Watch Our Favorite Texas Tech Cheerleader Go Gator-Huntin'

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You can follow that dead alligator at @ohgodpleasekillmeagain.

"I want to shoot a gator in the face!" says a charming H-town gal in the debut episode of our favorite new YouTube show, "Game On," featuring Texas Tech cheerleader/elephant killer Kendall Jones.

Jones got a ton of flack for posting huntin' pics from what we're sure was a dangerous African expedition, but thanks to show sponsors Remington, we get to see Jones and a pal in live-action glory. It is a wonder to behold.

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Texas Could Soon Be Home to a Giant, Crowd-Funded Vagina

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With any luck -- and about $600 in Kickstarter donations -- Austin, Texas will soon be home to one giant vagina statue.

Aptly entitled "Texas Women by Chloe," the project is currently in the fundraising phase on Kickstarter, and appears -- at least on the surface -- to be awesome. The crowd-funded tribute to the vulva is set to be about six feet tall, and will be built by Chloe, an artist and activist out of Austin.

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Daily Show Comes to Texas This Week, Should Be Easy Pickins

Categories: TV Land, Texas

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Good news, guys. Jon Stewart and The Daily Show will be making Texas the new (temporary) world news headquarters this week, just in time for midterm elections.

In a segment they've dubbed "Democalypse: South by South Mess," Stewart will be in Austin from October 27 - 30, putting all of Texas' embarrassing political news on blast. Given the political climate in our fair state, Texas will need to be on its best behavior if we have any chance of saving face, so perhaps should keep Rick Perry away from, well, everything for a couple of days.

But even if Perry manages to mind his Ps and Qs, there's still plenty of recent Lone Star news for Jon Stewart to rip on. Since we're bound to receive our fair share of ridicule anyway, let's give the good folks over at the Daily Show a few ideas, shall we?

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Activists Planning to Broadcast Live Abortions Near the Alamo

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There is such thing as an "Abortion JumboTron TV," and it will be deployed for some extremely graphic anti-abortion protesting in San Antonio on Wednesday, as the fight over reproductive rights in the State of Texas rages on.

Parents are being warned to keep their children away from the Alamo in San Antonio on Wednesday afternoon, as activists from two anti-choice groups, the Ohio-based group Created Equal and Love of Truth Ministries, will be broadcasting footage of abortions -- complete with what are supposedly fetal body parts -- on that "JumboTron TV" projection screen near the historic building.


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Does Breitbart Texas Want Ebola Nurse's Dog to Die?

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Cuddly furball -- or scourge of humankind?
Breitbart Texas wants Dallas Ebola patient Nina Pham's dog to die. Or at least that's our take-away from two alarmist articles suggesting that the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, like one of those fast-moving zombies in 28 Days Later, only with more hair, might infect every last one of us.

Pham's "dog remained in her apartment for over 24 hours following her diagnosis," Kristin Tate wrote for Breitbart. "It is possible that the pet has Ebola -- CDC studies have found that dogs may carry and be a source of the deadly virus."

True. It's also possible the dog has fleas. We just don't know!

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Texas Is Terrible at Energy Efficiency, According to Study

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Texas isn't getting any energy stars.
Houston is the energy capital of the world. We practically bathe in oil around here. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that a recent study from Wallethub found Texas to be near the bottom of the list of states in energy efficiency. According to the study, Texas ranks 45th out of the 48 states in overall energy efficiency -- Alaska and Hawaii were excluded -- including 34th in home energy efficiency and 44th in car-related energy efficiency.

The only states with lower rankings were Kentucky, Louisiana and South Carolina. Vermont, New York, Wisconsin, California and Rhode Island top the list. Also not very surprising, the top 16 states are all north of the Mason-Dixon line.

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Sure, Most Abortion Clinics in Texas Have Closed. But There Are Still Plenty of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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Texas made a completely, totally unbiased "information"manuel, and boy do crisis pregnancy centers use it.

Half of the abortion clinics in Texas closed last year and all but eight or less were summarily forced to shutter after a panel of judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that House Bill 2, the state law restricting (or as some like to claim "regulating") abortion clinics, could go into effect last Thursday. Right now there isn't an abortion clinic west or south of San Antonio and more than 900,000 women pretty much don't have access to an abortion provider.

But never fear. Crisis pregnancy centers are still going strong. There are only two abortion clinics left open in Houston alone but there are more than six crisis pregnancy centers in the area and dozens of CPCs in Texas. Here's a little information about the centers, just in case you ever stumble inside one hoping to evaluate your options (like abortion) during a "crisis pregnancy."


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Fifth Circuit Ruling Shutters Most of Texas's Abortion Clinics

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They did, mostly.

More than a dozen abortion clinics in Texas won't reopen tomorrow.

The federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Thursday afternoon allowing state officials to immediately begin enforcing the second part of House Bill 2 (the one that state Sen. Wendy Davis famously filibustered against) while it fights to overturn U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. That means that Texas, a state of 26 million people, now only has 8 or fewer abortion clinics since most of the state's providers can't afford to comply with HB2's key provision requiring clinics to make costly upgrades to meet the standards of hospital-like surgical centers.


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UPDATED Ebola Reaches Texas: CDC Officials Confirm First U.S. Case in Dallas

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Update: 2:35 p.m. October 1
Update: On Wednesday afternoon Gov. Rick Perry announced that five children who attend Dallas schools had contact with the Dallas Ebola patient and are being monitored at home for any signs of the disease.

However, Perry used the press conference held at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to caution Texans to stay calm. "The disease cannot be transmitted before having any symptoms," he said. "This is a disease that is not airborne and is substantially more difficult to contract than the common cold."

Plus, he noted, Texas is ready to handle this. "There are few places in the world better equipped to meet the challenge that is posed by this case," he said. "Professionals on every level of the chain of command know what to do to minimize this potential risk to the people of Texas and to this country for that matter."

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On Tuesday afternoon, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health workers announced that Texas is home to the first case of Ebola confirmed in the United States.

At a news conference in Atlanta CDC director Tom Frieden downplayed widespread fears that the disease, which has already infected some 6,500 and killed over 3,000 people in West Africa, could reach epidemic levels in this country. The patient, who has not been identified, traveled from Liberia to visit family in Dallas earlier this month, officials confirmed. The man boarded a flight to the United States September 19, landed September 20, and first started to develop symptoms around the 24th, Frieden said.

The man was apparently first taken to Dallas' Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on September 26, but he was sent home with antibiotics. "[H]e returned in an ambulance to Texas Health Presbyterian two days later and was admitted," Bloomberg reports. He's now in intensive care at Dallas' Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, according to officials, who say they're working to track down and monitor anyone who had close contact with the man.

As news continues to break on the first confirmed Ebola case in the country, here are a few things you might want to know.


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5 Texas Murderabilia Items: Charles Whitman's Gun Isn't Even the Creepiest Thing on the List

Categories: Crime, Texas

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A listing for the Remington 700 rifle wielded by Charles Whitman during the 1966 UT shooting
People are oddly fascinated with horrible happenings. We get it. Some want to see the evidence and make contact with people who perpetrated the crimes. But it's still stunning to see the gun Charles Whitman used at the University of Texas Tower shootings up for auction. That is, until we saw all of the other strange, ghoulish bits of Texas murderabilia that have been sold over time.

A number of items connected in one way or another to brutal and gruesome doings in the Lone Star State have made their way from sellers to buyers. Odd (and a trifle sickening) but true. We've put together a list of five of the more disturbing Texas murderabilia items that have ended up on the market:

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