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Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed’s execution

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just...

The Latest: Texas appeals court blocks Rodney Reed execution

Nov. 15, 2019 6:00 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of Rodney Reed (all times local): 5 p.m. Texas highest criminal appeals court has stopped the execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence in his case. The stay of execution issued Friday afternoon by the Texas...

Supporters rally on behalf of death row inmate Rodney Reed

Nov. 13, 2019 11:08 PM EST

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Protesters rallied in support of Rodney Reed’s campaign to stop his scheduled Nov. 20 execution. The protesters rallied Wednesday afternoon outside the Bastrop County district attorney’s office in Bastrop, about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) southeast of Austin. They heard...

Substitute teacher fired after student beating goes viral

Nov. 11, 2019 10:46 PM EST

KYLE, Texas (AP) — A substitute teacher has been fired and charged with aggravated assault following the beating of a 15-year-old female high school student in an incident captured on video. Tiffani Shadell Lankford is free on $10,000 bond after her arrest Friday afternoon. If convicted of the...

All eyes on Texas governor as calls grow to halt execution

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas justice" — has never confronted such intense...

The Latest: Family wants governor to consider new evidence

Nov. 9, 2019 5:09 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on pressure from lawmakers and celebrities to call of the execution of Rodney Reed in Texas (all times local): 4:05 p.m. The family of a Texas death row inmate whose conviction has come under new scrutiny say Republican Gov. Greg Abbott needs to grant a reprieve at a rally...

Texas governor opens homeless campsite amid feud with Austin

Nov. 7, 2019 9:40 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Republican governor said Thursday he is creating a homeless campsite on state land in the capital of Austin, escalating a battle with the city's liberal leaders over people living on the streets. Greg Abbott's announcement was met with a mix of muted welcoming and accusations of...

Kanye West vows to move Yeezy manufacturing to the Americas

Nov. 7, 2019 7:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A few fun facts about Kanye West: He's running for president in 2024, he recited color psychology to wife Kim Kardashian West as she sat in a morning bath Thursday, and he was fired at 16 for shoplifting at the Gap where he worked. West, with Kim in tow, let loose with those pearls and more...

Celebrities, others ask Texas to halt inmate's execution

Nov. 7, 2019 6:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Supporters of a Texas death row inmate who is facing lethal injection in less than two weeks for a murder he says he didn't commit are mounting a final push in the courts and on social media to stop his execution, which is being called into question by lawmakers, pastors, celebrities and the...

Texas GOP leaders enter parents' battle over child's gender

Oct. 25, 2019 12:30 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Top Republican leaders in Texas this week weighed in on two parents' battle over their 7-year-old child's gender identity after the case was shared widely on social media and conservative news sites. Former spouses Anne Georgulas and Jeffrey Younger, who live in the Dallas area, have been...