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  • Texas governor warns Austin sheriff over 'sanctuary cities'

    01/23/2017 2:05:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2017 5:01 PM EST | Paul J. Weber
    Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday told Austin’s liberal sheriff that her jail would become the first in the state to lose taxpayer money over so-called “sanctuary cities” policies unless she reverses plans to curtail working with federal immigration authorities by February. President Donald Trump made similar vows as a candidate, declaring that his “Day One” priorities would include stopping all federal dollars to places where local officials rebuff federal agents and don’t arrest or detain immigrants living in the country illegally. Several big cities, including New York and Chicago, already have formal sanctuary policies on the books. Newly...
  • Gov. Abbott: Travis County Sheriff’s ICE policy frivolous, reckless

    01/23/2017 12:44:34 PM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 23, 2017 | Calily Bien
    Gov. Greg Abbott is doubling down on his stance on how Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez plans on dealing with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. On Friday, Sheriff Hernandez released a statement outlining the policy changes and describing how she will prohibit Travis County deputies and jailers from inquiring about someone’s immigration status. Gov. Abbott quickly responded in a Tweet by saying he will cut funding for Travis County for adopting “sanctuary policies.” On Monday, Gov. Abbott sent a letter to Sheriff Hernandez stating her actions are “frivolous” and “reckless.” Gov. Abbott goes on to say that Sheriff Hernandez should...
  • Supreme Court rejects Texas voter ID appeal

    01/23/2017 10:21:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/23/17 | Reid Wilson
    The Supreme Court said Monday it will not hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling striking down a Texas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, effectively killing one of the strictest such laws in the nation. The law, passed in 2011, required voters to show one of seven acceptable forms of photo identification at the polls, including a driver’s license, a passport, a permit to carry a concealed handgun or an election identification certificate. Voters could only obtain an election identification certificate, a form of identification provided to those who don't have a license, if...
  • Anti-Trump Activists at UT-Austin (Univ. of Texas) Too Afraid of Campus Carry to Protest Trump

    01/23/2017 7:06:40 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | January 22, 2017
    Friday afternoon, as college students in other states took to campus quads to protest the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, the campus of the University of Texas at Austin was eerily quiet. Although the university is home to several activist groups that have publicly denounced the new commander-in-chief, the groups cited the state's almost six-month-old campus carry law as their reason for staying home. [Snip] As the inauguration played out in D.C., only a single person was spotted walking across the UT campus in Central Austin. He refused to give his name but identified himself as a professor of...
  • Ted Cruz Proposes Bill To Declassify Terrorism Histories Of Gitmo Transfers

    01/18/2017 6:50:13 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/18/2017 | Chuck Ross
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a bill on Tuesday that would declassify information about the terrorist activities of detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba who have been released or transferred since Election Day. The move came after a report that the Obama administration recently struck a deal with Oman to transfer 10 detainees from Gitmo. The move brings the total number of detainees down to less than 50. Cruz and other Republicans have been heavily critical of Obama’s transfers and of his promise to close the facility before leaving office. Republicans point to a statistic that 30 percent...
  • Police release suspect images in violent Dallas Target assault

    01/18/2017 4:01:48 PM PST · by bgill · 43 replies
    WFAA ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | Marjorie Owens
    Police say surveillance video shows the two males approach Whitener as he walked toward the store. The suspects then walked away when the theater director walked into the entrance. Once inside, Whitener immediately went to a Target employee and told them about the males, who were then asked by an off-duty officer and a security guard to leave the property. However, authorities say Whitener was approached by the two males after he left the store at about 11:05 p.m. "They made a threatening statement to [Whitener] and then beat him with the [wooden] stick and fled on foot towards the...
  • OU football player suspended indefinitely following CTX armed robberies arrest (Waco, TX)

