Latest Texas state government News

DOJ will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law

Oct. 15, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court in another attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. The move comes as the Texas clinics are running out of avenues to stop the...

How a Texas ban on most abortions unfolded, and what's next

Oct. 15, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Since early September, Texas has banned most abortions under a new law that has created the biggest curb to abortion in the U.S. in nearly 50 years. Texas clinics and the Biden administration have spent weeks asking courts to halt the the law, known...

Court again lets Texas continue banning most abortions

Oct. 14, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas can continue banning most abortions after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the Biden administration’s latest attempt to stop a novel law that has become the nation’s biggest curb to abortion in nearly 50 years. The decision...

Wage theft hits immigrants — hard

Oct. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

Audelia Molina, a Mexican immigrant, was earning 10 cents for every garment she trimmed at a factory in Los Angeles, America’s clothing-assembly capital. Her wage was so meager that she started putting in 11-hour days to drive up production. When she asked for a raise, a supervisor denied...

Feds launch investigation into Texas' troubled youth lockups

Oct. 13, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday launched an investigation into allegations of widespread mistreatment at Texas' embattled youth lockups, where at least 11 staffers have been arrested on sexual abuse charges in recent years. The move by the Biden...

Texas order reflects growing GOP vaccine mandates hostility

Oct. 12, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With the governor of Texas leading the charge, conservative Republicans in several states are moving to block or undercut President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for private employers before the regulations are even issued. The growing...

Agency accused of removing LGBTQ webpage after criticism

Oct. 12, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ child welfare agency is being accused of removing a webpage that provided information about a suicide prevention hotline and other resources for young LGBTQ people, following criticism by one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s primary challengers. The...

Texas governor orders ban on private company vaccine mandate

Oct. 11, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday to prohibit any entity, including private business, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers and called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law. The move comes as the...

Judge: 'Texas 7' death row inmate should get new trial

Oct. 11, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

A Jewish death row inmate who was part of the so-called “Texas 7” gang should get a new capital murder trial because the judge who presided over his case held anti-Semitic views, a state district judge said Monday. Dallas Criminal District Court Judge Lela Mays found...

Allen West, Texas GOP gubernatorial hopeful, has COVID-19

Oct. 11, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Tea party firebrand Allen West, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of Texas, said Saturday that he has received monoclonal antibody injections after being diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia. The antibodies are used to treat those...