongful death.
    (SFC, 9/13/18, p.A5)

2018        Jan 30, In Texas William Rayford (64) of Dallas was executed by lethal injection for the 1999 slaying of his ex-girlfriend while on parole for killing his estranged wife.
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.A6)

2018        Feb 1, In Texas John David Battaglia was executed by lethal injection for the 2001 killing of his daughter Faith (9) and her sister Liberty (6) during a scheduled visit, while their mother listened helplessly on the phone.
    (SFC, 2/2/18, p.A6)

2018        Feb 8, In Texas one man died after he and three others were stabbed during a church service at a private home in Corpus Christi. Suspect Marco Antonio Moreno immediately surrendered.
    (SFC, 2/9/18, p.A6)

2018        Feb 13, In Texas Mohommad Ali (57) was sentenced to one year in prison and his wife, Sumaiya Ali (49), received 30 months for lying about the Islamic State group activities of their two sons in the Middle East. The whereabouts of the brothers was unclear.
    (AP, 2/14/18)

2018        Feb 22, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spared the life of convicted killer Thomas Witaker (b.1979) shortly before the man’s scheduled execution. Witaker had been convicted of masterminding the Dec. 10, 2003, fatal shooting of his mother and brother.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Bartlett_Whitaker)(SFC, 2/23/18, p.A5)

2018        Feb 23, In Texas a gas explosion at a newly renovated house in Dallas killed a girl (12) and injured four other members of her family.
    (SFC, 2/26/18, p.A4)

2018        Mar 12, In Texas two package bombs a few miles apart killed a teenager and wounded two women in Austin. On March 2 a package in the city killed Anthony Stephan House (39). All the victims were minorities.
    (SFC, 3/13/18, p.A6)

2018        Mar 13, A "sanctuary cities" crackdown took effect in Texas after the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a divisive law backed y the Trump administration.
    (SFC, 3/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 13, Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists and France-based multinational Orano USA announced they are forming a joint venture to license an interim storage site in West Texas for high-level nuclear waste.
    (AP, 3/16/18)

2018        Mar 20, In Texas a package exploded early today at a FedEx distribution facility in the town of Schertz, in the San Antonio area, following a series of other blasts in Austin in recent weeks that police had attributed to a serial bomber.
    (AFP, 3/20/18)

2018        Mar 21, In Texas a white man suspected of carrying out a series of deadly parcel bombings in Austin blew himself up early today as police closed in. He was identified as Mark Anthony Conditt (23), a college dropout.
    (AFP, 3/21/18)(SFC, 3/22/18, p.A6)

2018        Mar 23, In Texas the Iraqi parents of a girl (16) were arrested and charged with attacking her for refusing to wed an older man. The girl had run away from home to avoid the arranged marriage, for which the parents were to receive $20,000.
    (SSFC, 3/25/18, p.A10)

2018        Mar 27, Texas executed Rosendo Rodriguez III (29) for the slaying of a Lubbock woman, whose body was stuffed into a new piece of luggage and tossed in the trash. he had also confessed to killing a girl (16) and similarly disposing her body.
    (SFC, 3/28/18, p.A5)

2018          Mar, In Texas Billy Chemirmir (45) was arrested after he forced his way into an apartment  at a community for seniors in Plano. He was later charged with killing 18 older women in the Dallas area over a period of two years. In 2021 a mistrial was declared after a jury deadlocked (11-1) in his case.
    (SFC, 11/22/21, p.A5)

2018        Apr 6, The US states of Texas and Arizona announced plans to send National Guard troops to the southern border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered a thousands-strong deployment to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration.
    (AFP, 4/7/18)

2018        Apr 9, Arizona's GOP Gov. Doug Ducey sent 225 members of its National Guard to the Mexican border and pledged to deploy another 113 the following day to support Pres. Trump's plan to use the military to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking. The Republican governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have committed 1,600 Guard members to the border.
    (SFC, 4/10/18, p.A5)(SFC, 4/11/18, p.A4)

2018        Apr 12, In Texas a federal jury convicted Steve Stockman, a former state Congressman arrested in March 2017, on fraud and conspiracy charges for misusing charitable donations to pay for personal and political expenses.
    (SFC, 4/13/18, p.A5)

2018        Apr 15, Deadly spring storms that spawned tornadoes in the US South and blizzards in the Plains and Midwest continued to blast across the region. About 70,000 homes and businesses were without power across Michigan, New York, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.
    (Reuters, 4/15/18)

2018        Apr 17, Barbara Bush (92), the wife of former US President George H.W. Bush, died at her home in Houston.
    (AP, 4/18/18)

2018        Apr 24, In Texas two officers and a security employee were wounded at a shooting at a Dallas Home Depot store. Officer Rogilio Santander died of his wounds the next day. Suspect Armando Louis Juarez (29) was apprehended following a police chase.
    (SFC, 4/26/18, p.A4)

2018        Apr 25, Texas executed Erick Davila by lethal injection for killing a girl (5) and her grandmother in a gang-related shooting at a child's birthday party in 2008.
    (SFC, 4/26/18, p.A4)

2018        May 2, Texas-based Boy Scouts of America announced a new name: Scouts BSA, to take effect in February.
    (SFC, 5/3/18, p.A4)

2018        May 16, Texas executed Juan Edward Castillo (36) for the shooting and robbery of a man (19) more than 14 years ago. Castillo had said he was not involved in the fatal San Antonio "lovers' lane" killing.
    (SFC, 5/17/18, p.A6)

2018        May 18, Dimitrios Pagourtzis (17) went on a shooting rampage at his high school in Santa Fe, Texas, killing 10 people and wounding at least 10 others. He carried out the attack with a shotgun and a .38 revolver that were legally owned by his father. Sabika Sheikh (17), an exchange student from Pakistan, was among the 10 students and staff slain at Santa Fe High School.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)(AP, 5/23/18)

2018        May 23, In south Texas Claudia Gomez (19) of Guatemala was shot and killed by a border patrol officer who opened fire after several people reportedly attacked the agent with blunt objects in Rio Bravo.
    (Reuters, 5/26/18)

2018        May 25, In Texas police officer Robert Lee (59) shot and killed his brother, deputy sheriff Rocky Lee (57). Robert Lee was arrested the next morning at his home in Stagecoach. Both men were off duty at the time.
    (SSFC, 5/27/18, p.A8)

2018        May 30, A Texas jury convicted Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval (34), a Mexican national, of capital murder in the 2014 killing of off-duty Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr. He was also convicted of attempted capital murder for shooting and wounding Vega's father.
    (AP, 5/31/18)

2018        May 31, In Dallas Mickael Gedlu held up a "Kill Trump" sign across from the Adolphus Hotel shortly before the arrival of Pres. Donald Trump for a fundraiser. Police detained Gedlu as he screamed out "kill the president." On April 24, 2020, Gedlu (36) was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
    (SFC, 4/27/20, p.A4)

2018        Jun 3, In Texas a man on a moped drove onto a football field in Dallas and opened fire on spectators as a game was being played. Five people were wounded. The gunman escaped.
    (SFC, 6/5/18, p.A4)

2018        Jun 12, In Texas 55 people, suspected of entering the country illegally, were discovered in a tractor-trailer late today in San Antonio.
    (SFC, 6/14/18, p.A5)

2018        Jun 17, In Texas deputy sheriff Jose Nunez (47) was arrested in Bexar County following accusations of assaulting a girl (4) and threatening her Guatemalan mother with deportation if she reported him.
    (SFC, 6/19/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 17, In south Texas at least five people were killed and several others injured when an SUV carrying more than a dozen people crashed while fleeing from Border patrol agents.
    (SFC, 6/18/18, p.A6)

2018        Jun 19, Houston city leaders denounced a federal government plan to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in their city. Since early May more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care.
    (AP, 6/20/18)

2018        Jun 27, In Texas inmate Danny Paul Bible (66) was executed for a 1979 rape and murder in Houston. He had been accused of at least four killings and nine rapes.
    (SFC, 6/28/18, p.A6)

2018        Jul 20, Cardiologist Dr. Mark Hausknecht (65) was fatally shot by a fellow bicyclist at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Joseph James Pappas (62) was later accused of the killing. On August 3 Pappas fatally shot himself during a confrontation with authorities. Pappas' mother had died in April 1997 on the doctor's operating table.
    (SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A11)(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A6)

2018        Jul 27, A Texas doctor was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in her 70s. Nigeria-born Dr. Donald Ozumba (45) had six other sex assault cases pending and could face a life sentence.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 27, In Texas Richard Starry (60) fatally shot four relatives late today before killing himself in suburban Corpus Christi.
    (SSFC, 7/29/18, p.A9)

2018        Aug 4, In Texas the estranged wife of Jean Pierre Ndossoka found their two children fatally stabbed at a Houston home. The next day police found Ndossoka (61) with a self-inflicted guinshot wound in his car. He was expected to survive.
    (SFC, 8/6/18, p.A4)

2018        Aug 9, In Texas federal prosecutors said Dwayne Caraway, the Pro Tem mayor of Dallas, had accepted more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes. Caraway pleaded guilty to two federal charges and has resigned from the Dallas City Council.
    (SFC, 8/10/18, p.A6)

2018        Aug 27, A US federal judge in Seattle blocked the Trump administration from allowing a Texas company to post  online plans for making untraceable 3D guns. Company owner Cody Wilson began selling his blueprint plans online the following day.
    (SFC, 8/28/18, p.A10)(SFC, 8/29/18, p.A5)

2018        Aug 28, US federal immigration agents raided Load Trail Trailers in Sumner, Texas, and arrested 160 workers following a tip that the company was hiring illegal workers.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y9t5wpmh)(SFC, 8/30/18, p.A5)

2018        Sep 1, In Texas O'Shea Terry (24), a black man, was shot and killed during a traffic stop. In 2019 police Officer Bau Tran was fired and charged with negligent homicide in the case.
    (SFC, 5/20/19, p.A4)

2018        Sep 4, In Texas the body of Melissa Ramirez (29), a mother of two, was found dead with a shot to the head in rural Webb County. Border patrol agent Juan David Ortiz (35) later admitted to having shot her a day earlier.
    (SFC, 9/17/18, p.A5)

2018        Sep 6, Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger (30) shot and killed neighbor Botham Jean (26) after she said she mistook his apartment for her own. Guyger was arrested on Sept. 9 on a manslaughter charge. On Nov 30 a grand jury indicted Guyger for murder. In December a federal judge ruled that the city of Dallas was not liable for the shooting.
    (AP, 9/7/18)(SFC, 9/10/18, p.A10)(SFC, 12/1/18, p.A7)(SFC, 12/30/19, p.A4)

2018        Sep 13, In Texas Claudine Anne Luera (42) was found shot and left in a road. The mother of five died later in the day at a hospital in Webb County. Her killing was later attributed to Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz.
    (SFC, 9/17/18, p.A5)

2018        Sep 14, Texas police disrupted the robbery of patrons in a bar in Fort Worth. Undercover police officer Garret Hull (40) was shot in the head and one of the robbers was killed in an exchange of fire. Hull died the next day. Two suspects were arrested.
    (SFC, 9/15/18, p.A5)(SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A12)

2018        Sep 15, In Texas US Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz was arrested in Laredo for the murder of four women, believed to have worked as prostitutes. Erika Pena managed to escape from him on Sept. 14 and notified authorities. Two other victims were killed after Pena ran off. In December Ortiz was charged with capital murder.
    (SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A14)(SFC, 9/17/18, p.A5)(SFC, 12/6/18, p.A6)

2018        Sep 20, Texas woman Yanette Rodriguez Acosta (35) was sentenced to 88 months in federal prison for her role in what investigators called a "virtual kidnapping" extortion scam with ties to Mexico. Prosecutors say there were no kidnappings.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 20, Taiwan said it is looking for Cody Wilson, the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints to make untraceable 3-D printed guns, wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.
    (AP, 9/20/18)

2018        Sep 21, Texas authorities in Freeport found 540 packages of cocaine in 45 boxes of bananas donated to a state prison.
    (SFC, 9/24/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 21, Cody Wilson (30) officially resigned from his Texas company that sells blueprints for making untraceable 3-D printed guns.
    (SFC, 9/26/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 21, Fabrizio Stabile (29) of New Jersey died of a rare "brain-eating amoeba" after visiting the BSR Cable Park and Surf Resort in Waco, Texas. In 2019 his mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking more than $1 million.
    (SFC, 4/18/19, p.A5)

2018        Sep 23, In Texas Cody Wilson (30) was booked into Harris County Jail in Houston early today and was being held on $150,000 bond after being arrested in Taiwan on Sept. 21, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl.
    (AP, 9/23/18)

2018        Sep 24, In Texas the Dallas police chief dismissed Officer Amber Guyger, who was charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting of Botham Jean (26).
    (SFC, 9/25/18, p.A7)
2018        Sep 24, A federal judge in Texas sentenced John Portillo (59), the national vice-president of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Prganization, to two consecutive life terms  and another 20 years for directing a violent racketeering and drug trafficking enterprise.
    (SFC, 9/26/18, p.A6)

2018        Sep 26, Texas executed drug dealer Troy Clark (51) for drowning his former roommate Christina Muse of Tyler in his bathtub in May 1998.
    (SFC, 9/27/18, p.A4)

2018        Sep 27, Texas executed Daniel Acker (46) for fatally running over his girlfriend, Marquetta George, in 2000.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A4)

2018        Oct 13, In southern Texas gunfire erupted a a toddler's first birthday party leaving four men dead in Taft.
    (SFC, 10/15/18, p.A6)

2018        Nov 3, In Texas newlyweds Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman were killed along with a pilot in a helicopter crash hours after they were married at a rach in Uvalde.
    (SFC, 11/6/18, p.A6)

2018        Nov 14, The US Customs and Border Protection announced that it has awarded a $167 million contract to build 8 miles (13 km) of border wall in south Texas.
    (AP, 11/14/18)

2018        Nov 17, In Texas a privately owned vintage WWII Mustang fighter crashed in Fredericksburg after participating in a flyover for a museum event. The pilot and a passenger were killed.
    (SFC, 11/19/18, p.A4)

2018        Nov 30, George H.W. Bush (94), the 41st president of the United States, died in Houston.
    (AP, 12/1/18)

2018        Dec 4, Texas executed Joseph Garcia (47), a member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners, for the fatal shooting of a Dallas police officer on Christmas Eve in 2000. He was the 22nd inmate put to death in the US this year and the 12th in Texas.
    (SFC, 12/5/18, p.A4)

2018        Dec 11, Texas executed Alvin Braziel Jr. for the 1993 robbery and slaying of Douglas White (27), who was attacked as he and his wife walked on a jogging trail.
    (SFC, 12/12/18, p.A5)

2018        Dec 13, Apple announced plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas.
    (SFC, 12/14/18, p.D1)

2018        Dec 14, In Texas federal Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed to appeal. On Dec. 30 O'Connor stayed his ruling to allow for appeals.
    (AFP, 12/15/18)(SFC, 12/31/18, p.A5)

2018        Dec 30, In Texas a driver fired several shots into a car carrying a family, killing Jazmine Barnes (7) and wounding the child's mother in the Houston area. A tip implicated two black men in a case of mistaken identity. Suspect Eric Black Jr. was arrested on Jan. 5 during a traffic stop. Black and Larry Woodruffe (24) were soon charged with capital murder.
    (SFC, 1/2/19, p.A4)(SFC, 1/8/19, p.A6)(SFC, 1/9/19, p.A6)

2019        Jan 3, In Texas three children were found killed and their mother Kimaria Nelson (24) beaten and severely wounded by a pellet gun in Texas City. Junaid Hashim Mehmood, the father of one of the children was soon arrested and charged with murder.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yb43d96j)(SFC, 1/5/19, p.A6)
2019        Jan 3, In Oklahoma and Texas car crashes in a winter storm left four people dead over the last 24 hours.
    (SFC, 1/4/19, p.A4)
2019        Jan 3, Texas lawyer Herb Kelleher (b.1931), co-founder of Southwest Airlines, died. He became chairman of the airline in 1978 and CEO in 1982.
    (SFC, 1/4/19, p.D2)