    01/18/2017 2:51:18 PM PST · by bgill · 36 replies
    KXXV-TV ^ | Jan. 18, 2017 | Kandace Thomas
    University of Oklahoma defensive back and former La Vega High School football player Parrish Cobb turned himself into police Tuesday night, after being accused of three armed robberies in Central Texas, according to Waco Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Patrick Swanton. Cobb, 19, is facing an aggravated robbery charge for an armed robbery that happened near the Baylor campus on Jan. 10. He's also accused of being involved in the armed robbery that happened on campus outside the McLane Student Life Center on Jan. 7. The Bellmead Police Department had also issued a warrant for his arrest after an armed robbery...
  • Austin restaurants, bars to protest inauguration by donating profits (TX)

    01/18/2017 1:20:14 PM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kvue ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | Jason Puckett
    On Friday, Jan. 20, any profits made at Bouldin Creek Cafe, a vegetarian establishment, will go directly to the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Owner Leslie Martin said it's a way to protest the inauguration and "maintain hope" in their community. "We wanted to make a statement," Martin said. "We have concerns about gay rights, minorities - how they're going to be treated and how their civil rights will be protected. There were a large number of people that we feel are living in fear right now wondering what's going to happen."
  • Sparring over evidence marks first day of Border Patrol agent's trial (TX)

    01/18/2017 8:45:27 AM PST · by bgill
    ValleyCentral.com ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | The Texas Tribune
    Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna got to trade in his jail-issued orange uniform for a suit and tie Tuesday, but the judge turned down his bid to have potentially damaging testimony thrown out on the first day of his capital murder trial. Luna and his brother Eduardo are accused of murder and drug cartel ties in the grisly beheading death of Franky Palacios, whose headless body was found floating off the waters of South Padre Island during the height of spring break in 2015. Joel Luna briefly took the stand as his lawyer attempted to suppress a statement he gave...
  • Father and son accused of sexually assaulting 14-year-old twin girls (TX border)

    01/18/2017 8:34:42 AM PST · by bgill · 25 replies
    ValleyCentral.com ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | CBS 4 News
    Investigators have arrested a father and son accused of sexually assaulting twin 14-year-old girls. Juan Carlos Garcia Jr., 25, of Edcouch is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony. •During a forensic interview, one of the two girls said Garcia Sr. molested her on a weekly basis. Juan Carlos Garcia, 50, of Edcouch is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child, a first-degree felony. Investigators booked Garcia Jr. and Garcia Sr. at the Hidalgo County jail on Thursday. They were released Saturday and couldn't be reached for comment.
  • Mother, daughter charged with capital murder in deadly north Austin game room shooting

    01/18/2017 8:13:27 AM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    keyetv ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | CBS Austin
    According to police, a caller said that three armed black males forced their way into the game room and, once inside, shot people before leaving. After the shooting, police were notified that a black female had been dropped off at St. David's Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen by a black, 4-door Volvo with temporary tags on the back and no front license plate. A black male was driving and a black female was in the front passenger seat. The victim, later identified as Shalonda, was taken out of the back and left at the ER door. The...
  • Travis Co. could lose $2M if federal immigration hold policy changes (Austin, TX)

    01/18/2017 8:05:18 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    keyetv ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | CBS Austin
    Travis County could lose close to $2 million in state and federal funding due to a proposed policy change. Budget Director Travis Gatlin sent out a memo warning of a possible loss of grant money if the county doesn't fully cooperate with federal immigration holds.
  • Democrat: We Need 'Analysis of How Christian Militants … Might Bring Down Country’

    06/16/2011 6:30:56 PM PDT · by South40 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 16, 2011 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – At a congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization in U.S. prisons, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said that investigators needed to analyze Christian militants in America because they too might try to “bring down the country.”In an exchange with witness Patrick Dunleavy, the former deputy inspector of the criminal intelligence unit, New York Department of Correctional Services, Rep. Lee mentioned the case of a man who blew up an abortion clinic and proposed that this perhaps was an attempt to undermine U.S. law that allows a woman to procure an abortion. Rep. Lee then said, “As we look to...
  • Army, local police probe recent mystery deaths of 11 Fort Hood soldiers

