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DA: Death row inmate should get new trial over judge's bias

Sep. 28, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Jewish death row inmate who was part of a gang of prisoners who fatally shot a police officer in 2000 after they had escaped is one step closer to getting a new trial after prosecutors agreed with defense claims that the judge who presided over his case held antisemitic views. ...

Records: Texas attorney general fled home to avoid subpoena

Sep. 27, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ran out of his house and jumped into a truck driven by his wife, a state senator, to avoid being served a subpoena to testify Tuesday in an abortion access case, according to court documents. A process server wrote in an affidavit...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 26, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

Dallas Morning News. September 25, 2022. Editorial: Fatal I-35W crash: Did TxDot ignore previous federal safety recommendations? Pileup has eerie similarities to deadly prison bus accident 7 years ago Who could forget the videos of the horrific...

Texas vow to 'eliminate all rapists' rings hollow at clinics

Sep. 25, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Texas' new abortion law made no exceptions in cases of rape, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott defended it with an assurance: Texas would get to work eliminating rapes. One year later, Lindsey LeBlanc is busy as ever helping rape victims in a college town...

California governor urges overhaul of Democrats' strategy

Sep. 24, 2022 20:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for an overhaul of Democrats' political strategy on Saturday, saying the party is “getting crushed” by Republicans in part because they are too timid, often forced to play defense while Republicans “dominate with illusion.” ...

GOP's hard-line tactics on migrants refocus midterm debate

Sep. 20, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — They’ve delivered migrants on planes and buses to Washington, D.C., New York City — even Martha’s Vineyard. And the Republican governors of Florida and Texas may be just getting started. Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas insist such dramatic...

Judge dismisses disciplinary case against Texas AG's deputy

Sep. 20, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas judge has thrown out a lawsuit that the state bar brought seeking to discipline the top deputy to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over the Republican's failed effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on bogus claims of fraud. A similar case against Paxton...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Sep. 20, 2022 13:38 PM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. September 14, 2022. Editorial: Hopefully, federal ruling won’t be courts’ last word on insurance for HIV preventive medication In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Hobby Lobby and other companies can refuse to cover oral...

Texas sheriff investigating flights to Martha's Vineyard

Sep. 20, 2022 06:59 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff on Monday opened an investigation into two flights of migrants sent to Martha's Vineyard by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, but did not say what laws may have been broken in putting 48 Venezuelans on private planes last week from San Antonio. Bexar...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 19, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. September 18, 2002. Editorial: Texas’ energy future is at risk Legislators must protect wind, boost natural gas Those of us who saw the power go out during the winter storm in 2021, or who worried through rolling blackouts in the...