Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 12:52 pm
For two decades, Texas has treated truancy as a criminal offense. That means most cases were prosecuted in adult courts where children, along with their parents, faced jail and fines of up to $1,500 for missing school — usually 10 or more unexcused absences.
Texas lawmakers now say this policy went too far. So last week, Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed a law that no longer treats truancy as a Class C misdemeanor.
Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 10:24 am
After years of debate and a 2014 referendum, a small town in Spain has changed its name from "Castrillo Matajudios" or "Fort Kill The Jews" back to its original name of "Castrillo Mota de Judios" or "Jew's Hill Fort."
A line of severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes and strong winds across parts of the Midwest on Tuesday.
In Illinois, one of the hardest hit areas was Coal City, a town of 5,000 people just south of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that authorities believe a tornado raked the area overnight, damaging homes and other buildings.