Abbott backs Cruz’s filing of legislation addressing refugees

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott was in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8 to participate in a news conference with U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who rolled out his proposed State Refugee Security Act.

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Paxton amends approach to resettlement of refugees

Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 4 withdrew his request for a temporary restraining order to put a hold on the federal government's plan to relocate Syrian refugee families in Texas.

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15 disaster-stricken counties to receive federal aid

Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015
By Ed Sterling

President Barack Obama on Nov. 25 ordered federal disaster aid to supplement Texas state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of Oct. 22-31.

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Governor communicates stance on refugees to White House

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 16 wrote a letter to the White House, informing President Obama "the state of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris."

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5th Circuit rules immigration policy unconstitutional

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge's Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration's implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program.

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Governor conditions issuance of state grants on compliance with ICE

Published Wednesday, November 11, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas sheriffs won't receive grant funds from his Criminal Justice Division unless they comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement notification and detention requests.

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Governor rails against Dallas sheriff’s detention policy

Published Wednesday, November 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 26 wrote to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, saying her "case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas."

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State says funding to Planned Parenthood will be cut

Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The state Health and Human Services Commission notified Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas on Oct. 19 that state funding they have been receiving through the Medicaid program would be cut.

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Revenue estimate reflects slowdown in energy sector

Published Wednesday, October 21, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Oct. 14 announced the release of his office's Certification Revenue Estimate.

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BP settles with five states, federal government

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2015
By Ed Sterling

BP, one of the world's largest oil and gas companies, has settled with the federal government and the states of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida over claims related to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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Governor requests border help from Washington

Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 30 wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, requesting immediate action to address "the significant increase of illegal border crossings."

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Lawmakers get input on jails, suicide prevention

Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The July 13, 2015, death of Sandra Bland, a woman arrested and jailed after a traffic stop in Waller County, has prompted meetings of Texas House and Senate committees.

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American Community Survey updates poverty statistics

Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas' poverty rate improved to 17.2 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey released Sept. 17.

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Neighbors agree to work on trade, energy projects

Published Wednesday, September 16, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott traveled to Mexico last week to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto and other officials in Mexico City.

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Abbott orders flags to half-staff to honor slain officer

Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas flags across the state be lowered to half-staff in honor of slain Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth on Sept. 4.

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Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to charges

Published Wednesday, September 2, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Aug. 27 entered a plea of not guilty on felony charges of securities fraud at his arraignment in Fort Worth.

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Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America's Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition.

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University president says Davis statue to be moved

Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A bronze statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, will be moved from the Main Mall of the University of Texas at Austin campus to UT's Center for American History for interior display, in accordance with a decision made last week by UT President Gregory Fenves.

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Fifth Circuit delivers opinion concerning voter ID law

Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Even if the Texas Legislature did not intentionally pass a voter identification law that illegally discriminates against voters who are black, Hispanic or poor, the practical effect of the law is discriminatory and in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

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Panel hears testimony in wake of jail death

Published Wednesday, August 5, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Texas House Committee on County Affairs met on July 30 to hear testimony on Sandra Bland and jail standards.

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