2019        Jan 4, In Texas Jenna Scott and her friend Michael Swearingin disappeared. Their bodies were later found in a shallow grave in Clearview, Oklahoma. Cedric Marks (44) was arrested this month in Michigan on a burglary charged related to Scott's house in Temple, Texas.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7986eun)(SFC, 2/4/19, p.A4)

2019        Jan 16, In Texas a child (9) was fatally shot by a cousin (9) while playing with a gun in Houston.
    (SFC, 1/18/19, p.A5)

2019        Jan 23, In Texas boxer John Duane VanMeter was fatally shot at his home in Uvalde. A boy (12) was later charged with capital murder.
    (SFC, 1/28/19, p.A4)

2019        Jan 25, A Texas official said some 95,000 non-US citizens have been identified on voter rolls going back to 1996 and that some 58,000 are believed to have voted in at least one state election.
    (SSFC, 1/27/19, p.A12)

2019        Jan 28, In Texas four undercover narcotics officers were shot and wounded during a gun battle that broke out when they tried to serve a search warrant at a home in the Houston area where drugs, including black tar heroin, were being dealt. A 5th police officer was also injured. Two suspects were killed.
    (SFC, 1/29/19, p.A5)

2019        Jan 30, Texas inmate Robert Jennings (61) was executed for the July 1988 fatal shooting of Officer Elston Howard during a robbery at an adult bookstore.
    (SFC, 1/31/19, p.A5)

2019        Jan 31, It was reported that officials were force-feeding six migrants through plastic nasal tubes at a Texas location, following hunger strikes over the past month to protest conditions inside detention facilities.
    (AP, 1/31/19)
2019        Jan 31, Texas-based Valero Energy Corp. said it has stopped taking deliveries of Venezuelan crude oil after the Trump administration slapped sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.
    (AP, 2/1/19)

2019        Feb 3, In Texas two men and two children were found dead in a house under construction in Dallas. Carbon monoxide poisoning was suspected.
    (SFC, 2/5/19, p.A5)

2019        Feb 5, Exxon Mobil and Qatar Petroleum announced that they will go ahead with a $10 billion project to export liquified natural gas from a plant on Texas Gulf Coast.
    (SFC, 2/6/19, p.D3)

2019        Feb 23, In Texas a Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston crashed just east of the city. Three people aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 2/23/19, p.A6)

2019        Feb 28, Texas executed Billie Wayne Coble (70) for the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged wife's parents, Robert and Zelda Vicha, and their son Bobby Vicha at separate homes.
    (SFC, 2/28/19, p.A6)

2019        Mar 7, In Texas Dan Jenkins (89), the sports writing great and best-selling author whose career covered Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods, died.
    (AP, 3/8/19)

2019        Mar 10, In east Texas two men died after their pickup truck collided with a charter bus in Tyler. Five occupants of the bus were hospitalized.
    (SFC, 3/11/19, p.A5)

2019        Mar 14, In Texas Beto O'Rourke (46), a skateboarding former punk rocker feted as one of the Democratic Party's rising stars, announced he is running for president, joining a crowded field of candidates vying to challenge Pres. Donald Trump in 2020.
    (AFP, 3/14/19)

2019        Mar 19, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced in Oslo that Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin was this year's winner of the Abel Prize, seen by many as the Nobel Prize in mathematics.
    (AP, 3/19/19)

2019        Mar 22, In Texas benzene and other contaminants seeped into a portion of the Houston Ship Channel after a dike failed near a fire-ravaged petrochemical tank farm.
    (SSFC, 3/24/19, p.A10)
2019        Mar 22, Texas sheriff's Deputy Peter Herrera was critically wounded during a traffic stop in San Elizario. Gunman Facundo Chavez (27) was arrested. Herrera died of his wounds on March 24.
    (SFC, 3/26/19, p.A6)

2019        Mar 27, The head of the US Customs and Border Protection held a press conference in El Paso to say the breaking point had arrived. Arrests all along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months. Border agents were on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern border this month.
    (AP, 3/29/19)
2019        Mar 27, In Texas a helicopter crashed during a controlled burn at the Sam Houston National Forest killing Daniel Laird, a firefighter from northern California.
    (SFC, 3/30/19, p.A6)

2019        Mar 28, In Texas Javier Ambler (40) died after a car chase that started when he did not dim his headlights for oncoming traffic in Williamson County. When authorities reached Ambler, they tased him multiple times. Body camera footage showed Ambler telling them that he could not breathe. In 2021 a court  approved a settlement in the Javier Ambler lawsuit of $5 million.
    (The Hill, 12/15/21)

2019        Apr 3, US immigration authorities arrested  280 workers at CVE Technology Group in Allen, Texas. They said the employees were working in the US illegally.
    (SFC, 4/5/19, p.A4)

2019        Apr 4, The US Supreme Court blocked the execution of man who argued that his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him. Texas then banned all clergy from the death chamber.
    (SFC, 4/5/19, p.A6)

2019        Apr 12, In Texas a transgender woman was beaten after a minor traffic accident and the attack was caught on cell phone video. On April 14 Edward Thomas (29) was arrested and suspicion of aggravated assault.
    (SFC, 4/16/19, p.A5)

2019        Apr 13, In Texas two children were killed and about a dozen people injured after powerful storms spawned at least one tornado in Lufkin. Over the next 24 hours the storm left at least 8 people dead and 90,000 people without power in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
    (SSFC, 4/14/19, p.A12)(SFC, 4/15/19, p.A5)

2019        Apr 22, In central Texas a small plane crashed as it approached Kerville Municipal Airport. All six aboard were killed including philanthropist Jeffrey C. Weiss (65), the co-owner and pilot of the Beechcraft BE58.
    (SFC, 4/23/19, p.A7)

2019        Apr 30, In Texas a migrant boy (16) from Guatemala died after falling ill at a government shelter in Brownsville. This was the 3rd death of a young person in government custody since December.
    (SFC, 5/2/19, p.A7)
2019        Apr 30, Peter Mayhew (74), the actor who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy and two other films, died at his home in Texas.
    (SFC, 5/4/19, p.A7)
2019        May 2, At the Texas border a 10-month old baby was found dead and three others were feared drowned after their raft flipped overnight on the Rio Grande as they tried to cross the border near Del Rio.
    (SFC, 5/3/19, p.A5)
2019        May 2, In Houston Alberto Nduli (68) died while trying to stop a driver from repossessing his SUV. Oscar Lee Harrison Jr., the tow truck driver, was at the scene after he dropped of the SUV and returned.
    (SFC, 5/6/19, p.A5)

2019        May 3, Texas girl Maleah Davis (4) was reported missing. Investigators found her remains on May 31 near a freeway outside of Hope, Arkansas. Derion Vence, a man arrested in connection with her disappearance, had told a community activist he had disposed of her body there.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y3pshbmv)(SFC, 6/4/19, p.A4)

2019        May 7, US government inspectors reviewing a border station in El Paso, Texas, reported poor conditions for migrants, including overcrowding and a lack of sanitary conditions.
    {Texas, USA, Migrant}
    (Reuters, 7/1/19)

2019        May 13, A Texas police officer shot and killed Pamela Turner (44) at an apartment complex in the Houston area community of Baytown. Police say she grabbed his Taser and used it on him following an attempted arrest on outstanding warrants.
    (SFC, 5/15/19, p.A4)

2019        May 20, In Texas Yabar Ayan Portes-Arevalo (23) was sentenced to 21 months in prison for trying to smuggle immigrants and endangering their lives. Last December three people were found in a plastic wrapped dresser that was nailed shut in a pickup that he was driving.
    (SFC, 5/22/19, p.A4)
2019        May 20, In Texas Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez (16) of Guatemala died at a border patrol station in Weslaco. This was the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December.
    (SFC, 5/21/19, p.A6)

2019        May 21, In Texas Sierra County, population 11,116, was one of two Republican-controlled New Mexico counties to pass resolutions opposing the relocation of migrants to their communities.
    (Reuters, 5/23/19)

2019        May 29, Huawei's chief legal officer, Song Liuping, said that Huawei filed a motion asking a court in Plano, Texas, for a summary judgment on whether a US military spending provision that bars the government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment is constitutional.
    (AP, 5/29/19)
2019        May 29, In Texas some 1,036 migrants crossed the US-Mexico border in El Paso in about five minutes early today. This was the largest group crossing ever encountered the Border Patrol.
    (SFC, 6/1/19, p.A6)

2019        May 30, Border officials in Texas arrested group of 116 Africans after they waded through the Rio Grande to enter the United States.
    (AP, 6/1/19)

2019        Jun 1, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law banning red-light traffic cameras in the state. An amendment lets cities keep operating the cameras until their contracts with vendors expire.
    (SFC, 6/3/19, p.A5)

2019        Jun 7, The Catholic Church in Texas said it is reviewing allegations that a top monsignor continued to hear the confessions of Laura Pontikes, a married woman, after luring her into a sexual relationship, a potentially serious crime under church law.
    (AP, 6/8/19)

2019        Jun 9, In Texas Kiersten Symone Smith (29) was killed when a crane fell on her apartment in Dallas.
    (SFC, 6/11/19, p.A6)

2019        Jun 15, In Texas Stephen Bratton (43), a former Southern Baptist pastor, posted a $50,000 bond. He was accused of child sex abuse.
    (SFC, 6/18/19, p.A5)

2019        Jun 17, In Texas Brian Isaack Clyde (22) opened fire on a federal courthouse in Dallas before he was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with federal officers.
    (SFC, 6/18/19, p.A5)

2019        Jun 20, Potent thunderstorms left more than 200,000 people with power in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
    (SFC, 6/21/19, p.A6)

2019        Jun 23, In Texas the bodies of a migrant woman and three children were found near the Rio Grande outside McAllen, Texas. They were believed to have died of dehydration and heat exposure.
    (SFC, 6/25/19, p.A5)

2019        Jun 24, The US government removed most children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas near the border with Mexico following reports that more than 300 children were detained there and caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation. Only about 30 children remained at the station outside El Paso.
    (AP, 6/25/19)
2019        Jun 24, Authorities in Texas reported seven migrant deaths, including those of a woman, two babies and a toddler, showing the danger of extreme summer heat as Central American families surge across the US-Mexico border.
    (Reuters, 6/24/19)

2019        Jun 25, John Sanders, the acting head of the US Customs and Border Protection agency, announced his resignation amid a public outcry over alarming detention conditions of migrant children in Texas.
    (AFP, 6/25/19)

2019        Jun 29, US officials said an El Salvadoran man (43) who crossed into the US with his daughter collapsed at a border station in McAllen, Texas, and soon died at a hospital.
    (AP, 6/30/19)

2019        Jul 1, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs (27), was found dead at the Texas Southlake Town Square Hilton. He died from a mixture of ethanol, fentanyl and oxycodone in his system. On August 7, 2020, ex-Angels communications director Eric Prescott Kay (45) was accused of providing fentanyl that led to Skaggs’ overdose.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyler_Skaggs)(Miami Herald, 8/7/20)

2019        Jul 9, H Ross Perot (89), Texas technology billionaire who rattled US politics with two independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s that struck a chord with disgruntled voters, died of leukemia at his home in Dallas.
    (SFC, 7/10/19, p.A7)

2019        Jul 11, In Texas officials found the body of 29-year-old Andreen McDonald east of Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis and soon charged her husband with murder. Air Force major Andre McDonald (40) had reported his wife missing March 1.
    (AP, 7/15/19)

2019        Jul 17, Sarah Nicole Henderson (31) of Texas was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and killing her two young daughters in 2017.
    (AP, 7/18/19)

2019        Jul 19, The US government expanded its policy requiring asylum seekers to wait outside the country. The Dept. of Homeland Security said it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in Brownsville, across the border from Matamoros, Mexico.
    (SFC, 7/20/19, p.A8)

2019        Jul 20, In southern Texas five people were killed and seven others injured in a three-vehicle accident on US-95 near Victoria.
    (SFC, 7/23/19, p.A6)

2019        Jul 24, A federal court said Texas can change voting maps without federal supervision to see whether minority voters might be disenfranchised.
    (SFC, 7/25/19, p.A6)

2019        Jul 30, In Texas Modesto Gonzalez III (47), a man who prosecutors say faked being a law officer and stole more than $300,000 from immigrants in Texas and Illinois who were seeking legal status, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 30, In Texas the body of Tracy Williams (22), a transgender woman also known as Tracy Single, was found in a parking lot on Interstate 10 in Houston. She had sustained a "puncture wound" and severe lacerations. Joshua Dominic Bourgeois (25), considered a suspect after investigators learned he had been in a "dating relationship" with Williams, was arrested on August 30.
    (AP, 8/26/19)

2019        Aug 3, In Texas a gunman opened fire at a shopping center in El Paso killing 20 people and injuring more than two dozen. Suspect Patrick Crusius (21) was taken into custody. A four-page statement posted on 8chan, an online message board often used by extremists, and believed to have been written by the suspect, called the Walmart attack "a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas." The death toll soon creeped upward from the shooting with two additional victims succumbing to injuries. In 2020 Patrick Crusius (21) was charged with 90 counts under federal hate crime and firearms laws for his role in the El Paso shooting that authorities said was aimed at scaring Hispanics into leaving the United States. In April, 2020, another victim died, bringing the fatalities to 23.
    (Reuters, 8/4/19)(AP, 8/6/19)(AP, 2/6/20)(ABC News, 4/26/20)

2019        Aug 10, In Texas more than 100 people marched in El Paso denouncing racism and demanding stronger gun laws a week after 22 people were killed in the city in a mass shooting.
    (SSFC, 8/11/19, p.A8)

2019        Aug 14, In Texas David Shawn Minze (39) was sentenced to 70 years in prison after a jury convicted him of felony assault for heating up a belt buckle and using it to brand his girlfriend.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 14, In Texas a vengeful aspiring rapper opened fire on the wrong Dallas home, killing Brandoniya Bennett (9) as she prepared for the first day of the school year, instead of the rival artist he intended to shoot. Tyrese Simmons (19) surrendered to police the next day after a day-long manhunt and was charged with capital murder.
    (ABC News, 8/18/19)

2019        Aug 16, In Texas more than 20 local governments faced a coordinated ransomware attack that was believed to have come from a single source.
    (SFC, 8/21/19, p.A4)

2019        Aug 17, Two Texas state troopers fatally shot Schaston Hodge following a short pursuit for failing to use a turn signal. An autopsy later revealed that Hodge had 16 gunshot wounds.
    (SFC, 1/6/20, p.A6)

2019        Aug 20, Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales was last heard from, a day after he was seen driving off the Fort Hood base in his Kia Rio. His skeletal remains were found on June 19, 2020, in a field in Killeen, Texas, after US Army investigators received a tip directing them to the location of the body. Military officials suspected foul play.
    (AP, 6/22/20)

2019        Aug 21, Texas executed Larry Swearingen (48) by lethal injection for the 1998 killing of Melissa Trotter (19). Swearingen maintained his innocense and had argued that his conviction was based on junk science.
    (SFC, 8/22/19, p.A7)

2019        Aug 29, Texas man Nasim Irsan (25) pleaded guilty and) was sentenced to 40 years in prison for what prosecutors call the 2012 "honor killing" of an Iranian rights activist who was his sister's friend. Irsan's father, Jordanian immigrant Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, was convicted last year of capital murder in both shootings and sentenced to death.
    (AP, 8/30/19)

2019        Aug 31, In West Texas five people, including the gunman, were reported killed in a shooting that began with a traffic stop in Odessa and ended when the suspect was cornered by officers in the parking lot of a cinema complex. The death toll soon rose to seven. Seth Aaron Ator (36) also injured 22 others before officers killed him outside the busy movie theater. Ator obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)(AP, 9/2/19)(SFC, 9/4/19, p.A5)

2019        Sep 4, In Texas Billy Jack Crutsinger (64) was executed by lethal injection for the 2003 killings of Pearl Magouirk (89) and her daughter Patricia Syren (71). Authorities say Crutsinger killed the women then stole Syren's car and credit card. He was arrested three days later at a bar in Galveston, more than 300 miles (480 km) away.
    (AP, 9/4/19)(SFC, 9/5/19, p.A5)

