GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A former fire chief in Southeast Texas has pleaded guilty to stealing about $70,000 from the department and spending some unauthorized funds at a Louisiana racetrack and...
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Some Southeast Texas residents have complained about brighter public street lines creating an unwelcome glare inside their homes.
SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — A pack of three dogs has mauled a 53-year-old man fatally at a home in Southeast Texas.
The incident happened near Santa Fe, about 20 miles northwest of...
Texas police officer charged with sexually abusing child
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Sheriff's officials in Texas have charged a police officer with two counts of sexual abuse amid allegations that he inappropriately touched an underage...
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A fast-food favorite in Texas is getting some artsy attention.
A wood-carved array of Dairy Queen items is on display at the Galveston Arts Center in an exhibit...
Judge orders venue change in Santa Fe shooting trial
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A judge has ordered the trial of a teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school be moved to another county.
Lawyers cite Bundy, McVeigh in Texas school shooting case
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school want the trial moved to a different city, arguing that the teen should be afforded the...
Reptile replicas: 19 turtle statues completed in Galveston
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Organizers say the first 19 Kemp's ridley sea turtle statues in Galveston's Turtles About Town project are completed and being set up.
Assault charge dropped against Alabama’s Deionte Thompson
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — An assault charge was dismissed against Alabama safety and NFL top prospect Deionte Thompson, who was linked to a 2017 spring break fight in Texas.
Prosecutors in Galveston County requested the charge be dropped against Thompson, an All-American who in January announced for the NFL draft. A judge signed the order Wednesday.
Billboard draws attention to Galveston police pension issue
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A billboard on a highway near Galveston is bringing attention to the city's rift with its police union, criticizing the town as "Home of the Worst Police Retirement in Texas."
The Galveston Municipal Police Association recently leased the billboard along Interstate-45, where it'll stand for the next month. The association functions separately from the police department, but represents police interests.
Top US cardinal let priest accused of sexual abuse lead Mass
HOUSTON (AP) — The cardinal who leads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops allowed a priest to celebrate Mass the same day his name was among those released on a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo told the Rev. John T. Keller on Wednesday evening that he would be placed on administrative leave the next day, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said in a statement Friday.
Delay in producing evidence may delay school shooting trial
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The trial of a Texas school shooting suspect may be delayed for a year as federal investigators have yet to deliver key evidence, prosecutors said Monday.
Police capture pair of runaway emus in coastal Texas
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Police in coastal Texas have captured a pair of runaway emus that had been on the lam for a day after escaping from their owner's backyard.
Emus aren't permitted in Galveston, but police say a man recently brought the large, flightless birds to the island after the death of his mother. She'd owned them at her home near Houston.
Death toll in Mexico pipeline fire rises to 95
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico has risen to 95 after two more injured people died at hospitals.
Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer said Wednesday that 44 victims who were severely burned were still in hospitals, two of them in Galveston, Texas. Some are in very poor condition.
Death toll in Mexico pipeline fire rises to 93
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico rose to 93 on Tuesday after four more injured people died at hospitals.
Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer said Tuesday that 46 victims who were severely burned were still in hospitals, two of them in Galveston, Texas. Some are in very poor condition.
Disney Cruise Line to sail more ships from Galveston
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston can expect to see double the number of Disney cruises sailing from the city on the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years, according to port officials.
Robert Durst defense: Evidence could be ‘game over’ for heir
LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York real estate heir Robert Durst is charged with one count of murder, but will have to defend himself in three killings at trial later this year in California.
Los Angeles prosecutors won a victory Tuesday in persuading a judge to allow jurors to hear that Durst killed a man in Galveston, Texas, in 2001, dismembered his body and tossed it out to sea.
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DNA of wolf declared extinct in wild lives on in Texas pack
DALLAS (AP) — Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carries a substantial amount of red wolf genes, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago.
The finding has led wildlife biologists and others to develop a new understanding that the red wolf DNA is remarkably resilient after decades of human hunting, loss of habitat and other factors had led the animal to near decimation.
