Posted: May 14, 2014 2:31 AM
Updated: May 14, 2014 2:31 AM
FRITCH, Texas (AP) About 2,100 Texas Panhandle residents evacuated from their homes because of a wildfire will be allowed to return to their homes today. The fire was 85 percent contained late yesterday. Residual fires comprise mainly hotspots within the 4 square miles already burned. It was the first major Panhandle wildfire of the year.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Embattled University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall is returning to work after lawmakers this week found grounds to impeach him. UT System regents are meeting today to consider tuition hikes. Administrators want to raise undergraduate tuition by about 2 percent and push the average semester cost past $5,000 at the system's Austin campus.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) A drug smuggling and murder trial for a man federal prosecutors say was a bodyguard to a now-dead Mexican drug cartel leader is scheduled to open today. Prosecutors say Rigoberto Ruiz Alatorre was a bodyguard for Gabino Salas Valenciano. Salas was believed to have run the Sinaloa drug cartel's operations across the border from El Paso County.
HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astrodome's future will be the focus of an invitation-only meeting. The Astrodome's fate has been in limbo since voters last year failed to approve a referendum that would have authorized up to $217 million in bonds to convert the stadium into a convention and event center. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is holding a "stakeholders meeting" today.