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A Texas Tech student has been charged with the murder of a university police officer. Lubbock police say the suspect confessed to the crime, saying "he was the one that shot their friend."

A university spokesman tells NPR that campus police were dispatched to the room of Hollis Daniels III, 19, to check on him, after his suitemates contacted the university with concerns about his welfare. While police were en route, Daniels' mother called a university hotline and said that her son had expressed suicidal thoughts.

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A 19-year-old Texas Tech University student was charged early Tuesday with capital murder of a peace officer in the fatal shooting of a police officer at the campus police station, where he was being questioned in a drug-related case, authorities said.

Texas Colleges Staying Out of Bathroom Battles for Now

Jun 13, 2016
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At the University of Houston, transgender students can enroll in voice feminization or masculinization clinics. At the University of Texas at Austin, students can write a simple letter to change how their gender is listed in school records. And many colleges in the state have maps on their websites showing the locations of dozens of on-campus gender-neutral bathrooms.

 

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Kendall Jones, a Texas Tech student from Cleburne, is generating controversy for posting Facebook pictures of lions, elephants and other animals she has hunted in Africa. 

Kent Hance, the Texas Tech chancellor, is retiring, several media outlets are reporting. He's served in the position since 2006. Hance earlier served in the Texas Senate, Congress and Texas Railroad Commission. Hance "weathered a lengthy media firestorm and ensuing legal battle following the termination of popular Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach in 2009," the Texas Tribune reports.