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Texas Reports Most Teacher-Student Sex Misconduct Cases in 2018, Data Show

At the close of FY2018, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced it investigated 429 cases of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students during the 2017-18 academic year, a 42 percent increase from the 302 the agency launched in 2016-17. It also represented nearly a 250 percent uptick in cases since 2008-09, the first year TEA began tracking these incidents and reported 123 cases.

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Local Media Ignore Immigration Status of Convicted Killer

At least five Oregon media outlets reported on the sentencing hearing on December 12 of a man convicted of stabbing his girlfriend to death. Not one of the articles found on a search mentioned the killer’s status as an illegal alien.

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Mexican Cartel Gunmen Storm Funeral Home, Kill Two Mourners

A team of cartel gunmen stormed a funeral home in the state of Veracruz, gunning down the father and brother-in-law of a male homicide victim who was being mourned by his friends and family. The attack occurred on Wednesday night at approximately 11 pm in Pánuco.


Dos Sicarios Mueren en Balacera Contra Policía de Elite en Estado Fronterizo

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila – Oficiales de la policía estatal mataron a dos sicarios en una balacera en esta ciudad fronteriza. El enfrentamiento se produce poco después de que un equipo de sicarios lograra matar a un oficial de policía en una emboscada donde también mataron a una víctima inocente.

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GRAFICO — Cuatro Secuestradores Muertos en Balacera Fronteriza

REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – Las autoridades mexicanas mataron a cuatro presuntos sicarios del Cartel del Golfo en una reciente balacera en esta ciudad fronteriza. Tras el enfrentamiento, las autoridades rescataron a tres víctimas de secuestro que supuestamente tenían vínculos con una organización criminal rival.

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Mexican National Gets 16 Years for Smuggling Meth into Texas

A Mexican national received more than 16 years in federal prison for his role in masterminding the smuggling of more than 26 kilograms of methamphetamine from northern Mexico into the United States through a Texas port of entry, according to unsealed court documents.


EXCLUSIVA — Cinco Baleados en Posada Navideña en Tamaulipas

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas – Un equipo de sicarios irrumpió en una celebración navideña en esta ciudad abriendo fuego en contra de quienes disfrutaban de una posada matando a tres personas e hiriendo a dos víctimas más. El tiroteo masivo sigue una serie de ataques y amenazas donde dos cárteles rivales reavivan su lucha por el control de la región.

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EXCLUSIVE — Mexican Cartel Gunmen Shoot Five at Bakery Christmas Party

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas – A team of cartel gunmen crashed a local Christmas party with gunfire on unsuspecting revelers, killing three and injuring two more. The mass shooting follows a series of attacks and threats as rival cartel factions reignite their fight for regional control of the border abutting Texas.

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Second Migrant Child Died in U.S. Custody, Say Feds

ASSOCIATED PRESS — An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody early Tuesday, said U.S. immigration authorities, marking the second death of an immigrant child in detention this month.