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Texas fights 'drastic' push to require voting map approval

May. 2, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal court is considering whether the state of Texas can be trusted to make new voting maps after it found racial discrimination in the initial maps that solidified Republican power. If the answer is no, Texas could be forbidden from redrawing congressional and legislative...

Texas lawmakers want to make clear guns allowed in churches

May. 2, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some Texas legislators want to make it clearer in state law that licensed handgun holders can carry weapons in churches, synagogues and other houses of worship, nearly a year and a half after a gunman killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church during a Sunday service. The effort...

Charges filed after fire at Texas petrochemical facility

Apr. 29, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Water pollution charges were filed Monday against a company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility where a large fire that burned for days in March caused chemicals to flow into a nearby waterway. The Harris County District Attorney's Office announced it filed five...

Federal judge blocks enforcement of anti-Israel boycott law

Apr. 25, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a Texas law that requires contractors to certify that they don't boycott Israel. In a 56-page opinion filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin said boycotts are protected free speech, declaring the law fails to serve a...

Texas border mayor charged with trying to rig own election

Apr. 25, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas mayor on the U.S.-Mexico border was charged Thursday with trying to cheat his way into office through an illegal voting scheme in a region long plagued by public corruption scandals. The arrest of Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina also comes at a time of heightened tension over...

Texas' high court keeps execution drug supplier secret

Apr. 12, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A supplier of Texas' execution drugs can remain secret under a court ruling Friday that upheld risks of "physical harm" to the pharmacy, ending what state officials called a threat to the entire U.S. death penalty system. The decision by the Texas Supreme Court, where Republicans hold...

Houston fires renew safety debate in oil-friendly Texas

Apr. 5, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two major chemical plant fires near Houston just 17 days apart closed schools, leaked toxic chemicals into coastal waters and killed a worker, but there's a good chance they won't lead to big industry crackdowns in oil-friendly Texas. Federal investigators have yet to announce what...

Federal judge hears arguments in Israel boycott law lawsuit

Mar. 29, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Friday in a lawsuit that claims a Texas law requiring contractors to certify they do not boycott Israel violates the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed the federal suit in December against state Attorney General Ken...

House investigating voter irregularities in Kansas, Texas

Mar. 28, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Congressional investigations over voter irregularities expanded Thursday with Democratic lawmakers requesting information from state officials in Kansas and Texas. The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent letters seeking communications related to the decision by Ford...

Texas AG investigating Chick-fil-A's exclusion at airport

Mar. 28, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' attorney general opened an investigation Thursday into San Antonio's decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from opening airport concession facilities due to the fast-food chain owners' record on LGBT issues. Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the investigation in a letter to San...