Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gov. Abbott Wants Small Government, Big State

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM

This session Gov. Greg Abbott turned his “Fed Up!” predecessor’s obsession with state control into an actual policy priority. While other state lawmakers worry about the budget or the state’s dismal record of protecting its most vulnerable kids or ginned-up fears about public bathrooms, here’s what Abbott decided was an...

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Judge Issues Warrant Forcing Key Witness to Testify in Marquise Jones Lawsuit

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 8:45 AM

On Tuesday, a judge in the federal lawsuit filed against SAPD and the off-duty cop that shot and killed Marquise Jones issued a warrant forcing a key witness, whose previous statements contradict the city's narrative of the shooting, to testify when the case goes to trial next week. It's just...

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Women Dress in 'Handmaid's Tale' Robes to Protest Anti-Abortion Laws at Texas Capitol

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 1:35 PM

While the Texas Senate has seen protestors before, yesterday's appearance of a group of women dressed in red robes may have been a first. Dressed right out of the highly acclaimed novel from Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale, which has seen a spike in popularity since the last November's election,...

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Woman Finds Four-foot Rattlesnake Near Home Outside of San Antonio, Kills it With Shotgun

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 12:58 PM

There are hundreds of things we love about spring — the weather is finally perfect, the sun is shining most of the day, wildflowers are in bloom — but there's one thing we can definitely do without: rattlesnakes. Now that we've had warm weather for a while now, Texans should...

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Texas Senate Passes Bill That Would Allow Doctors to Withhold Info From Pregnant Women

Posted By and on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 12:33 PM

On Monday, the first of a slate of anti-abortion bills filed in the Texas Legislature cleared a major hurdle. Critics insist the bill, which the Texas Senate passed by a 21-9 vote Monday, would leave it up to doctors to decide what information is worth sharing with a woman carrying a...

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Former UTSA President Inappropriately Hugged, Touched, and Photographed Female Employees, According to Investigation

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:55 AM

In February, Ricardo Romo, longtime president of University of Texas at San Antonio, was unexpectedly put on administrative leave — months before he had intended to retire. The only explanation University of Texas System gave at the time was that it had something to do with Romo's "conduct." But documents...

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Judge Says Texas Immigration Raids Were Retaliation

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Last month, the first major round of raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under Trump sparked fears of widespread immigration sweeps in Central Texas. ICE insisted it was doing nothing different, saying the action was a continuation of an Obama-era enforcement program, meanwhile immigration attorneys and advocates cited hazy...

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Three Years Later, Marquise Jones' Death Still Looms Over SAPD

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 6:00 AM

The man’s voice over the intercom sounded so slurred, the cashier at Chacho’s & Chalucci’s could barely understand him. So someone else inside the green Cadillac tried to shout food orders over the drunk driver, while a manager made his way outside the restaurant to check on the busy drive-thru...

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Over 70K Pounds of Beef Recalled at Texas-based Packaging Company

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:21 PM

If you've recently purchased boneless beef products from Waco-based H & B Packing Co., you're probably going to want to go ahead and toss it in the garbage. The Texas packaging company issued a recall for the product, which tested positive for E. coli O103 and could have effected 73,742 pounds of...

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AG Paxton Attacks High School for Creating a Prayer Room for Muslim Students

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has built a career on protecting religious liberties in public spaces. Texans (and the country) were reminded of this commitment in December, when Paxton sued a Killeen middle school for not allowing a teacher to post a Bible quote on her classroom door. But when...

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