Latest Greg Abbott News

The Latest: New Orleans mayor declares emergency

Jul. 10, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 3:45 p.m. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city's Treme (truh-MAY) neighborhood got 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of rain in three hours, and more nasty weather is on the way. Cantrell has declared...

'Strong patriot.' Reactions to the death of H. Ross Perot

Jul. 9, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Reaction to the death of Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot , who died Tuesday at the age of 89: "Ross Perot was a unique figure in American business and politics who lived a full and fascinating life. Although we were opponents in 1992 and 1996, I respected Ross for his support for our...

New Texas hemp law causing problems with marijuana cases

Jul. 3, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A new law that legalized hemp in Texas is creating a haze of confusion for authorities as most crime labs around the state can't do the testing to tell the difference between the cannabis plant and its illegal cousin, marijuana. Officials say the problem will likely cost millions of dollars...

Texas woman admits addressing bombs to Obama, Texas governor

Jul. 1, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area woman had admitted that she addressed package bombs to former president Barack Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Social Security Administration. Julia Ann Poff pleaded guilty in a Houston federal court Monday to transporting explosives with intent to kill, injure or...

Castro, O'Rourke both hit Texas capital after debate dustup

Jun. 28, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One Texan became a political sensation waging a longshot Senate campaign, then stormed into the presidential race with even more momentum, climbing in the polls, running up monster fundraising and dominating the national conversation. The other announced his 2020 bid earlier and to far...

Lawmakers decry perilous federal lockups for migrant kids

Jun. 21, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

CLINT, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers on Friday were calling for swift change after reports this week of more than 250 infants, children and teens being held inside a windowless Border Patrol station, struggling to care for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation. It's a scene that is being repeated...

Texas sending another 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Jun. 21, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he will send another 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border while accusing Congress of failing to take action on the growing humanitarian crisis. The governor said at an afternoon press conference among...

Abbott signs bill requesting study on I-27 expansion

Jun. 17, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill directing the Texas Department of Transportation to study the possibility of extending Interstate 27 from the northern Panhandle to Laredo. The bill passed the House and Senate in May before Abbott signed it June 10, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal...

Texas governor OKs budget with $1M gun storage safety effort

Jun. 16, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has approved a spending bill that includes a $1 million public safety campaign for firearm storage. The Republican signed a $250 billion two-year budget Saturday without any line-item vetoes. It includes money for the Texas Department of Public Safety to promote...

Texas housing program aims to rebuild faster after disaster

Jun. 14, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — For Houston resident Scenacia Jones, the experience of getting her new home through an innovative way of building post-disaster housing was like an experiment. Jones and her two children had been living in a shelter for single parents when Hurricane Harvey's devasting flooding hit the...