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Police: 2 Dead After Building Explosion Shakes Houston, Damages Nearby Homes

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Broken glass litters the ground in the areas surrounding the explosion.
Edward Castillo | Houston Public Media)

Two people have died following a large explosion at a manufacturing facility in northwest Houston early Friday, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed Friday morning. 

Michelle Barrientes Vela, second from right, attended the press conference held by Judge Nelson Wolff on Wednesday.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Michelle Barrientes Vela — a former Precinct 2 constable who is running for sheriff — has been indicted on multiple criminal charges, according to the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.

Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

You’ve heard of the state’s anti litter campaign called Adopt-A-Highway. San Antonio now has its own campaign, called Adopt-A-Spot.


Updated at 1:50 a.m. ET Wednesday

After a long day and night of dueling between the House managers calling for impeachment and attorneys for President Trump declaring the articles of impeachment "ridiculous," the Senate adopted a set of rules that will govern its impeachment trial, in which opening arguments will get underway Wednesday.

The resolution, put forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calls for each side to receive up to 24 hours to argue their case, spread over three days.

Jack Morgan | Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of thousands of people traveled to city's East Side for today's Martin Luther King Jr. march.

Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio police arrested a suspect on Monday in connection with a shooting in downtown San Antonio that left two people dead and five others wounded.

Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Thousands of people are expected to participate in San Antonio’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day march -- the largest in the United States -- on the city's East Side on Monday.

Reynaldo Leanos Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of red, blue and orange tents are scattered around the Gateway International Bridge that connects Brownsville, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico, where more than 2,000 asylum seekers live. Children with their families have endured heat, cold and inclement weather for months. Such conditions are grinding down migrants' mental health.

A worker uses a lift-assist device to install a dashboard at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas plant in San Antonio.
Jimmy Maas | KUT

Toyota has announced plans to phase out production of Tacoma pickup trucks at its South Side San Antonio assembly plant, according to a news release from the company. 

Darnell Smith is the first athletic director of Texas A&M-San Antonio
Texas A&M - San Antonio

The first athletic director of Texas A&M-San Antonio said the university will offer men and women’s soccer, women’s softball, and men’s golf as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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