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‘Don’t Enforce Abortion Law’ Texas Democratic Party Tells Local Officials and Law Enforcement

‘Don’t Enforce Abortion Law’ Texas Democratic Party Tells Local Officials and Law Enforcement

Brad Johnson June 24, 2022
Five county district attorneys in Texas have already said they will not pursue charges against individuals who violate abortion laws.
Abortions Halted in Many Texas Clinics After U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Roe v. Wade

Abortions Halted in Many Texas Clinics After U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Roe v. Wade

Hayden Sparks June 24, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court returned the question of the legality of abortion to state legislatures. Texas already passed a law banning abortion.
Weekly Roundup Podcast: Cornyn’s Gun Deal, Texas GOP Convention Friction, Rinaldi Reelected as Party Chair

Weekly Roundup Podcast: Cornyn’s Gun Deal, Texas GOP Convention Friction, Rinaldi Reelected as Party Chair

Daniel Friend June 24, 2022
Catch up on the week's hottest stories in Texas politics with the reporting team at The Texan.
Texas Supreme Court Upholds Eminent Domain Authority for Texas Central High-Speed Rail

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Eminent Domain Authority for Texas Central High-Speed Rail

Kim Roberts June 24, 2022
By a vote of 5-3, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that Texas Central qualifies for eminent domain authority as an interurban electric railway.
U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Roe, Triggering Texas Abortion Bans

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Roe, Triggering Texas Abortion Bans

Isaiah Mitchell June 24, 2022
The Supreme Court has upheld a Mississippi law banning abortion at fifteen weeks' gestation, overturning the precedent set by Roe v. Wade.
State Officials Have Arrested More Than 260,000 Illegal Immigrants via Operation Lone Star

State Officials Have Arrested More Than 260,000 Illegal Immigrants via Operation Lone Star

Hayden Sparks June 24, 2022
While some have called on Abbott to declare illegal immigration an “invasion,” the governor fears violating federal law.
The Back Mic: Texas GOP Legislative Priorities Finalized, Cuellar Declared Winner, LGBT Republican Leader Resigns

The Back Mic: Texas GOP Legislative Priorities Finalized, Cuellar Declared Winner, LGBT Republican Leader Resigns

Brad Johnson June 24, 2022
This week — Texas GOP legislative priorities are finalized, Cuellar holds off Cisneros after a recount, and a rift grows between Republican pro-LGBT organizations.
Tap Pilam, Alamo Trust Resolve Litigation Over Tribal Remains, Use of Alamo Church

Tap Pilam, Alamo Trust Resolve Litigation Over Tribal Remains, Use of Alamo Church

Isaiah Mitchell June 23, 2022
Alamo Trust agrees to extend visiting hours on the second Saturday of September, the month when Tap Pilam holds its remembrance ceremony.
State of Texas Owes $200 Million to Rural Telecommunications Fund, Phone Provider Group Says

State of Texas Owes $200 Million to Rural Telecommunications Fund, Phone Provider Group Says

Brad Johnson June 23, 2022
In 2020, the Public Utility Commission declined to raise fees that finance the fund mandated by state law, setting it on the path toward insolvency.
Fort Worth Police Department to Host Gun ‘Buyback’ Program

Fort Worth Police Department to Host Gun ‘Buyback’ Program

Kim Roberts June 23, 2022
From June 27-30, Fort Worth residents may surrender an unwanted firearm to the Fort Worth Police Department in exchange for a $100 Visa gift card.
STAAR Scores Tick Up After COVID-19 Plunge, Still Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

STAAR Scores Tick Up After COVID-19 Plunge, Still Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

Isaiah Mitchell June 23, 2022
Public school students made improvements in all subjects except English I on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).
Special Edition Podcast: Elected Officials at the Texas GOP Convention

Special Edition Podcast: Elected Officials at the Texas GOP Convention

Daniel Friend June 23, 2022
At the Texas GOP convention, reporters for The Texan talked with elected officials across the Lone Star State.
Sen. Roland Gutierrez Sues Department of Public Safety Over Open Records Requests Related to Uvalde Shooting

Sen. Roland Gutierrez Sues Department of Public Safety Over Open Records Requests Related to Uvalde Shooting

Hayden Sparks June 22, 2022
Gutierrez’s district includes Robb Elementary School, the site where a teenage gunman took the lives of 19 children and two teachers.
New Houston Crime Index Shows Spike in Violent Crime Since 2020

New Houston Crime Index Shows Spike in Violent Crime Since 2020

Holly Hansen June 22, 2022
At a press conference with elected officials, Crime Stoppers of Houston showed that violent crime, especially towards children, has risen significantly.
Texas Electricity Prices Up After Post-Blackout Directives, State Increasing Capacity and Caution

Texas Electricity Prices Up After Post-Blackout Directives, State Increasing Capacity and Caution

Brad Johnson June 22, 2022
Wholesale electricity prices increased 65 percent in 2021, without taking into account the blackouts cost, due in large part to the state's power grid reforms.
U.S. Senate Gives Initial Approval to Cornyn’s Bipartisan Firearm Restrictions, Mental Health Spending Bill

U.S. Senate Gives Initial Approval to Cornyn’s Bipartisan Firearm Restrictions, Mental Health Spending Bill

Hayden Sparks June 22, 2022
Republican delegates jeered Sen. John Cornyn in Houston last week as he worked on legislation with Democrats to reform U.S. gun laws.
‘Abject Failure,’ Public Safety Head Rails Against Police Response to Uvalde Shooting in Texas Senate Testimony

‘Abject Failure,’ Public Safety Head Rails Against Police Response to Uvalde Shooting in Texas Senate Testimony

Hayden Sparks June 22, 2022
Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Department of Public Safety, took a grim inventory of police missteps during the Robb Elementary School shooting.
Six Republicans Join Letter of Big City Mayors Calling for Gun Control Measures

Six Republicans Join Letter of Big City Mayors Calling for Gun Control Measures

Brad Johnson June 22, 2022
The group of mayors pointed to red flag laws, expanded background checks, and a 21-year-old limit to purchase "assault weapons."
Texas Central Files Letter with Texas Supreme Court Abating Rumors of the High Speed Rail’s Demise

Texas Central Files Letter with Texas Supreme Court Abating Rumors of the High Speed Rail’s Demise

Kim Roberts June 22, 2022
The departure of Texas Central's CEO sparked rumors that the project is ending, but lawyers claimed otherwise to the Texas Supreme Court.
Texas Supreme Court Takes Up Abortion Funds’ Defamation Suits Against Pro-Life Activist

Texas Supreme Court Takes Up Abortion Funds’ Defamation Suits Against Pro-Life Activist

Isaiah Mitchell June 21, 2022
Mark Lee Dickson's social media posts and the ordinances he championed in several Texas cities have both called abortion funds "criminal."
Harris County Expansion to Include $48 Million of Coronavirus Aid for Daycare

Harris County Expansion to Include $48 Million of Coronavirus Aid for Daycare

Holly Hansen June 21, 2022
County Judge Lina Hidalgo says the program will use federal ARPA funds to provide childcare for 1,000 children for three years.

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