All parishioners want for Christmas is reopening of church
HOUSTON (AP) — During the Christmas season, the aromas of hot chocolate and tamales would mingle with the sounds of mariachis and hymns praising Our Lady of Guadalupe within the walls of the nearly 80-year-old St. Stephen Catholic Church near downtown Houston.
But since May 2016, the church has stood silent, surrounded by a chain-link fence after the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston ordered the building closed as St. Stephen parish was combined with a neighboring church.
Brothers acquire Ike-swamped ex-museum site in Galveston
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Galveston building that housed a vintage military aircraft flight museum and was swamped in 2008 during Hurricane Ike has been sold.
The Galveston County Daily News reports brothers Billy, John and Todd Sullivan purchased the 100,000-square-foot building formerly home to the Lone Star Flight Museum. Terms weren't released.
Galveston shelter closed after 2 drowned during beach outing
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Texas regulators have closed a facility operated by a nonprofit group serving homeless and abused children after two boys drowned during a beach outing.
The Galveston County Daily News reported Wednesday that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission shut down the Galveston Multicultural Institute amid health and safety concerns.
Texas county official wants resignations after $525K scam
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The top elected official in a South Texas county is calling for the resignation of two officials for failing to protect the county from an electronic payment scam that cost it more than $525,000.
Some Texas coastal residents opposing proposed storm barrier
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A proposed Texas coastal barrier is drawing backlash from some Gulf Coast residents and the state's land commissioner wants more time for property owners to voice concerns.
Texas lawmaker proposes casinos to subsidize wind insurance
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker has proposed subsidizing the state's underfunded windstorm insurance and flooding assistance by building casinos in coastal counties.
Ahoy! Galveston, Royal Caribbean plan 3rd cruise terminal
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The Port of Galveston and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. plan to develop an $85 million terminal — the third for the cruise-popular city on the Gulf of Mexico.
Port Director Rodger Rees and Royal Caribbean CEO and President Michael Bayley on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding.
No individual worker blamed for Texas county’s $525K scam
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — An outside review has determined no individual employee is to blame for a Texas county's loss of more than $525,000 through an electronic payment scam.
The Galveston County Daily News reports commissioners voted Monday to pursue surety bond claims against the county auditor, treasurer and purchasing agent seeking to recover some funds.
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Experts to study respiratory health of Harvey residents
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Medical experts are seeking people in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey for a study on possible respiratory problems since the 2017 storm.
The Galveston County Daily News reports the study by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston involves indoor air quality of hurricane victims' homes.
Prosecutors in abuse case search office of major US cardinal
HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors investigating a sexual abuse case against a Houston-area priest searched the offices Wednesday of the local archdiocese, which is led by the cardinal who is heading the Roman Catholic Church's response in the U.S. to sexual misconduct.
$3.5M man-made oyster reef to be built in Galveston Bay
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Environmentalists plan to build a $3.5 million man-made oyster reef in Galveston Bay as part of an effort to preserve Texas' oyster population, which is on the brink of extinction.
US awards second border wall contract in Texas
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government has awarded a $167 million contract to build 8 miles (13 kilometers) of border wall in south Texas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the contract Wednesday. Construction will begin in February. CBP already announced a $145 million award for another 6 miles (10 kilometers) in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley.
Galveston, Texas-based construction firm SLSCO won both contracts.
Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis
BALTIMORE (AP) — At the Vatican's insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he was told on the eve of the bishop's national meeting to delay action until after a Vatican-convened global meeting on sex abuse in February.
Experts raise concerns about Texas Ike Dike proposal
HOUSTON (AP) — Rice University researchers are concerned about the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office's preferred $31 billion proposal to protect the Houston-Galveston region from devastating storm surge.
NASA conducts quiet sonic boom tests near Texas Gulf Coast
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — NASA is monitoring how residents living near the Texas Gulf Coast react to quiet sonic booms as the space agency works on an experimental aircraft that could significantly reduce commercial flight times.
