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Texas doctor who defied state's new abortion ban is sued

Sep. 20, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A San Antonio doctor who said he performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas law all but dared supporters of the state's near-total ban on the procedure to try making an early example of him by filing a lawsuit — and by Monday, two people obliged. ...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 20, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Sept. 16, 2021. Editorial: Gov. Abbott, please recognize International Underground Railroad Month September is International Underground Railroad Month. Gov. Greg Abbott should recognize it with an official proclamation. ...

Cecile Richards: Court's Texas move could mean end of Roe

Sep. 18, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A year after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the country's top abortion-rights activists warned that the Supreme Court’s recent inaction on Texas’ extremely restrictive new abortion law could signal the end of judicial checks and balances on...

Texas woman convicted in deaths of 2 Kansas carnival vendors

Sep. 17, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Texas woman was convicted Friday of capital murder for her role in the slayings of a Wichita couple who were killed after a carnival worker ordered their deaths as part of a fictitious carnival mafia. A Barton County jury found Kimberley Stacey...

New Mexico backs Texas in opposing nuclear fuel storage

Sep. 17, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top New Mexico leaders say they’re open to “most anything” that would prevent spent nuclear fuel and other high-level waste from being stored indefinitely in the state, including legislation like a measure recently adopted by Texas to prevent the shipping and...

GOP's Matt Krause joins race against Texas AG Ken Paxton

Sep. 16, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Matt Krause, a longtime ally of embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, said Thursday he is joining the growing ranks of candidates who will challenge him for his job in 2022. Paxton is seeking a third term under the cloud of an FBI...

Judge: Texas is to blame for foster care neglect, failures

Sep. 15, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN (AP) — A federal judge has accused Texas leaders for failing to act on her orders to fix the foster care neglect in which 400 or so children are being abused and spending multiple nights each month in motels or offices buildings. Tuesday's hearing before U.S....

Portland scraps Texas boycott, allocates abortion funds

Sep. 15, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon, has scrapped a plan to boycott Texas businesses because of a new law that prohibits most abortions there, deciding Wednesday to instead set aside $200,000 to fund reproductive care. The liberal Pacific...

Texas school districts sued over mask mandates push back

Sep. 15, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Some of the 15 Texas school districts that have been sued in the past week for defying Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates are pushing back against the lawsuits. One school district said Wednesday that it doesn't have such a mandate and...

US grants license for temporary nuclear waste dump in Texas

Sep. 14, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials have cleared the way for construction of a dump in West Texas that could hold spent nuclear fuel for up to 40 years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted a license to Interim Storage Partners LLC to build and run a facility that...