White-tailed buck poached in Denton County could've been in record books, instead it'll be on wall of shame

The second largest white-tailed buck ever in Texas was poached by a Denton County man after legal hunting hours and on property he didn't have permission to hunt on, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials said. A Denton County criminal court sentenced Travis D. Johnson on Monday to two years' probation and 40 hours of community service. The Aubrey man had pleaded no contest to illegally taking the buck, which scored 278 points under the Boone and Crockett system.

Richardson police arrest Sherin Mathews' mother, say parents left 3-year-old home alone night before her death

The mother of a Richardson girl found dead last month in a culvert was arrested Thursday because police say she and her husband left the 3-year-old home alone the night before she was reported missing. Sini Mathews and husband Wesley Mathews, who was arrested last month, went out with their biological daughter Oct. 6, leaving Sherin Mathews because she refused to drink her milk, police said.

The birds, the bees and the pill: How the Dallas Zoo handles birth control

Every day about the same time, Missy gets a pill that’s popped out of a 28-day blister pack similar to the ones that millions of women take to keep from getting pregnant. But Missy isn’t like most females on a birth control prescription. She’s a chimp. Because chimpanzees share a similar anatomy to humans, they can take the same pill in much the same way as a woman does. But because they are animals, Dallas Zoo keepers sometimes have to come up with ways to disguise it.

Officer who had to 'zip up my friend' in body bag struggles to find lessons from fatal ambush

In the 27 years that Sgt. James Bristo has served in the Dallas Police Department, 27 Dallas officers have died in the line of duty. Each was painful for Bristo, but nothing could prepare him for the loss of five brothers in one night. "Somehow, it was just different" said Bristo, 53, who works in the department's southeast division. "I've never had one that was intentionally targeted because he was blue." Of the five officers killed in last week's downtown ambush, Bristo knew four.

Abortion bill dies in Texas Senate after filibuster, crowd outburst

AUSTIN -- A bill that would have given Texas one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country died amid chaos at the end of the special legislative session overnight. After Republicans used strict interpretations of Senate rules to knock Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, off her marathon filibuster intended to block a vote on the measure before the midnight Tuesday deadline, abortion-rights advocates watching the session erupted in a loud protest.
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