3 states seek clarity on federal transgender guidelines

Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Attorneys General Ken Paxton of Texas, Patrick Morrissey of West Virginia and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma are seeking clarification of the federal government's guidelines regarding bathroom access and other issues involving transgender students.

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High court rules school finance method is constitutional

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The current method devised by the Texas Legislature in 2011 to fund public education does not violate the state constitution, the Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled May 13.

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Cruz ends campaign, Perry endorses Trump for president

Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016
By Ed Sterling

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) suspended his presidential campaign May 3 after losing Indiana's GOP presidential primary to frontrunner Donald Trump of New York.

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Supreme Court sends voter ID case back to Fifth Circuit

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas' voter identification law will remain in effect for now, but the U.S. Supreme Court has instructed a lower court to rule on its constitutionality before November's election.

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Abbott proclaims flooding disaster, adds more counties

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on April 18 declared a state of disaster for Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton counties.

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SEC files charges naming Paxton in Servergy case

Published Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing civil fraud charges filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Supreme Court rules in ‘one person, one vote’ case

Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016
By Ed Sterling

On a unanimous vote of 8-0, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 4 affirmed that states may continue to draw legislative districts based on total population.

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Senate Finance chair confirms behavioral health budget

Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will have some $6.7 billion to fund the state's behavioral health services efforts during the 2016-2017 fiscal biennium.

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DPS chief reminds citizens to be vigilant

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Following news reports of coordinated, terroristic bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, on March 22, the Texas Department of Public Safety posted a reminder to Texans to remain vigilant and to report suspicious behaviors.

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Paxton seeks halt to regional haze rules

Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 18 asked an appeals court to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing new regional haze regulations until a trial of the state's pending lawsuit challenging the new rules.

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Full 5th Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The entire U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will review Texas' controversial voter identification law.

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Cruz, Clinton emerge as winners in Texas primaries

Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016
By Ed Sterling

March 1 Super Tuesday election returns posted by the Texas Secretary of State's Elections Division show 2.8 million (about 20 percent) of the state's 14.2 million registered voters cast a ballot in the Republican Party presidential primary.

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Court dismisses indictment against former governor

Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Former Gov. Rick Perry is no longer facing criminal charges.

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University president sets campus carry policies

Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016
By Ed Sterling

University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves has adopted policies to implement Senate Bill 11, the campus handgun carry law that goes into effect on Aug. 1.

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Supreme Court halts EPA pollution abatement rule

Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Feb. 9 heralded the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 order that put on hold a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power producers to cut back on the release of pollutants emitted mainly from coal-burning operations.

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Governor, congressman seek details on border security cuts

Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-McAllen) are asking U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for detailed information regarding border security cuts.

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TxDOT awaits go-ahead signal for gridlock-reducing projects

Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Department of Transportation on Jan. 27 reported that on average, Texas drivers in five of the state's largest metropolitan areas lose about 52 hours and $1,200 annually due to traffic congestion.

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Governor meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 18 met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a business development tour in Israel.

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Paxton files brief supporting religious non-profits

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 11 filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 20 states supporting the right of religious nonprofits to exercise religious beliefs.

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Governor proposes slate of amendments to U.S. Constitution

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 8 unveiled his "Texas Plan," a document promoting the passage of nine constitutional amendments "to rein in the federal government and restore the balance of power between the states and the United States," he said.

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