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Nebraska sending state troopers to help at the Texas border

Jun. 20, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to send about two dozen state troopers to Texas later this month to help patrol the nation's border with Mexico. Ricketts said Saturday that the troopers will spend up to 16 days providing law enforcement assistance...

Abbott, as threatened, vetoes budget for legislative staff

Jun. 18, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on his threat and vetoed Friday the new state budget's line item providing for legislative staff pay. The Republican governor had threatened the veto after a walkout by House Democrats in the final hours of...

Migrants will replace inmates in a South Texas prison

Jun. 17, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas is transferring inmates from a state prison to make room for migrants detained by state authorities, a prison system spokesman said Thursday. The prison system began moving inmates from the Dolph Briscoe Unit prison in Dilley to other prisons...

Texas joins list of states dropping permit rules for guns

Jun. 17, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will now let people carry handguns without first getting a background check and training, becoming the latest and largest on a growing list of states to roll back permitting requirements for carrying guns in public. Republican Gov. Greg...

Texas governor: State, crowdsourcing will fund border wall

Jun. 17, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that he will use $250 million in state money and crowdsourced financing to build more barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico, part of an emerging proposal that also extends his political fight over immigration with the...

Justice Dept.: Missouri governor can't void federal gun laws

Jun. 16, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is warning Missouri officials that the state can’t ignore federal law, after the governor signed a bill last week that bans police from enforcing federal gun rules. In a letter sent Wednesday night and obtained by The...

Florida gov heeds call from Texas, Arizona for border help

Jun. 16, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis castigated the Biden administration for what he called “a disaster and an emergency” at the nation's border with Mexico and said Wednesday that he would send law enforcement to Texas and Arizona, whose Republican governors have appealed...

Texas power grid manager issues weeklong conservation alert

Jun. 14, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — On the cusp of summer, the electric power grid manager for most of Texas on Monday issued its second conservation alert since the deadly February blackout, calling on users to dial back energy consumption through Friday to avert an emergency. The Electric...

Panic attacks highlight stress at shelters for migrant kids

Jun. 14, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

Paramedics were called regularly to treat children suffering from panic attacks so severe their hands would constrict into balls and their bodies would shake. The outbursts often occurred after other children were taken away to be reunited with families, dashing the hopes of those left behind...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 14, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. June 9, 2021. Editorial: Only authentic artifacts to remember the Alamo Immortalized by a battle, the Alamo is destined to always be a site of contention. Sitting on the eastern edge of downtown San Antonio, the 18th-century...