2019        Sep 5, Ajay Dhingra (43) of Houston was indicted on federal charges for allegedly possessing a bump stock, marking the first known case in the country since the Trump administration banned the devices earlier this year.
    (ABC News, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Spot power prices in Texas crashed from a record high as consumers responded to requests from the state's grid operator to turn down their air conditioners and take other steps to save energy during a brutal heat wave.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)

2019        Sep 9, Authorities in southern Texas discovered about 270 animals, about two dozen of them dead, on property in the small community of Los Fresnos, north of Brownsville, after receiving complaints from neighbors about barking dogs. Tiffany Woodington (49) was later charged in Missouri with 10 counts of felony animal abuse and two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse. Her husband, Steven Woodington (55) was charged in Texas with animal cruelty. The couple operated All Accounted For, which brought rescued animals from Texas to Missouri.
    (AP, 9/24/19)

2019        Sep 10, In Texas death row inmate Mark Anthony Soliz (37) was executed for shooting a 61-year-old grandmother in her home in 2010, despite lawyers arguing he should be considered intellectually disabled.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 10, Daniel Dale Johnston (b.1961), American singer-songwriter and visual artist, died in Waller, Texas. He was regarded as a significant figure in outsider, lo-fi, and alternative music scenes. Most of his work consisted of cassettes recorded alone in his home, and his music was frequently cited for its "pure" and "childlike" qualities. Johnston spent extended periods in psychiatric institutions and was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He gathered a local following in the 1980s by passing out tapes of his music while working at a McDonald's in Austin, Texas. His cult status was propelled when Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was seen wearing a T-shirt that featured artwork from Johnston's 1983 album Hi, How Are You. In 2005, Johnston was the subject of the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

2019        Sep 12, The US Coast Guard closed part of the Houston Ship Channel to vessel traffic near Baytown, Texas, after 11 Greenpeace USA protesters suspended themselves by cables over the key oil export waterway.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, In Texas the Democratic primary debate was the first to bring all of the top contenders together on one stage. Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke stood by his call for a mandatory government buyback program for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles during this night’s presidential primary debate in Houston, saying “Hell yes" the government would take the firearms from their owners.
    (Yahoo News, 9/13/19)

2019        Sep 13, Developing company Texas Central said Italian builder Salini Impregilo and its US subsidiary Lane Construction Company have signed a contract to help build a new high-speed train line in Texas.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)

2019        Sep 16, Houston police officers shot and killed a man after he fired a pistol at them while running in the direction of an elementary school. The man ignored police orders to drop the gun and began running toward Valley West Elementary, firing back at the officers.
    (AP, 9/16/19)

2019        Sep 19, All flights into Houston's international airport, were halted as Tropical Depression Imelda inundated southeastern Texas with heavy rains and triggered flash flood warnings. More than 900 flights were cancelled or delayed. Tropical Storm Imelda left four people dead in the Houston area.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)(SFC, 9/20/19, p.A6)(SFC, 9/21/19, p.A6)

2019        Sep 20, In Texas Domingo Ramirez-Cayente (29) repeatedly shot Daniela Calderon (35),  a transgender woman, in Dallas. Calderon survived the shooting. Ramirez-Cayente was in the country illegally after being deported in 2010.
    (AP, 10/12/19)

2019        Sep 22, Tens of thousands of Indian-Americans packed into a Houston stadium for a rally with Indian PM Narendra Modi, joined by US President Donald Trump, in a rare mass show of support for a foreign leader on US soil.
    (Reuters, 9/22/19)

2019        Sep 25, Texas inmate Robert Sparks (45), who claimed he was intellectually disabled, was executed for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack. His wife was also stabbed to death and his 12- and 14-year-old stepdaughters raped.
    (AP, 9/26/19)

2019        Sep 26, In Texas Ronald Lee Haskell (39), a man who said voices in his head told him to kill six members of his ex-wife's family in 2014, was found guilty of capital murder.
    (AP, 9/26/19)

2019        Sep 27, Texas Officer Sandeep Dhaliwal was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in Houston. Robert Solis (47) was arrested and charged with capital murder following the incident.
    (ABC News, 9/28/19)

2019        Oct 1, In Texas former police officer Amber Guyger faced a lengthy prison sentence after a jury found her guilty of the murder of Botham Jean in Dallas on 6 September last year. The following day Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/2/19, p.A7)(SFC, 10/3/19, p.A5)

2019        Oct 3, US scientists said more than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought" that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires. The weekly US Drought Monitor report showed extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle.
    (AP, 10/3/19)

2019        Oct 4, In Texas Joshua Xavier Brown (27), a man who used to live next to Botham Jean and who was a witness in Amber Guyger's murder trial, was shot to death in Dallas. On Dec. 5 three men were charged with capital murder in the killing of Brown.
    (SFC, 10/7/19, p.A5)(AP, 12/6/19)

2019        Oct 12, In Texas a police officer shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, inside a home where she had reportedly been playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew. Police said the officer fired through a window into the home while responding to a call to check on the well-being of those inside.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)

2019        Oct 14, In Texas Aaron Dean (34), the white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door, was charged with murder after resigning from the force.
    (AP, 10/14/19)

2019        Oct 26, In Texas a gunman opened fire at a crowded football homecoming party for Texas A&M Commerce, killing two young people and leaving 16 others injured before escaping into what the local sheriff described as "mass chaos." Brandon Ray Gonzalez (23) was arrested two days later in the killing of Kevin Berry Jr. (23) and Byron Craven Jr. (23).
    (AP, 10/27/19)(SFC, 10/29/19, p.A45)

2019        Oct 27, A Texas deputy located a woman's remains in a shallow grave on Padre Island, near Corpus Christi. The next day a man's body was discovered beneath the first body. The bodies were later identified as a missing New Hampshire couple James Butler (48) and Michelle Butler (46).
    (AP, 11/2/19)

2019        Oct 29, In Texas a mother and her three young children were discovered dead inside their home in Deer Park, about 20 miles east of Houston. Police later said that Ashley Auzenne (39) appeared to have shot and killed her three children, ages 7, 9 and 11, before turning the gun on herself following a recent divorce.
    (Good Morning America, 11/1/19)

2019        Nov 6, In Texas Justen Hall (38) was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CST (0000 GMT) at the state's death chamber in Huntsville for the murder of Melanie Billhartz on Oct. 28, 2002. He had been convicted of strangling Billhartz so she would not tell police about a drug house where he and members of his white supremacist gang gathered.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)

2019        Nov 11, US Customs and Border Protection officers at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston caught a Colombian citizen trying to smuggle 35 pounds of liquid cocaine in shampoo bottles into the country.
    (USA Today, 11/15/19)

2019        Nov 12, Texas-based Dean Foods Co said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, months after the owner of TruMoo chocolate milk and Meadow Gold ice creams ended a strategic review and decided to remain as a standalone firm.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)

2019        Nov 15, Texas's top criminal appeals court halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed (51). His conviction was being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt in a 1996 murder. Reed has long maintained he didn't kill Stacey Stites and that her fiancé, former police officer Jimmy Fennell, was the real killer. Reed says Fennell was angry because Stites, who was white, was having an affair with Reed, who is black.
    (AP, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 15, Martin Fox (62),  former president of a private tennis club in Texas, pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal. He had brokered bribes to help wealthy parents rig their children's college entrance exams.
    (SSFC, 11/17/19, p.A8)

2019        Nov 18, Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaskan village from the Bering Sea got help from some of the 44 grants awarded today by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and warming seas.
    (AP, 11/18/19)

2019        Nov 24, In Texas Christine Rollins (59) was killed by multiple feral hogs outside a rural home where she worked as a caretaker.
    (SFC, 11/28/19, p.A7)

2019        Nov 27, In Texas a pair of explosions at the TPC Group's petrochemical plant in Port Neches prompted an evacuation order for at least four surrounding cities. Eight people were reported injured.
    (SFC, 11/28/19, p.A9)

2019        Nov 30, In Texas a boy shot (14) and wounded his older sister (18) and killed her boyfriend (20) during “a house party gone bad" in a Houston suburb.
    (AP, 12/1/19)

2019        Dec 1, In Texas three people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed on a city street one block away from a residential area while attempting to land at San Antonio International Airport.
    (AP, 12/2/19)

2019        Dec 5, A federal judge in McAllen, Texas, temporarily blocked a plan for a construction firm favored by President Trump to build a privately-funded segment of border wall along the banks of the Rio Grande River. Fisher Industries of North Dakota, recently won a $400 million federal contract to construct 31 miles of barrier along the border near Yuma, Ariz. President Trump has urged the Army Corps of Engineers to hire the North Dakota–based firm, whose head is a major Republican donor and a frequent guest on Fox News. In January, 2020, a federal appeals court ruling freed up construction money for 175 miles of border wall.
    (Yahoo News, 12/6/19)(SFC, 12/13/19, p.A9)(SFC, 1/10/20, p.A5)

2019        Dec 7, Texas sheriff’s deputy Floyd Berry (49) was arrested after police say he performed unlawful strip-searches on at least six women in 11 days. An investigation discovered that Berry had “unlawfully strip-searched" six women while on patrol in the southern portion of Bexar County between Nov. 24 and Dec. 4.
    (Miami Herald, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 7, In Texas Houston police officer Sgt. Christopher Brewster (32) was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence report. Suspect Arturo Solis was arrested.
    (http://tinyurl.com/wy7kfxb)(SFC, 12/9/19, p.A6)

2019        Dec 9, US federal agents in Dallas arrested Genaro Garcia Luna (51), the former secretary of public security in Mexico (2006-2012), on drug charges for bribes he accepted from the Sinaloa cartel. Prosecutors said they will seek his removal to New York to face federal charges.
    (SFC, 12/11/19, p.A5)

2019        Dec 11, A Dallas man who prosecutors said tried to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group through social media, encouraged others to carry out terrorist attacks and lied to federal agents was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Said Azzam Mohamad Rahim was arrested at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in March 2017 while trying to board a flight to Jordan.
    (NY Times, 12/12/19)

2019        Dec 12, In Texas Heidi Broussard and her baby, Margot Carey, went missing in Austin. On Dec 19 her body was found in the trunk of a vehicle at a home in the Houston area. The infant daughter was found safe. Broussard's close friend Magen Fieramusca was soon arrested and charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of tampering with a corpse.
    (CBS News, 12/20/19)(CBS News, 12/23/19)(SFC, 12/25/19, p.A5)

2019        Dec 13, In Texas Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed (45), an East African man imprisoned for terrorism, was convicted of trying to recruit fellow prisoners to join the Islamic State group and plan attacks in the United States.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, It was reported that some 17,000 Brazilians were apprehended at the US-Mexico border in the El Paso Sector in the fiscal year ending in October, a 600% increase from the previous high in 2016.
    (AP, 12/13/19)

2019        Dec 16, US-based WPX Energy Inc said it would buy privately held Felix Energy in a $2.5 billion deal, as the Permian basin operator looks to add oil-rich acreage in the Delaware region of West Texas and southern New Mexico, sending its shares up more than 9%.
    (Reuters, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, In Texas Eduardo Arevalo (19) killed his pregnant sister in their home. He wrote a fake suicide note in her name and later left her body in an alley. He was arrested on Dec 22 in the Dallas suburb of The Colony.
    (AP, 12/23/19)

2019        Dec 23, A Texas homeowner near Houston shot and killed three people who broke into his mobile home in Channelview. The homeowner, also shot, was in critical condition.
    (SFC, 12/24/19, p.A4)

2019        Dec 27, US disc jockey Don Imus (b.1940) died in Texas. His radio stardom crashed in April 2007 after describing the mostly black Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy headed hos." He was yanked 8 days later by CBS Radio, but reportedly collected a multimillion dollar settlement of his five-year contract with the company.
    (SFC, 12/28/19, p.A7)

2019        Dec 28, In Texas two workers died while cleaning a chemical tank at a business near Houston. The workers were apparently overcome by fumes.
    (SFC, 12/30/19, p.A4)

2019        Dec 29, In Texas Keith Thomas Kinnunen (43)  pulled out a shotgun at a church service and fired on worshippers at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, killing two people before he was shot to death by congregants who fired back. Church members Richard White and Anton “Tony" Wallace were killed. Kinnunen was fatally shot by Jack Wilson, a member of the church's volunteer security team, within seconds of the attack.
    (AP, 12/29/19)(AP, 12/31/19)

2019        Dec 30, A judge in Texas ordered InfoWars host Alex Jones to pay over $100,000 in court fines in a Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit against him. Jones and InfoWars are being sued by Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was one of the 26 people killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.
    (CBS News, 12/31/19)

2020        Jan 10, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas became the first governor in the United States to refuse to accept refugees under an executive order requiring local jurisdictions to actively opt in to the federal resettlement program.
    (Reuters, 1/10/20)

2020        Jan 11, Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the US and up into the Midwest were blamed in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power from Texas to Ohio, parts of highways were closed in Oklahoma and Arkansas due to flooding and hundreds of flights were canceled at Chicago's international airports.
    (AP, 1/11/20)

2020        Jan 14, In Texas an ROTC student mistakenly shot and killed a fellow student in their Houston area high school before fleeing the building. The shooter was soon arrested.
    (SFC, 1/16/20, p.A5)

2020        Jan 15, Texas inmate John Gardner (64) was executed for the January 2005 fatal shooting of his wife, who had had feared she would never get out of her marriage alive. Gardner had a history of violence against women.
    (AP, 1/16/20)

2020        Jan 17, In Texas Marc Strickland (18) died at a hospital in Dallas. He was shot Jan. 11 inside a gymnasium during a game between Kimball and South Oak Cliff high schools. A 15-year-old boy who was charged with aggravated assault after surrendering to police the day after the shooting now faced a murder charge.
    (AP, 1/19/20)

2020        Jan 19, In Texas two people were killed and at least five injured when a gunman opened fire at a concert on the San Antonio River Walk.
    (SFC, 1/21/20, p.A5)

2020        Jan 22, The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Kinder Morgan Inc's Dec. 13 request to start construction of its proposed Lockridge natural gas pipeline in the Permian basin in West Texas.
    (Reuters, 1/22/20)

2020        Feb 3, In Texas two women were killed and a child was wounded in a shooting at a Texas A&M University-Commerce dormitory.
    (AP, 2/4/20)

2020        Feb 6, Texas executed Abel Ochoa (47). The man had been convicted for shooting and killing his 29-year-old wife and his two daughters, as well as his father-in-law and sister-in-law shortly after smoking crack in 2002.
    (Reuters, 2/6/20)(SFC, 2/7/20, p.A6)

2020        Feb 16, In Texas an implosion failed to bring down the core of former 11-story, Affiliated Computer Services building in Dallas. A wrecking ball continued the demolition of the "Leaning Tower of Dallas" on Feb 24.
    (SFC, 2/25/20, p.A5)

2020        Feb 17, Two charter flights carrying cruise ship passengers from Japan landed at military bases in California and Texas overnight, starting the clock on a quarantine period to ensure passengers don't have the new virus that's been spreading in Asia.
    (AP, 2/17/20)
2020        Feb 17, Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Greg Robinson (27) was arrested in El Paso, Texas, along side his former teammate Quan Bray, a receiver he played with at Auburn University who is now in the Canadian Football League. Police said they found 157 pounds of marijuana in Robinson's rental car.
    (AP, 2/20/20)
2020        Feb 17, Texas-based Pier 1 Imports filed for bankruptcy. On May 19 it filed a motion for an orderly wind-down of the company’s retail operations as soon as possible after store locations are able to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SFC, 5/20/20, p.C1)

2020        Feb 18, A Venezuelan teenager (18) was forced back to Mexico by US government authorities in Brownsville who denied her claims that she was fleeing political repression and violence, even after they accepted the same claims from her father.
    (AP, 2/19/20)

2020        Feb 26, John Denton (26), a former neo-Nazi leader in Texas, was arrested and charges with a series of phony bomb threats made in Virginia.
    (SFC, 2/27/20, p.A5)

2020        Feb 28, Geneva-based Trafigura, a global commodities trader, said it had formed a joint venture with US refiner Phillips 66 to build a major deepwater port in Texas capable of handling supertankers, ditching its own competing project.
    (Reuters, 2/28/20)

2020        Feb 28, President Donald Trump picked Rep. John Ratcliffe again to be the nation's top intelligence official, just months after abruptly ending an earlier effort to install him amid bipartisan criticism that the Texas Republican was unqualified for the post.
    (AP, 2/28/20)

2020        Mar 4, Texas confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus man in a man who recently traveled abroad.
    (AP, 3/5/20)

2020        Mar 5, Houston officials confirmed the first three cases of coronavirus in Harris County, the nation's third-largest county.
    (AP, 3/6/20)
2020        Mar 5, A Texas woman was convicted of stabbing and beheading her 5-year-old daughter in 2017. Krystle Concepcion Villanuev (27) was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (Miami Herald, 3/6/20)

2020        Mar 8, In Texas four people were dead as a result of a suspected murder-suicide early this morning in Fort Bend County.
    (Good Morning America, 3/8/20)

2020        Mar 14, In Texas Jose Gomez III (19) used a knife to slash Bawi Cung of Myanmar and his two sons, ages 2 and 6, inside a Sam’s Club in Midland, because he believed they were Chinese and spreading the coronavirus. In 2022 Gomez was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the attack.
    (https://nextshark.com/sams-club-hate-crime-texas-stabbing/)(SFC, 8/8/22, p.A11)

2020        Mar 17, Texas confirmed its first death due to coronavirus.
    (The Independent, 3/17/20)

2020        Mar 18, In South Texas an immigrant (27) from Honduras was found dead at a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement family detention center. This was the ninth death to occur in ICE custody since last October.
    (SFC, 3/19/20, p.A4)
2020        Mar 18, In Texas Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden (88), who circled the moon alone in 1971 while his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover, died at a rehab center in Houston.
    (AP, 3/18/20)

2020        Mar 19, In Texas cars lined up for more than a mile outside a Houston hospital as the nation's fourth-largest city began drive-thru testing for the coronavirus, but officials warned they don't have enough kits or protective gear to meet demand.
    (AP, 3/19/20)

2020        Mar 21, In Texas Ramiro Hernandez Ibarra of Mexico (42) died while being held pending his deportation. He was the 10th person to die in ICE custody since October.
    (SFC, 3/24/20, p.A4)

2020        Mar 23, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that an order issued over the weekend by Gov. Greg Abbott barred “any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother".
    (AP, 3/23/20)

2020        Mar 30, US federal judges temporarily blocked bans on abortion imposed in Texas, Ohio, and Alabama during the coronavirus pandemic.
    (The Week, 3/31/20)

2020        Apr 7, A federal appeals court sided with Texas in allowing it to ban most abortions while the state is under an emergency order that limits non-essential surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 4/7/20)

2020        Apr 18, Protesters in the US staged several demonstrations in several cities including Austin, Texas, to call for an end to social restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus. Gov. Greg Abbott had already announced that restrictions will be easing next week.
    (SSFC, 4/19/20, p.A7)
2020        Apr 18, In Texas Alfredo Perez de la Cruz (45) killed police Officer Justin Putnam (31) and wounded two others before killing himself at a home in San Marcos where officers responded to a domestic violence call.
    (SFC, 4/20/20, p.A3)

2020        Apr 19, In Texas Ramon Thomas Villagomez opened fire on a Dallas-area public bus, hijacking it with two people aboard and leading officers on a chase that ended in a shootout in which Villagomez was killed and three officers were wounded. Villagomez was wanted for the April 7 death of his girlfriend.
    (AP, 4/19/20)(SFC, 4/20/20, p.A3)(SFC, 4/21/20, p.A3)

2020        Apr 22, At least three people were killed when apparent tornado touched down in southeast Texas.
    (AP, 4/22/20)
2020        Apr 22, Vanessa Guillen (20), a soldier at Fort Hood, Texas, was last seen alive. On June 30, Aaron David Robinson, a soldier connected to the case, died by suicide. Service officials said human remains found 30 miles outside of Fort Hood were believed to be Pfc. Vanessa Guillen. Civilian Cecily Aguilar (22) was arrested on July 1 for assisting Robinson mutilate and hide Guillen's body.
    (ABC News, 7/1/20)(SSFC, 7/5/20, p.A7)

2020        Apr 23, Severe weather moved through the South after killing at least seven people in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, including a worker at a factory hit by an apparent tornado.
    (AP, 4/23/20)

2020        Apr 24, A handful of Texas businesses reopened in defiance of state guidance in the fight against the coronavirus, which allows retailers to offer “to go" service but leaves other restrictions in place.
    (AP, 4/25/20)

2020        May 1, Ohio and Texas pushed ahead with a phased relaxation of restrictions that U.S. states put in place weeks ago to curb the coronavirus pandemic, as Georgia took another step toward a full restart by allowing all businesses to reopen.
    (Reuters, 5/1/20)
2020        May 1, In Texas the Petra Nova plant, a $1 billion project to harness carbon dioxide emissions, shut down. The plant, a joint venture project between NRG Energy Inc and Japan's JX Nippon, had suffered chronic mechanical problems and routinely missed its targets. Before being mothballed, it was the only US project capturing carbon from a coal-fired power plant.
    (Reuters, 8/6/20)

2020        May 2, In Texas a Houston police department helicopter crashed into an apartment complex. One police officer was killed, and another was in critical condition.
    (Good Morning America, 5/2/20)

2020        May 6, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said he would cover a fine owed by Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther, who is serving a seven-day jail sentence. Luther, owner of Salon A La Mode, was sentenced a day earlier after judge Eric Moye said she violated statewide stay-at-home orders when she reopened her business nearly two weeks ago.
    (CBS News, 5/7/20)

2020        May 7, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed jail as a punishment for violating his coronavirus restrictions.
    (SFC, 5/8/20, p.A6)
2020        May 7, Police in Houston, Texas, arrested Joshua Kelsey (35) early today following his suspected fatal shooting of three people. At least one those killed was drug-related.
    (SFC, 5/8/20, p.A4)
2020        May 7, In Texas Junin Ko (22) was struck and killed late today on a landing strip at Austin-Bergstrom Int'l. Airport after being hit by Southwest Airlines Flight 1392.
    (SFC, 5/9/20, p.A3)(SFC, 5/13/20, p.A4)

2020        May 8, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) awarded a $275.4 million contract to Alabama-based Caddell Construction Company to construct approximately 14 miles of contiguous new border wall system within US Border Patrol’s (USBP) Laredo Sector located in Webb County, Texas. Construction is anticipated to begin in January 2021, pending availability of real estate.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y7tug5ct)(SSFC, 5/10/20, p.A5)

2020        May 13, The Republican attorney general in Texas moved to stop five urban counties from issuing mail-in ballots. The state election code, he said, “does not permit an otherwise healthy person to vote by mail merely because going to the polls carries some risk to public health."
    (NY Times, 5/14/20)

2020        May 14, Texas recorded single day highs of 1,458 new cases of the coronavirus and 58 deaths.
    (SFC, 5/16/20, p.A6)

2020        May 17, The latest number of coronavirus cases in Texas jumped by 1,801 in a single day, the highest daily rate since the state started tracking data. The number of cases reported now stands at 46,999. Texas reported 1,305 total fatalities, an increase of 33.
    (Good Morning America, 5/17/20)

2020        May 18, In Texas the first ever trial by jury to be held virtually in the US went ahead, with jurors hearing the case by Zoom and the trial being live-streamed on YouTube.
    (The Independent, 5/18/20)

2020        May 19, A US federal judge ordered Texas to allow any of the state's 16 million voters to cast a ballot by mail over fears of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 5/21/20, p.A6)

2020        May 21, The US Navy said an active shooter at its Corpus Christi naval air station in Texas had been "neutralized," with one security force member injured in the early morning hours. The FBI said the case is being investigated as terrorism related.
    (Reuters, 5/21/20)(SFC, 5/22/20, p.A4)

2020        May 29, A Texas deputy mistakenly shot and killed another responding officer early today while searching a home after a neighbor reported a suspicious person in the Sienna Plantation subdivision of Missouri City.
    (AP, 5/29/20)
2020        May 29, It was reported that the Trump administration is accelerating efforts to seize property for a border wall in southern Texas. The Trumps administration has brought 78 lawsuits against landowners on the border, 30 of them this year.
    (SFC, 5/30/20, p.A6)

2020        Jun 12, Texas reported 2,166 patients in hospitals with the coronavirus. 19 deaths were reported bringing the overall toll to 1,939.
    (SSFC, 6/14/20, p.A9)
2020        Jun 12, William S. Sessions (90), an FBI chief (1987-1993) under three US presidents, died at his home in San Antonio, Texas. He had won praise for bringing more diversity to the agency, but was fired after being investigated for ethical lapses.
    (Reuters, 6/13/20)

2020        Jun 15, Houston-based engineering company KBR Inc said it was awarded a $570.3 million contract by NASA to develop and execute spaceflight operations at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. KBR, until April 2007, was the engineering and construction arm of oilfield services giant Halliburton Co.
    (Reuters, 6/15/20)

2020        Jun 25, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he is pausing any further phases of reopening as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increase in the state. Abbott again halted elective surgeries in the state's biggest counties in a bid to free up hospital beds. Texas reported more than 11,000 new cases in the past two days.
    (Good Morning America, 6/25/20)(SFC, 6/26/20, p.A9)

2020        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court sided with Republican state officials in Texas and refused to allow broader mail-in voting in the state, leaving in place a lower court ruling blocking the expansion sought by Democrats amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 6/26/20)
2020        Jun 26, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order limiting certain businesses as the state's positivity rate soared above 10%.
    (Good Morning America, 6/26/20)
2020        Jun 26, In Texas seven people were killed and three injured in a car crash in El Paso. Border Patrol agents had tried to stop a car carrying 9 passengers. The vehicle fled and crashed into a semitrailer.
    (SSFC, 6/28/20, p.A12)

2020        Jun 28, San Antonio officials urged residents to stay home as the city recorded its highest number of cases in a single day. An emergency alert was sent out early today just minutes after the city reported 795 new COVID-19 cases. That brings the city's total number of cases to 9,652. Two new deaths were reported and the death toll is now at 107.
    (AP, 6/28/20)

2020        Jul 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott decreed that face masks must be worn in all counties with over 20 coronavirus cases, billing the measure as a requirement to avoid another economic shutdown.
    (Reuters, 7/2/20)

2020        Jul 4, Texas reported a record daily increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, the latest sign that the virus is surging in many parts of the United States, casting a pall over Fourth of July celebrations.
    (AP, 7/4/20)

2020        Jul 8, Texas executed its first death row inmate since it first confirmed a case of coronavirus after a Supreme Court ruling allowed his execution to go ahead. Billy Joe Wardlow (45) was sentenced to death in 1993 for a robbery and murder in which he and his girlfriend tried to rob 82-year-old Carl Cole of his truck using a .45-caliber gun.
    (The Independent, 7/9/20)
2020        Jul 8, Texas has recorded over 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 2,670 deaths.
    (SFC, 7/9/20, p.A7)

2020        Jul 9, Texas hit a record number of daily coronavirus fatalities, with 105 new deaths recorded.
    (Good Morning America, 7/10/20)

2020        Jul 11, In southern Texas police Officers Edelmiro Garza (45) and Ismael Chavez (39) were shot and killed by Audon Ignacio Camarillo (23), who later fatally shot himself after responding to a domestic disturbance call in McAllen.
    (AP, 7/12/20)

2020        Jul 15, Texas reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths with 10,791 new cases and 110 new fatalities. Texas has now 282,365 confirmed cases and 3,432 fatalities statewide.
    (Good Morning America, 7/15/20)
2020        Jul 15, It was reported that federal agents have seized more than 20 vehicles and the money from 10 bank accounts belonging to married US Army veterans in Texas, saying the pair used personal information stolen from soldiers to defraud the military out of as much as $11 million. Kevin Pelayo and Cristine Fredericks allegedly used a transportation reimbursement program for federal employees to swindle the Army out of $2.3 million to $11.3 million.
    (AP, 7/16/20)

2020        Jul 16, Texas reported 10,000 new cases for the third straight day and 129 additional deaths. In Houston, an 86-person Army medical team worked to take over a wing of United Memorial Medical Center.
    (AP, 7/16/20)

2020        Jul 17, It was reported that of the 1,798 inmates at the Federal Correctional Institute at Seagoville, Texas, at least 1,072 have contracted the coronavirus virus. Ten staff members have also tested positive and four have recovered.
    (NBC News, 7/17/20)
2020        Jul 17, In Texas the body of Pvt. Mejhor Morta (26) in the vicinity of Stillhjouse Hollow Lake, near the Fort Hood army base. The was third soldier from Fort Hood to be found dead this month in the area.
    (SFC, 7/23/20, p.A3)

2020        Jul 18, A federal appeals court overruled a judge's decision allowing the Texas Republican Party to hold an in-person convention in Houston, marking a big win for the nation's fourth-largest city in an ongoing battle with the state GOP.
    (AP, 7/18/20)
2020        Jul 18, In Texas three people were killed and 9 injured when a vehicle driven by Ivan Robles (28) crossed a center line and crashed into members of the Thin Blue Line law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
    (SFC, 7/21/20, p.A4)

2020        Jul 19, Texas reported 93 new COVID-19 fatalities, the first time in five days the number of deaths has been below 100. The state has reported 3,928 total fatalities during the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 7/20/20)

2020        Jul 22, The United States said that it has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston “to protect American intellectual property" and the private information of Americans.
    (AP, 7/22/20)

2020        Jul 23, Texas set one-day records for increases in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations in the state, forcing one county to store bodies in refrigerated trucks and prompting a top health official there to call for new stay-at-home orders.
    (Reuters, 7/23/20)

2020        Jul 25, In Texas Garrett Foster (28) was fatally shot late today at a Black Lives Matter protest in Austin. Early reports suggested the victim was carrying a rifle when he approached a vehicle and was shot by its driver. The driver called 911 to report the incident and was later taken into custody and released. Police didn’t immediately identify the driver.
    {Texas, USA, Mad Crowd}
    (Insider, 7/26/20)(AP, 7/26/20)
2020        Jul 25, Hurricane Hanna, the first of the 2020 Atlantic cyclone season, made landfall twice in Texas as a Category 1 storm within the span of little over an hour. Forecasters the next day downgraded Hanna to a tropical storm.
    (AP, 7/26/20)

2020        Jul 29, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Capitol officials issued broad new mask requirements after a Republican member of Congress tested positive for the coronavirus. The member, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (66), often shunned wearing masks and was known to vote without one.
    (AP, 7/29/20)(SFC, 7/30/20, p.A6)

2020        Jul 30, Florida reported a record increase in new COVID-19 deaths for a third day in a row, with 252 fatalities in the last 24 hours. Florida, California, and Texas, the three most populous US states, all set one-day records for fatalities.
    (AP, 7/30/20)(Reuters, 7/30/20)

2020        Aug 3, North Dakota-based Fisher Industries won another contract, valued at $289 million, to build 17 more miles of border wall in Laredo, Texas. US Sen. Kevin Cramer, has championed the company to Pres. Donald Trump. The Republican senator has received donations from the company.
    (SFC, 8/4/20, p.A4)

2020        Aug 8, In Texas a pair of Fort Hood soldiers were among those arrested at the conclusion of a two-day child prostitution sting. Nine men arrested also included a third US service member.
    (Miami Herald, 8/11/20)

2020        Aug 10, It was reported that at least five horses have been killed around Pearland, Texas, since late May. Police believe the horses were killed for their meat.
    (Miami Herald, 8/10/20)

2020        Aug 13, Dallas resident Collin Garrett Hayden (28), a male stripper accused of drug-dealing and being a white supremacist, was sentenced to 200 months in federal prison.
    (Miami Herald, 8/14/20)

2020        Aug 17, In Texas Fort Hood Sgt. Elder Fernandes was last seen when his staff sergeant dropped him off at his home in Killeen. He was the 3rd Fort Hood soldier to go missing this year. His body was found on August 25 near railroad tracks in Temple.
    (SSFC, 8/23/20, p.A7)(NBC News, 8/26/20)

