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Texas Senate OKs Banning Some Insurance Coverage Of Abortion

(AP) – The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved a bill prohibiting coverage of abortion by some health insurance plans in Texas – despite similar efforts stalling previously. Wednesday’s 19-10 vote leaves Sen. Larry Taylor’s bill a final, largely ceremonial vote away from heading to the House.   It bars health insurance plans offered through the Obama […]

Court Reviews Practice Of Prayers At Meetings

(AP) – A federal appeals court is wrestling with whether it matters if a prayer opening a government meeting is led by local clergy or an elected official.  The full 15-judge bench of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in a case challenging a North Carolina county commission’s practice of opening […]

Five Dead In London Terror Attack

(London) — Authorities in London say five people, including the attacker, are dead from today’s terror attack in London. One police officer and three others were killed in the attack at Parliament. Police believe the attacker was inpired by international terrorism.

Mattis Calls For War Powers Authorization

(AP) – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Congress should approve a formal authorization for U.S. military forces to fight the Islamic State group in Syria. Mattis told a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday that the extremist group is a “clear and present danger” and he wonders why Congress hasn’t acted already. The government has been relying […]

Edinburg Councilman To Keep Seat, Claims He Did Not Willfully Violate City Charter

Claims of ignorance are allowing an Edinburg city councilman to keep his seat, despite apparent violations of the city’s conflict-of-interest statute. The City Council Tuesday night agreed to drop an investigation into Councilman Homer Jasso Junior after he claimed he was unaware of the City Charter provision prohibiting elected officials from having a financial interest […]

Cities, Sheriffs Find Flaws In US Immigration Detainer List

(AP) – Local officials from Philadelphia to Texas say a Trump administration report aimed at shaming jails with so-called sanctuary policies includes bad or misleading information.  The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, said Tuesday that he didn’t understand why U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement included his city on a list of places that don’t cooperate […]

Man Charged With Hate Crime For Seizure-Inducing Tweet

(AP) – A Maryland man has been indicted in Texas on a hate-crime charge after a Twitter message induced a seizure in a Newsweek reporter.  A Dallas County grand jury on Tuesday indicted John Rayne Rivello of Salisbury, Maryland, on an aggravated assault charge enhanced as a hate crime. The 29-year-old already faces a federal […]

Texas Senate OKs Plan That May Phase Out Key Business Tax

(AP) – The Texas Senate has approved a bill seeking to gradually phase out taxes levied on businesses during future legislative sessions – when the state potentially has shaken off the oil price slump and seen its economy begin booming again.  Approved quickly and without debate Tuesday, the measure now heads to the state House. […]

Texas Senate OKs Plan To Slow Local Property Tax Increases

(AP) – The Texas Senate has approved a plan designed to slow the increase of local property taxes as Republicans scramble to deliver on fiscally conservative promises despite a state budget crunch.  Tuesday’s 18-12 vote sends to the state House a bill by Houston Republican Sen. Paul Bettencourt requiring local governments to seek voter approval […]

2 Killed When Handgun Accidentally Discharges

(AP) – Police in Houston say two people have died after a handgun they were playing with accidentally discharged and they were both shot.  The shooting occurred early Wednesday morning at an apartment complex as others looked on. KPRC-TV in Houston reports the gun fired twice, resulting in both victims being struck. One of them […]