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The Latest: About 100 Demonstrators Chant ‘Shut It Down’

(AP) – The Latest on appeals court hearing about Texas “sanctuary cities” law (all times local): 11 a.m. About 100 demonstrators chanted and beat drums outside a federal appeals court as three judges heard arguments about letting a Texas law against so-called sanctuary cities take effect before it hears arguments about the law itself. At […]

Robert E. Lee’s Name Removed From Dallas Park

(AP) – Robert E. Lee’s name has been removed from the Dallas park where a statue of the Confederate general had been a focal point until recently. The Dallas Park Board voted unanimously Friday to restore temporarily the name Oak Lawn Park. The park was renamed Lee Park in the Texas centennial year of 1936. […]

Note To Texas, Florida: Insurance Fights Over Sandy Rage On

(AP) – More than 1,000 families whose homes were swamped by Superstorm Sandy are still fighting with the U.S. government over their flood insurance payouts, nearly five years after the storm struck the East Coast. The FEMA-run National Flood Insurance Program paid out billions of dollars to policyholders in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere […]

Robert E. Lee Park Re-Named Oak Lawn Park

(Dallas, TX) — Robert E. Lee Park is going back to its original name. The Dallas Park Board unanimously approved a plan today to re-name the park Oak Lawn Park, at least temporarily. The park was called Oak Lawn Park until a statue of Robert E. Lee was installed in the late 1930’s. President Franklin […]

New Potential Burden For Houston Homeowners: Higher Taxes

(AP) – Many Houston residents affected by Hurricane Harvey could now be asked to shoulder an added financial burden: higher taxes on the same homes they are struggling to rebuild. Mayor Sylvester Turner has proposed a one-time increase in the property tax rate to help pay for mounting hurricane expenses such cleaning up debris and […]

Texas Prisons Stop Using Solitary Confinement As Punishment

(AP) – Texas correctional officials have stopped using solitary confinement to punish prisoners.  The Houston Chronicle reports that the Sept. 1 change affects about 75 prisoners in punitive solitary. Jason Clark, a state Department of Criminal Justice spokesman, says the department determined it can operate effectively without using solitary confinement as a punishment.  Clark says […]

Texas Asks Court To Allow Its Ban On ‘sanctuary cities’

(AP) – Attorneys for Texas are asking a federal appeals court in New Orleans to let the state’s law banning “sanctuary cities” take effect.U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia blocked much of the law Aug. 31 – the day before it was to take effect. On Friday, three judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of […]

Ex-Baylor President: Some Women ‘make themselves victims’

(AP) – A court filing this week reveals that the former interim president of Baylor University referred to some women who had been sexually assaulted as willing “to make themselves victims.” The remark came in an email exchange last year between David Garland and a Baylor administrator. The email was obtained by lawyers for former […]

Man Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Day-Care Children

(AP) – Prosecutors south of Dallas say a 58-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing five children over a two-year period at his wife’s day care.  Dennis Ray Avery of Waxahachie was sentenced Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Ellis County […]

Houston Landfills Now Open 24 Hours A Day For Harvey Debris

(AP) – Houston landfills will expand their regular daytime schedules and be open 24 hours a day to better assist with Hurricane Harvey debris removal. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday announced the updated schedule to help clear flood-related trash. Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 in South Texas. Heavy rain associated with Harvey swamped parts […]