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 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    October 9, 2020

Texas-Oklahoma won't look or feel the same in 2020

Tim Taylor's plans for the Texas-Oklahoma game have changed. Instead of enjoying a long weekend with old friends as he has for decades, he'll make the trip from Austin in one day, bringing a mask and plenty of hand sanitizer. The border rivalry that...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    October 8, 2020

Old-man Ehlinger and freshman Rattler face off in Texas-OU

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is the old man of the Red River rivalry. He has seen just about everything. Ehlinger has watched Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners come and go, losing to one, beating the other. He has led Texas to...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    July 3, 2020

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice cooled off plans for a concert in Texas after taking considerable heat for an event that sought to gather hundreds of fans in one of the nation's coronavirus hot spots. The 1990s rapper with the hit single "Ice Ice...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    June 19, 2020

Multiple Texas cities and counties adopting mask orders

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Multiple Texas counties and cities are ordering businesses to require customers and workers to wear face masks as the state sees a continued rise in the numbers of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Republican Gov....

 

Tensions rise as Texas governor readies to lift more rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two weeks into the reopening of Texas, coronavirus cases are climbing. New outbreaks still crop up. And at Guero's Taco Bar in Austin, which offers the occasional celebrity sighting, a log of every diner and where they sat is...

 

Virus-related shutdowns bringing US economy to grinding halt

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It took 15 minutes for the coronavirus to wreck Shelley Hutchings' carefully calculated financial plans. Hutchings, a bartender and performer, had lined up gigs in advance of the South by Southwest film, music and technology...

 

Ehlinger leads No. 12 Texas past Oklahoma State 36-30

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sam Ehlinger did what he usually does: throw for a bunch of touchdowns and deliver big runs. Put him together with more games like this from the Texas defense, and the Longhorns will go far in the Big 12 this season. Ehlinger...

 

Texas gun rights lobby pushing back on calls for new laws

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' muscular gun-rights lobby swiftly pushed back after Gov. Greg Abbott raised the possibility of tighter firearms laws in response to a gunman killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart. The resistance could test the relation...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Sports    August 18, 2019

Former Longhorns, NFL RB Benson dies in motorcycle accident

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36. Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    August 9, 2019

Texas relaxed gun laws after recent mass shootings

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After dozens of people, including toddlers and teenagers, were gunned down in separate mass shootings at a church Sutherland Springs and a high school in suburban Houston, Texas Republicans came to the Capitol this year with...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    May 17, 2019

1 year after Santa Fe shooting, Texas shuns tougher gun laws

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A year after a high school mass shooting near Houston that remains one of the deadliest in U.S. history, Texas lawmakers are on the brink of going home without passing any new gun restrictions, or even tougher firearm storage...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    May 8, 2019

Texas seeks more armed school personnel after mass shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school in which eight students and two substitute teachers were killed, lawmakers in the gun-friendly state are close to passing measures that they say would harden campuses...

 

Coaches accused in bribery scandal wielded outsize authority

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Coach Gordie Ernst's Georgetown University tennis teams didn't win any Big East championships. At Wake Forest, Bill Ferguson's volleyball teams struggled near the bottom of their conference. At Stanford, John Vandemoer's...

 

Texas-Oklahoma a bad blood border rivalry

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas-Oklahoma rivalry is never short on bad blood between the Big 12 border states. Whether it's "horns down," Darrell Royal accusing Barry Switzer of spying or Brian Bosworth's critique of vomit-inducing burnt orange, a...

 

Texas making late drives to win games

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Game after game, Sam Ehlinger and the Texas offense keep putting together game-clinching or game-winning drives. The latest came this past weekend with Ehlinger's touchdown pass to Lil'Jordan Humphrey with 29 seconds left to be...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Sports    October 11, 2018

Big receivers making the big plays for No. 9 Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing third-and-long, Lil'Jordan Humphrey caught a quick pass on a play designed to get Texas a few yards. Then came a load of Longhorns teammates. Next came the surge. With his legs churning and Texas pushing, Humphrey and th...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Sports    October 7, 2018

At 5-1, No. 9 Texas going all in on Tom Herman

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Game by game, win by win, Texas is going all in on Tom Herman. Just check his phone. In the 24 hours after his Longhorns beat Oklahoma 48-45 to rise to No. 9 in the Top 25 rankings , his phone lit up with nearly 200 text...

 

Texan says he's selling 3D-printed gun plans after ruling

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns said Tuesday that he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, after a federal court order barred him from posting...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Regional    May 25, 2018

Texas school shooting victim family sues attacker's parents

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The family of one of the students killed in a Texas high school shooting filed a lawsuit against the alleged gunman's parents, claiming the shooter's father didn't properly secure the weapons and were negligent in entrusting...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Regional    May 24, 2018

Texas governor supports 2 small gun rules after shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday he could support stronger regulations for gun storage and quicker reporting to law enforcement when a court has determined someone is mentally ill in order to keep them from having weapons....

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Regional    May 23, 2018

Texas governor convenes new discussions on school safety

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott convened the first in a series of discussions on school safety Tuesday, declaring in response to last week's shooting near Houston, "We all want guns out of the hands of people who would try to murder our...

 

School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has more than 1.2 million licensed handgun owners who can openly carry their weapons in public. The state hosted the National Rifle Association's annual meeting two weeks ago. And until Monday, the governor's re-election...

 

Southwest Airlines pilot pushed Navy boundaries for flying

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — Tammie Jo Shults was determined to "break into the club" of male military aviators. One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Shults flew training missions as an enemy pilot during Operation Desert Storm, while w...

 

'That's how she's wired': Pilot lauded for handling crisis

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she...

 

Police: Austin bomber's motive still unknown, despite video

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. But his motive remains...

 

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