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Texas abortion clinics sue to undo laws dating back decades

Jun. 14, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas abortion providers who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016 that blocked a new wave of anti-abortion efforts are now using that decision to try to undo laws on the books for decades in a lawsuit filed Thursday. In suing over anti-abortion measures that stretch back 20...

Conservative Christian attorneys gain influence under Trump

May. 28, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawyers who espouse a conservative Christian agenda have found plenty of opportunities in Texas, suing on behalf of Bible-quoting cheerleaders and defending a third-grader who wanted to hand out Christmas cards that read in part "Jesus is the Christ!" But for the First Liberty law...

Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next

May. 21, 2018 6:40 AM EDT

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — She stood at her bedroom door for five minutes Saturday morning trying to work up the courage to turn the knob and re-enter a world she worried would never feel safe or whole again. Then she crept down the hallway, toward the front porch where she stood the morning before to watch...

Texas governor vows to look at school safety after attack

May. 18, 2018 6:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The mass shooting at a Texas high school Friday led to promises from the state's top Republicans to look for ways to improve school safety, but none of them suggested that substantial gun restrictions could be on the table. Gov. Greg Abbott, a staunch advocate for gun rights, said at a...

Post-Parkland push for gun control hasn't gripped Texas yet

May. 18, 2018 1:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The calls for tighter gun controls that have swelled since the February mass shooting at a Florida high school have barely registered in gun-loving Texas — at least to this point. It remains to be seen if the mass shooting Friday at a high school in Santa Fe, southeast of...

6 US states accuse opioid maker Purdue of fueling overdoses

May. 15, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Six U.S. states on Tuesday sued the maker of the opioid OxyContin of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths. Drugmaker Purdue Pharma minimized risks and overstated benefits of long-term use of narcotic opioids, according to a civil complaint filed...

Nassar victims urge Texas to investigate Karolyis

May. 10, 2018 2:04 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Victims of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar are imploring Texas authorities to investigate whether Bela and Martha Karolyi could have done more to prevent Nassar's sexual abuse at the couple's Texas training center. Five former gymnasts, including two who say Nassar abused them at...

Texas suing to end 'Dreamers' program once and for all

May. 1, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and six other states are suing to end once and for all a program that would protect some young immigrants from deportation. The lawsuit announced Tuesday comes a week after a federal judge in Washington ordered the Trump administration to resume the Deferred Action for Childhood...

Court upholds Texas' law in another big voter ID ruling

Apr. 27, 2018 7:15 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' voter ID law that was twice blocked over findings of discrimination can stay in effect for the 2018 elections, a U.S. appeals court ruled Friday. It was the second major ruling over voting rights in the U.S. this week after an Arkansas judge on Thursday blocked that state's...

20 states seek to block Obama's health care law

Apr. 26, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Twenty Republican-led states are seeking to temporarily invalidate former President Barack Obama's health care law while their larger lawsuit against it proceeds. In a February suit, Texas and Wisconsin led a coalition arguing that the Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional...