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Trump administration restores women's health funds to Texas

Jan. 22, 2020 7:47 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Eight years after Texas lost federal dollars over barring Planned Parenthood in a women's health program, the Trump administration Wednesday allowed the state to resume getting as much as $350 million in another reversal of an Obama-era decision. Texas can receive the money over the...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 22, 2020 2:16 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 22 The (Lake Charles) American Press on Louisiana's public school system: Louisiana's public education system ranked next to the bottom of states in a 2019 ranking of "States with the Best & Worst School Systems" by the financial web site WalletHub....

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Jan. 20, 2020 3:00 AM EST

Fort Worth Star-Telegram. January 15, 2020 Governor, thanks for honoring church hero Jack Wilson. Now, let’s talk red-flag law. Gov. Greg Abbott has been at the forefront of hailing Jack Wilson, bestowing the state’s highest civilian honor possible on the hero of the White Settlement church shooting...

Texas gun control advocate prevented from getting free locks

Jan. 16, 2020 3:55 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A firearms trade association distributing taxpayer-funded gun locks to Texas residents to prevent accidental shootings advised the Austin Police Department not to give any to a woman affiliated with a gun control advocacy group, emails show. The Police Department ultimately rejected...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Linda Evarts, an attorney for the International Refugee Assistant Project, speaks to the media outside the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md. A federal judge agreed Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, to block the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order allowing state and local government officials to reject refugees from resettling in their jurisdictions. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction requested by three national refugee resettlement agencies that sued to challenge the executive order. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman, File)

Judge halts Trump's order allowing states to block refugees

Jan. 15, 2020 7:05 PM EST

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday halted President Donald Trump's executive order that gave state and local officials the ability to shut the door on refugees, and ignited a fierce debate in communities about how welcoming the United States should be. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump and Melania Trump greet Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after arriving in El Paso, Texas. Abbott says the state will reject the re-settlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order. In a letter released Friday, Jan, 10, 2020, Abbott wrote that Texas

Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

Jan. 14, 2020 4:11 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday. Abbott's announcement could have major implications for refugees coming to the United States. Texas has large refugee...

Houston officials urge Texas governor to accept refugees

Jan. 14, 2020 3:02 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials in Houston, one of the biggest hubs for immigrants in the nation, on Tuesday urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to reverse his decision to reject new refugees in the state. Abbott announced last week that Texas would no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, making it the first...

Ivey remains noncommittal on refugee settlements in Alabama

Jan. 13, 2020 7:38 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey has yet to decide whether Alabama will accept the resettlement of new refugees, as a key deadline approaches next week. Alabama is one of a handful of states that has not announced a decision after President Donald Trump said agencies must get written permission from...

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to reporters in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday, January 13, 2020 after speaking to a legislative committee about his decision to continue accepting new refugees, challenging skeptical GOP lawmakers to avoid creating “fear” about welcoming people from other countries. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo)

Arkansas governor defends decision to accept new refugees

Jan. 13, 2020 6:45 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican governor on Monday defended his decision to continue accepting new refugees, challenging skeptical GOP lawmakers to avoid creating “fear” about welcoming people from other countries. Gov. Asa Hutchinson told a legislative committee that fewer than...

Gov. Greg Abbott presented the Governor's Medal of Courage on Monday morning Jan. 13, 2020 to Jack Wilson, left, who shot and killed 43-year-old gunman Keith Thomas who opened fire on the congregation and killed two people at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas on December 29th, 2019. The Governor's Medal of Courage is given to civilians who display great acts of heroism by risking their own safety to save another's life. It is the highest award given to civilians by the Governor. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Man who shot church gunman gets highest Texas civilian honor

Jan. 13, 2020 5:24 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday gave Texas' highest civilian honor to a 71-year-old man who shot and killed an armed attacker at a church in December. Abbott gave Jack Wilson the Governor's Medal of Courage during a ceremony in Austin, calling him a hero for stopping the shooter at a church...