Appellate court strikes down Texas voter ID law

Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas' voter photo identification law is racially discriminatory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled July 20.

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Texas baby is born with Zika-related microcephaly

Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed a Zika virus infection in a baby recently born with microcephaly in Harris County.

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Governor reacts to downtown Dallas ambush

Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016
By Ed Sterling

A "Black Lives Matter" protest turned tragic when a sniper fired into a crowd estimated at 1,000 people in downtown Dallas at about 9 p.m. on July 7.

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Supreme Court strikes down major changes to abortion law

Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 struck down parts of the state abortion law that Texas lawmakers revised and passed in 2013.

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Supreme Court affirms 5th Circuit in immigration case

Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 in effect affirmed a judgment that the Obama administration's use of deferred action in implementing immigration policy violates the United States Constitution.

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DPS asks citizens to report suspicious behavior

Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016
By Ed Sterling

In the wake of the widely reported June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the Texas Department of Public Safety called on Texans to pay close attention to what's happening in their own communities.

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Governors confer about containing spread of Zika

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 9 participated in a White House-hosted conference call for governors to discuss the Zika virus threat and what to do about it.

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Governor declares state of disaster in long list of counties

Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 1 declared a state of disaster in 31 counties that have been hit repeatedly with severe weather and flooding in recent days.

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10 states join Texas AG in lawsuit over school bathrooms

Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on May 25 filed a lawsuit against the heads of the federal Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Equal Opportunity Commission and other entities for issuing directives that would require public schools to open restrooms and locker rooms to both sexes.

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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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