Texas Senate OKs Banning Some Insurance Coverage Of Abortion

(AP) – The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved a bill prohibiting coverage of abortion by some health insurance plans in Texas – despite similar efforts stalling previously. Wednesday’s 19-10 vote leaves Sen. Larry Taylor’s bill a final, largely ceremonial vote away from heading to the House.   It bars health insurance plans offered through the Obama […]

Cities, Sheriffs Find Flaws In US Immigration Detainer List

(AP) – Local officials from Philadelphia to Texas say a Trump administration report aimed at shaming jails with so-called sanctuary policies includes bad or misleading information.  The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, said Tuesday that he didn’t understand why U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement included his city on a list of places that don’t cooperate […]

Man Charged With Hate Crime For Seizure-Inducing Tweet

(AP) – A Maryland man has been indicted in Texas on a hate-crime charge after a Twitter message induced a seizure in a Newsweek reporter.  A Dallas County grand jury on Tuesday indicted John Rayne Rivello of Salisbury, Maryland, on an aggravated assault charge enhanced as a hate crime. The 29-year-old already faces a federal […]

Texas Senate OKs Plan That May Phase Out Key Business Tax

(AP) – The Texas Senate has approved a bill seeking to gradually phase out taxes levied on businesses during future legislative sessions – when the state potentially has shaken off the oil price slump and seen its economy begin booming again.  Approved quickly and without debate Tuesday, the measure now heads to the state House. […]

Texas Senate OKs Plan To Slow Local Property Tax Increases

(AP) – The Texas Senate has approved a plan designed to slow the increase of local property taxes as Republicans scramble to deliver on fiscally conservative promises despite a state budget crunch.  Tuesday’s 18-12 vote sends to the state House a bill by Houston Republican Sen. Paul Bettencourt requiring local governments to seek voter approval […]

2 Killed When Handgun Accidentally Discharges

(AP) – Police in Houston say two people have died after a handgun they were playing with accidentally discharged and they were both shot.  The shooting occurred early Wednesday morning at an apartment complex as others looked on. KPRC-TV in Houston reports the gun fired twice, resulting in both victims being struck. One of them […]

Man Says Money Woes, Failing Health Led To Standoff

(AP) – A West Texas man says financial problems and the failing health of both he and his wife prompted the couple to set fire to their home and then engage in a standoff with responding officers.  Gary Ray Wright told the San Angelo Standard-Times that the two hoped they would die in the January […]

Dallas Hopes To Offer Municipal IDs To All Residents

(AP) – The mayor of Dallas says he hopes the city will be able to offer identification cards to all residents, including people living in the country illegally. The Dallas Morning News reports Mayor Mike Rawlings announced the city’s plan to research identification cards on Tuesday. The IDs would include a resident’s photo, name and address. […]

Texas Senate OKs Curbing ‘wrongful birth’ Lawsuits

(AP) – The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved a “wrongful birth” bill prohibiting parents from suing doctors for malpractice after their child is born with severe disabilities.  Monday 21-9 vote means Conroe Republican Sen. Brandon Creighton’s is just a procedural vote away from heading to the Texas House.  At issue is a 1975 case where […]

Texas Senate Gives Final Approval To Anti-Abortion Bill

(AP) – The Texas Senate has given final approval to banning a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure, sending it to the state House.  Monday’s 21-9 vote came amid a silent demonstration by a small group of women in costume in the Senate visitors’ gallery. They held up protest signs, but state troopers and Senate officials […]