Defense secretary promotes new hub to partner with tech startups

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016
By Ed Sterling

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Sept. 14 announced the opening of a "Defense Innovation Unit Experimental" hub at the Capital Factory in downtown Austin.

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Paxton says subpoena of corporation’s records violated First Amendment

Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 9 announced he had filed a friend-of-the-court brief "in defense of the First Amendment."

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Education chief announces fines assessed to testing service

Published Wednesday, September 7, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Aug. 23 announced the Texas Education Agency will fine the company that delivers and administers STAAR - the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness - with $5.7 million in liquidated damages.

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Federal court rules in favor of UT’s campus carry policy

Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016
By Ed Sterling

An attempt by three University of Texas at Austin professors to prevent licensed permit holders from carrying their concealed handguns while attending classes was denied by U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 22.

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Texan diagnosed with Zika illness after returning from trip

Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By Ed Sterling

A Texas resident who recently traveled to Miami, Fla., has tested positive for Zika virus disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported on Aug. 15.

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Court relaxes Texas voter ID law in time for fall election

Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Voters will have more options when presenting personal identification at the polls for the Nov. 8 general election, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos announced last week.

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Parties to campus-carry lawsuit to return to court

Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Three University of Texas professors are seeking a temporary injunction "to at least retain the option of maintaining their academic classrooms as gun-free zones when classes start again."

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State rolls out revised women’s health program

Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016
By Ed Sterling

A women's health program is in effect and ready to deliver more care to more women statewide who are 15 to 44 years old and whose income is up to 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

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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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