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Rapper Kanye West performs for Texas jail inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:29 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Kanye West has followed the Johnny Cash route and performed for inmates at a Houston jail. In secret from the public, the star rapper-turned-gospel singer performed songs Friday from his new gospel album “Jesus is King.” He and his choir performed for more than 200 male inmates...

Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed’s execution

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just...

Judge rules school shooting suspect incompetent for trial

Nov. 15, 2019 6:56 PM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A judge has ruled the teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school mentally incompetent to stand trial. State District Judge John Ellison ordered Dimitrios Pagourtzis to be committed to a state mental facility for up to four months. Ellison ruled Friday in...

Suspected Neo-Nazi charged with gun crime in Texas

Nov. 15, 2019 6:46 PM EST

POST, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a suspected neo-Nazi is facing a gun charge following an FBI investigation. Authorities charged 23-year-old Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance after he was arrested in Post, Texas. A federal grand jury...

The Latest: Texas appeals court blocks Rodney Reed execution

Nov. 15, 2019 6:00 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of Rodney Reed (all times local): 5 p.m. Texas highest criminal appeals court has stopped the execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence in his case. The stay of execution issued Friday afternoon by the Texas...

Texas appeals court blocks execution of Rodney Reed amid new questions about evidence in murder case

Nov. 15, 2019 5:58 PM EST
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas appeals court blocks execution of Rodney Reed amid new questions about evidence in murder case.

Border wall fundraiser claims new construction in Texas

Nov. 15, 2019 4:23 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Claims that a private group has started building its own border wall in South Texas were questioned this week by some longtime residents worried that the construction could cause flooding and violate treaty obligations between the U.S. and Mexico. The organizers of We Build the Wall, a...

Ex-tennis club chief pleads guilty in college bribery case

Nov. 15, 2019 4:04 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The former president of a private tennis club in Texas has pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal. Martin Fox entered the plea in Boston’s federal court Friday. The 62-year-old from Houston had previously agreed to plead guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in a deal...

Christian pregnancy centers to offer women contraceptives

Nov. 15, 2019 3:25 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood gave up roughly $60 million when it left a federal family planning program this year in opposition to a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. In Texas, a network of eight Christian pregnancy centers is jockeying for...

Texas archdiocese challenges LGBT anti-discrimination rights

Nov. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas archdiocese wants to become a foster care provider, but only if it can be exempt from adhering to federal safeguards against anti-LGBT discrimination. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is joining the Texas Attorney General’s office and the Department of Family and...