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 […]

Five Dead In London Terror Attack

(London) — Authorities in London say five people, including the attacker, are dead from today’s terror attack in London. One police officer and three others were killed in the attack at Parliament. Police believe the attacker was inpired by international terrorism.

UPDATE: Trump ‘working hard’ To Pass GOP Health Care Bill

(AP) – President Donald Trump and House leaders revved up pressure Wednesday on balky conservatives and other Republican lawmakers as crunch time approaches on the party’s health care overhaul bill, a drive GOP leaders concede they can’t afford to lose. A day before the House planned votes on the measure, Trump and top Republicans continued […]

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. […]

US, Allies Seek Ways To Up Pressure On Islamic State Group

(AP) – Top officials from the 68-nation coalition fighting the Islamic State group are looking to increase pressure on the group as U.S.-backed forces move closer to retaking Mosul. They’re meeting on Wednesday to plan the next objective in the campaign: the extremists’ self-declared capital in Syria. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is hosting Iraq’s […]

‘Gong Show’ Creator Chuck Barris Dies At 87

(AP) – Game show impresario Chuck Barris has died at 87. Barris, the madcap producer of “The Gong Show” and “The Dating Game,” died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York. Publicist Paul Shefrin announced Barris’ death on behalf of his family. In addition to being a game show creator, […]

Toxic Chemical Leak Forces Evacuation At Brownsville Freight Company

One man continues to recover after a chemical leak forced the evacuation of more than 20 people from a Brownsville business Tuesday afternoon. Brownsville fire and hazmat crews were called to Quick Transit Corp on East Fronton Street where a toxic corrosive liquid chemical had spilled. 22 people were rushed out of the area, and […]

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 […]

Three Charged In Connection With Teenage Runaway’s Death

A judge has charged three people in connection with the death of a San Juan teenager whose body was found in a rural area of northwest Edinburg late last week. Hidalgo County sheriff’s officials say 15-year-old Kassandra Ramirez had been dumped there early Friday morning after she became sick and died at the home of […]