Austin Scrambles with Fallout of Closed DNA Lab

More than a month after the Austin Police Department was forced to abruptly shut down its DNA testing lab, it remains unclear whether any criminal convictions will be thrown out because of improper testing. In the meantime, the city has made interim lab arrangements and is trying to cut down on a backlog of pending cases.

 
 

At UT, Debut of Texas Gun Law Intersects with Tower Shooting Anniversary

The granite memorial on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in memory of the victims of Charles Whitman’s murderous on-campus shooting spree. The 50th anniversary of the shooting is Aug. 1, 2016.
The granite memorial on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in memory of the victims of Charles Whitman’s murderous on-campus shooting spree. The 50th anniversary of the shooting is Aug. 1, 2016.

Aug. 1 is an important day on the University of Texas at Austin campus for two reasons: It’s the first day people will be allowed to carry guns into Texas university buildings, and it’s the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower shooting.

On Historic Night, Clinton Accepts Nomination

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pust her hand on her heart as she delivers her nomination acceptance speech on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 28, 2016.
Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pust her hand on her heart as she delivers her nomination acceptance speech on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 28, 2016.

Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman in American history to accept a major party's nomination for the presidency at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night.

Pokémon Politics: In Bid for Votes, State Rep Wants to Catch ’Em All

James Ratcliff, 39, plays "Pokémon Go" outside the Texas Capitol on Thursday. "We're trying to figure out if there are more people here playing than visiting the Capitol," he said. "We think there is."
James Ratcliff, 39, plays "Pokémon Go" outside the Texas Capitol on Thursday. "We're trying to figure out if there are more people here playing than visiting the Capitol," he said. "We think there is."

The craze over the smartphone game “Pokémon Go” is coaxing Texans out of their homes and into the summer heat — and now at least one state lawmaker is looking to the game to bolster voter engagement efforts.

Senator Brian Birdwell Finally Gets Chance to Thank Man who Helped Him on 9/11

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Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell shows his cast to Marion Jordan and physical therapist Kristen Dammen at Washington Hospital Center burn unit. Birdwell was badly burned while working at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell shows his cast to Marion Jordan and physical therapist Kristen Dammen at Washington Hospital Center burn unit. Birdwell was badly burned while working at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

It’s been nearly 15 years since the lives of Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell and Rob Maness, candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana, were thrust together for a few chaotic moments outside the Pentagon on 9/11.