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Texas House Speaker Pans Bathroom Bill, Exposes GOP Divide

(AP) – A powerful Texas Republican says a proposal barring transgender people from using public restrooms of their choice statewide is bad for business.  It’s a sentiment that’s out of step with Texas’ leading conservatives who back the proposal, despite it echoing a law that caused economic upheaval in North Carolina. Texas House Speaker Joe […]

2-Month-Old Girl Dies After Mauled By Pet Dog

(AP) – Investigators say a 2-month-old Central Texas girl has died after being mauled by the family’s pet German shepherd at home while her father slept.  San Marcos police say the girl died Tuesday afternoon after suffering numerous animal bites. Her name wasn’t immediately released. Police say the father told investigators that he fell asleep […]

Mom Pleads Not Guilty To Abducting Kids In 1985

(AP) – A woman charged with abducting her two daughters from Rhode Island in 1985 has pleaded not guilty.  Elaine Yates had been living under the name Liana Lynn Waldberg in Houston. She entered her plea Wednesday morning in a courtroom in Warwick, Rhode Island, to one count of abduction. A magistrate judge set bail […]

Democratic State Lawmaker Indicted On Corruption Charges

(AP) – A Democratic state representative from Austin has been indicted on corruption charges.  A grand jury approved charges of abuse of official capacity against Dawnna Dukes on Wednesday, after a criminal investigation by the Texas Rangers examined accusations she misspent campaign funds and directed her legislative staff to work on non-official business. Dukes previously […]

Sheriff Criticizes Commissioner Miller’s Account Of ‘attack’

(AP) — A claim by state Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller that “illegal aliens” attacked a hunting party in remote West Texas is being discounted by the local sheriff who says the hunters fired on one another.  Miller said in a recent Facebook post that the attack is another reason why a border wall must be […]

Budget Cut Talks Underway As Texas Confronts Cash Crunch

(AP) — Proposed cutbacks to border security and no extra funding for public schools is how Texas lawmakers are starting to tackle a cash crunch caused by sagging oil prices.  But Texas’ embattled child welfare system would get a $260 million boost under spending plans released Tuesday by the House and Senate. A growing backlog […]

Funeral Services Set For Last Man To Walk On The Moon

(AP) — Funeral services are set for former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last person to have walked on the moon.  A statement issued Tuesday on behalf of Cernan’s family says the funeral will be Jan. 24 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. A private burial with full military honors is scheduled later that day […]

North Texas Police Officer Killed, Suspect Later Found Dead

(AP) — A police detective has died after being shot while answering a report of an armed man outside a house in a suburban Dallas neighborhood.  Little Elm Police Chief Rodney Harrison says Detective Jerry Walker died Tuesday night at a Denton hospital hours after the shooting.  Fire Chief Ryan Roach later said the suspect […]

Rain Pounds Houston As Flooded Roadways Strand Motorists

(AP) — Emergency crews have made dozens of high-water rescues as thunderstorms flood streets in the Houston area and batter other parts of Texas.  Flash flood warnings are in effect for the Houston region, where torrential rains prompted officials to close some schools and delay opening many others on Wednesday. The area’s public transportation has […]

Judge: Planned Parenthood Videos In Medicaid Fight ‘baloney’

(AP) – A federal judge deciding whether Texas can oust Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program says rehashing secretly recorded videos from 2015 amounts to “baloney.” Texas officials say a Planned Parenthood official’s remarks about fetal tissue research given on videos taken by an anti-abortion group justify cutting off the organization from Medicaid funding.  […]