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August 2018 Archives

Data shows anti-Muslim hate crimes on the rise

Texas residents may be interested to learn that the number of anti-Muslim assaults rose from 2015 to 2016, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center report. The number of attacks against Muslim men and women in the United States is reportedly tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

More murders go unsolved across the country

Unsolved murders continue to be a serious concern in Texas and across the country. In 2016, the national clearance rate for murders declined to 59.4 percent, the lowest rate since the FBI has tracked nationwide investigations. This rate measures the percentage of murders that are solved with an identification or arrest of a suspect. This means that over 40 percent of murders across the country -- thousands of cases -- are currently going unsolved.

Broadcom co-founder charged with drug trafficking

Texas readers know that selling illegal drugs can lead to drug trafficking charges. However, some people may not be aware that it is possible to face those charges for giving illicit substances to friends. Such is apparently the case with Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III.

Alleged Texas school shooter indicted by grand jury

The 17-year-old student accused of shooting classmates and faculty at Santa Fe High School was indicted by a Texas grand jury on Aug. 9. In the indictment, the teenager was charged with capital murder, a crime that carries an automatic life sentence under Texas law. The charges also included aggravated assault of a public servant which he received for allegedly shooting and wounding a police officer. The Santa Fe High School shooting in May was the deadliest mass murder in the U.S. since the Parkland shooting in Florida in February.

Binge drinking, underage drivers and parents in the dark

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people between the ages of 12 and 20 are responsible for consuming roughly 10 percent of all the alcohol consumed in our country. The members of this age group are also partial to binge drinking, and their parents may know nothing about it—until law enforcement stops their teens on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.