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Even as Republicans control the federal government and President Donald promises to roll back regulations, Texas wants more autonomy to decide its own laws
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Republicans who control Congress and the White House have promised to slash the size of the federal government while easing regulations on guns, the environment and energy production. But in the nation's largest conservative state of Texas, it may not be enough....

A jury has stripped right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of having primary custody of his children and awarded his ex-wife joint custody
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A jury has stripped right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of having primary custody of his children and awarded joint custody to his ex-wife....

Severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes are forecast from the Plains states to the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Valley regions
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes are forecast from the Plains states to the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Valley regions....

Minority rights groups have told a federal court that Texas needs new election maps for 2018
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Minority rights groups on Thursday told federal judges that Texas needs new election maps for 2018, which would likely boost Democratic candidates, following three recent court findings that Republicans intentionally discriminated against Hispanic and black voters....

The Republican-controlled Texas House has given final approval to a ban on "sanctuary cities," mandating possible jail time for police chiefs and sheriffs who don't cooperate fully with federal immigration authorities
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas House approved a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" Thursday, empowering local police to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so with jail....

Exxon more than doubled its profit in the first quarter as rising crude prices magnified the cost cuts the company made when energy prices were lower
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Exxon more than doubled its profit in the first quarter as rising crude prices magnified the cost cuts made by the company as energy prices tumbled....

The Texas House has approved authorizing cuts to taxes levied on businesses in the future - when the state potentially has shaken off the oil price slump and seen its economy boom anew
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas House has preliminarily approved authorizing cuts to, and the eventual phasing out of, taxes levied on businesses in the future, when the state potentially has shaken off the current oil price slump marring its economy....

The Texas Senate has approved public charter schools receiving state funding to cover facilities costs for the first time
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Senate has approved public charter schools receiving state funding to cover facilities costs for the first time....

The state with the largest incarcerated population is moving to monitor care for its pregnant inmates
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The state with the country's largest incarcerated population is moving to monitor care for its pregnant inmates....

The Texas Senate has approved safety standards for self-driving cars, hoping to better regulate technology that's already been tested on the streets of the state capital
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Senate has approved safety standards for self-driving cars, hoping to better regulate technology that's already been tested on the streets of the state capital....


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