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White House: Texas hostage-taker had raised no red flags

Jan. 19, 2022 13:00 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue in a 10-hour standoff that ended in his death was checked against law enforcement databases before entering the U.S. but raised no red flags, the White House said. Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British...

White House: Texas hostage-taker had raised no red flags

Jan. 18, 2022 16:01 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue in a 10-hour standoff that ended in his death was checked against law enforcement databases before entering the U.S. but raised no red flags, the White House said Tuesday. Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old...

Proposed teacher raises would make New Mexico competitive

Jan. 11, 2022 11:19 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wants to attract more teachers as part of a government-wide spending spree fueled by taxes from surging oil and gas revenues. “They’re going to be the highest paid individuals in any state near us,” Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of...

Oklahoma GOP lawmaker to introduce Texas-style abortion bill

Jan. 08, 2022 13:17 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican lawmaker from Oklahoma has announced plans to introduce a bill mirroring a Texas law that has become the nation’s biggest curb to abortion in nearly 50 years. State Rep. Sean Roberts said his bill would allow any individual in Oklahoma to sue...

Roe lawyer Sarah Weddington helped redefine abortion rights

Dec. 31, 2021 14:10 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sarah Weddington, who as a young lawyer from Texas won the Roe v. Wade case at the U.S. Supreme Court, is being remembered this week as a champion of feminism whose work impacted the nation's politics as views shifted on abortion. She died Sunday at age 76. ...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Dec. 13, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Houston Chronicle. Dec. 10, 2021. Editorial: Texans need more information on wasteful ’313′ corporate welfare program — not less There’s a reason Texas lawmakers, Republican and Democrat, got rid of the biggest corporate welfare program Texas. ...

Texas-like abortion bill would let citizen sue providers

Dec. 12, 2021 10:07 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A group of Alabama lawmakers have proposed legislation similar to a Texas law that would ban most abortions and allow anyone to file civil lawsuits against violators and collect damages. Alabama is the latest GOP-led state to see lawmakers propose...

California governor wants Texas-like law to ban assault guns

Dec. 12, 2021 08:09 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday pledged to empower private citizens to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the state, citing the same authority claimed by conservative lawmakers in Texas to outlaw most abortions once a heartbeat is...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Dec. 06, 2021 10:02 AM EST

Houston Chronicle. Dec. 5, 2021. Editorial: Abbott guarantees Texas grid is ready for winter. Where have we heard that before? Take it with a grain of salt, we’re told, about information from an questionable source. Gov. Greg...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 29, 2021 10:02 AM EST

Houston Chronicle. Nov. 28, 2021. Editorial: Resign, Craddick and Christian. Regulators misled about winter storm and failed to prevent another Nine months ago, Wayne Christian was standing in his dark house, wearing three layers of coats to keep...