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2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Georgia, Texas, Elsewhere
2022 Elections
2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Georgia, Texas, Elsewhere

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia takes center stage in Tuesday's primary elections as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to fight back challengers endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who is seeking revenge for his 2020 election defeat in the state. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor... Read More

In The States
Showdowns Abound in Texas Primary Runoffs
2022-05-19 17:54:45
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Dozens of Texas primary races around the state will be determined in runoff elections held on Tuesday, May 24, including those for U.S House seats, Texas Senate and House seats, attorney general, lieutenant governor and local offices.... Read More

In The States
Texas Supreme Court Rules to Allow Trans Abuse Inquiries 
2022-05-13 21:12:58
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday that the state child welfare agency can continue investigating parents and doctors who provide gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Gov. Greg Abbott’s February directive to the Texas Department of... Read More

In The States
Texans to Vote on Local Propositions, State Constitutional Amendments in Special Election 
2022-04-26 19:38:58
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Early voting for Texas’ joint constitutional amendment and local proposition election kicked off on Monday and is set to continue through May 3. There are two statewide propositions for Texans to vote on in addition to numerous... Read More

In The States
Texas Task Force on Concert Safety Issues Final Report
2022-04-20 14:58:57
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the Texas Task Force on Concert Safety had released its final report on Tuesday, submitting a new set of recommendations and strategies to ensure the safety of concertgoers in the state. The... Read More

In The States
Net Zero Carbon Plan Could Bolster Texas Economy
2022-04-18 23:22:05
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Energy scientists at the University of Texas at Austin contend in a new report that their state could strengthen its economy while eliminating carbon pollution within the next 30 years. The report maintains Texas is well-positioned to... Read More

Immigration
First Bus of Texas Migrants Arrives Near Capitol 
2022-04-13 23:16:29
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A week after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to begin transporting busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C., the first transport arrived blocks away from the Capitol building. At Abbott’s direction, the Texas Division of Emergency Management chartered the... Read More

In The States
Special Election to be Held to Fill Vela’s House Seat
2022-04-05 17:01:39
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Following the announcement that Rep. Filemón Vela, D-Texas, would vacate his seat in the House of Representatives to join a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., Texas Gov. Greg Abbott set June 14 as the date for an... Read More

Criminal Justice
States Must Allow Prayer, Even Touch During Executions, Supreme Court Says
2022-03-25 15:36:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — States must accommodate the wishes of death row inmates who ask to have a priest or other representative of their faith pray aloud and even comfort them with a touch during their executions, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read More

In The States
Texas Firefighter Crews Work to Contain Wildfire Outbreaks
2022-03-22 23:00:16
by Reece Nations

EASTLAND, Texas — Numerous wildfires that broke out last week are still being suppressed by firefighting crews in west-central and southwest Texas. Over the weekend, three new wildfire ignitions in Eastland County, west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, were absorbed... Read More

In The States
Texas Court Blocks Transgender Youth Abuse Inquiries
2022-03-14 21:49:46
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County District Court issued an injunction on Friday temporarily preventing the enforcement of a directive compelling the state child welfare agency to investigate gender-transitioning medical treatment cases as child abuse. Judge Amy Clark Meachum issued... Read More

Education
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Teacher Shortage Task Force
2022-03-09 18:21:10
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is directing the state education agency to create a task force to help school districts address longstanding staffing shortages. Abbott’s letter, addressed to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, compels the agency to... Read More

Litigation
Netflix Requests Federal Judge Block ‘Cuties’ Lawsuit
2022-03-04 20:37:18
by Reece Nations

TYLER, Texas — Lawyers for Netflix asked a U.S. District Court for injunctive relief in a lawsuit brought by Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin on Thursday. Netflix was indicted by Babin in September 2020 for promoting and streaming the... Read More

In The States
First Primaries of 2022 Election Cycle to Take Place in Texas 
2022-02-28 21:59:28
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Texas Secretary of State John Scott’s office released information on the state’s primary election day taking place on Tuesday, the first in the country of this year’s election cycle. While over 1.6 million early voters have already... Read More

In The States
In Texas, Plan to End Tenure for CRT Professors Draws Ire
2022-02-28 19:54:21
by Reece Nations

PASADENA, Texas — Days after the University of Texas at Austin’s Faculty Council approved a resolution reaffirming instructors’ rights to teach critical race theory, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rebuked the move during a press call with reporters. Patrick, who presides... Read More

