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HOUSTON -- The man affiliated with popular Houston restaurants Ruggles Green and Ruggles Black has been accused of operating an illegal seafood network within the city. According to a Texas Parks & Wildlife press release, Bruce Molzan purchased and sold illegal finfish off the menus at Ruggles Green and Ruggles Black and profited more than $400,000.A two-year investigation revealed that the illegal network had been ongoing since at least 2013 and could be the largest of its kind in Texas history, game wardens say."The illegal catches were made by a web of about a dozen unlicensed commercial fishermen and sold...

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AUSTIN -- Iconic action movie actor Chuck Norris, a native Oklahoman who has a ranch in Grimes County, was designated as an Honorary Texan on Tuesday by the state Senate. Norris and his wife, Gena, appeared in the Senate chamber for the award at the start of the upper chamber's daily session. After a recitation of his screen accomplishments — most notably in the TV series "Walker: Texas Ranger" — Norris, 77, stood for applause and posed for photos with senators. In presenting him with a wooden gavel, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick noted that in addition to his accomplishments in...

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A bill that would make carrying small amounts of marijuana a civil penalty in Texas instead of a criminal one is advancing in the state House. The House Criminal Jurisprudence committee on Monday approved a bill that would make possession of up to an ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine of up to $250 instead of a criminal charge. A person also could not be arrested solely for possession of the small amount of pot. A third violation would increase the fine to $500 as a Class C misdemeanor, though. The bill now advances to...

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Why not kick your next vacation up a notch? Did you know that you can spend a rather interesting night in a treehouse, yurt or “glamorous” tent? If you don’t believe us, have a look for yourself! Best of Texas lists the 15 most unique hotels in the Lone Star State.  1. Green Acres, Elgin, TX GREEN ACRES GLAMPING RETREAT   Quite adorable and charming, this unique accommodation boasts that solo travelers, families and creatives really enjoy their time here. Choose from a beautifully decorated Moroccan-themed yurt or tiny home to spend the night in. 2. Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, Spicewood,...

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Wide Open Country lists some things that kids these days just won’t understand. In Texas, the passing of the years has been particularly poignant, and more than a few eras have ended. So sit back and take in these 10 Texas things from the good old days. 10. The Houston Oilers used to be a thing.   Warren Moon - Flickr/drcliffordchoi In a time before the Texans graced the verdant fields of Reliant Stadium, there was another team, and another stadium. Before Texas kids idolized J.J. Watt, their predecessors ran about with light blue and white jerseys with oil derricks on the sleeve and raved about...

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