2020        Aug 21, In Texas a dredging vessel in the port of Corpus Christi hit a natural gas pipeline sparking an explosion that sent six people to the hospital and left four others missing. The bodies of two missing crew members of a dredging boat were found the next day. Two other crew members of the dredging vessel Waymon L Boyd remained missing.
    (SFC, 8/22/20, p.A4)(AP, 8/22/20)

2020        Aug 25, Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate the Texas and Louisiana coasts as Laura strengthened into a hurricane that forecasters said could slam into land as a major storm with ferocious winds and deadly flooding.
    (AP, 8/25/20)

2020        Aug 26, Hurricane Laura rapidly gained strength, forecast to become a “catastrophic" Category 4 hurricane before striking Texas and Louisiana. Officials implored coastal residents to flee before it's too late.
    (AP, 8/26/20)

2020        Aug 26, Dallas-area taxicab driver Yaser Abdel Said (63), wanted for the Jan. 1, 2008, slayings of his two teenage daughters, was arrested in a small North Texas town. The teenage sisters were found shot multiple times in a cab outside a motel in Irving, a Dallas suburb.
    (AP, 8/26/20)

2020        Aug 28, The death toll increased to 14 in Louisiana and Texas as the Gulf Coast cleaned up a day after being walloped by Hurricane Laura.
    (Good Morning America, 8/29/20)
2020        Aug 28, In Mississippi Barnard Lnell Morrow, a suspect in the March 14 shooting deaths of three people in Killeen, Texas, including a Fort Hood soldier, was arrested in Newton.
    (AP, 8/28/20)

2020        Sep 4, In Texas a San Antonio police officer and a security guard fatally shot a Black shoplifting suspect after he stabbed the officer in the face.
    (AP, 9/4/20)

2020        Sep 5, In Texas several boats sank on Lake Travis near Austin. The vessels were out on the lake for an event billed as a "Trump Boat Parade" in which boaters displayed their support for President Trump. There were no injuries or medical emergencies.
    (The Week, 9/6/20)

2020        Sep 10, In Texas four Houston police officers were fired after a months-long investigation of a fatal shooting found that they were "objectively unreasonable" in discharging 21 rounds at Nicolas Chavez (27), a man in distress on April 21.
    (ABC News, 9/10/20)

2020        Sep 14, The US deported a key witness in an ongoing investigation into sexual abuse at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso. The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General had forbidden the woman's deportation, but changed course, and the woman was sent to Mexico.
    (Business Insider, 9/16/20)

2020        Sep 20, In Texas a single-engine plane crashed while attempting an emergency landing in a pasture near Hilltop Lakes. All four people aboard the plane were killed.
    (SFC, 9/22/20, p.A4)

2020        Sep 22, Hurricane Beta weakened to a tropical depression as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in Houston and areas further inland. Forecasters ran out of traditional storm names last week, forcing the use of the Greek alphabet for only the second time since the 1950s.
    (AP, 9/22/20)

2020        Sep 25, Niki Williams (46), a former Houston college admissions test administrator, pleaded guilty to taking bribes in a cheating scheme designed to inflate the scores used to determine whether prospective students got into universities.
    (NBC News, 9/25/20)
2020        Sep 25, Tyler Technologies, a Texas company that sells software that cities and states use to display results on election night, was hit by ransomware. Election officials use Tyler software to aggregate and report election results in at least 20 places around the country.
    (NY Times, 9/28/20)

2020        Sep 26, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality lifted a water quality warning for all but one Houston-area community. Lake Jackson remained under warning of possible contamination of its water supply by Naegleria fowleri, a deadly brain-eating microbe. The brain-eating amoeba detected in the water supply led to the death of a boy (6) earlier this month.
    (SSFC, 9/27/20, p.A10)(Reuters, 9/28/20)

2020        Oct 1, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott limited each county to one drop-off location for completed mail ballots. The move would force Harris County, which is larger than Rhode Island, to abandon 11 locations. Abbott cited election security; Democrats said he was trying to reduce voter turnout.
    (NY Times, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 1, Kim Richardson (63), a Dallas resident, pleaded guilty in December and was ordered today to serve 54 months in federal prison for selling shoplifted merchandise on eBay for 19 years. She was also ordered to pay $3.8 million in damages.
    (Business Insider, 10/3/20)

2020        Oct 3, In Texas Jonathan Price (31) was fatally shot when he intervened to break up a domestic violence situation. Wolfe City Police officer Shaun David Lucas was later arrested and charged with murder. Shaun Lucas (22) was fired on Oct. 8 for "his egregious violation of the city's and police department's policies."
    (NBC News, 10/6/20)(NBC News, 10/9/20)

2020        Oct 5, In Texas three workers were killed when a stairwell collapsed inside a high-rise building under construction in Houston.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.A5)

2020        Oct 7, The Texas Supreme Court ruled that 2 million Houston voters cannot receive unsolicited mail ballot applications from local elections officials who are dramatically expanding ways to vote in November in the nation's third-largest county, a key battleground in Texas.
    (AP, 10/7/20)

2020        Oct 9, A US federal judge blocked an order from Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott limiting the number of drop-off sites allowed for absentee ballots statewide to just one per county, a constraint Democrats denounced as blatant voter suppression.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)

2020        Oct 10, A US federal appeals court issued a temporary stay that allows the Republican governor of Texas to continue limiting counties to a single drop-off site for absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
    (Reuters, 10/10/20)

2020        Oct 12, The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals late today put on hold a lower court ruling that had blocked the Texas governor's order on ballot drop-off sites from taking effect, saying the decision would not hinder Texans from exercising their right to vote.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)

2020        Oct 13, Texas began in-person voting.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company launched a New Shepard rocket for a seventh time from a remote corner of Texas, testing new lunar-landing technology for NASA that could help put astronauts back on the moon.
    (AP, 10/13/20)

2020        Oct 15, Federal prosecutors charged Houston software executive Robert Brockman with multiple counts of tax evasion, money laundering, and wire fraud for allegedly hiding $2 billion in income over 20 years.
    (The Week, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 15, Prosecutors said Robert Smith (57), the Texas billionaire who last year promised to pay off the debt of the graduating class of Morehouse College, has admitted to tax evasion through an illegal scheme that used offshore banks for 15 years.
    (The Independent, 10/16/20)

2020        Oct 16, In Texas arson investigator Lemuel Bruce (44) and an arson suspect were killed during a shootout early today in Houston after the investigator pursued the suspect.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, A Texas state judge in Travis County issued an injunction blocking enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott's Oct. 1 order limiting counties to one mail-in ballot drop-off location.
    (SFC, 10/17/20, p.A4)

2020        Oct 23, A Texas appeals court ruled the Republican governor cannot limit drop-off sites for mail ballots to one per county, a setback for US President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, A US Border Patrol agent investigating suspected human smuggling with other agents in Texas fatally shot a person driving a vehicle carrying people believed to be in the country illegally.
    (AP, 10/24/20)

2020        Oct 24, The Texas Supreme Court temporarily reinstated the governor's ban on multiple drop-off sites for mail ballots, in a short-term victory for President Donald Trump. The ban will remain in effect while the state supreme court fully reviews an appeals court ruling that overturned the order by Governor Greg Abbott.
    (Reuters, 10/24/20)

2020        Oct 27, The Texas Supreme Court upheld a policy announced by Greg Abbott, the Republican governor, which limits each county to a single drop-off box for mailed ballots. The state’s largest county — Harris, which includes Houston — is home to 4.7 million people.
    (NY Times, 10/27/20)

2020        Nov 1, The Texas Supreme Court denied a request by conservative activist Steven Hotze and others for an order that drive-through voting violates Texas election law. The court rejected a bid to toss out almost 127,000 votes cast in drive-through lanes. A similar challenge was still pending.
    (Reuters, 11/1/20)(SFC, 11/2/20, p.A4)

2020        Nov 2, A federal judge in Texas ruled that 127,000 votes that were already cast at drive-through voting sites in the Houston area would be counted after Republicans tried to disqualify them.
    (NY Times, 11/3/20)

2020        Nov 3, Texas voters backed US President Donald Trump over Democrat Joe Biden and sent Republican John Cornyn to his fourth US Senate term.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, In Texas Spc. Corey Grafton (20), an active-duty soldier at Fort Hood, was arrested for the July 2019 death of Chelsea Cheatham (32). DNA from the murder scene led to the arrest.
    (CBS News, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 3, The number of coronavirus patients in US hospitals breached 50,000, the highest level in nearly three months, as a surge in infections threatens to push the nation's health care system to the edge of capacity. Texas reported the highest number of currently hospitalized patients with 5,936.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)

2020        Nov 11, Texas became America's first state with more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases.
    (SFC, 11/12/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 11, Dallas rapper Mo3 (28), born as Melvin Noble, was reportedly gunned down in broad daylight in a drive-by shooting and died from his injuries. In December police arrested Kewon Dontrell White (21) in connection with the killing.
    (AP, 11/12/20)(AP, 12/10/20)

2020        Nov 23, The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Louisiana and Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics, reversing earlier decisions.
    (SFC, 11/24/20, p.A6)

2020        Nov 25, In Texas police shot and killed a man who fired on officers and set his trailer on fire in San Antonio.
    (AP, 11/26/20)

2020        Nov 29, Police in the West Texas community of San Angelo fatally shot Adam Lee Mendez (38) early today after he approached officers with a knife during a domestic violence call. Mendez was taken to a hospital, where he died.
    (AP, 11/29/20)

2020        Dec 2, Christopher Allen Whiteley (28) was last seen early today in Lipan, Texas. Whiteley’s body was found days later in a nearby wooded area after a search. A preliminary report found that he likely died of a mountain lion attack.
    (NBC News, 12/6/20)

2020        Dec 8, An investigative panel looking into a pattern of violent crimes at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas says they found a command structure that was "permissive" of sexual assaults. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced 14 firings and suspensions among commanders and lower-level leaders as a result of an investigation into a pattern of sexual assault, harassment, suicides and murder at the post in Killeen, Texas.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)(CBS News, 12/9/20)

2020        Dec 9, In Texas Joshua Feast (22) died after he was shot in the back by La Marque police Officer Jose Santos. La Marque Police Chief Kirk Jackson later said that Feast was a person of interest in several recent shootings in the city on the southern edge of Houston and that weapons were found at the scene of his fatal shooting.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 9, SpaceX launched its shiny, bullet-shaped, straight-out-of-science fiction Starship several miles into the air from a remote corner of Texas, but the 6 1/2-minute test flight ended in an explosive fireball at touchdown.
    (AP, 12/9/20)

2020        Dec 11, The US Supreme Court threw out a complaint filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that directly attacked four other states that President-elect Joe Biden won.
    (AP, 12/11/20)

2020        Dec 12, It was reported that Oracle Corp., based in Redwood City, Ca., is moving its headquarters to Austin, Texas.
    (SFC, 12/12/20, p.A1)
2020        Dec 12, Charley Pride, described as "the first Black superstar in country music," died due to complications from COVID-19 in Dallas, Texas.
    (The Week, 12/13/20)

2020        Dec 25, Texas reported 10, 868 patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
    (SFC, 12/28/20, p.A5)

2020        Dec 28, Switzerland said it will return $150 million from blocked Swiss bank accounts by the end of the year to the United States to be given to victims of convicted Ponzi scheme con artist Robert Allen Stanford. Stanford, a former Texas financier, was convicted of fraud by a Houston jury in 2012 in what prosecutors called a $7.2 billion fraud that lasted two decades.
    (AP, 12/28/20)

2020        Dec 31, In Texas Pfc. Asia M. Graham (19) was found unresponsive in her barracks and was later pronounced dead by emergency services personnel on the Fort Bliss Army post.
    (CBS News, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 1, In Texas Drill Sgt. Jessica Mitchell (30) was found around 2 a.m. with multiple gunshots to the driver's side door and window of her car along Interstate 10 in San Antonio. Mitchell had been shot several times and was taken to a nearby hospital, but died later from her injuries.
(CBS News, 1/5/21)

2021        Jan 2, A coalition of 11 Republican senators, led by Ted Cruz of Texas, announced it will challenge the outcome of the presidential election by voting to reject electors from some states when Congress meets next week to certify the Electoral College results that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden won.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, Rhonda Lee Walker (40), a US Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas, used another officer’s computer login information to help a woman enter the United States through the Laredo Port of Entry. Walker intended the woman work for her as a housekeeper and nanny. On May 14 Walker pleaded guilty to conspiring to bring the woman into the country.
    (AP, 5/15/21)

2021        Jan 10, In Texas Patrick Lynn Warren (52) was fatally shot by Killeen Officer Reynaldo Contreras, who was responding to what has been termed a psychiatric call. Warren's family soon called for the officer to be arrested and charged for the shooting.
    (AP, 1/15/21)

2021        Jan 12, US Pres. Donald Trump traveled to the US-Mexico border in Texas to extol his border wall, likely to reach 475 miles by Joe Biden's inauguration.
    (SFC, 1/13/21, p.A6)

2021        Jan 15, The National Rifle Association said that it has filed for bankruptcy and will move from New York, where it's currently based, to Texas.
    (AP, 1/16/21)

2021        Jan 26, A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the Biden administration's order for a moratorium on deportations.
    (The Week, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 26, In Texas two people were found dead in a medical office in Austin late today after a hostage standoff that lasted more than five hours.
    (NY Times, 1/27/21)

2021        Feb 7, US Representative Ron Wright (67) died after testing positive for COVID-19 last month, making him the first member of the US Congress to die from the pandemic disease that has claimed nearly 464,000 American lives. The Texas Republican had also been battling cancer.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)

2021        Feb 11, In Texas at least six people were killed in crashes that involved up to 100 vehicles on I-35 in Fort Worth, as a slurry of winter weather made for slick roads.
    (SFC, 2/12/21, p.A4)

2021        Feb 12, British engineer Arthur Rupert Neve (1926-2021) died in San Marcos Texas. In 1964 he delivered his first custom-made transistor console to Phillips Studios in London.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.F8)

2021        Feb 15, A rare deep freeze in Texas that raised demand for power forced the US state's electric grid operator to impose rotating blackouts that left more than 2 million customers without electricity.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)

2021        Feb 16, Killer tornadoes in the Southeast and historic subzero cold as far south as Texas were blamed for seven deaths and massive power outages. In North Carolina at least three people were found dead early today after a tornado tore through a seaside town at the rough edge of a blast of winter weather across the US. 4.5 million Texan households were cut off from power.  
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)(AP, 2/16/21)(Econ., 2/20/21, p.21)

2021        Feb 17, In Texas inmate Jaquaree Simmons (23) was found unresponsive in his cell following fights with detention officers a day earlier. On May 29 eleven sheriff's workers were fired  and six others suspended for violating various policies related to Simmons' death.
    (SSFC, 5/30/21, p.A9)

2021        Feb 18, The Biden administration sent generators, blankets, and other supplies to Texas to help people struggling without power or running water after a brutal blast of extreme winter weather. President Biden also approved emergency declarations for Oklahoma and Louisiana, two other states hit hard by the storm.
    (The Week, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 18, Utility crews rushed to restore power to nearly 3.4 million customers around the US, most of them in Texas, after an extreme winter storm slammed states from the Southwest to the Northeast. At least 30 people have died in connection with the weather, which brought record cold to many areas.
    (The Week, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, Fox News reported that US Senator Ted Cruz flew to the Mexican resort city of Cancun with his family, as millions of his fellow Texans struggled through a deadly deep freeze.
    (Reuters, 2/18/21)

2021        Feb 20, FEMA said Pres. Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Texas which has suffered widespread power blackouts and water shortages during a deadly deep freeze.
    (Reuters, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, Electricity was restored to most Texans who had lost power after a winter storm, but water systems for nearly two-thirds of residents were disrupted, leaving millions without drinkable water. At least 70 people have died in a storm-battered region that stretches to Ohio, and the final tally could be much higher.
    (NY Times, 2/21/21)(AP, 2/21/21)

