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Texas Legislature Passes Letting First Responders Carry Guns

(AP) – A bill allowing volunteer firefighters and first responders to bring their guns into restricted areas has cleared the state Legislature.  It pertains to volunteer emergency personnel who have concealed carry licenses, and passed the House on a final, 136-9 vote Friday. The proposal now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott. He’s expected to sign […]

Texas OKs Requiring Schools To Teach Sex Abuse Prevention

(AP) – Texas children as young as 5 could soon be taught how to better ward off sex abuse.  The state Legislature has approved a requirement for all public schools to provide sexual abuse prevention training to students. The measure heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk after final House passage Friday on a 136-9 vote.   […]

Outside Investigation Launched In Arrest Of Miss Black Texas

(AP) – An east Texas city has asked a law firm to investigate the arrest of Miss Black Texas 2016 after she and officers gave differing accounts of the incident. Carmen Ponder says Commerce police arrested her Saturday after a confrontation with a motorist who made a racist and sexist comment toward her. Ponder identified […]

Texas Legislature OKs Expanded Prohibitions On Bestiality

(AP) – The Texas Legislature has approved expanded state penal codes prohibiting bestiality, sending them to Gov. Greg Abbott. The Senate on Thursday approved changes the House made to bill originally approved by the Senate. It seeks to formally ban “sexual assault of an animal.”  Texas already prohibits bestiality. But the bill makes it a […]

Abbott Signs Improper Teacher-Student Relationships Law

(AP) – Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a crackdown on inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.  The measure requires principals and superintendents to report inappropriate teacher-student relationships or face jail time and fines up to $10,000. The teacher’s family could also lose access to the teacher’s pension. It further mandates that a teacher […]

Texas Pushes Ahead With ‘bathroom bill’ As Others Shy Away

(AP) – A push for a “bathroom bill” in Texas is coming down to the wire even as proposed restroom restrictions for transgender people have largely faltered in legislatures across the U.S. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday he’s hopeful that lawmakers will soon hatch a deal that would make Texas the first state to […]

Governor Signs Law Making Texas Gun Fees Nation’s Lowest

(AP) – Gov. Greg Abbott has visited a gun range to sign a law reducing Texas’ fees for licenses to carry handguns to the lowest in the nation. The Republican endorsed Friday a law dropping to $40, from $140, the cost of first-time permits, and from $70 to $40 fees for 5-year-renewals. Abbott then took […]

New Mexico Advocates To Join Texas Immigration Law Protest

(AP) – Dozens of immigrant advocates from New Mexico are heading to Texas to protest that state’s new law allowing police officers to ask about a person’s immigration status. The advocates from the New Mexico Dream Team will join immigrant activists in Texas on Monday for a demonstration against the law at the Texas Capitol […]

Texas Could Make Play For NASCAR All-Star And Finale Races

(AP) – Lawmakers have given Texas Motor Speedway a big helping hand if the state’s premier stock-car track wants to lobby for NASCAR’s All-Star race and season-ending championship. The Texas Legislature approved a bill Thursday that makes those two races eligible for the state’s Major Events Reimbursement Program. It’s the same fund that’s used to […]

Texas Officials Apologize For Terrorist Award Given Student

(AP) – A Houston-area school district has disciplined several teachers after a student received a mock award naming her “most likely to become a terrorist.” Certificates given to the 13-year-old girl and other students this week at a junior high school east of Houston were supposed to be lighthearted. But the Channelview Independent School District […]