States, lawmakers file briefs in support of Texas’ voter ID law

Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 23 filed a petition on behalf of the state of Texas, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the Texas voter ID law.

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Officials urge state’s high court not to expand same-sex marriage ruling

Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Texas Supreme Court over issues they say were not addressed in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case declaring same-sex marriage a fundamental right.

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Judge reaffirms, expands reach of injunction against bathroom directive

Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Fort Worth-based U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor has reaffirmed his Aug. 21 injunction placing a temporary hold on federal guidelines for accommodating transgender students in the use of public school bathrooms and locker rooms.

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Abbott, Patrick, Straus call for action by Child Protective Services

Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas' top three officeholders on Oct. 12 instructed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to improve the protection of children at risk of abuse.

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High court refuses to rehear Texas immigration case

Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 denied the Obama administration's petition for a rehearing of United States v. Texas, a high-profile immigration case.

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State opts out of federal refugee resettlement program

Published Wednesday, October 5, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas has acted on its threat to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program, Gov. Greg Abbott said on Sept. 30.

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State of Texas may withdraw from federal resettlement program

Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas officials said the state will withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program if the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement does not approve the Lone Star State's refugee plan by Sept. 30.

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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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