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Texas House OKs ‘sanctuary city’ Ban With Tough Jail Penalty

(AP) – The Texas House has approved a strict ban on “sanctuary cities” in the country’s second-largest state, seeking to empower police to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening to jail police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so. Thursday’s 93-54 vote followed 15-plus hours of emotional debate, much of […]

Parents Await Answers After Son Shoots Self In Police Car

(AP) – The parents of a teenager who fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the back of an Austin patrol car say they’re still seeking answers from investigators as to why their son wasn’t properly searched. Sayeed and Cara Anam tell the Austin American-Statesman they’ve had little contact with police since their son died Jan. […]

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 […]

Stakes High For Texas Voting Laws With 2018 Election Looming

(AP) – Three losses in federal court in barely a month over its voting laws have raised the stakes for Texas at a hearing before a three-judge panel. The San Antonio-based justices on Thursday could begin answering key questions, including if the state’s voting maps will need to be redrawn before the 2018 election and, […]

Texas Senate Passes Bill Requiring School Bus Seat Belts

(AP) – Thousands more Texas children could soon have seat belts on the buses they ride to school.  The state Senate voted 25-6 on Tuesday to approve legislation that would require all new school buses to come equipped with safety belts. The measure now heads to the Texas House. It doesn’t include extra state funding […]