2021        Feb 23, A US federal judge late today indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. Texas argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, A sixth member of the board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's power grid operator, resigned in the wake of a massive failure of the state's power network. Randal Miller represented independent retail power providers.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)

2021        Mar 1, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that he’s suing electricity provider Griddy for passing along massive bills to its customers during February's winter storm. The lawsuit accuses Griddy of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and seeks refunds for customers. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative said it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing last month's winter storm that left millions without power.
    (AP, 3/1/21)

2021        Mar 3, President Biden harshly criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves for lifting coronavirus restrictions.
    (The Week, 3/4/21)

2021        Mar 4, Dallas police Officer Bryan Riser was arrested on two counts of capital murder and taken to the Dallas County Jail. The Dallas Police Department allowed Riser to continue patrolling for more than a year while investigating whether he ordered two people to be killed because it didn't want to tip him off.
    (AP, 3/5/21)

2021        Mar 15, Eight migrants died in a car crash in Texas on US Highway 277, about 30 miles north of the border city Del Rio.
    (NY Times, 3/16/21)

2021        Mar 19, It was reported that the Louis Tussaud's Waxworks Museum in San Antonio has removed a waxwork of Donald Trump because people kept punching it.
    (Business Insider, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was hit with four lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct, bringing the total number of such suits filed this week to seven.
    (The Week, 3/20/21)

2021        Mar 23, Texas health officials COVID-19 vaccine eligibility will be expanded to all adults as of March 29.
    (SFC, 3/23/21, p.A4)

2021        Mar 25, Texas officials raised the death toll from February's winter storm and blackouts to at least 111 people — nearly doubling the state's initial tally following one of the worst power outages in US history.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, Larry McMurtry (84), an award-winning novelist and screenwriter, died at his home in Archer city, Texas. His work included Lonesome Dove (1985), the novel that won him the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as "The Last Picture Show (1966)" and "Terms of Endearment" (1975).
    (NY Times, 3/27/21)

2021        Mar 30, An uncrewed SpaceX Starship prototype rocket failed to land safely after a test launch from Boca Chica, Texas, and engineers were investigating.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)

2021        Apr 1, In Texas seven sheriff’s officers in Collin County were fired in connection with the March 14 death of Marvin D. Scott III, a 26-year-old Black man who died after being restrained at the county jail.
    (https://tinyurl.com/9js5y7s4)(NY Times, 4/1/21)

2021        Apr 5, Texas-based Baylor Univ. won its first men’s college basketball championship, handing Gonzaga its first loss of the season, 86 to 70.
    (NY Times, 4/5/21)
2021        Apr 5, In Texas six people were found dead in an apparent murder-cuicide in a suburban Dallas home.
    (SFC, 4/7/21, p.A4)

2021        Apr 8, In Texas Larry Winston (27) of Iola opened fire at a cabinet-making company where he worked, killing one person and wounding five others before shooting and wounding a state trooper. Bollin was arested and charged with murder.
    (SFC, 4/10/21, p.A4)

2021        Apr 14, A Texas police officer was shot multiple times during a traffic stop in Burleson early today. Three suspects fled the scene. The officer was hospitalized in stable condition.
    (AP, 4/14/21)

2021        Apr 16, Ole Anthony (82), a former Air Force intelligence specialist and Texas political operative, died at a house in Dallas that he shared with several members of his organization, the Trinity Foundation. He found Jesus in 1972, built a following among the down-and-out of east Dallas, and then used that movement to take down a rogue’s gallery of unscrupulous televangelists and faith healers.
    (NY Times, 4/27/21)

2021        Apr 17, In Texas a car crash left two dead. Local police said it appeared to have occurred with no one in the driver's seat. The 2019 Tesla Model S was reportedly traveling at a high speed, when it failed to negotiate a curve.
    (Reuters, 4/19/21)

2021        Apr 18, In Texas gunfire left two women and a man dead shortly before noon in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Austin. Police identified the shooter as ex-sheriff's deputy Stephen Nicholas Broderick (41). Broderick was arrested that next day.
    (AP, 4/19/21)(Reuters, 4/19/21)

2021        Apr 27, In Texas Grand Prairie police closed down a $500,000 cockfighting operation after seizing almost 300 roosters, hens and chicks.
    (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4/30/21)

2021        Apr 30, In Texas 97 undocumented people were found in a single house in Houston. Federal charges were soon filed against five people for their alleged roles in a human smuggling operation.
    (AP, 5/4/21)

2021        May 1, Berkshire Hathaway Inc defended its $8 billion proposal to build natural gas plants in Texas to help reduce the threat of devastating blackouts such as those in February.
    (Reuters, 5/1/21)

2021        May 3, Texas lawyer Jamie Balagia (65), known as the “DWI Dude," was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for falsely promising Colombian drug traffickers he'd get their charges reduced or dismissed in exchange for cash. Balagia's two co-defendants in the case previously pleaded guilty and are serving federal prison sentences.
    (AP, 5/4/21)

2021        May 4, HP, Microsoft and other businesses called for expanded voter access in Texas, and a group of Houston executives criticized Republican-backed voting bills in the state Legislature.
    (NY Times, 5/4/21)

2021        May 5, In Texas SpaceX launched and successfully landed its futuristic Starship.
    (SFC, 5/6/21, p.A4)

2021        May 6, Republican-led Legislature in Texas pressed ahead with its own far-reaching bill that would make it one of the most difficult states in the nation in which to cast a ballot.
    (NY Times, 5/7/21)

2021        May 19, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a "fetal heartbeat" abortion bill that bans the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy and grants citizens the right to sue doctors who perform abortions past that point.
    (AP, 5/19/21)
2021        May 19, Heavy rain kept pounding parts of Texas and Arkansas before moving over Louisiana, adding to the misery for people whose homes and cars were flooded by an earlier drenching.
    (AP, 5/19/21)
2021        May 19, Texas executed Quintin Jones (41), the state’s first execution in 10 months. Jones was convicted of fatally beating his great aunt (83) more than two decades ago.
    (AP, 5/20/21)(SFC, 5/20/21, p.A4)

2021        May 28, It was reported that Texas-based Exxon Mobil's three largest refineries - two in Texas and one in Louisiana - are the nation's top three emitters of small particulate matter.
    (Reuters, 5/28/21)

2021        May 29, It was reported that a group of 117 healthcare workers at a Texas hospital filed a lawsuit in state court against their employer's mandate requiring all staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations. On June 12 US District Judge Lynn Hughes of Houston deemed lead plaintiff Jennifer Bridges’ contention that the vaccines are “experimental and dangerous" to be false and otherwise irrelevant.
    (AP, 5/30/21)(AP, 6/13/21)
2021        May 29, Grammy-winning singer B.J. Thomas (78) died at his hiome in Arlington, Texas. His songs included "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (1969) and "Hey Won't You Play" (1975). The Raindrops song was written by  Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969).
    (SFC, 5/31/21, p.B5)

2021        May 30, After an overnight debate, the Texas state Senate voted along party lines to pass the bill, whose provisions include limiting early hours to cast ballots, banning drive-through polling sites and placing new requirements on voters. Texas Democrats walked out of the State Legislature late today to block a bill restricting voter access. Republicans vowed to revive it.
    (Reuters, 5/30/21)(NY Times, 6/1/21)

2021        May 31, Texas rapper Lil Loaded (20), born as Dashawn Robertson, died by suicide. He won viral success with a 2019 single and was facing a manslaughter charge in a fatal shooting last year. Robertson's 2019 song "6locc 6a6y" was awarded a gold certification last week by the Recording Industry Association of America.
    (AP, 6/1/21)

2021        Jun 12, In Texas a gunman opened fire in the busy bar and nightclub district of Austin early today, injuring 14 people. Police soon arrested one suspect and searched for a second following the mass shooting. Douglas John Kantor, (25), a tourist from New York and one of the 14 people wounded, died the next day from his injuries. The 2nd suspect (17) was arrested on June 14. On June 24 police arrested De'ondre White (19) into custody on a murder warrant. Charges against the two juveniles arrested earlier were dropped. 
    (Reuters, 6/14/21)(SFC, 6/14/21, p.A3)(SFC, 6/15/21, p.A4)(SFC, 6/26/21, p.A4)

2021        Jun 16, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill allowing people to carry concealed handguns without any permit, joining 20 other states that already have such measures.
    (Reuters, 6/17/21)
2021        Jun 16, Self-driving truck technology company TuSimple Holdings Inc said it will open a new Texas facility that will enable it to put trucks to work hauling freight on the roads of the southeastern US states within six months.
    (Reuters, 6/16/21)

2021        Jun 17, California and Texas urged consumers to conserve energy this week to reduce stress on the grid and avoid outages as homes and businesses crank up air conditioners to escape a scorching heatwave blanketing the US Southwest.
    (Reuters, 6/17/21)

2021        Jun 18, A Fort Bliss, Texas, soldier was convicted at an Army court-martial hearing of sexually assaulting a fellow soldier and another unnamed woman. Pfc. Christian Alvarado was sentenced by a military judge to 18 years and three months in prison.
    (Fox News, 6/18/21)

2021        Jun 22, In Texas more than 150 staff members at a Houston-area hospital were fired or resigned for not following a policy that requires employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
    (AP, 6/22/21)

2021        Jun 24, In Texas a US Air Force Academy cadet was one of two people killed in the crash of a small plane south of Fort Worth.
    (AP, 6/26/21)

2021        Jul 8, It was reported that more than 125 children and adults who atternded a religious camp in Texas last month have now tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 7/8/21, p.A6)

2021        Jul 12, Democrats in the Texas Legislature bolted for Washington DC to prevent a GOP overhaul of election laws. Gov. Greg Abbott soon slashed the salaries of some 2,000 legislative workers as punishment for the walkout.
    (SFC, 7/13/21, p.A7)(SSFC, 8/1/21, p.A8)

2021        Jul 15, A Texas SWAT commander was killed and three other officers were wounded after a suspect opened fire on law enforcement and commenced a standoff that lasted over 10 hours. Suspect Omar Soto-Chavira (22) was transported to a hospital for unspecified injuries following the standoff.
    (Washington Examiner, 7/16/21)

2021        Jul 17, In Texas a chemical leak at a Houston-area water park left dozens suffering from minor skin irritation and respiratory issues. 29 people were taken to local hospitals following the incident at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring.
    (AP, 7/17/21)

2021        Jul 18, Two more Texas lawmakers, who left their state to hobble efforts to pass new voting restrictions, have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising to five the number of infected people in the delegation.
    (AP, 7/19/21)

2021        Jul 20, Amazon founder Jeff  Bezos  lifted off from a site in West Texas with three other people, fulfilling a key goal of his private  Blue Origin rocket company. Bezos and the passengers  experienced about four minutes of free fall in the New Shepard capsule. The whole flight lasted about 10 minutes.
    (AP, 7/20/21)

2021        Jul 23, In Texas physicist Steven Weinberg (88), who won the Nobel prize in 1979 with two other scientists for their separate contributions unlocking mysteries of tiny particles and their electromagnetic interaction, died in Austin.
    (AP, 7/24/21)

2021        Jul 27, Dusty Hill, the bearded bass player who made up one third of ZZ Top, died at his home in Houston. ZZ Top was among the best-selling rock bands of the 1980s.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dusty_Hill)(NY Times, 7/28/21)

2021        Aug 4, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas apprehended two MS-13 gang members. A day later McAllen agents arrested a Salvadoran national who had a prior arrest in LA for forcible oral copulation with a minor under the age of 14, for which he had been convicted and sentenced to 12 years in jail.
    (Fox News, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 4, In south Texas at least 10 people died after a van, carrying 30 people believed to be migrants, crashed about 80 miles north of the Mexico border.
    (NY Times, 8/5/21)

2021        Aug 5, The White House said seven US states with the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates account for half of the country's new cases and hospitalizations in the last week. They included Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Texas. The CDC said COVID cases are up about 43% over the previous week and that daily deaths are up more than 39%.
    (AP, 8/5/21)

2021        Aug 7, Texas Democrats again refused to return to the state Capitol as Gov. Greg Abbott began a 3rd attempt at passing new election laws.
    (SSFC, 8/8/21, p.A9)
2021        Aug 7, In Texas three women were found killed at a condo on South Padre Island. Yordi Barthelemy (23) fled the scene of the shooting but later turned himself in and was arrested in the neighboring community of Port Isabel.
    (The Grio, 8/12/21)

2021        Aug 9, The Dallas Independent School District said that everyone — students, employees and visitors — must wear a mask while on school property, in defiance of an executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott that prohibits school districts from requiring masks.
    (NY Times, 8/9/21)

2021        Aug 10, The Texas House of Representatives voted 80-12 to authorize state law enforcement to round up and potentially arrest absentee Democrats who fled the Republican-led chamber to block action on polarizing election legislation.
    (NY Times, 8/11/21)

2021        Aug 14, Local authorities in Texas said more than 5,000 illegal immigrants have been discovered inside stash houses around Laredo, since last fall, an indication of how many are evading Border Patrol agents at the US-Mexico border and getting away.
    (Washington Examiner, 8/14/21)

2021        Aug 15, The Texas Supreme Court, entirely comprised of elected Republican justices, blocked mask mandates ordered by county leaders in Dallas and San Antonio.
    (SFC, 8/16/21, p.A5)

2021        Aug 17, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said he had tested positive for COVID-19. On August 21 Abbott said he tested negative.
    (NY Times, 8/18/21)(AP, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 17, The Texas Supreme Court ruled that House Democrats boycotting a special legislative session can be arrested and forced back to chambers.
    (SFC, 8/18/21, p.A4)

2021        Aug 18, A US federal appeals court upheld a Texas law banning the most common form of second-trimester abortion.
    (NY Times, 8/19/21)

2021        Aug 24, The US Supreme Court refused to block a ruling from a federal judge in Texas requiring the Biden administration to reinstate a Trump-era immigration program that forces asylum seekers arriving at the southwestern border to await approval in Mexico.
    (NY Times, 8/24/21)

2021        Aug 25, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning any state or local mandates requiring people to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as the state reported the most COVID-19 patients in its hospitals since the pandemic began.
    (SFC, 8/27/21, p.A12)

2021        Sep 1, Texas’ near-ban on abortion, Senate Bill 8, went into effect after the Supreme Court didn’t take action on a request to block the law. An emergency application from abortion providers seeking to block the law remains pending, and the Supreme Court is expected to rule on it shortly.
    (NY Times, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, The US Supreme Court decided not to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after six weeks, less than a day after it went into effect.
    (NY Times, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 1, Texas' new law allowing most people to carry handguns in public without a permit or training came into effect. Research has suggested that crime actually rises after such laws are implemented.
    (AP, 9/4/21)

2021        Sep 2, President Joe Biden said the US Supreme Court's ruling on Texas' abortion ban "is an unprecedented assault on a woman's constitutional rights," after the top court allowed the law to remain in place.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)

2021        Sep 3, A Texas judge temporarily barred an anti-abortion group from suing Planned Parenthood to enforce a near-total ban on abortion in the state, handing the nation's largest abortion provider a small victory in the bitter legal fight.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)

2021        Sep 7, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law voting restrictions that Republican backers say are intended to combat voter fraud but that critics contend are aimed at making it harder for Democratic-leaning minorities to cast ballots. Opponents have vowed to quickly file lawsuits in federal courts across Texas challenging the legality of the measure.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)

2021        Sep 8, The US Supreme Court halted the execution of a Texas prisoner who requested that his pastor lay hands on him when his execution is carried out. The late night order came three hours before inmate John Ramirez was scheduled to be executed.
    (Washington Examiner, 9/9/21)

2021        Sep 9, The Justice Department sued Texas over its new anti-abortion law, which Attorney General Merrick Garland called “clearly unconstitutional".
    (NY Times, 9/9/21)

2021        Sep 14, The US Justice Department asked a federal judge late today to issue an order that would prevent Texas from enforcing a law that prohibits nearly all abortions, ratcheting up a fight between the Biden administration and the state’s Republican leaders.
    (NY Times, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 14, Hurricane Nicholas made landfall early today over the Gulf Coast of Texas before being downgraded to a tropical storm, lashing weary residents with powerful wind gusts and driving rain as it moved toward Houston.
    (NY Times, 9/14/21)

