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Texas Law Prohibiting Critical Race Theory in Public Schools Goes Into Effect
In The States
Texas Law Prohibiting Critical Race Theory in Public Schools Goes Into Effect
2021-12-03 22:19:30
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas law restricting the teaching of critical race theory principles in public schools went into effect on Thursday after being enacted by Gov. Greg Abbott in June. The new law compels public school teachers to not... Read More

In The States
Rural Candidates Reckon with Mainstream Messaging
2021-11-29 14:40:59
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Although much of the state’s social and political fabric has changed since the last Texas Democrat won a statewide office in 1994, the party has repeatedly failed to capitalize through its messaging on Republicans’ miscues. Now, with... Read More

Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin Miners Flocking to Texas for Cheap Energy May Bring Grid Problems
2021-11-24 18:28:47
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ alluring low energy costs are drawing bitcoin miners from out of state despite the vulnerable condition of the electrical grid. Cryptocurrency mining is an energy-intensive process in which new cryptocurrencies are entered into circulation by using... Read More

Political News
Gohmert Joins Texas Attorney General Race
2021-11-23 21:57:49
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, announced on Monday that he plans to join the Republican primary field for Texas attorney general in a bid to oust incumbent Ken Paxton. Gohmert, who has served in the House of Representatives... Read More

Political News
Eddie Bernice Johnson Retiring from Congress
2021-11-22 16:59:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, is retiring from Congress after nearly three decades in office, bringing to 16 the number of Democrats who are bowing out before the 2022 election. Johnson, a trailblazer her whole life, was the... Read More

Political News
Beto O’Rourke Announces Bid for Texas Governor
2021-11-15 16:53:01
by Reece Nations

EL PASO, Texas — Former El Paso congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke announced on Monday that he is running for governor of Texas. In the video announcing his candidacy, O’Rourke focused closely on the Texas government’s slow... Read More

Education
Federal Judge Rules Texas Mask Mandate Ban Violates ADA
2021-11-11 15:47:11
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge overturned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order banning mask mandates in public schools on Wednesday, freeing local officials to set their own masking orders once again. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Texas... Read More

In The States
Texas AG Paxton Balancing Legal Troubles Ahead of 2022 Primary
2021-10-29 18:38:13
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Ahead of what is set to be a challenging primary contest before his 2022 reelection campaign for Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton is still wrestling with legal troubles that have plagued him since before he held... Read More

Supreme Court
Justices To Hear Texas Abortion Case on Monday Nov. 1
2021-10-22 17:56:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will hear a challenge from the federal government and abortion providers to Texas' 6-week abortion ban on Nov. 1, but will leave the law in place while it considers the cases, the court said on... Read More

In The States
Fourth Special Session Brews as Texas Lieutenant Governor, GOP Chairman Press Abbott
2021-10-21 18:22:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was joined by Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, on Wednesday in calling for yet another special legislative session to pass more conservative agenda items. The calls for a... Read More

Redistricting
Texas Lawmakers Pass New Congressional Maps Bolstering GOP

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation's largest red state. The maps were approved... Read More

In The States
Texans to Decide on Proposed State Constitutional Amendments
2021-10-18 23:57:52
by Reece Nations

Early voting for eight propositions to amend the Texas Constitution starts on Monday throughout the Lone Star state. The Texas Secretary of State’s office released explanatory statements for all of the constitutional amendments on the ballot ahead of the election.... Read More

Mental Health
Texas Removes LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline After Primary Challenger Goads Abbott
2021-10-15 19:17:24
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to LGBTQ youth after criticism was leveled at Gov. Greg Abbott by a primary challenger for its inclusion. Former Texas state... Read More

In The States
Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated by Appeals Court Following Brief Suspension
2021-10-11 18:20:58
by Reece Nations

Just days after a preliminary injunction allowed health care providers to resume performing abortions, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily restored a Texas law banning the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.... Read More

Business
Elon Musk Announces Tesla Will Move Headquarters to Texas
2021-10-08 15:41:25
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Elon Musk, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc., announced Thursday during an annual meeting of stockholders that the company will move its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas. Musk is following through on his... Read More

