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Despite business warnings, GOP moves ahead with voting bills

May. 05, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate. More than 50 companies and business...

Despite business warnings, GOP moves ahead with voting bills

May. 04, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate. More than 50 companies and business...

Texas pushes closer to dropping handgun license requirement

Apr. 29, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In Texas, where gun laws are among the loosest in the U.S., there is one line the state has long resisted crossing: making it legal to carry a handgun in public without a permit, background check or training. Governors didn't champion it. Police...

Ex-New York power market CEO named interim ERCOT CEO

Apr. 27, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The former CEO of New York’s independent electricity marketer has been named interim CEO of the manager of the electric grid serving 90% of Texas, officials announced Tuesday. Brad Jones has been hired for up to one year as chief executive of the...

In Texas, GOP voting bills zero in on Democratic Houston

Apr. 15, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The nation’s next big voting battle underway in Texas would outlaw 24-hour polling places, drive-thru voting and make it a crime for elections officials to mail unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Put another way: Everything Houston — the...

Republicans trod well-worn path to court to sue Biden

Apr. 02, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — These are busy days for Republican state attorneys general, filing repeated lawsuits that claim President Joe Biden and his administration are overstepping their authority on immigration, climate change, the environment and taxes. Most of the action is...

Corporate criticism of GOP-led voting bills spreads to Texas

Apr. 01, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The ranks of big corporations now criticizing GOP efforts to restrict voting access spread Thursday to Texas as measures that would reduce options to cast ballots and limit polling hours advanced in the state Capitol. American Airlines, which is...

Reforms to Texas' energy grid begin moving after blackout

Mar. 30, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ power grid that buckled during February’s deadly winter storm would operate under new oversight and require power plants to prepare for more extreme weather under overhauls that moved closer to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk Tuesday. ...

The Latest: Navajo Nation extends "safer at home" order

Mar. 27, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has extended and loosened a health order intended to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Under the latest “safer at home” order issued Friday, the daily curfew hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. MDT and businesses can remain open...

The Latest: Texas state judge upholds Austin's mask mandate

Mar. 26, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas judge is allowing the City of Austin to continue to require face coverings in local businesses weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott ended a statewide mask mandate and other COVID-19 safety measures. The ruling Friday by state District Judge Lora...