In The States
Prosecutors Refuse to Enforce Texas Directive on Transgender Care
2022-02-25 14:51:28
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a directive on Tuesday compelling the state child welfare agency to investigate reports of “gender-transitioning procedures” as child abuse, but some district attorneys are refusing to comply. The directive followed Texas Attorney... Read More

In The States
Texas Grid Reliability Still in Doubt One Year After Outages 
2022-02-17 00:16:00
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — On the anniversary of Winter Storm Uri and its disastrous consequences for those who lived through it, a former advisor for the Public Utility Commission of Texas is warning that inaction could lead to more mass outages.... Read More

2022 Elections
Early Voting Set to Begin in Texas Under State’s Tough New Election Rules
2022-02-11 18:31:10
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans will begin heading to the polls Monday for early voting in the 2022 primary elections. The contests, the first to be held under the state’s restrictive new voting rules, have already been marred by controversial voting... Read More

In The States
Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Trade Campaign Trail Barbs
2022-02-11 16:24:02
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Texas’s dueling gubernatorial candidates took shots at one another during overlapping campaign events on Thursday. Both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic candidate former United States Rep. Beto O’Rourke made stops in San Antonio to discuss their... Read More

Weather
Storm Expected to Glaze Pennsylvania, New England in Ice

A major winter storm that already cut electric power to about 350,000 homes and businesses from Texas to the Ohio Valley was set to leave Pennsylvania and New England glazed in ice and smothered in snow Friday, forecasters said. The... Read More

In The States
Civil Rights Groups Sue Texas Over Voter Purge Program
2022-02-03 19:50:07
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Civil rights organizations filed a complaint in federal court Tuesday against the Texas Secretary of State’s office for failing to turn over documents related to a voter registration list maintenance program mandated by the state’s new election... Read More

In The States
Texas Professional Educators Rebuke Abbott’s Bill of Rights Proposal
2022-01-31 18:50:12
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Professional educators in Texas were blindsided by Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for a Parental Bill of Rights, which intends to amend the state constitution to grant parents enhanced authority over their children’s education. Abbott introduced his proposal... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Aims to Create Parental Bill of Rights 
2022-01-27 21:09:39
by Reece Nations

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently revealed a proposal to amend the state constitution to grant parents greater control over their children's education and censure public educators for teaching material considered offensive. During a campaign event last week... Read More

Justice
FBI Raid May Complicate Cuellar’s Bid for Reelection
2022-01-25 21:04:54
by Reece Nations

LAREDO, Texas — Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, is entangled in an FBI investigation stemming from his ties to the Republic of Azerbaijan ahead of a tightly contested March 1 primary election. It is unclear at this time whether Cuellar and... Read More

Immigration
Biden Administration Defends Migrant Expulsion Policy in Court
2022-01-21 15:51:26
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration defended its use of a controversial migrant expulsion policy in court on Wednesday despite criticism from immigrant advocates and attorneys. Public health authority Title 42 was invoked by the Trump administration at the onset of... Read More

Supreme Court
Justices Reject Request to Put Texas Abortion Case on Faster Track
2022-01-21 15:47:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request from Texas abortion clinics to immediately return pending litigation over the state’s six-week abortion ban to a federal district court. The unsigned order, issued without comment, apparently divided the court... Read More

Law Enforcement
FBI Warns of More Threats Against Religious Groups
2022-01-18 21:53:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to faith-based organizations Monday warning them they remain potential targets of violent extremists. The letter followed an extremist’s attack this weekend on a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. The... Read More

In The States
Texas AG Ken Paxton Violated Open Records Law, DA Says
2022-01-18 16:49:18
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County District Attorney’s Office issued a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stating that he had broken the state's open records law by failing to turn over communications related to the Jan. 6, 2021,... Read More

Campaign Finance
Supreme Court to Weigh In on Ted Cruz Campaign Loan
2022-01-14 22:28:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether a Federal Election Commission limit on the amount campaigns can use of post-election contributions to repay debts they owe to the candidates themselves violates the free speech clause of the... Read More

In The States
School Year Delays, Virtual Learning Instituted Amid COVID-19 Spike
2022-01-06 00:14:47
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — COVID-19 infection rates continue to complicate the school year as some districts have either delayed their start dates or shifted to virtual learning in response to the growing spike in cases. As many schools nationwide have either... Read More

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