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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...

Explosion at Texas home may have been intentional

Jul. 21, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

PLANO, Texas (AP) — The explosion that destroyed a house in suburban Dallas and heavily damaged the two next door, injuring six people, may not have been an accident, officials said Wednesday. Previously, fire officials had said that a gas leak in the Plano home that...

COVID-19 derails Texas Democrats lobbying in Washington

Jul. 20, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers who hightailed it to the nation's capital in a faceoff over voting rights said Tuesday that they're pressing on with their mission to get Democrats in Washington, D.C., to bolster their cause, even as COVID-19 spreads through their ranks. ...

Gas leak in Texas home likely caused blast that injured 6

Jul. 20, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

PLANO, Texas (AP) — A gas leak in a suburban Dallas home was the likely cause of an explosion that destroyed the house and heavily damaged the two next door, injuring six people, fire officials said Tuesday. Plano fire officials said further investigation would be...

6 people injured after house explodes in Dallas suburb

Jul. 19, 2021 23:47 PM EDT

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Six people were injured when a house in the Dallas suburb of Plano was destroyed in an explosion Monday that also left the two homes on either side of it with major damage, authorities said. Plano Fire-Rescue said that the cause of the explosion at...

Texas Democrats see walkout as the way out of party slump

Jul. 19, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jasmine Crockett, a Black civil rights lawyer and one of the youngest lawmakers in Texas, was just a few months into her first term in the Legislature when Republicans were on the cusp of passing new limits on when and how Texans could vote. Like...

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...

Number of infected Texas lawmakers who fled state rises to 5

Jul. 18, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more Texas lawmakers who left their state to hobble efforts to pass new voting restrictions have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising to five the number of infected people in the delegation. State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio...