Culture A segmant aired by an Odessa, Texas, news program was the subject of sharp criticism online Friday after some viewers accused the newscast of promoting "Islamophobia" and anti-Muslim biases.KOSA-TV, a CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television, ran a story this week about an event where two white European women—Katie Hopkins of England and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff of Sweden—spoke before the Midland County Women's Republican Club.At the event, according to the report, Hopkins and Sabaditsch-Wolff addressed how they believed Muslim immigration has affected their countries and how it could impact American citizens as well."Many in the audience were surprised with their personal accounts of how Muslim immigration is impacting them and changing the landscape of their country," the KOSA reporter said about the event. "Hopkins said she was the target of a Jihadist plot to behead her after speaking out about how the country's accommodation has … [Read more...] about Texas News Program Accused of Pushing ‘Islamophobia’ by Twitter Users
A man escaped on foot Monday morning after he tried to carjack a Houston news crew van, then stole the cruiser of officers who stopped to help. KPRC-TV (Channel 2) reported that its van had stopped at an intersection when another driver sideswiped the vehicle, got out of his car and assaulted the crew inside, trying to carjack them about 4:45 a.m. When two officers taking a 16-year-old to a detention center stopped to help, the man attacked them too, jumped into the cruiser, and drove away with the handcuffed juvenile inside, Lt. Larry Crowson said. The suspected drunken driver dragged one of the officers a short distance as he drove away in their car, KPRC-TV reporter Sofia Ojeda said in a Facebook Live video.The suspect dumped the juvenile two blocks aways and officers found the cruiser abandoned nearby. … [Read more...] about Carjacker targets Texas news van, escapes in stolen police cruiser with handcuffed 16-year-old
Texas leaders tackled a child welfare crisis, sought to address the opioid epidemic and moved to help more people in the state access mental health care. The Republican-led Legislature pushed for abortion restrictions, facing obstacles in the federal courts. Here’s a look at this year's top Texas health and human services stories. 1. Texas lawmakers passed sweeping child welfare legislation Legislators came to the state Capitol this year with child welfare on the agenda after a grim 2016, when Texas children were sleeping in state offices, caseworkers were overworked and some endangered children were going unseen by workers. Gov. Greg Abbott named the state's child welfare crisis one of four emergency items during his State of the State address in January and warned legislators that the issue would "haunt" them if they did not make changes. The 2018-2019 … [Read more...] about Child welfare, health insurance and abortion dominate Texas news in 2017
A Texas news anchor was left speechless after she unwittingly read out the introduction to her own wedding proposal. Alexa Williams, 23, was prerecording cut-ins for a later show on KWES TV on Friday when she said, "An Odessa woman is about to get the surprise of her life and eventually a new last name." As she finished the sentence, her boyfriend, Wayne Dunson, then arrived on set with a huge bouquet of roses. Williams screamed out "Oh my God, this is not happening" before burying her head in her hands. With co-workers filming the moment on their cellphones, Dunson said that he "couldn't wait another day" to tell her how he wanted to love her for the rest of his life. "I just wanted to know, will you love me for the rest of yours?" the real estate broker then asked, getting down on one knee and producing an engagement ring. "Yes," Williams replied, before having the sparkler popped onto her finger. The journalist, who'd just anchored … [Read more...] about SEE IT: Texas news anchor surprised with boyfriend’s wedding proposal
Political professionals aligned with the speaker, meanwhile, acknowledged misgivings that their side didn't recruit primary opponents for more of the chamber's malcontents — and for some GOP incumbents who sympathize with them. Still, Straus loyalists said they're very pleased to see that what they called a credible, pro-business candidate filed in all except one of the dozen primary fights about to begin for seats where a Republican is retiring. For the past four cycles, Midland oilman Tim Dunn, several other millionaires and a fiscal-hawk group they've funded called Empower Texans have sought to depose Straus. Critics assailed Straus, a San Antonio Republican, as too friendly to Democrats; and his allies, as too moderate. But each time, Straus foes came up short, allies of the speaker noted. In the 2015 speaker's election, tea party favorite Rep. Scott Turner of Frisco garnered 19 votes to Straus' 127. This year, Straus won a fifth term as speaker, 150-0. "After all … [Read more...] about Which side has the best players in Texas House GOP Family Feud, 2018 edition?