2021        Sep 15, In Texas a boy killed his family and posted grisly photos of the crime on social media, sending authorities rushing to an Aransas RV park. The suspect died from a gunshot wound.
    (AP, 9/16/21)

2021        Sep 17, In southern Texas Haitians fleeing a country hammered by political turmoil and two natural disasters made up most of over 10,000 migrants sleeping on the ground and desperate for food in a squalid camp under the Del Rio International Bridge connecting Mexico to south Texas.   
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)

2021        Sep 20, A Houston police officer was killed and another was wounded this morning during a shooting that also killed a man (31) who the officers were attempting to arrest on drug charges.
    (AP, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Lawyers said a court-appointed receiver has recouped more than $1 billion for victims of Texas financier Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme, the largest by dollar amount other than Bernard Madoff's fraud. Stanford (71) is serving a 110-year prison sentence following his 2012 conviction for running a $7.2 billion Ponzi scheme affecting approximately 18,000 former investors.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, A San Antonio physician who announced he gave an abortion to a woman in defiance of a new Texas law was sued in Texas state court by two plaintiffs from other states who want to test the law's constitutionality.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)

2021        Sep 22, In Texas the charred and dismembered bodies of three people have been discovered on fire inside a dumpster in the city of Fort Worth.
    (The Independent, 9/25/21)

2021        Sep 24, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a new law that restricts access to abortion-inducing medications, just weeks after the state rolled out a near-total ban on abortion procedures.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)

2021        Oct 1, President Joe Biden's administration urged a judge to block a near-total ban on abortion imposed by Texas - the strictest such law in the nation - in a key battle in the ferocious legal war over abortion access in the United States.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Texas man Seth Aaron Pendley (28), who wanted to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia to disrupt the internet and upset "the oligarchy," was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Pendley had communicated with an undercover FBI agent instead of an explosives supplier.
    (NBC News, 10/1/21)

2021        Oct 2, Women's rights advocates gathered in Austin, Texas, to protest against the country's most restrictive abortion law, launching a series of 660 marches around the United States in support of reproductive freedom.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)

2021        Oct 6, A federal judge granted the Justice Department’s request to halt enforcement of the recently passed Texas law that bans nearly all abortions in the state while the legal battle over the statute makes its way through the federal courts.
    (NY Times, 10/7/21)

2021        Oct 7, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla will move its headquarters from Palo Alto, Ca., to Austin, Texas. The Tesla factory in Fremont, Ca., where about 10,000 workers are based, will continue to expand.
    (SFC, 10/8/21, p.A1)

2021        Oct 8, A US appeals court late today temporarily reinstated Texas's restrictive abortion law, which bars the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy and outsources enforcement of the ban to ordinary citizens. On  Oct. 14 an appeals court denied a US request to halt the Texas law pending arguments in the week of December 6.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)(SFC, 10/15/21, p.A5)

2021        Oct 11, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, responding to what he called "bullying" by the Biden Administration, barred all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state by any entity, including private employers.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)

2021        Oct 12, Two Texas-based carriers said the federal mandate superseded an order by Republican Governor Greg Abbott barring COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any entity, including private employers. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines said they would comply with US President Joe Biden's executive order to require that their employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 by a Dec. 8 deadline.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Northern Texas federal Judge Mark Pittman issued a temporary retraining order barring United Airlines Holdings Inc. from placing unvaccinated workers with a religious or medical exemption on unpaid leave.
    (SFC, 10/14/21, p.A6)

2021        Oct 14, The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that bans transgender women and girls from participating in female school sports after three previous attempts failed, all but assuring Republican Governor Greg Abbott will sign it into law.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)

2021        Oct 18, Texas Republicans approved redrawn US House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state.
    (AP, 10/19/21)   
2021        Oct 18, President Joe Biden's administration asked the US Supreme Court to block a Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion after a lower court reinstated the Republican-backed measure.
    (AP, 10/18/21)

2021        Oct 23, In Texas a driver lost control during a drag racing event at the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport and slammed into a crowd of spectators, killing two children and injuring eight other people.
    (AP, 10/24/21)

2021        Oct 25, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill banning transgender girls from participating in female sports at public schools, due to take effect on Jan. 18.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)

2021        Oct 27, A former nurse in East Texas was sentenced for killing four patients at a hospital in Tyler, Texas. William George Davis was found guilty of capital murder on October 19.
    (CBS News, 10/29/21)

2021        Nov 2, The Atlanta Braves won the World Series — one of the city’s only major sports titles in decades — beating the Houston Astros, 7-0, in Game 6.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)

2021        Nov 4, The US Justice Department sued Texas, arguing that the state’s new voting law would disenfranchise people.
    (NY Times, 11/4/21)

2021        Nov 5, In Texas at least eight people were killed and many others injured in a crush at the opening night of Houston's Astroworld music festival triggered by a surge of fans pushing toward the stage. Days later the death of a college student (22) raised the toll to nine. On Nov. 14 a boy (9) became the 10th, and youngest, person to die from injuries sustained at the Astroworld festival in Texas.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)(Reuters, 11/11/21)(NY Times, 11/15/21)

2021        Nov 10, It was reported that William “Doc" Gallagher (80), a Texas Christian radio host who called himself the “Money Doctor," has been sentenced to three life sentences plus 30 years by a Tarrant County judge after pleading guilty to operating a Ponzi scheme that prosecutors allege stole $32 million from elderly listeners.
    (Axios, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, A US federal judge ruled that Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates in Texas schools violates the rights of students with disabilities, clearing the path for districts in the state to issue their own rules for face coverings, a decision that could affect more than five million students.
    (NY Times, 11/11/21)
    (AP, 11/15/21)

2021        Nov 23, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Samsung plans to build a $17 billion semiconductor factory outside of Austin, Texas, amid a global shortage of chips used in phones, cars and other electronic devices.
    (SFC, 11/25/21, p.C2)(https://tinyurl.com/w793r3s)

2021        Dec 1, Tesla said it has officially moved its headquarters to a large factory under construction outside of Austin, Texas.
    (SFC, 12/2/21, p.C3)

2021        Dec 6, The US Dept. of Justice sued Texas over new redistricting maps, saying the plans discriminate against voters in the state's booming Latino and black populations.
    (SFC, 12/7/21, p.A3)

2021        Dec 9, A judge in Texas ruled that a law prohibiting abortions after about six weeks violated the state's constitution because it allows private citizens to sue abortion providers.
    (NY Times, 12/9/21)

2021        Dec 10, The US Supreme Court allowed abortion providers to pursue a legal challenge to a ban on most abortions in Texas, with the fate of the Republican-backed measure that allows private citizens to enforce it now hanging in the balance.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)

2021        Dec 20, Texas' Harris County reported its first death related to the Omicron COVID-19 variant, a man who was unvaccinated.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)

2021        Dec 23, Endo International Plc agreed to pay Texas $63 million to resolve claims by the state and local governments that the drugmaker helped fuel the US opioid epidemic.
    (Reuters, 12/23/21)

2021        Dec 26, In Texas three teens were killed and a 4th wounded at a gas station in Garland. Police sought Abel Elias Acosta (14) as the suspected gunman. His father Richard Acosta (33) turned himself into police the next day. The father was charged with capital murder for allegedly acting as a get-away driver.
    (SFC, 12/31/21, p.A7) 
2021        Dec 26, Sarah Weddington (76), a Texas lawyer who as a 26-year-old successfully argued the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade before the US Supreme Court, died in Austin.
    (Reuters, 12/27/21)

2022        Jan 15, In Texas a British man, who claimed to have weapons and explosives, took four hostages during a morning service at Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform synagogue in Colleyville. An 11-hour standoff ended with the hostages safe. It was not clear whether Malik Faisal Akram (44) took his own life or was slain by members of the FBI hostage rescue team.
    (NY Times, 1/16/22)(Reuters, 1/16/22)

2022        Jan 18, It was reported that Texas election officials have rejected hundreds of mail-in ballot applications, abiding by a new Republican-backed law just weeks before a March 1 primary kicks off this year's US election cycle.
    (Reuters, 1/18/22)

2022        Jan 20, The US Supreme Court rejected a request from abortion providers in Texas that a federal judge be allowed to take prompt action on their challenge to a state law that bans most abortions after six weeks. The practical effect of the order, the three liberal justices wrote in dissent, was to let the law stay in place indefinitely.
    (NY Times, 1/20/22)

2022        Jan 23, Houston deputy Charles Galloway (47) was killed early today after pulling a man over in what officials described as a "brutal attack." The suspect returned to the car and drove off after the shooting.
    (AP, 1/23/22)

2022        Feb 1, All federal prisons in the United States were locked down after a deadly gang brawl involving several inmates at a penitentiary in Texas. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) said two prisoners have died in hospital near the prison in Beaumont. Members of the violent Salvadoran street gang MS-13 were involved in the fighting at the prison.
    (Reuters, 2/1/22)

2022        Feb 2, In Texas the National Butterfly Center on the banks of the Rio Grande in Mission closed for the time being following unfounded allegations that it served as a cover for human smuggling, sex trafficking and the exploitation of children. The center did not support construction of a border wall through its 100-acre property.
    (NY Times, 2/6/22)

2022        Feb 3, A massive winter storm swept across the central and Northeast United States. More than 50,000 homes and businesses in Texas and another 25,000 in Arkansas were without power. More than 1,000 flights were canceled in and out of Dallas and Austin airports and another 500 were canceled from and to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. In all, more than 4,000 flights had been canceled.
    (Reuters, 2/3/22)

2022        Feb 4, Ashley Bryan, an eclectic artist and children’s book illustrator, died in Sugar Land, Texas. He brought diversity to an often white-dominated genre by introducing generations of young readers to Black characters and African folk tales.
    (NY Times, 2/9/22)

2022        Feb 5, In Texas a brutal murder-suicide in the Dallas area left the gunman’s parents, son and his ex-girlfriend’s 4-year-old son dead. Kevin Milazzo (41) was identified as the suspect.
    (NY Daily News, 2/6/22)

2022        Feb 7, The attorney general of Texas said Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has reached a settlement worth $225 million to resolve claims the drugmaker fueled an opioid epidemic in Texas by improperly marketing addictive pain medications.
    (Reuters, 2/7/22)

2022        Feb 17, City leaders of Austin, Texas, approved paying $10 million to two people injured by police in the 2020 protests over racial injustice that followed the killing of George Floyd. Hours later a grand jury indicted 19 Austin police officers on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for their actions during the protests.
    (SFC, 2/19/22, p.A5)

2022        Feb 18, County officials said thousands of Texas voters' mail-in ballots for midterm primary elections have been rejected for failing to comply with new Republican-backed identification requirements passed in the wake of Donald Trump's false claims of widespread fraud.
    (Reuters, 2/18/22)

2022        Mar 1, Voters in Texas ushered in the midterm campaign season with primaries that will test just how far to the right the Republican Party will shift. Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Democrat Beto O'Rourke won their parties' gubernatorial nominations, as the state's first-in-the-nation primary contests kicked off the race to the Nov. 8 general election. Texas rejected nearly 23,000 ballots under tougher voting rules.
    (AP, 3/1/22)(Reuters, 3/2/22)(SFC, 3/17/22, p.A4)

2022        Mar 2, Two-term US Representative Van Taylor withdrew from a Republican primary run-off race in Texas, ending his reelection bid after admitting he had an extra-marital affair with the widow of an American who joined the Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 3/2/22)

2022        Mar 9, A Texas court tossed out the state's appeal of an order preventing child welfare officials from investigating the parents of a transgender teenager over gender-confirming care the youth received.
    (AP, 3/9/22)

2022        Mar 11, Texas's high court effectively ended a challenge by clinics to a state law that banned most abortions in Texas by ruling that state officials including those tasked with doctor licensing have no role in enforcing the law. The Texas Supreme Court ruled that only private citizens, not state officials, can enforce the law known as SB8 by suing anyone who performs or assists a woman in obtaining an abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy.
    (Reuters, 3/11/22)

2022        Mar 15, Nine people died in a fiery, head-on collision in West Texas, including six students and a coach from a New Mexico university who were returning home from a golf tournament. A 13-year-old was reportedly driving the truck that hit a van. On July 14 the National Transportation Safety Board said that DNA testing results found the driver of the pickup truck was the father of the boy.
    (AP, 3/16/22)(NY Times, 3/17/22)(Reuters, 7/14/22)

2022        Mar 18, A wildfire in central Texas, covering almost 71 square miles, burned homes, destroyed a church and left a sheriff's deputy dead.
    (SFC, 3/19/22, p.A3)

2022        Mar 21, A Texas appeals court reinstated a temporary injunction prohibiting the state from investigating parents who provide their transgender children certain medical care that Governor Greg Abbott has branded "child abuse".
    (Reuters, 3/22/22)
2022        Mar 21, At least two tornadoes tore through north and central Texas, destroying homes and businesses, knocking out power and injuring at least several people.
    (Reuters, 3/21/22)

2022        Mar 25, Two soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, were sentenced to prison after they pleaded guilty to charges in connection to transporting illegal immigrants late last year.
    (The Hill, 3/26/22)

2022        Mar 31, Blue Origin, the space tourism venture launched by entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, completed its fourth flight with a crew, landing successfully in rural west Texas after taking a half dozen passengers for a 10-minute suborbital joyride.
    (AP, 3/31/22)

2022        Apr 5, Violent storms in the southern US killed at least three people in Louisiana and Texas. More than 5,000 people in Georgia and more than 7,000 in Texas were left without power.
    (SFC, 4/7/22, p.A5)

2022        Apr 7, Tesla Inc held an event to mark the opening of its $1.1 billion factory in Texas. It will help ramp up production of electric vehicles and batteries critical to its growth ambitions.
    (Reuters, 4/7/22)

2022        Apr 8, A four-man team representing Houston-based startup company Axiom Space Inc lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, riding atop a SpaceX-launched Falcon 9 rocket, on their way to the International Space Station (ISS). Three of the travelers paid $55 million each for their trip.
    (Reuters, 4/9/22)(SFC, 4/9/22, p.A5)
2022        Apr 7, In Texas Lizelle Herrera (26) was arrested by the Starr County Sheriff's Office with bond set at $500,000. She was reported to the authorities by hospital administration or staff after performing a "self-induced abortion." This was believed to be the first arrest in Texas since a new state law took effect last year. On April 11 a local prosecutor dismissed the charges.
    (Reuters, 4/10/22)(Reuters, 4/11/22)

2022        Apr 9, Hundreds of commercial trucks waited in an hours-long line to cross the border from the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez into El Paso after Texas Governor Gregg Abbott ordered state troopers to step up inspections of north-bound vehicles.
    (Reuters, 4/9/22)

2022        Apr 12, A tornado in central Texas injured 23 people and caused significant damage to buildings, uprooted trees and downed power lines in Williamson County.
    (Reuters, 4/13/22)

2022        Apr 13, The US White House said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's truck inspection policies at the Mexico border are disrupting supply chains and leading to higher prices for goods.
    (Reuters, 4/13/22)
2022        Apr 13, Texas officials transported 24 Latin American migrants and asylum-seekers recently released from federal custody to Washington, DC, as part of an intensifying effort by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to rebuke the Biden administration's policies along the US-Mexico border.
    (CBS News, 4/13/22)
2022        Apr 13, Securities regulators in Alabama and Texas ordered an online casino developer to stop selling non-fungible tokens (NFTs), alleging the firm was illegally offering unregistered securities and defrauding the public.
    (Reuters, 4/13/22)

2022        Apr 14, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said commercial truck traffic from the Mexican state of Chihuahua to Texas will return to normal immediately after both sides reached an agreement on border security.
    (Reuters, 4/14/22)

2022        Apr 17, Three companies affiliated with the far-right broadcaster and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, among them the media outlet Infowars, filed for Chapter 11 protection in US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
    (NY Times, 4/18/22)

