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Funeral set for Texas sergeant amid anger over initial bond

Dec. 13, 2019 9:06 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Funeral arrangements have been set for a Houston-area police sergeant who was killed this week while trying to arrest a suspect during a traffic stop, officials announced Friday. The details of Nassau Bay police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan’s funeral come as law enforcement agencies and...

Houston police sergeant shot and killed; suspect in custody

Dec. 8, 2019 6:22 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A suspect has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a Houston police officer who was responding to a domestic violence report, officials said Sunday. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Sgt. Christopher Brewster's death at a news conference late Saturday. Police...

Transgender women fight law blocking inmates' name change

Dec. 6, 2019 4:15 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three transgender women have filed a lawsuit challenging a Texas law that bars federal prison inmates from legally changing their names while in custody and within two years after serving their sentence. Donna Langan and Teresa De Barbarac are still serving time, but Alexandra Carson...

Ex-judicial panelists: Abbott ousted them over gay marriage

Dec. 5, 2019 6:49 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former members of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct said they believe Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed them from the panel because he disagreed with them over a same-sex marriage case. Abbott, a Republican, had appointed Amy Suhl and Maricela Alvarado to the commission in June of...

Texas lawmaker ends campaign over ‘Asian’ candidate remarks

Dec. 3, 2019 7:37 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A white Texas Republican lawmaker who suggested his political rivals on the ballot were motivated to run against him because they’re Asian dropped his reelection bid Tuesday following a backlash that included losing the endorsement of the state’s GOP governor. State Rep....

Arizona’s Ducey elected vice chairman of GOP governors group

Nov. 22, 2019 1:21 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has been selected for the No. 2 role in the Republican Governors Association for 2020. The RGA announced Thursday that GOP governors had selected Ducey to be vice chairman of the organization tasked with helping to elect Republican governors. Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas...

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...