    01/16/2017 5:08:08 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 33 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 16, 2017
    <p>The Army and local police are investigating the deaths of 11 Fort Hood soldiers who have died on and off the large Texas base in the past three months under mysterious circumstances, according to reports.</p> <p>Taylor’s awards ... include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Aviation Badge and Air Assault Badge, among others....15th Military Intelligence Battalition...</p>
  • Border town Dems brace for fight over Trump’s ‘wall’

    01/13/2017 5:48:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 13, 2017 | Barnini Chakraborty
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to build a U.S.-Mexico wall has touched off a fierce debate in the U.S. border towns that would be most affected – with local Democrats vowing to fight Trump tooth and nail if he proceeds. “Mexico is an ally, not an enemy,” Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, told FoxNews.com. “It is our second-largest trading partner, and building a wall between two countries with such important ties is a senseless and wasteful exercise." Vela is a colorful Trump critic. He made headlines after calling the president-elect's illegal immigrant policies “hateful, dehumanizing, and frankly shameful.” In...
  • Ted Cruz Rips the Mask Off ‘Strictly Nonpartisan’ ACLU Leftist Trying to Smear Jeff Sessions

    01/12/2017 5:36:35 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 113 replies
    The Polistick ^ | 1/12/17 | Matthew K. Burke
    Texas Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz ripped the mask off an ACLU attorney pretending to be “strictly nonpartisan” on Day 2 of Jeff Session’s confirmation hearings to be the nation’s next attorney general. David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor and national legal director at the ALCU, a communist front group, was trying to desperately smear Jeff Sessions as a racist and Ted Cruz cut him up with a butter knife, asking him why he omitted key facts from his argument that would have invalidated his argument if he were truly “strictly nonpartisan.” {.. snip ..}
  • Texas Democrat: I'm 'very likely' to run against Cruz

    01/11/2017 4:01:19 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 6, 2017 | Ben Kamisar
    Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) expects to challenge Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for his Senate seat in 2018, the Texas Tribune reported. "It's very likely that I will run for Senate in 2018," the 44-year-old El Paso representative told the outlet. O'Rourke added that he feels "encouraged" by the feedback he's received as he considers a bid.
  • NM hunting guide wounded in gunfight near border (TX-Mexico border)

    01/10/2017 10:47:54 AM PST · by CedarDave · 23 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 9, 2017 | Lauren Villagran
    Five miles north of the Mexican border on a remote West Texas ranch, a New Mexico hunting guide and his client were wounded over the weekend in an alleged gunfight that a family friend described as an attack by “illegal aliens” and an attempted kidnapping. The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office appeared to question that account in a statement Monday, saying “there is no evidence to support allegations of ‘cross-border violence.'” A Border Patrol spokesman called the alleged incident “highly unusual for our part of the border.” The following is an account of the events. Hunting guide Walker Daugherty, 26, of...
  • Friends remember teen who shot himself in APD patrol car (Austin, TX)

    01/10/2017 9:58:40 AM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 10, 2017 | Leslie Rangel
    Austin police are now tasked with launching an in-custody death investigation to determine what went wrong during the arrest and custody process that led to a teen shooting and killing himself in the back of a patrol car...Anam had some run-ins with police in recent years...charged him with engaging in organized crime in connection to numerous vehicle thefts and home burglaries...friends describe him as the "coolest" person in high school.
  • U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) to retire from Congress

    01/09/2017 4:18:49 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | January 6, 2017 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson announced Friday morning that he will not seek re-election to represent his Plano-based seat in Congress. Johnson, a Vietnam War veteran, made the announcement over email Friday. "After much prayer, I have decided I will not seek re-election to serve the Third District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018," he wrote. "This will be my final term in the appropriately named 'People’s House.'" A fighter pilot, Johnson flew combat missions in Korea and Vietnam, and he was an instructor at the Air Force Fighter Weapons School. The flyers call that institution “Top...
  • Police: Man who shot himself inside patrol car dies