2022        Apr 19, Rolando Hinajosa-Smith (93), a major figure in Chicano lietrature, died in Cedar Park, Texas. His 15 novels were set in a fictional version of the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where he grew up.
    (SSFC, 5/1/22, p.F8)

2022        Apr 25, The highest criminal court in Texas ordered a halt to the execution of Melissa Lucio, a Hispanic mother of 14, convicted of killing her 2-year-old child more than a decade ago in a case that has drawn bipartisan outrage.
    (NY Times, 4/25/22)

2022        Apr 28, In Texas Billy Chemirmir (49), charged with killing 18 older women in the Dallas area over a two-year span, was convicted in one of the cases against him after an earlier mistrial.
    (SFC, 4/29/22, p.A4)

2022        May 4, Several tornados whipped through areas of Oklahoma and Texas. Significant damage was reported in Seminole, Oklahoma, but there were no reports of serious injuries.
    (SFC, 5/6/22, p.A7)

2022        May 13, The Texas Supreme Court ruled that neither Governor Greg Abbott nor the state's attorney general had the authority to order child abuse investigations of families that provide certain medical treatment for their transgender children.
    (Reuters, 5/13/22)

2022        May 16, The US Supreme Court further undermined campaign finance restrictions and handed a victory (6-3) to Senator Ted Cruz, striking down as a free speech violation part of a bipartisan 2002 law challenged by the Texas Republican that federal officials had called an anti-corruption provision.
    (Reuters, 5/16/22)

2022        May 20, In Texas Loving County Judge Skeet Jones (7) and three other men were arrested on charges of livestock theft and engaging in organized criminal activity.
    (AP, 5/22/22)

2022        May 24, In Texas 19 students and two adults were confirmed dead in a shooting attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Police shot and killed the gunman, whom they identified as Salvador Ramos (18), a student at a nearby high school. Gov. Greg Abbott signed a wide-ranging law in 2021 that ended the requirement for Texans to obtain a license to carry handguns, allowing virtually anyone over the age of 21 to carry one.
    (NY Times, 5/24/22)

2022        May 27, The National Rifle Association’s annual meeting kicked off in Houston days after a mass elementary-school shooting with speakers dropping out and protests planned outside the convention center. Texas Governor Greg Abbott dropped plans to address the NRA’s annual meeting in person. Donald Trump at the convention argued that the United States should make it easier to confine "deranged" people and eliminate gun-free school zones.
    (Bloomberg, 5/27/22)(Reuters, 5/27/22)

2022        May 29, President Biden and the first lady met with victims’ families in Uvalde, Texas. Some of them expressed frustration with Washington’s inaction.
    (NY Times, 5/29/22)

2022        May 31, The US Supreme Court put on hold a Texas law that targets “Big Tech" and authorizes the state to sue popular social media websites if they “sensor" or “discriminate" against conservatives.
    (SFC, 6/1/22, p.A6)

2022        Jun 2, Harini Logan (14), an eighth grader from San Antonio, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Maryland.
    Reuters, 6/3/22)
2022        Jun 2, In Texas Gonzalo Lopez (46), a convicted murderer, was fatally shot by law enforcement. Lopez was on the run since escaping a prison bus after stabbing its driver last month. Lopez had just killed a family of five and stolen a truck from a rural weekend cabin near Centerville.
    (AP, 6/3/22)

2022        Jun 19, Republicans in Texas formally rejected President Joe Biden's election in 2020 as illegitimate and voted in a state-wide convention that wrapped up this weekend on a party platform that calls homosexuality an "abnormal lifestyle choice".
    (Reuters, 6/19/22)

2022        Jun 21, In Texas Uvalde City Mayor Don McLaughlin said Robb Elementary School, where a teenage gunman killed 19 children and two teachers last month, will be demolished.
    (Reuters, 6/22/22)

2022        Jun 24, It was reported that Cheniere’s massive LNG plant, on the outskirts of Corpus Christi, has exceeded its permitted limits for emissions of pollutants such as soot, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds hundreds of times since it started up in 2018.
    (Reuters, 6/24/22)

2022        Jun 27, In Texas the bodies of at least 46 people believed to be migrants who crossed into the United States from Mexico were found dead in and around a tractor-trailer that had been abandoned on the outskirts of San Antonio. At least 16 others, including children, were taken to local hospitals. The death toll soon rose to 53. Homero Zamorano Jr, the suspected driver of the truck was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine when police encountered him. On Jul 20 a grand jury indicted four men including the suspected driver in connection with the death of the 53 migrants.
    (NY Times, 6/27/22)(AP, 6/29/22)(Reuters, 6/30/22)(Reuters, 7/20/22)

2022        Jun 28, A Texas judge blocked officials from enforcing a dormant 1925 abortion ban that the state's Republican attorney general said was back in effect after the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedure nationwide.
    (Reuters, 6/28/22)

2022        Jul 1, The Texas Supreme Court late today blocked a lower court order that had allowed clinics in the state to continue performing abortions even after the US Supreme Court overturned it's landmark 1973 ruling that confirmed a constitutional right to abortion.
    (AP, 7/1/22)
2022        Jun 30, In Texas a Jeep carrying a group of migrants crashed into a trailer after evading a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checkpoint in the town of Encinal, leaving four dead and three hospitalized.
    (Reuters, 6/30/22)

2022        Jul 1, Pete Arredondo, the school police chief in Uvalde, Texas, resigned from the city council amid continued outrage over officers’ slow response to the school shooting.
    (NY Times, 7/2/22)

2022        Jul 7, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas National Guard and the state police to begin apprehending migrants who illegally cross the border from Mexico and taking them back to ports of entry.
    (NY Times, 7/8/22)

2022        Jul 11, In Texas a booster rocket developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX for its next-generation Starship spacecraft burst into flames during a ground-test firing in Boca Chica.
    (Reuters, 7/12/22)

2022        Jul 25, Mandy Gutierrez, the principal of Robb Elementary, the Texas school where a gunman went on a rampage in May, was suspended with pay, two weeks after a damning report about lax security that enabled the shooter to carry out the attack. On July 28 Gutierrez was reinstated.
    (Reuters, 7/26/22)(Reuters, 7/28/22)

2022        Aug 4, A Texas jury awarded the parents of a child killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School more than $4 million in compensatory damages from the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the first time he has been held financially liable for defaming the victims’ parents.
    (NY Times, 8/4/22)
2022        Aug 4, In Texas Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, widely condemned for his attacks on democratic norms, spoke as the opening headliner at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas.. He received roaring approval for a defiant message opposing immigration and gay marriage. Orban urged cheering American conservatives to “take back the institutions," stick to hardline stances on gay rights and immigration and fight for the next US presidential election as a pivotal moment for their beliefs.
    (NY Times, 8/4/22)(AP, 8/4/22)

2022        Aug 5, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said he has started to send buses carrying migrants to New York City in an effort to push responsibility for border crossers to Democratic mayors and US President Joe Biden, a Democrat. Abbott has sent more than 6,000 migrants to Washington since April in a broader effort to combat illegal immigration.
    (Reuters, 8/5/22)
2022        Aug 5, A Texas jury ordered Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a 2012 Sandy Hook shooting victim, a day after awarding $4 million compensatory damages. This was the first case to arise from several lawsuits filed by victims’ parents in 2018.
    (NY Times, 8/5/22)

2022        Aug 18, Texas executed Kosoul Chanthakoummane (41) for fatally stabbing Sarah Walker (40) more than 30 times in July 2006.
    (SFC, 8/19/22, p.A15)

2022        Aug 21, In Texas torrential rain overnight triggered flooding in the Dallas area that submerged roads and entire neighborhoods, trapping some residents in their swamped vehicles and homes.
    (Reuters, 8/22/22)

2022        Aug 22, Flooding and heavy rains hit the Dallas, Texas area, leaving at least one person dead after their vehicle was swept away by rising water.
    (Reuters, 8/22/22)
2022        Aug 22, Gary Gaines (73) died in Lubbock, Texas. He coached the high school football team in West Texas that was the subject of “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream" (1990), a best-selling book that inspired a feature film (2004) and a television series in 2006.
    {Texas, USA, Football}
    (NY Times, 8/24/22)

2022        Aug 23, A federal judge in Texas blocked President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing new guidance in the Republican-led state requiring hospitals to provide emergency abortions to women regardless of state bans on the procedure. The judge declined to bar the guidance from being enforced nationwide and instead only blocked the HHS from enforcing it in Texas and against two anti-abortion groups of doctors.
    (Reuters, 8/24/22)

2022        Aug 24, It was reported that the Texas drought is forcing ranchers to send ever more cattle off to slaughter, a trend likely to increase beef prices over the long term due to dwindling supply from the largest cattle region in the United States.
    (Reuters, 8/24/22)
2022        Aug 24, The school board in Uvalde, Texas, terminated its school police chief, Pete Arredondo, who directed the district’s police response to the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in which the gunman was allowed to remain in a pair of classrooms for more than 75 minutes.
    (NY Times, 8/24/22)

2022        Aug 25, A federal judge in Fort Worth struck down a Texas law that prohibits adults under 21 from carrying handguns, on the grounds that the restriction violated the Second Amendment.
    (NY Times, 8/25/22)
2022        Aug 25, Police in Texas arrested a woman who they said shouted racial abuse at four Indian women in a viral video, telling them to "Go back to India," in an incident brought to the attention of federal authorities.
    (Reuters, 8/28/22)

2022        Aug 26, It was reported that more than 7,000 migrants have been bused from Texas to the US capital since April, part of an initiative by Texas' Republican Governor Greg Abbott to put pressure on Democratic President Joe Biden over border policies.
    (Reuters, 8/26/22)

2022        Aug 28, Texas police fatally shot a man after he shot five tenants in a Houston apartment building from which he had been evicted. Three of the tenants were killed.
    (SFC, 8/29/19, p.A11)

2022        Aug 31, The state of Texas bused a group of about 60 newly arrived migrants to Chicago.
    (Reuters, 8/31/22)

2022        Sep 1, Nine migrants drowned and 37 others were rescued as they tried to cross the raging waters of the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas.
    (NY Times, 9/2/22)

2022        Sep 2, It was reported that federal and local officials are scrambling to locate close to a dozen unaccompanied migrant children, after Houston police raised concerns about a trend of migrant children reported missing in the Texas city.
    (Reuters, 9/2/22)
2022        Sep 2, A Texas judge has declared a mistrial in the child sex assault case against former All-Star and World Series MVP pitcher John Wetteland after the jury deadlocked.
    (AP, 9/5422)

2022        Sep 7, It was reported that Texas state police are adopting a more aggressive strategy for responding to school shootings after scathing criticism of law enforcement for its handling of a massacre in Uvalde that killed 19 children and two teachers.
    (Reuters, 9/7/22)

2022        Sep 8, Stacy Cabrera (49), a former manager for one of the US military’s largest private landlords whose disclosures helped unearth widespread fraud, was sentenced in Washington DC to two years probation for helping the company secure millions in bonuses while covering up poor housing conditions at a Texas Air Force base.
    (https://tinyurl.com/bdd92z6y)(Reuters, 9/13/22)

2022        Sep 12, Lowry Mays, creator of the Clear Channel media empire, died at his home in San Antonio, Texas. Mays founded the San Antonio Broadcasting Co. in 1972 soon after acquiring the KEEZ FM radio station and changed its name to Clear Channel in 1975. By 2001 the business included some 1,200 stations. In 2006 Clear Channel was sold for $17.9 billion.
    (SSFC, 9/25/22, p.F7)
2022        Sep 12, A Blue Origin rocket from West Texas crashed back to Earth shortly after liftoff in the first launch accident for Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, but the capsule carrying experiments managed to parachute to safety.
    (Reuters, 9/12/22)

2022        Sep 13, Ken Starr (76), the independent counsel whose investigation uncovered a White House sex scandal that riveted the nation and led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment for lying under oath and obstructing justice, died at a hospital in Houston.
    (NY Times, 9/13/22)

2022        Sep 19, A federal judge in Texas concluded that a federal law prohibiting people under felony indictment from buying firearms is unconstitutional, citing a US Supreme Court ruling that significantly expanded gun rights.
    (Reuters, 9/20/22)

2022        Sep 27, In Texas two migrants were shot, one of them fatally, along a highway near the town of Sierra Blanca as two men in a pickup truck opened fire on a group of people who had stopped for drinking water.
    (Reuters, 9/29/22)

2022        Oct 2, San Antonio police Officer James Brennand (25) shot and gravely wounded Erik Cantu (17) as he ate a hamburger in his car at a McDonald’s parking lot. Brennand was later charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
    (SFC, 10/13/22, p.A11)
2022        Oct 5, In Texas John Henry Ramirez (38) was executed in the state's death chamber in Huntsville for the 2004 murder of a convenience store clerk.. His Christian pastor laid hands on him and audibly prayed as he died by lethal injection. Ramirez had stabbed Pablo Castro, a father of nine, 29 times and made off with $1.25 on July 19, 2004.
    (Reuters, 10/5/22)

2022        Oct 7, The school district in Uvalde, Texas, suspended its entire police force, five months after a mass shooting claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers.
    (Reuters, 10/7/22)

2022        Oct 18, Charles W. Duncan Jr. (96), the scion of a Houston family that made a fortune in coffee, died at his home in Houston. He got into the energy business as a young Texas roustabout digging pipeline ditches in 1947, and at the height of America’s oil-shortage crisis in 1979 became President Jimmy Carter’s secretary of energy.
    (NY Times, 10/18/22)

2022        Oct 28, The Houston Astros hosted the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of the 2022 World Series. A home run by J.T. Realmuto in extra innings gave the Phillies a shocking 6-5 win over the Astros in Game 1.
    (NY Times, 10/29/22)

2022        Nov 1, In Texas Takeoff (born as Kirsnick Khari Ball), a member of the rap group Migos, was fatally shot at a party held at a Houston bowling alley early today. Two other people were wounded. Weeks later Cameron Joshua (22) and Patrick Xavier Clark (33) were arrested in the shooting of Takeoff (28).
    (Reuters, 11/1/22)(SFC, 12/3/22, p.A8)

2022        Nov 4, Tornadoes tore through southeastern Oklahoma and Texas this evening, killing at least one, injuring others and leaving homes and buildings in ruins.
    (AP, 11/5/22)

2022        Nov 5, The Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-1, in Game 6 to win the 2022 World Series.
    (NY Times, 11/6/22)

2022        Nov 9, The state of Texas executed Tracy Beatty (61) for strangling his mother in East Texas in 2003.
    (https://tinyurl.com/4u77aeyt)(SFC, 11/11/22, p.A19)

2022        Nov 10, A federal judge in Texas struck down Biden’s plan to cancel student debt, siding with a conservative group. The administration appealed.
    (NY Times, 11/10/22)

2022        Nov 12, In Texas two World War II-era airplanes collided in midair at an air show in Dallas. Six people were killed in the crash between a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra fighter.
    (Reuters, 11/13/22)

2022        Nov 16, Chevron Phillips Chemical and QatarEnergy said they have reached a final investment decision to build an $8.5 billion polymers facility in Orange, Texas.
    (Reuters, 11/16/22)

2022        Nov 26, Eleanor Jackson Piel (102), a civil rights lawyer, died at her home in Austin, Texas. She was renowned for handling wrongful convictions and death row appeals — once securing a reprieve for a man 16 hours before he was to be executed.
    (NY Times, 11/29/22)

2022        Nov 28, In Texas more than 2 million people in the Houston area were under a boil order notice after a power outage caused low pressure at a water purification plant.
    (AP, 11/28/22)

2022        Nov 29, Houston lifted a boil-water notice for residents after finding no danger in the wake of a weekend power outage that shut a treatment plant serving the fourth largest US city.
    (Reuters, 11/29/22)

2022        Nov 30, In Texas Athena Strand (7) was taken near her home in Paradise. She was found dead on Dec 1. FedEx contract driver Tanner Lynn Horner (31) was soon charged in her kidnapping and killing.
    (NY Times, 12/4/22)

2022        Dec 7, In Texas Juan David Ortiz (30), a former Border Patrol agent, was convicted of killing four sex workers in Laredo in 2018.
    (SFC, 12/9/22, p.A15)

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