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California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...

Austin leaders restore ban on homeless street encampments

Oct. 18, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials in Texas' capital city have restored some prohibitions on sitting or sleeping in public amid intense criticism over the handling of local homelessness. The Austin City Council voted Thursday to reinstate a ban on camping on sidewalks, near business doorways and the Austin...

Energy Secretary Perry says he is resigning by year's end

Oct. 17, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Thursday that he will leave his job by the end of the year, saying that under President Donald Trump the nation is nearing energy independence. Perry's long-rumored departure comes as he is under scrutiny over the role he played in the president's...

Texas GOP speaker tape: Lawmaker 'vile,' Trump 'killing us'

Oct. 15, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' GOP House speaker sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020, called a female lawmaker "vile" and said President Donald Trump is "killing us" in pivotal races in a secretly recorded meeting with a conservative activist released Tuesday. House Speaker Dennis Bonnen also...

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Oct. 10, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Texas newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 10, 2019 What the killing of Guyger witness Joshua Brown has to teach us now When a witness in a murder case is himself murdered just days after a high-profile trial, it is both right and appropriate for a community to...

Federal disaster declared for 6 Texas counties hit by Imelda

Oct. 5, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas officials say a federal disaster declaration has been granted for six Southeast Texas counties that sustained severe flooding caused last month by the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda. Gov. Greg Abbott says the disaster declaration will help provide federal aid for residents in...

Nonprofits back Abbott’s vow to combat Austin homelessness

Oct. 3, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Community organizations on Thursday welcomed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to follow through on his warning that the state would step in to address homelessness in the capital of Austin if city officials don’t take swift action. The Republican governor sent Austin Mayor Steve Adler a...

Judge sorry for comment about tree falling on Texas governor

Sep. 28, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A county administrator in Texas is apologizing for saying Texas Gov. Greg Abbott "hates trees because one fell on him." The Texas Tribune reports that the comment made Friday by Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, a Democrat, during a panel discussion was first reported in a tweet by...

Texas agency blames Imelda in mass release of air pollutants

Sep. 25, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Flooding caused by Tropical Storm Imelda triggered the release of about 100,000 pounds (45,000 kilograms) of toxic air pollutants from chemical plants and refineries in Southeast Texas, state environmental records show. Industrial facilities are vulnerable when struck by storms like Imelda,...

Houston area sees relief, rescues after Imelda leaves 4 dead

Sep. 21, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Emergency workers used boats Friday to rescue about 60 residents of a Houston-area community still trapped in their homes by floodwaters following one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history. At least four deaths have been linked to the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda, which...