DENTON — The Sally Beauty chain confirmed Thursday that it has suffered its second data breach in just over two years.

The beauty products seller notified customers earlier this month that it was investigating reports of unusual activity on payment cards used at some of its U.S. locations. Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. would not talk about the scope of the illegal intrusion Thursday because the investigation is ongoing. Its shares have fallen almost 5 percent in the past month.

Midnight, Tonight, Deadline Looms Large For Texas House Votes

May 14, 2015
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AUSTIN — Hundreds of closely watched proposals, including a key conservative push to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if gay marriage is legalized, hang in the balance as work in the Texas House has slowed to a crawl — even as the chamber’s last chance to pass its bills looms.

Democrats are outnumbered nearly 2-to-1 in the lower chamber but have been stalling all week.

They ask every imaginable question on the floor to draw out debate on as many bills as possible, then use parliamentary tactics to further slow things down.

Known as “chubbing,” the effort comes because midnight Thursday is the deadline for House bills to get their first vote by the full chamber.

Deen van Meer

Another Broadway hit has come to the Alamo City and I got to speak to a pair of its actors. It’s called Newsies, and here’s Steve Blanchard with a snapshot of its plot.

“It’s basically tracing the 1899 Newsboy strike.  My character, Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst both colluded to reduce the Newsboy salary by raising their price. It’s the ultimate David VS Goliath; it’s pretty fun.”

During my interview, a shrill, baby-like sound broke through. Steve's wife Meredith Inglesby explained.

“This is Wren. She’s our little two year-old girl.”

Ryan E. Poppe

 House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, a Republican from Killeen, introduced a bill that would provide most school districts with more money in per pupil spending. Aycock said that coming up with an appropriate formula and then getting members of the Legislature to agree with it has been a near impossible task.

AUSTIN — The University of Texas says three students have tested positive for mumps, and officials are trying to notify classmates and guests at a fraternity party one of them attended last weekend.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says mumps rarely occurs across the country, after decades of vaccinations — but still shows up in a few hundred cases annually.

Mumps is caused by a virus. Symptoms include a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite and swelling of salivary glands.