Gulf oil spill cash to help redo Galveston Island State Park
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Officials say Hurricane Ike-damaged Galveston Island State Park will be closed in late 2019 for a major renovation that might take about three years.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department plans a ground-up rebuild funded by a $10 million grant awarded to the state after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Complaint: Texas child fatally beaten, body placed in bayou
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old Texas woman lied about the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter and that she and her partner were responsible for the girl's death before dumping her body in a bayou.
A criminal complaint filed by Texas Rangers says Tiaundra Christon and 32-year-old Kenny Hewett were staying at a Houston hotel when they began disciplining Christon's daughter, Hazana Anderson.
Officials offer plan to protect Texas from hurricanes
HOUSTON (AP) — State and federal officials on Friday recommended a plan to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes — particularly the Houston area — with a barrier system made up of floodwalls, floodgates and seawall improvements that could cost up to $31 billion and offer storm surge protection for the largest petrochemical complex in the country.
American National Insurance: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) _ American National Insurance Co. (ANAT) on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit of $173.4 million.
The Galveston, Texas-based company said it had net income of $6.44 per share. Earnings, adjusted for investment gains, came to $2.48 per share.
The insurance company posted revenue of $1.05 billion in the period.
Texas man gets 45 years in prison in teen girlfriend’s death
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A 23-year-old Southeast Texas man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his teenage girlfriend.
Jesse Christian Dobbs was sentenced Tuesday after guilty plea last month to a murder count in Galveston.
Authorities say 16-year-old Kirsten Nicole Fritch had been stabbed more than 50 times when her body was found in November 2016 behind a Texas City bar.
Galveston housing struggling 10 years after Hurricane Ike
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston hasn't done enough to rebuild public housing that was destroyed by Hurricane Ike a decade ago, public housing advocates say.
Texas uses $100M from 2010 oil spill settlement for coast
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Officials say more than $100 million from a settlement after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been spent on restoring Texas coastal habitat.
1 boy’s body recovered from water off Galveston, 1 sought
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Searchers have recovered the body of an 11-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming near the Galveston seawall with a 16-year-old friend who's still missing.
Officials with the Galveston Island Beach Patrol say the body of the younger child was located late Tuesday afternoon about 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) offshore. He and the teen were swimming Sunday afternoon as part of a group outing for children associated with a nonprofit shelter in Galveston.
Coast Guard: 2 boys reported missing in water at Galveston
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Searchers are trying to locate two boys who were last seen in the water near the seawall in Galveston.
A Coast Guard statement says the boys — ages 11 and 16 — were reported missing around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Officials believe the children went into the water near some jetties, at 17th Street and Seawall Boulevard, when they disappeared.
Congress approves massive water-projects bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a sprawling bill to improve the nation's ports, dams and harbors, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects.
If signed by President Donald Trump, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 would authorize more than $6 billion in spending over 10 years for projects nationwide, including one to stem coastal erosion in Galveston, Texas, and restore wetlands damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year.
Public bus service between Galveston, Houston ends Friday
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The only public bus transportation service between Galveston and downtown Houston is ending due to low ridership.
Officials with the Island Express say the final day of service will be Friday.
A statement on the Galveston city website cited a lack of riders on the estimated 50-mile one-way route and the area's loss of rural grant funding.
Galveston ordered to pay nearly $15M in Ike housing dispute
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas city has been ordered to pay nearly $15 million to a fired contractor that was overseeing some federally funded housing recovery after Hurricane Ike hit in 2008.
The Galveston County Daily News reports jurors Monday decided in favor of Boston-based CDM Smith.
Galveston City Manager Brian Maxwell says an appeal is expected.
Floating nuclear plant to be dismantled in Texas
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Crews in Galveston have completed work on a World War II-era military cargo ship that previously served as a barge-mounted nuclear reactor.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that crews deactivated the former USS Sturgis' nuclear reactor and removed more than 1.5 million pounds (0.68 million kilograms) of radioactive waste, The Galveston County Daily News reported .
Texas man accused of stabbing cat, letting son fire rifle
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas man remains jailed after police allege he threatened to kill his girlfriend, fatally stabbed the family cat and left unguarded in his home an assault-type rifle that was fired by his 4-year-old son.