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Texas Democrat risks rising star status in long shot race

MCALLEN, Texas — He’s running for U.S. Senate but as the Sunday morning sun rose over a park near the Texas-Mexico border, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke had another run in mind. Wearing well-worn shorts and sneakers, the onetime punk rock guitarist was leading a group of supporters on a jog around a duck-dotted pond. Not …

Homeland Security chief lauds Texas ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

AUSTIN, Texas — New U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen harshly criticized so-called “sanctuary cities” late Tuesday, urging the rest of the nation to emulate Texas’ tough law banning them. President Donald Trump’s former deputy White House chief of staff, Nielsen was confirmed by the Senate last week. She wasted little time visiting Austin, where …

Woman reveals sexual messages from Texas congressman

AUSTIN, Texas—A  conservative activist who for years exchanged online messages with Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton says that when he occasionally steered the topic toward sexual themes, she long dismissed it as “that’s just Joe.” Kelly Canon, a vocal opponent of red-light cameras and a tea party organizer in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, released …

Rep. Green retires, potentially shaking up Hispanic district

AUSTIN, Texas — Long-serving Democratic Rep. Gene Green — a key reason Houston is now America’s largest Hispanic city without a Hispanic member of Congress — announced Monday that he won’t seek re-election, the sixth Texas congressman to give up his seat this year. The 70-year-old said in a statement Monday that he’s “confident that …

Texas seeks $61B to ‘future proof’ before next great storm

COLLEGE STATION, Texas— Texas is lobbying the federal government for $61 billion for infrastructure improvements after Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, arguing that the staggering amount is necessary to “future proof” before the next great storm. Whether Congress will oblige is anyone’s guess. The Texas coast has been hit by three major hurricanes since 2006, and Houston, …

2 men in a truck chase down Texas church shooter: ‘Let’s go’

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A former National Rifle Association instructor who grabbed his rifle and ran barefoot across the street to open fire on the gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a small-town Texas church was hailed as a hero Monday, along with the pickup truck driver who helped chase the killer down. Stephen Willeford, …

Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert

AUSTIN, Texas— The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. …

New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp

SAN ANTONIO — Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so. Land Commissioner George P. Bush is overseeing a 7-year revamp of the shrine where 189 Texas independence fighters were killed by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna’s troops in 1836. The site’s size would quadruple after excavation and restoration of …

Oceanographer’s ashes going to sea aboard rescued sea turtle

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — A rescued green sea turtle will be released this weekend back into the Gulf of Mexico, carrying the ashes of a self-taught Texas oceanographer who founded the rehabilitation centre that nursed it back to health. Thousands are expected to attend a ceremony Saturday that effectively allows Tory Amos, who devoted his life …

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 …

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