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Speaker Will Set Health Care Vote When Ready

(AP) – Speaker Paul Ryan says the House will vote on a revised health care plan “when we’re ready to go,” despite White House pressure for a quick vote as President Donald Trump approaches his 100th day in office. Ryan told reporters Thursday that leaders have not made any decision on when a vote will […]

Flynn Was Warned Not To Accept Foreign Payments In 2014

(AP) – Documents released by lawmakers show President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign money without “advance approval” by Pentagon authorities. Also, the Defense Department inspector general’s office confirms in a separate document that it is investigating whether Flynn […]

Texas Sues To Release Execution Drug Shipment Seized By US

(AP) – Texas prison officials are asking a federal judge to rescind a U.S. Food and Drug Administration order that blocks the corrections agency from receiving a foreign shipment of a drug to use for executions. Attorneys for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Galveston. They argue […]

Texas Policy Allowing Wrestler To Take Testosterone Upheld

(AP) – A judge has upheld a Texas policy that required a transgender boy taking testosterone to compete in the girls’ wrestling tournament, where he won a state title.  A doctor administered the testosterone as part of Mack Beggs’ gender transition. The Dallas Morning News reports that a Travis County judge dismissed an attorney’s lawsuit […]

Texas Could Pardon Underage Drinking Of Sex Assault Victims

(AP) – In a push to combat campus sexual assault, the Texas Legislature is moving to pardon victims from criminal charges for underage drinking.  A bill passed unanimously Wednesday by the state Senate protects from prosecution victims of sexual assault who admit to underage drinking while they were being abused. The victim must report the […]

Lawyer: Dentist Not At Fault In Toddler Patient Death

(AP) – A lawyer for an Austin dentist says state regulators have determined the medical professional was not at fault in the 2016 death of a 14-month-old patient.  Attorney Mike Yanof says Dr. Michael Melanson will not face disciplinary action in the death of Daisy Lynn Torres. Yanof, in a statement Wednesday, said the state […]

AAA Survey Finds Texas, US Retail Gasoline Prices Decline

(AP) – Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country have declined this week.  AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide slipped 3 cents this week to settle at an average $2.24 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices are down 2 cents this week to reach an average $2.40 per […]

Federal Prosecutors Secure Guilty Pleas In Valleywide Medicare Fraud Scheme

Three Valley residents arrested for Medicare fraud just two weeks ago have already pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme. The three were among five people who were recently indicted amid accusations they took illegal kickbacks in exchange for referring Medicare patients to home health agencies. Federal prosecutors say, however, many of those beneficiaries […]

McAllen Man Charged After Leaving Baby In His Car in 90 Degree Heat

A McAllen man has been charged after apparently forgetting about a 1-year-old girl inside his vehicle. Police say someone called to report a baby strapped in a child safety seat inside of a locked vehicle parked in the 100 block of Quamasia Avenue a little after 4 Tuesday afternoon, when outside temperatures were in the […]

Study Recommends New Federal Courthouse For McAllen

A federal study has concluded that McAllen needs a new federal courthouse. The study conducted by the General Services Administration says Bentsen Tower is no longer suitable for federal judicial functions. The 23-page study found that Bentsen Tower cannot provide adequate space for the courtrooms, and does not have enough room for proper security screenings […]