In The News
Texas Secretary of State’s Office Announces Election Audits
2021-10-02 13:39:44
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas - What the Texas Secretary of State’s office is calling a “comprehensive” audit of the 2020 presidential election is now underway in the state’s largest Democratic and Republican counties -- Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Collin. In a brief... Read More

In The States
Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Law Back in Texas Court

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge is hearing arguments Friday over whether Texas can leave in place the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., which since September has banned most abortions and sent women racing to get care... Read More

In The States
Biden Responds to Increased Demand for Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
2021-09-29 15:41:01
by Alexa Hornbeck

Many states are turning to monoclonal antibody treatments to curb the rise in hospitalizations and emergency room visits as COVID-19 cases rise. The demand on orders for the drugs has increased twenty-fold since mid-July, according to a spokesperson from the... Read More

Redistricting
Texas Republicans Redistricting Proposal Centers on Incumbency Protection
2021-09-28 18:22:09
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- Republican lawmakers in Texas’ state Senate released their proposal for congressional redistricting on Monday. Texas acquired two new Congressional seats after the 2020 census data was published, bringing its total to 38 seats and 40 electoral votes... Read More

Political News
House Votes to Guarantee Woman’s Right to an Abortion
2021-09-24 18:31:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- With wrangling over a $3.5 trillion spending plan seeming to tie the House in knots in recent days, Democrats pivoted Friday to take on a Texas law that threatens to unravel protections afforded women by the Supreme Court's... Read More

In The States
Florida Lawmaker Files Texas-Style Abortion Bill
2021-09-22 18:56:57
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill in the state legislature that mirrors controversial restrictions recently signed into law in Texas. Florida state Rep. Webster Barnaby, a Republican, filed House Bill 167 Wednesday in the hope that... Read More

In The States
Texas Doctor Who Defied State's New Abortion Ban is Sued

DALLAS (AP) — A San Antonio doctor who said he performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas law all but dared supporters of the state's near-total ban on the procedure to try making an early example of him... Read More

In The News
Mass Expulsion of Migrant Border Camp in Texas Underway
2021-09-20 20:00:20
by Reece Nations

DEL RIO, Texas — Following the closure of the land bridge that connects the border community of Del Rio, Texas, to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, on Sunday, thousands of migrants mostly from Haiti are being removed and sent back to their... Read More

In The News
Texas AG Paxton Now Suing 15 School Districts Over Masking Guidance
2021-09-16 19:22:32
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has expanded litigation efforts against a swath of school districts that defied Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates. Paxton announced on Tuesday his office had filed lawsuits against the Paris, Diboll,... Read More

Justice
Justice Department Sues to Block Texas Abortion Law
2021-09-09 21:09:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over a newly enacted law that prohibits nearly all abortions in the state. The move came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Calls 3rd Special Session, This One to Address Redistricting
2021-09-09 14:47:21
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas -- It has been an unexpectedly busy summer for the Texas legislature, and now Gov. Greg Abbott is calling lawmakers back for its third special session in two months to begin the bound-to-be-controversial task of redrawing legislative and... Read More

In The States
Private Companies Join Action Against Texas Abortion Ban
2021-09-08 14:27:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department’s pledge on Monday to assist opponents of the new Texas ban on abortion is winning more and more supporters among some of the nation’s big name private corporations. The state law enacted in May empowers... Read More

In The States
Child Hospitalizations on the Rise Weeks into Texas School Year
2021-09-07 19:57:49
by Reece Nations

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 has reached an all-time high just weeks after the start of the school year for public schools in Texas, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Over the weekend,... Read More

In The States
Democrats Sue As Texas Governor Signs Controversial Election Bill Into Law
2021-09-07 18:23:59
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Gregg Abbott had barely finished signing his name to a sweeping overhaul of his state’s election rules Tuesday, when a Democratic election lawyer announced he’d filed a lawsuit to prevent the new procedures from taking effect.... Read More

Cities
Austin Mayor Joins Pelosi, Doggett to Share ‘Build Back Better’ Progress
2021-09-03 19:02:31
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — As Democrats returned to Capitol Hill poised to make more of the Biden administration’s agenda a reality, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler for an update on the progress... Read More

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