    01/09/2017 3:35:13 PM PST · by bgill · 12 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | Christopher Adams
    Austin police are investigating how a suspect handcuffed inside a patrol car was able to get into the car with a gun and shoot himself on Sunday. Police arrested 19-year-old Zachary Khabir Anam at Barton Creek Square Mall around noon for shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance. Officers originally couldn’t figure out his name, so they decided to drive him to APD Headquarters downtown to get fingerprints. On the way, police say the young man was making suicidal comments. When the officer asked if he had the means to do that, the suspect said he did.
  • Rising number of Texas parents opting out of measles vaccines

    01/08/2017 3:05:32 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 99 replies
    KXAN ^ | 1/5/17
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas medical researcher is raising concerns about a potential large-scale comeback of the measles. Peter Hotez, Baylor College researcher, says Texas is on the verge of a measles out-break. The main reason is because parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children.
  • Texas Transgender Bathroom Bill Triggers National Speculation

    01/07/2017 4:41:07 PM PST · by ColdOne · 68 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/7/17 | Lana Shadwick
    The transgender bathroom battle is being hit straight-on in the Lone Star State. A state senator has pre-filed a bill which she says “seeks to put an end to a controversy that began in Washington D.C.” National media outlets are already speculating on whether the fight will be similar to the one in North Carolina. Texas State Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) filed Senate Bill 6, the “Texas Privacy Act” which she says is “a bid to address the personal privacy concerns of many Texans.” Kolkhorst called herself “a longtime privacy advocate” and added, “This bill is written not to...
  • At Alamo, it’s time to honor sacrifice with sacrifice

    01/07/2017 9:09:12 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 20 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | Saturday, January 7, 2017 | Gary Foreman
    "Commandancy of the Alamo Bejar, Feby. 24, 1836 To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World Fellow citizens & compatriots" There’s a sincere reason to feel optimistic about what the future might hold for Alamo Plaza. But red flags are also up. This is a critical juncture where broad strokes become all-important details. Texans know the world is watching intently. We sense the waning of that boldness as one enters Alamo Plaza and embarks on the historic footprint. It feels as though 1836 is about to become a mere portal and not the primary focus of the...
  • Longtime Rep. Sam Johnson to Retire from Politics

    01/06/2017 11:51:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Johnson will not seek re-election for a 10th timeDecorated war hero and longtime conservative U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX 3rd District) says he will not seek re-election to a 10th term. Johnson, who is 86 and resides in Plano, has served the 3rd District, which covers most of Collin County, since 1992. "After much prayer, I have decided I will not seek re-election to serve the Third District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. This will be my final term in the appropriately named 'People’s House,'" Johnson said in a statement on his website. "It has...
  • Wendy’s Employees Accused Of Refusing To Serve FWPD Officer

    01/06/2017 2:22:46 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | January 6, 2017 6:31 | By Matt Thomas
    FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) – The Fort Worth Police Department sent a tweet to the verified account for Wendy’s restaurants Thursday night to report that employees at a location in the city had refused to take an officer’s order. The Fort Worth police officer says he went into the Wendy’s on Interstate-20, near Trail Lake Drive. The man said when he made eye contact with a group employees, they all walked to the back of the kitchen and refused to take his order. Wendy’s quickly tweeted back that they were, “Abruptly handling the situation” and on Friday sent the following...
  • Plano Rep. Sam Johnson to retire in 2018

    01/06/2017 9:02:45 AM PST · by DFG · 5 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 01/06/2017 | Katie Leslie
    War hero and long-serving Congressman Sam Johnson will retire in 2018, he announced Friday morning. Johnson, an Air Force veteran known for his time as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991. The Plano Republican is 86 years old. In a letter to his constituents on Friday, Johnson wrote “it has been a great honor to serve you and strive to be the kind of representative the people want, need and deserve.”
  • World-Renowned Texas Cancer Center Reducing Workforce by 1,000 (because of Obamacare)

