Prisoners in Texas donate more than $50,000 for Harvey relief

Flood-damaged debris from homes lines the street in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, in Houston.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock By Kellen Beck2017-10-15 18:22:54 UTC After Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and Louisiana in late August, prison inmates in Texas reached out with a helping hand. More than 6,600 incarcerated individuals in Texas dipped into their limited commissary funds to […]


Appeals court: East Texas can’t keep patent case because of one local salesman

The federal courthouse in Marshall, Texas. Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court sharply limited where patent cases can be filed. For many tech companies that are regularly sued by the type of patent-licensing shops known as “patent trolls,” the TC Heartland decision was welcome news. By limiting venue to places where defendants are incorporated or do […]

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Facebook group linked to Russia organized Texas anti-immigrant rallies

A screenshot from “Heart of Texas,” a Russia-linked Facebook group that has since been shut down. Screenshot/Facebook A Russia-linked Facebook group attempted to organize a series of anti-immigrant, anti-Hillary Clinton rallies across Texas last November, three days before the election and months after Russian operatives used the social-media platform to organize an anti-refugee resettlement protest in rural Idaho. […]


$17,000 raised to send a steadfast Texas meteorologist on a post-Harvey vacation

The guy who got everyone through the flooding needs a vacation.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock By Emma Hinchliffe2017-09-02 21:01:10 UTC Throughout the storms and flooding caused by Harvey, many Houston residents turned to one voice for answers: Jeff Linder.  Meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District, Linder delivered clear, reassuring, and composed updates as flooding reached unprecedented […]

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Harvey damage: Airplane survey images let your explore Texas flooding

Texas homes soak in floodwaters caused Harvey. LM Otero/Associated Press It may take several weeks for some Texas floodwaters left by Hurricane Harvey to fully recede and for recovery to begin in earnest. To get a head-start on surveying the storm’s damage, however, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been flying camera-equipped airplanes high […]