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Ex-Dallas schools trustee leads Texas Education Agency

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Dallas school board member Mike Morath has taken over as head of the Texas Education Agency.


Abilene police return fire, wound gunman in domestic dispute

ABILENE, Texas — Abilene police have returned fire and wounded a gunman during a domestic disturbance outside a house.


New Texas law means more days off from school are possible

DALLAS — A new Texas state law that counts the school year by minutes instead of days means local school districts could add extra days off for both students and staff by squeezing minutes into the school day.


Hoverboard crashes send injured riders to Texas hospitals

GALVESTON, Texas — The hoverboard was one of the most popular gifts this holiday season — and for some people, a ticket to an emergency room.

One Houston-area hospital reported treating 14 hoverboard injuries between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Doctors at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital started keeping count after they started seeing patients who had hurt themselves, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The hoverboard is a two-wheeled, self-balancing machine that became the gadget to have over the last few months. 

But doctors say hoverboard riders should wear the same gear and take the same precautions as rollerbladers or skateboarders.

"They get on these hoverboards without any protective gear whatsoever," said Dr. David Wong of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, an emergency room doctor who also has his own hoverboard. "They should wear wrist guards, helmets, elbow guards and knee pads."

Spokesmen for Houston Methodist hospitals and Ben Taub Hospital in Houston also reported a handful of injuries, the Chronicle said.

Hoverboards are also being investigated for their potential to ignite in flames in a small number of instances. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has counted 22 hoverboard fires in 17 states, according to an agency spokeswoman. One fire occurred last week at a kiosk at a Houston-area mall, temporarily closing the shopping center.

Zebra on the loose in Granbury turns up at neighbor's property

GRANBURY, Texas — An 8-month-old zebra's owners have found the animal after it was spotted on property near a North Texas highway.

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