    01/05/2017 10:57:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 5, 2017 | Lana Shadwick
    The world-renown MD Anderson Cancer Center has announced a workforce reduction by 1,000, the CEO of the center said on Thursday. The cancer hospital has had $110 million in operating losses from September through November this year, reported the Houston Chronicle. [Snip] The local publication reported that the financial problems began in the spring when the hospital implemented a new electronic medical-record system. Doctors and staff members at the center spent a great deal of time getting up to speed in using the program and that took time away from their patients.
  • Meredith Vieira Shoots Down Bianna Golodryga's Criticism of Open Carry Law

    01/05/2017 12:17:01 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As soon as Yahoo’s Bianna Golodryga said she didn’t want to “turn political,” you knew that was precisely what she was about to do. But when Golodryga proceeded to criticize the Texas open-carry law this morning, you might be surprised that it was Meredith Vieira who—excuse the expression—shot her down. Vieira was a guest on Morning Joe to discuss a documentary, for which she served as executive producer, about the University of Texas Tower shootings in 1966, in which Charles Whitman shot 49 people, killing 16. The gun-control shoe was bound to drop, and after her “not to turn political,”...
  • Texas lawmaker pushing for Constitutional Carry

    01/04/2017 8:44:30 AM PST · by monkapotamus · 17 replies
    Fox 4 ^ | January 4, 2017 | FOX4News.com Staff
    DALLAS - A state lawmaker from Bedford wants to make it legal for all Texans to pack a pistol, with or without a permit... He has authored House Bill 375, or the Constitutional Carry bill, to give all Texans the right to openly carry a handgun... “Right now what HB 375 is looking to do is make the CHL program right now optional for folks. We don’t think that Texans should have to take a required class or pay a fee to exercise their Second Amendment rights to defend themselves,” Strickland said... Stickland said criminals by nature do not obey...
  • Sugar Land-area woman in hijab says man called her family 'terrorists'

    01/03/2017 7:42:59 PM PST · by SSS Two · 89 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 6:20 pm, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 | Emily Foxhall
    When 21-year-old Shifa Abuzaid decided in May to begin wearing a hijab, she said her parents worried it might bring about incidents like the one she says she recently experienced. A man passing Abuzaid, along with her younger cousins and siblings, called them a "bunch of terrorists" on Saturday in Sugar Land Town Square, Abuzaid recounted in a Facebook post that has since been shared on the medium more than 2,500 times. Abuzaid was the eldest of her family members present at the time. The youngest was 10. The group had been walking to their car after lunch when they...
  • Dem Rep: DHS Releasing Illegal Immigrants Into Laredo, Burdening Border Districts

    01/03/2017 2:47:07 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 1, 2017 | Caroline May
    Amid an ongoing surge of illegal immigration from Central America, the Obama administration is releasing migrants — detained illegally entering the United States — into Laredo, according to Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar. “The Department of Homeland Security is releasing immigrants, mostly from Central America, in the Laredo area where they are free to go with relatives or sponsor organizations while they are given a Notice to Appear for an asylum hearing before an immigration judge on a certain date,” Cuellar explained in a statement. “These immigrants were previously processed to be deported before being reprocessed with a Notice to...
  • Dallas Pension System Not Only "Ticking Time Bomb Ready To Explode," Public Policy Director Warns

    01/03/2017 8:41:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/03/2016
    For months, if not years, we've warned that conflicted politicians and union bosses pursue a perverse set of goals in their management of pension funds, most of which have nothing to do with the application of sound financial principles. Here's how we summarized the situation back in the summer (see "An Unsolvable Math Problem: Public Pensions Are Underfunded By As Much As $8 Trillion"): Defined Benefit Pension Plans are, in many cases, a ponzi scheme.  Current assets are used to pay current claims in full in spite of insufficient funding to pay future liabilities... classic Ponzi.  But unlike wall...
  • Deputy shoots armed man at North Cypress Medical Center

