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Shootings aren't big factor in nation's first 2018 primary

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first primary of 2018 could offer a test of the re-energized gun-control movement, but the issue has not dominated races in gun-loving Texas, even though the state recently endured a massacre that was deadlier than the...

 

Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana

MANCHACA, Texas (AP) — When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will e...

 

Poll finds many Harvey victims saying they still need help

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than three months after Hurricane Harvey walloped Texas, many affected residents say they're still not getting help they need and President Donald Trump is getting low marks for his handling of the disaster, according to...

 

Pastor: Texas church that was attacked will be demolished

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished, the pastor said. Pastor Frank Pomeroy told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention earlier...

 

'So many babies in there': church shooting claims 8 children

LA VERNIA, Texas (AP) — By the time Paul Brunner rolled up in his ambulance to the worst mass shooting in Texas history, the First Baptist Church was a chaotic triage scene. Parents cried and kids screamed, and nearly all the victims appeared to...

 

Violence followed Texas church gunman after high school

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — Wherever Devin Patrick Kelley went after graduating from high school, a trail of violence followed. In New Mexico, Kelley was kicked out of the Air Force following a court-martial two years after he enlisted for abusing... Full story

 

NTSB: Balloon crash pilot was as impaired as a drunk driver

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The pilot in the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history was probably impaired by Valium, opioids and cold and allergy medicine when he ignored weather warnings and flew the ride into a power line, investigators said Tu...

 

APNewsBreak: Texas' oil regulator took vacation amid Harvey

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' chief oil and gas regulator was on vacation in the critical days surrounding Hurricane Harvey as her agency grappled with fuel shortages and scrambled to respond to refinery spills caused by the storm, according to...

 

Harvey's floodwaters give way to festering piles of garbage

HOUSTON (AP) — Roiling waters in the streets have given way to festering piles of garbage on the curbs. Harvey's record-setting rains created heaps of ruined possessions that now line entire neighborhoods, some nearly up to the rooftops of the...

 

Relatively low Harvey death toll is 'astounding' to experts

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Harvey has so far killed at least 70 people who drowned in floods, got crushed by trees and died during power outages — a surprisingly low toll that experts say reflects heeded warnings, swift action by first responders and...

 

Federal judge halts Texas' latest anti-abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge late Thursday temporarily blocked Texas from enforcing new anti-abortion measures Gov. Greg Abbott signed in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down more sweeping abortion limits. The order by...

 

Federal judge again tosses out Texas voter ID law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Wednesday again threw out Texas' voter ID requirements that she previously compared to a "poll tax" on minorities, dealing another court setback to state Republican leaders over voting rights. U.S. District...

 

Texas lawmakers try again to address rising pregnancy deaths

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Criticized over failing earlier to address skyrocketing pregnancy-related deaths, Texas lawmakers Monday pushed with renewed urgency efforts to examine why the state's maternal mortality rate is what researchers say is not...

 

Texas lawmakers OK budget but 'bathroom bill' still in limbo

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will keep spending $800 million on border security while putting little new money into public schools, maintaining therapy cuts for disabled children and easing handgun license fees as the Republican-led Legislature...

 
 By Paul J. Weber    Regional    May 26, 2017

Texas set to embrace new abortion restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature approved a sweeping package of new abortion limits Friday, despite the legal challenges they're likely to provoke and nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled a 2013 law that prompted more...

 
 By Paul J. Weber    Regional    May 21, 2017

Courts could put Texas GOP's aggressive agenda to the test

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they're in the U.S. legally, restrict what school bathrooms...

 
 By Paul J. Weber    Regional    May 14, 2017

Sister: Weakened 'Sandra Bland Act' in Texas 'gut-wrenching'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The sister of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail following a confrontational traffic stop with a white state trooper, says it is "gut-wrenching" that lawmakers stripped police reforms from a bill named after...

 
 By Paul J. Weber    Regional    May 14, 2017

Texas tests Trump administration over abortion providers

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is asking the federal government to reverse course and provide funding for a state-run women's health program that excludes abortion providers, an apparent test of the Trump administration that could provide a model for...

 

Texas spending big on border security despite Trump promises

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a budget shortfall in Texas threatens cuts to colleges and Medicaid, a costly border security operation is proving largely untouchable despite President Donald Trump's promises to build a wall and the plunging number of...

 

Things to Know: Texas lawmakers turn on corporate incentives

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Socked by sagging energy prices, Texas lawmakers have less than two months to strike a deal on an austere budget that threatens cuts to everything from higher education to Medicaid. A spending bill tentatively passed early...

 

Texas House ethics chair probes anti-abortion group contract

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The head of the Texas House ethics committee says she wants answers about an anti-abortion group that received $1.6 million to bolster women's health clinics after The Associated Press found that promises have come up short....

 

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the...

 

Texas anti-abortion efforts renew after Supreme Court defeat

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Undeterred by a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down sweeping abortion restrictions that were sold as protecting women's health, Texas Republicans are pushing new measures pitched as protecting fetuses, with a hopeful eye...

 

Court halts prosecutor fees as Texas AG awaits fraud trial

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas court on Monday temporarily halted more than $200,000 to prosecutors in the criminal case against Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton after one his donors sued over the mounting legal bills footed by taxpayers. The...

 

Texas governor vows to oust sheriff over 'sanctuary' jail

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott escalated a standoff with Austin's sheriff over so-called sanctuary cities on Wednesday, vowing to oust the elected Democrat from office even though he doesn't have the power to do so. His pledge came...

 

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