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Texas state lawmaker admits cocaine at airport was his

Nov. 14, 2019 2:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prominent Texas state lawmaker admitted Thursday that he dropped an envelope containing several baggies of cocaine at an Austin airport, and he said he would be seeking drug treatment. The state police said airport security cameras caught Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez dropping...

Texas judged suspended following fraud charges

Nov. 13, 2019 4:54 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge has been suspended after being indicted in October on federal fraud charges for allegedly spending campaign money on personal expenses. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct removed Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas from the bench Tuesday pending the resolution of her criminal...

All eyes on Texas governor as calls grow to halt execution

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas justice" — has never confronted such intense...

The Latest: Family wants governor to consider new evidence

Nov. 9, 2019 5:09 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on pressure from lawmakers and celebrities to call of the execution of Rodney Reed in Texas (all times local): 4:05 p.m. The family of a Texas death row inmate whose conviction has come under new scrutiny say Republican Gov. Greg Abbott needs to grant a reprieve at a rally...

Texas governor opens homeless campsite amid feud with Austin

Nov. 7, 2019 9:40 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Republican governor said Thursday he is creating a homeless campsite on state land in the capital of Austin, escalating a battle with the city's liberal leaders over people living on the streets. Greg Abbott's announcement was met with a mix of muted welcoming and accusations of...

Celebrities, others ask Texas to halt inmate's execution

Nov. 7, 2019 6:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Supporters of a Texas death row inmate who is facing lethal injection in less than two weeks for a murder he says he didn't commit are mounting a final push in the courts and on social media to stop his execution, which is being called into question by lawmakers, pastors, celebrities and the...

Texas appeals court commutes death sentence of killer

Nov. 6, 2019 12:56 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has accepted a second U.S. Supreme Court decision that a 60-year-old death row inmate is intellectually disabled and cannot be executed. The appeals court on Wednesday wrote that the Supreme Court's second ruling that convicted killer Bobby James...

Texas officials testify to lawmakers about mass violence

Oct. 30, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State officials and experts testified Wednesday before a Texas legislative committee evaluating issues related to mass violence in the wake of two August shootings that left nearly 30 people dead in the state. The Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety...

Texas woman accused of spraying blood, urine on Capitol art

Oct. 29, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A woman is accused of spraying blood and urine on security guards and paintings of governors at the Texas state Capitol. According to an affidavit, Amber Lynette Green was arrested Monday after spraying a Texas Department of Public Safety corporal and another employee with "an unknown...

Fate of deal to settle Houston-area bail lawsuit with judge

Oct. 28, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Supporters of a proposed legal settlement that would ensure most Houston-area misdemeanor defendants are quickly released and don't languish behind bars because they can't afford bail said Monday that opponents are telling "scare stories" about dangerous criminals to try to scuttle the deal....