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Texas passes new limits on transgender high school athletes

Oct. 18, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is poised to become the latest and most populous state to tighten restrictions on transgender athletes in public high school sports. State lawmakers on Sunday approved a measure that requires transgender athletes to play on teams that align...

COVID-19 vaccine exemption passes West Virginia House

Oct. 15, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill to limit West Virginia employers in their ability to require workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus passed the House of Delegates on Friday. The proposal, which would allow certain medical and religious exemptions to company...

Texas order reflects growing GOP vaccine mandates hostility

Oct. 12, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With the governor of Texas leading the charge, conservative Republicans in several states are moving to block or undercut President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for private employers before the regulations are even issued. The growing...

Texas governor orders ban on private company vaccine mandate

Oct. 11, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday to prohibit any entity, including private business, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers and called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law. The move comes as the...

Allen West, Texas GOP gubernatorial hopeful, has COVID-19

Oct. 11, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Tea party firebrand Allen West, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of Texas, said Saturday that he has received monoclonal antibody injections after being diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia. The antibodies are used to treat those...

EXPLAINER: The Texas abortion law's swift impact, and future

Oct. 09, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Most abortions in Texas are banned again after clinics that had raced to provide them during a two-day legal reprieve canceled appointments Saturday following a whiplash appeals court ruling. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a one-page...

Judge orders Texas to suspend new law banning most abortions

Oct. 06, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., calling it an “offensive deprivation" of a constitutional right by banning most abortions in the nation's second-most populous state since September. ...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Oct. 06, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Oct. 4 The Guardian on the Pandora papers — bringing tax havens to heel: Five years after the Panama papers exposed the vast scale of offshore banking and business...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Oct. 04, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. Oct. 1, 2021. Editorial: What Texas is this? GOP maps ignore huge growth in minority populations If power reveals character, as LBJ biographer Robert Caro has argued, then what does the power of Texas Republican lawmakers in Austin...

Prisons, border wall: How GOP is looking to use COVID money

Sep. 30, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When Democrats passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Republicans called it liberal “pet projects” disguised as pandemic aid. But now that Republican governors and local leaders have the money in hand, they are using...