Explains: Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery in the US

U.S. 06/14/19, 14:18

A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War ...

Schlitterbahn, Cedar Fair enter $261M water park sale deal

U.S. 06/13/19, 15:27

A Texas-based water park company on Thursday announced an agreement to sell two of its attractions and give the buyer the right to acquire its Kansas site where a 10-year-old boy was killed nearly three years ago.Schlitterbahn said in a news release it sold a water park and resort in ...

Law allows Texas patrons to dine with dogs in certain areas

U.S. 06/10/19, 14:59

Texas restaurants may soon welcome dogs in outdoor dining areas under a new state law that allows patrons to bring their furry companions at a business' discretion.Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law last week that changed the state's past stance on dogs in dining areas, the Galveston County ...

Update: Church says cardinal addressed abuse ‘swiftly’

U.S. 06/04/19, 21:27

The Latest on a top U.S. cardinal's handling of a sexual misconduct case (all times local):9:20 p.m.Representatives of a top leader of the U.S. Catholic Church say he acted "swiftly and justly" to the allegations made by a woman who claims his former deputy lured her into a sexual relationship.Cardinal ...

Concerns raised over access to public beaches in Galveston

U.S. 06/04/19, 15:55

City officials are pushing for clear signage indicating public access to some beaches in Galveston despite resident complaints about unmanageable crowds of tourists.Carol Hollaway, chairwoman of the city planning commission, said residents have tried to deter tourists from visiting the West End beaches, the Galveston County Daily News reported."People tear ...

Report: Texas to lose billions if new major storm hits coast

U.S. 05/26/19, 08:57

Housing sales in Texas would drop, gasoline prices would increase and the state would lose hundreds of billions of dollars in economic output if another major storm struck an unprotected coastline, according to a new study.The joint economic impact study by Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Texas General ...

Officials warn of fish from some Texas bays after accident

U.S. 05/14/19, 13:16

Texas health officials have advised people not to fish or eat seafood from parts of some Houston-area bays as cleanup continues following last week's tanker and barges accident and toxic leak.An official with the Texas Department of State Health Services on Tuesday said the advisory involves portions of Galveston and ...

Update: School shooting suspect facing 11 federal counts

U.S. 04/08/19, 20:32

The Latest on a school shooting suspect in Texas facing federal charges (all times local): 8:30 p.m. An attorney for an 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school says federal prosecutors have filed 11 charges against the former student after previously indicating they would not. Attorney Nick Poehl ...

Fire damages Texas home where boxing legend Johnson lived

U.S. 04/06/19, 18:05

A Texas Gulf Coast home where boxing legend Jack Johnson once lived was heavily damaged by a fire. The blaze caused a wall in the vacant Galveston home to collapse Friday. Fire Chief Mike Wisko told The Galveston County Daily News that the building was in the process of being renovated. ...

Some Galveston residents unhappy with brighter street lights

U.S. 03/15/19, 12:54

Some Southeast Texas residents have complained about brighter public street lines creating an unwelcome glare inside their homes. The Galveston County Daily News reported Friday that the updated street lights in Galveston are light-emitting diode, or LED (L-E-D). Assistant City Manager Brandon Cook says the lights are more efficient, compared to ...

Galveston Arts Center features wood-carved Dairy Queen art

U.S. 03/03/19, 10:53

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 called "Thank You, Please Drive Through." The Galveston County Daily News reports the show runs through Monday. Admission is free.A collection of single-, double- ...

Defense attorneys seek to move Texas school shooting trial

U.S. 02/26/19, 08:37

The teenager accused of killing 10 people at a Texas high school last year has made his first in-person court appearance as attorneys spar over whether his trial should be moved to a different city.Eighteen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder for the May attack at Santa Fe High ...

Reptile replicas: 19 turtle statues completed in Galveston

U.S. 02/19/19, 16:31

Organizers say the first 19 Kemp's ridley sea turtle statues in Galveston's Turtles About Town project are completed and being set up. The Galveston County Daily News reports the sea turtle statue project aims to raise awareness about the creatures and protecting coastal environment. Plans are in the works for about ...

Assault charge dropped against Alabama’s Deionte Thompson

Sports 02/08/19, 13:28

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 ...

Billboard draws attention to Galveston police pension issue

U.S. 02/03/19, 15:08

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 ...

Delay in producing evidence may delay school shooting trial

U.S. 01/28/19, 16:40

Prosecutors say the trial of a Texas school shooting suspect may be delayed for a year as federal investigators have yet to deliver key evidence.The disclosure came at a brief court hearing Monday in Galveston where, by closed circuit video from jail, Dimitrios Pagourtzis made his first public appearance since ...

Police capture pair of runaway emus in coastal Texas

U.S. 01/23/19, 10:54

Police in coastal Texas have captured a pair of runaway emus that had been on the lam for a day after escaping 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 ...

Death toll in Mexico pipeline fire rises to 95

U.S. 01/23/19, 10:47

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 ...

Death toll in Mexico pipeline fire rises to 93

U.S. 01/22/19, 09:52

The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico has risen to 93 after more injured 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.The victims were gathering gasoline ...

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