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Houston man, 20, gets 4 years in prison for pointing laser

Jul. 23, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for pointing a laser at a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter on patrol. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Bryan Aldana was sentenced Monday in Houston for the June 2018 incident. Aldana in April pleaded guilty to aiming a...

Democrat Wendy Davis of Texas running for Congress in 2020

Jul. 22, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrat Wendy Davis said Monday she is running for Congress, five years after badly losing a bid for governor that was propelled by her 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the state Capitol. She will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy, one of the most...

The Latest: Another Democrat enters 2020 Texas Senate race

Jul. 22, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Democrats jumping into big 2020 races in Texas (all times local): 11 a.m. A longtime Texas Democratic lawmaker is joining the growing field of U.S. Senate challengers against Republican incumbent John Cornyn. State Sen. Royce West launched his campaign Monday during a...

Texas leaders urge prosecutors to keep enforcing pot laws

Jul. 18, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican leaders on Thursday urged state district and county attorneys to continue enforcing marijuana laws, a move that follows several local prosecutors' decision to drop pot possession cases amid confusion surrounding a new law legalizing hemp. The letter sent by Gov. Greg...

Houston Democrat joins US Senate race against GOP's Cornyn

Jul. 18, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston city councilwoman says she's running for U.S. Senate in 2020, becoming the latest Democratic challenger vying to take on Republican Sen. John Cornyn. Amanda Edwards launched her campaign Thursday with a video in which she appeals to people who have been told to wait their turn...

Former Texas judge leaves GOP, denouncing Trump for racism

Jul. 18, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas judge who served on the state's highest criminal court has denounced President Donald Trump in announcing her decision to leave the Republican party. The Austin American-Statesman reports retired Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Elsa Alcala announced her decision on...

GOP Sen. Cornyn reports $9M on hand for re-election bid

Jul. 15, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says he's now sitting on $9 million for his re-election bid that's likely to be among the closest-watched Senate races of 2020. Cornyn announced Monday he raised more than $2.5 million during the latest fundraising quarter. Air Force veteran MJ...

Texas judge rejects part of state's 'sanctuary city' lawsuit

Jul. 11, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas judge has dismissed substantial parts of the attorney general's first "sanctuary cities" lawsuit that alleges the San Antonio police chief obstructed enforcement of immigration law. Attorney General Ken Paxton's lawsuit accuses Police Chief William McManus of releasing 12...

'Texas 7' inmate faces October execution for officer's death

Jul. 11, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An inmate who was one of the "Texas 7" escaped prisoners blamed for the 2000 slaying of a Dallas-area police officer faces execution this fall. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Randy Halprin is scheduled for execution Oct. 10. TDCJ spokesman Jeremy Desel, in an email Thursday to...

The Latest: New Orleans mayor declares emergency

Jul. 10, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 3:45 p.m. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city's Treme (truh-MAY) neighborhood got 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of rain in three hours, and more nasty weather is on the way. Cantrell has declared...