Latest Greg Abbott News

Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

Jun. 25, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

At LGBTQ Pride, celebration but also worry over civil rights

Jun. 24, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — LGBTQ Pride commemorations that sometimes have felt like victory parties for civil rights gains are now grappling with an environment of ramped-up legislative and rhetorical battles over sexual orientation and gender identity, and fears that a Supreme Court ruling on abortion...

Gun debate a side note in hearings on Uvalde shooting

Jun. 22, 2022 19:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first public hearings in Texas looking into the Uvalde school massacre have focused on a cascade of law enforcement blunders, school building safety and mental health care with only scant mentions of the shooter’s AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and gun reform. ...

Texas top cop: Uvalde police could've ended rampage early on

Jun. 21, 2022 21:40 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police had enough officers and firepower on the scene of the Uvalde school massacre to have stopped the gunman three minutes after he entered the building, and they would have found the door to the classroom where he was holed up unlocked if they had bothered to check it, the...

Companies weigh in on proposed SEC climate disclosure rule

Jun. 17, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission moved closer Friday to a final rule that would dramatically alter what public companies tell shareholders about climate change — both the risks it poses to their operations and their own contributions to the problem. Public...

Biden seeks to counter 'legislative attacks' on LGBTQ rights

Jun. 15, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden issued an executive order Wednesday to stymie what what his administration calls discriminatory legislative attacks on the LGBTQ community by Republican-controlled states, declaring before a signing ceremony packed with activists, “pride is back at the...

Caterpillar moving its headquarters to Texas from Illinois

Jun. 14, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar said Tuesday it is packing up its headquarters from its longtime home state of Illinois and moving to Texas. Caterpillar Inc. said that it’s transferring its global base to the Dallas suburb of Irving, from...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 13, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. June 12, 2022. Editorial: McConaughey, Abbott illustrate our stark divide on guns In the 19 days since a gunman massacred 19 children and two schoolteachers in Uvalde, two of Texas’ most prominent figures stepped into the national...

Slain Uvalde girl remembered as caring and opinionated

Jun. 11, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was opinionated like her mother, and she played basketball and softball like her father. When she got older, she wanted to go to college on a softball scholarship and to become an attorney. Lexi, as she was known to family and friends,...

Judge blocks Texas investigating families of trans youth

Jun. 10, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

A Texas judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state from investigating families of transgender children who have received gender-confirming medical care, a new obstacle to the state labeling such treatments as child abuse. The temporary restraining order issued by Judge Jan Soifer...