AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Local school officials say efforts to equip students with new technology are being impeded by a state directive that they must purchase costly calculators for eighth-graders. School districts are eager to invest in iPads and other mobile devices for students. Administrators could then download a $15 application that works as a calculator. But state requires a graphing calculator that costs $100 a piece.
HOUSTON (AP) - Police say $600,000 in checks and cash has been stolen from the Houston megachurch led by Pastor Joel Osteen (OH'-steen). Police say $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were stolen from a safe sometime between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday. No arrests have been made.
HOUSTON (AP) - Fewer than 90,000 Texans bought health insurance in the new federally subsidized marketplace in the past month, leaving thousands uninsured with just weeks left before open enrollment ends March 31. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 295,025 Texans have bought insurance on the marketplace since Oct. 1.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A woman convicted of arson in the bathtub burning death of her husband has been sentenced by a Central Texas jury to 20 years in prison. Shriya Patel (pah-TEHL') had faced a sentence of five years to life in prison for the April 2012 incident that killed 29-year-old Bimal Patel.
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