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Texas Teacher Gets 10 Years for Sending Pornographic Images to Teen

A West Texas high school teacher and girls’ athletic coach was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison after admitting he tried to send pornographic images to a 15-year-old female student with whom authorities believed he had a sexual relationship last year.

Oil rigs extract petroleum as the price of crude oil rises to nearly $120 per barrel, prompting oil companies to reopen numerous wells across the nation that were considered tapped out and unprofitable decades ago when oil sold for one-fifth the price or less, on April 25, 2008 in the …

Largest Oil and Gas Reserves Ever Assessed Found in West Texas

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday the Permian Basin’s Wolfcamp shale and Bone Spring formation spanning parts of West Texas and eastern New Mexico hold the largest potential oil and gas resources ever discovered. Federal surveyors note the Bone Spring plays could offer roughly seven times the amount of oil as the Bakken shale in North Dakota.

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Student Begs Judge to Pardon Teacher After Sexual Relationship

A West Texas federal judge sentenced a male high school teacher to serve 10 years in prison for luring a 17-year-old female student into a sexual relationship using the social media app Snapchat. In the courtroom, however, the victim begged the judge to pardon her former paramour.

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Feds Launch Task Force to Combat Polio-Like Mystery Illness

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday the creation of an Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) Task Force to better understand the polio-like mystery illness that continues to spread nationwide, largely affecting children.

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Texas Woman On Life Support After Cheap Nose Job in Mexico

A Texas woman went to Mexico for a cheap nose job but instead, wound up in a coma and on life support. Now, her family faces the tragic reality that she may have paid the ultimate price for the procedure, according to a variety of sources.

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DOJ to Monitor Polls in 19 States to Prevent Voter ‘Fraud’

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday that personnel from their Civil Rights Division will “monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws” at polling places in 35 jurisdictions across 19 states to ensure the integrity of the midterm elections against “fraud,” said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.