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Texas official out after post disparaging ‘pathetic’ women

AUSTIN, Texas — A top aide to Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton resigned Thursday after reports surfaced of him disparaging the stories of sexually harassed women as “pathetic” on Facebook. Paxton spokesman Mark Rylander said views expressed by associate deputy attorney general Andrew Leonie on social media “do not reflect our values.” The announcement …

Poll finds many Harvey victims saying they still need help

AUSTIN, Texas — 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 a Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation survey released Tuesday. The poll is another indication of how …

Texas church gunman had run ins with the law before shooting

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — 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 his wife and reportedly hitting her child hard enough to fracture his skull. In Colorado, …

Feds mull tougher balloon pilot rules year after Texas crash

AUSTIN, Texas – Federal investigators could urge medical screenings for hot air balloon pilots during a meeting Tuesday in which they’re also expected to formally determine what caused the crash of a Texas ride that killed 16 people, the deadliest disaster of its kind in U.S. history. The National Transportation Safety Board is meeting in …

Court: Texas can enforce more of ‘sanctuary cities’ law

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas for now can require law enforcement to honor federal immigration requests to detain people in local jails for possible deportation under a new “sanctuary cities” law supported by the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. The decision prompted one notable critic of the immigration crackdown, Travis County Sheriff …

Texas so far not raiding $10B ‘rainy day’ fund after Harvey

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has the biggest emergency fund of any state in the U.S. but has not committed to using the $10 billion piggybank even as Harvey shapes up to become one of the costliest disasters in the nation’s history. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has applauded Congress for swiftly approving $15.3 billion in disaster …

Judge won’t give Texas ‘sanctuary city’ ban early blessing

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge Wednesday threw out Texas’ efforts to have a “sanctuary cities” ban preemptively declared constitutional in a victory for the state’s largest cities, including Houston and Dallas, which want the immigration crackdown blocked before it takes effect in September. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin made no judgment on …

Texas lawmakers try again to address rising pregnancy deaths

AUSTIN, Texas — 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 only the highest in the U.S., but the developed world. A University of Maryland-led study last year found that the state’s …

Teaxs’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

AUSTIN, Texas — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption – making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century. A special prosecutor spent …

Army: Fort Hood suspect had requested leave

  FORT HOOD, Texas — Army investigators on Monday released a more detailed timeline of last week’s fatal shootings at Fort Hood, describing an eight-minute rampage in which the suspect fired 35 shots over an area spanning the equivalent of two city blocks. Three people were killed and 16 others wounded in the shooting spree …

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