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Medical marijuana legalisation has become a campaign topic.

Medical marijuana legalisation has become a campaign topic.

KILLEEN, Texas — Army retiree Maj. David Bass was a member of the United States Army for 25 years, from 1985 until 2006. He served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. "I got these symptoms that I didn't understand when I returned to Fort Hood," Bass...

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The Fort Hood-Killeen region is in for some fall family fun.

The Fort Hood-Killeen region is in for some fall family fun.

The autumn season is quickly approaching, and with it the return of several local family favourites such as the Fall Festival at Robinson Family Farm and the Central Texas Fall Festival at Sweet Eats Fruit Farm. There are also Lego events, outdoor pickleball games...

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New waistline rules allow Texas DPS troopers to lower their belts.

New waistline rules allow Texas DPS troopers to lower their belts.

AUSTIN, TX — Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will be able to relax their belts thanks to modified physical fitness requirements authorised by an oversight body on Thursday. The contentious physical fitness and command presence policy of the department now...




About Killeen

Killeen is a city in Bell County, Texas, central United States, 65 miles (105 km) north of Austin and west of Temple. When Camp Hood, a U.S. military camp spanning a sizable section of a hillock-studded mesa, was founded nearby in 1942, it replaced the little farming and ranching hamlet that the Santa Fe Railway had laid out as Palo Alto in 1882 and named for Frank P. Killeen, a civil engineer with the line. As Fort Hood, the headquarters of the First Armored Division, was restored in 1951, Killeen quickly grew as a service hub for the camp. West Fort Hood and Robert Gray Army Airfield are located just west of the city. Central Texas (junior) College and the University of Central Texas both have their headquarters in Killeen since 1965. (1973; private). Inc. 1908. Pop. 127,921 (2010); Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metro Area, 405,300; 153,095 (2020); and 475,367 in the Killeen-Temple Metro Area.

The Luby’s shooting was a large-scale shooting that took place on October 16, 1991, in a Luby’s Cafeteria restaurant in Killeen, Texas, in the United States. Twenty-one people were injured, 23 people died, and the shooter also took his own life. It was the deadliest single-person mass shooting in America prior to the Virginia Tech tragedy in 2007.

Near Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the country, in Killeen, Texas, was a popular eatery called Luby’s Cafeteria. The locals were celebrating Boss’s Day, so there was a larger throng at lunchtime than normal. George Hennard, 35, of nearby Belton smashed his pickup truck through the restaurant’s plate-glass window as there were about 80 customers seated at the tables. To help, a nearby veterinarian hurried to the driver’s window. He was the shooter’s first casualty. After yelling, “This is what Belton did to me!” the shooter started firing. As he stalked the restaurant and shot victims, customers and workers shouted and ducked for shelter. When four police officers arrived and started firing, he didn’t stop. He shot himself after being wounded and besieged by the police, leaving 23 people dead or dying and another 20 injured.


Texas lawmakers passed a law enabling residents with concealed carry permits in 1995. Suzanna Hupp, whose parents were killed at Luby’s and who was also present, sponsored it. George W. Bush, the governor of Texas, signed it into law.

The United States, sometimes known as the United States of America, commonly referred to as America, is a federal republic with 50 states in North America. The 48 contiguous states that are located in the central latitudes of the continent are joined by Hawaii, an island state in the centre of the Pacific Ocean, and Alaska, a state at the far western end of North America. The conterminous states are encircled by Canada to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The United States is the world‘s fourth-largest country by area (after Russia, Canada, and China). Washington, which includes the District of Columbia, the federal capital region established in 1790, serves as the nation’s capital.

The United States’ greatest strength is likely its enormous variety. Its physical habitat spans the Arctic and the subtropics, a lush rain forest and a parched desert, and a rough mountain top and a flat prairie. Despite having a sizable overall population by global standards, the United States has a comparatively low population density. The nation includes some of the largest urban regions in the globe as well as some of the largest landscapes that are nearly entirely devoid of human settlement.


The population of the United States is quite diversified. Contrary to a nation like China, which primarily assimilated indigenous peoples, the United States’ diversity is mostly the result of extensive and ongoing global immigration. The United States has a greater variety of racial, ethnic, and cultural varieties than most other nations. Tens of millions of immigrants who, for the most part, came to America in search of better social, political, and economic opportunities than they had in their home countries have contributed to enriching, testing, and constantly redefining the national character in addition to the presence of living Native Americans (including American Indians, Aleuts, and Eskimos) and the descendants of Africans brought as slaves to the New World. (It should be noted that although the phrases “America” and “Americans” are frequently used interchangeably to refer to the United States and its residents, respectively, they are also used more broadly to refer to North, South, and Central America as a whole and to their respective populations.)



By gross domestic product, the United States is the world’s most powerful economy (GDP). The country’s wealth can be attributed in part to its abundant natural resources and massive agricultural output, but it owes more to its highly developed industry. The United States is the most significant individual element in international trade due to the sheer size of its economy, despite its relative economic self-sufficiency in many areas. Major sections of the global total are represented by its imports and exports. Additionally, the United States has an impact on the world economy by serving as both a source and a destination for investment capital. The nation nonetheless maintains one of the most diverse economies on Earth, giving the majority of its citizens access to one of the greatest levels of living.

With a history of fewer than 250 years, the United States is a young country by global standards; it wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that it reached its present size. The United States was the first of the European colonies to successfully secede from its motherland, and it was the first country to be founded on the principle that a nation’s sovereignty belongs to its people, not to the government. The nation’s first 150 years were mostly consumed by its own territorial and economic development as well as societal issues that finally resulted in civil war and a still ongoing period of reconciliation. The United States became a major global force in the 20th century, and it has remained one of the leading powers ever since World War II. The strains and demands of its dominant position have put to the test the beliefs and ideals of its founders; neither has it always carried this burden willingly nor readily. The United States continues to provide its citizens with unmatched prospects for riches and personal success. However, the country’s infrastructure is threatened by the depletion of its resources, pollution of its environment, and persistent social and economic inequity that keeps some sections in poverty and blight.



The article Washington discusses the District of Columbia. See the entries on Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco for discussion of other significant U.S. cities. Puerto Rico, which is covered in the article Puerto Rico, and a number of Pacific islands—Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa—are political entities that are connected to the United States.


Killeen is a city in central Texas. It’s known for the Fort Hood military base. The base includes the 1st Cavalry Museum, featuring an outdoor exhibition of historic military vehicles. On the Central Texas College campus, the Mayborn Science Theater hosts planetarium shows. Lions Club Park has a swimming pool and a playground. East of the city, Temple Lake Park has picnic areas, a beach and bass-filled waters. 

Area: 143.7 km²
Elevation: 271 m
Population: 148,573 (2020)
Area code: Area code 254