Texas Police Chiefs Start Adapting To ‘sanctuary cities’ Law

(AP) – Even as a new Texas law targeting so-called sanctuary cities remains in legal limbo, police chiefs and sheriffs are making changes to comply with it. They’re rewriting training manuals and withdrawing policies that prevented officers from asking people whether they’re in the United States illegally.  The law known as Senate Bill 4 goes […]

Judge Returns 10 Children To Parents Pending Welfare Probe

(AP) – A West Texas judge has decided to return 10 children to their parents pending results of a child welfare investigation 10 months after they were placed in foster care.  Foster Care Court Judge Kevin Hart ruled that William A. and Claire Rembis, who have moved to a new home in Lubbock, have complied […]

Video Shows Texas Deputy Removing Woman’s Pants For Search

(AP) – A Houston lawyer has released dashcam video that appears to show a sheriff’s deputy removing the pants of a handcuffed woman pinned to the ground to perform a body cavity search. Attorney Sam Cammack on Wednesday called for an independent prosecutor to consider sexual assault and official oppression charges against three Harris County […]

Brother Of Slain Tejano Star Selena Jailed For Child Support

(AP) – The brother of slain Tejano (tay-HAH’-noh) superstar Selena has been jailed for not staying current on his child support payments.  A.B. Quintanilla (keen-tah-NEE’-yah) was taken into custody Wednesday during a court appearance in Corpus Christi, Texas. Quintanilla had failed to appear at a scheduled hearing earlier this month. His attorney said Quintanilla was […]

Retail Gasoline Prices In Texas, Across Nation Down 2 Cents

(AP) – Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country declined 2 cents per gallon this week.  AAA Texas on Thursday reported the statewide average price at the pump was $2.15 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices settled at an average $2.34 per gallon. The association survey found San Antonio has the cheapest gasoline in […]

Driver Of Texas Trailer Indicted For 10 Passengers’ Deaths

(AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted the driver of a tractor-trailer crammed with people illegally entering the United States in an alleged human smuggling operation that led to the deaths of 10 people. James Matthew Bradley Jr. was charged Wednesday with five separate counts, including conspiracy to transport immigrants for financial gain resulting […]

Texas Governor Suggests ‘bathroom bill’ Not Coming Back

(AP) – Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he revived a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people even though he was told it would never get a vote in the GOP-controlled state House  He also signaled Wednesday that the issue was dead for the foreseeable future. A proposal requiring transgender Texans to use public restrooms according […]

Texas OKs Bill To Address Its High Maternal Mortality Rate

(AP) – Texas lawmakers have voted to continue – and broaden the scope of – a task force on maternal mortality and morbidity, after a study found that the state had the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world. The Texas Senate late Tuesday unanimously approved House changes to a bill extending and bolstering […]

Texas House Adjourns, Leaving Tax Bill’s Fate Uncertain

(AP) – The Texas House has abruptly adjourned for good with one day still remaining in the special session – forcing the state Senate to accept its version of a   contentious property tax bill or risk seeing nothing passed on the issue. Rep. Dennis Bonnen said Tuesday night that there wasn’t enough time to reconcile […]

20 Immigrants Found Locked In A Semitrailer In West Texas

(AP) – Border Patrol agents have found 20 immigrants crammed into a locked semitrailer at a checkpoint in West Texas.  A Border Patrol spokesman says the immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala were in good condition after being found early Monday at the Interstate 10 checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, about 85 miles (136 kilometers) […]