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New commissioners thrust into conference realignment chaos

Jul. 23, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Conference realignment is back on the table in college sports just as three Power Five conferences are breaking in relatively new commissioners. While the Big 12 is trying to keep Oklahoma and Texas from being poached by the Southeastern Conference,...

Texas begins jailing border crossers on trespassing charges

Jul. 22, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is beginning to arrest migrants on trespassing charges along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's actions that he says are needed to slow the number of border crossings, jailing at least 10 people so far with more on the way, authorities...

Nebraska patrol officials defend mission to Mexican border

Jul. 22, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials from the Nebraska State Patrol defended their state-funded mission to the U.S.-Mexican border on Thursday, arguing that they were answering a call for help from fellow law enforcement officers in Texas amid a surge in illegal border crossings. ...

Florida attorney general Moody tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 22, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's attorney general, Ashley Moody, tweeted Wednesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19. “Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms and my family is in good health,” Moody tweeted. “As I continue to self-quarantine, I...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 21, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 16, 2021. Editorial: The Legislature abused Floridians’ approval of medical marijuana. Now, the courts are too Whether medical marijuana is wise or necessary is not for Florida’s courts to say. The people of our...

Seemingly safe GOP incumbents under attack from right wing

Jul. 21, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford would seem to have all the conservative credentials he'd need to coast to reelection in deep-red Oklahoma. A devout Baptist, Lankford was the director of the nation’s largest Christian youth camp for more than a...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 19, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. July 16, 2021. Editorial: Texas House Democrats’ retreat is continued march for rights In late August 1776, the British redcoats routed George Washington’s Continental Army in the Battle of Brooklyn, capturing, wounding...

South Dakota's Noem taking swings at potential 2024 rivals

Jul. 18, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Long before the first presidential nomination contest of 2024, most potential Republican candidates are just getting a sense of the political landscape, tiptoeing through early-voting states and trying to make friends in key places. Then there's Kristi Noem. ...

Nebraska agreed to no reimbursement for troopers in Texas

Jul. 16, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska agreed not to seek reimbursement from Texas for the state patrol troopers that it sent down to the U.S.-Mexican border at the request of Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, according to documents released Friday. Nebraska State Patrol...

The long, 'surreal' days of the runaway Texas legislators

Jul. 16, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheltered in a downtown D.C. hotel, the Democratic lawmakers who left Texas to block a restrictive voting bill are living a life of stress and scrutiny. After bolting the state Monday in order to sabotage the bill by denying a quorum in the Texas...