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Texas state Senator John Whitmire (C) talks to the media. (credit: Rick Scibelli/Getty Images)

Texas Senator Gets Another Prison Death Threat

The problem of illegal cell phones being smuggled in to Texas inmates came to light five years ago when a death row inmate called Senator John Whitmire and made threats. Now that Texas senator is again the victim of a death threat.

CBSDFW.COM–03/26/2013

Senate Panel Endorses Closing $54M Private Prison

A key Senate panel has endorsed the closure of a $54 million private state prison in North Texas that ranks among the most dangerous lockups in the state.

03/04/2013

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Texas Prisons Can’t Stop Cell Phones At Cell Walls

Texas State Senator John Whitmire calls it the most unusual phone call of his life. “Nothing shocks me anymore, but this would probably take first prize for the biggest, unbelievable story,” said the Senator from Houston. “No Texan should have to worry about getting a call from an inmate.”

06/13/2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry addresses a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Teacher Layoffs Would Hamper Some Local Economies

Plans for teacher layoffs are stirring panic from Houston to far West Texas.

03/06/2011