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Senate hopeful flexes power of AG's office through lawsuits

Sep. 16, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican attorney general, Eric Schmitt, sued China over the coronavirus. He signed on to a failed lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Now, as he positions himself for a Senate run, he’s turning his attention...

GOP's Matt Krause joins race against Texas AG Ken Paxton

Sep. 16, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Matt Krause, a longtime ally of embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, said Thursday he is joining the growing ranks of candidates who will challenge him for his job in 2022. Paxton is seeking a third term under the cloud of an FBI...

Latest: Alaska has new daily high in coronavirus infections

Sep. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported...

Texas school districts sued over mask mandates push back

Sep. 15, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Some of the 15 Texas school districts that have been sued in the past week for defying Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates are pushing back against the lawsuits. One school district said Wednesday that it doesn't have such a mandate and...

Texas utility settles over sky-high energy bills from freeze

Aug. 30, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

The electric utility Griddy Energy has reached a settlement with Texas officials over crushing electric bills its customers received after the deadly February winter storm and cold wave, the Texas Attorney General’s Office announced Monday. Griddy Energy sold power to...

Mask debate moves from school boards to courtrooms

Aug. 28, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rancorous debate over whether returning students should wear masks in the classroom has moved from school boards to courtrooms. In at least 14 states, lawsuits have been filed either for or against masks in schools. In some cases, normally...

Texas Supreme Court blocks San Antonio schools' mask mandate

Aug. 26, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a mask mandate issued by San Antonio and Bexar County for their public schools — a blow to efforts by some cities, counties and school districts to defy Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on such measures. ...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Aug. 23, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Aug. 20, 2021. Editorial: Texas universities have few good COVID-19 options While the governor and local governments duke it out over mask mandates, it’s not just K-12 schools that are unsure how to proceed. Universities are...

Judge sides with Texas in fight over Medicaid waiver

Aug. 20, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

TYLER, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Friday issued a ruling that keeps in place Texas' Medicaid agreement, blocking an effort by the Biden administration to rescind it. Texas is one of only 12 states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage under a key provision...

EXPLAINER: Texas mask battle looks to courts for resolution

Aug. 20, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The legal battle over whether Texas communities can require students and others to wear masks in response to the current surge in COVID-19 cases remains entangled in a series of lawsuits, orders and appeals. Ten counties and cities and 52 school...