    01/03/2017 8:30:01 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 1 replies
    KTRK Houston ^ | 1-3-2017
    HARRIS COUNTY, TX (KTRK) -- A man was critically injured in a deputy-involved shooting after he allegedly walked into a Cypress emergency room with a gun. At around 9am, the deputy shot the man in the circle drive of the North Cypress Medical Center, just feet from the entrance of the emergency room. Deputies earlier said the man was involved in a "disturbance." He is now being treated, and in critical condition. The deputy who fired on the suspect was not hurt. Investigators are interviewing witnesses at the hospital, located just off the Northwest Freeway at Huffmeister. From SkyEye, we...
  • Biggest Transportation Battles of 2016 to Continue in the New Year (Texas)

    01/02/2017 8:15:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | December 27, 2016 | Brandon Formby
    The cost of toll roads, the toll of urban congestion, ride-hailing battles and a high-speed train war garnered plenty of attention in Texas this year. And after the Legislature spent two sessions focusing on highway funding, lawmakers now appear poised to tackle other transportation matters next year. Here's a look at the year's biggest transportation stories and how they may continue to unfold in the coming months:1. Uber and Lyft roll out of Austin after losing city electionNational ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft stopped operating in Austin after voters there rejected an ordinance that would have repealed certain regulations, including...
  • Man, wife attacked before cruise in Galveston ("Knockout game")

    01/02/2017 7:26:07 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 36 replies
    KHOU 11 ^ | Janurary 2, 2917 | Marcelino Benito and KHOU 11
    GALVESTON, Texas - It was supposed to be a holiday getaway to remember but before Ken Duble and his wife could board their Christmas cruise out of Galveston, he became a victim. "My wife started screaming and shrieking," said Duble. As they walked along 24th St. and Avenue E near the Strand, three young men attacked out of nowhere.
  • Federal judge strikes down Obamacare transgender mandate

    01/02/2017 5:19:25 PM PST · by Cheerio · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 2, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    There was an interesting ripple in the Obamacare story over the weekend, coming as most of the country was more tuned in to the closing out of the old year than any political stories. A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction which prevents certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act from taking effect. Buzzfeed brought the story to light on New Years Eve, describing how US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor halted enforcement of Section 1557 of the act, which “forbids discriminating on the basis of ‘gender identity’ and ‘termination of pregnancy.’” Explaining the lawsuit, O’Connor wrote, “Plaintiffs claim...
  • Undocumented Group Released Downtown on Own Recognizance [LAREDO, Texas]

    12/30/2016 1:54:09 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 20 replies
    KGNS TV ^ | Fri 9:11 AM, Dec 30, 2016 | Valerie Gonzalez
    The immigration surge seen in south Texas has not bypassed Laredo. Central Americans have been heading into the United states and on Thursday a group of women were released downtown. Haphazard feet and confused faces begin spilling, filling the downtown Greyhound station.
  • ATCEMS ambulance hijacked with medic team, patient inside (Austin, TX)

    12/27/2016 11:34:30 AM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kxan ^ | Dec. 25, 2016 | Bailey Buckingham
    An Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services ambulance was hijacked Sunday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. with a medic crew and patient inside. “It’s certainly a surprising event and especially to have two in a month,” Captain Rick Rutledge, with ATCEMS told KXAN on Monday, causing ATCEMS to think twice about whether procedural changes need to be made to protect equipment, patients and crews. ATCEMS says until this month, the last ambulance theft in recent memory in the early 1990’s, prompting policy changes and training crews still follow today. Rutledge says the crew involved in Sunday’s hijacking did everything right by...
  • 100-150 teens involved in Fort Worth mall fight

    12/27/2016 10:18:55 AM PST · by bgill · 83 replies
    kvue ^ | Dec. 27, 2016 | Lauren Zakalik
    Fort Worth Police say they went to the Hulen Mall Monday night on a shots fired call. When they arrived, they found no evidence of a shooting. What they found instead were massive melees, breaking out one after the other inside the mall. Police say between 100 and 150 teenagers were fighting each other in the food court. In the end, police say up to four teenagers received citations for fighting. We know now that mall fights similar to these happened all over the country Monday night. Police are looking into the connections.
  • Fort Worth's Hulen Mall on lockdown (trunc)

    12/27/2016 4:35:36 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 22 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 12-26-16 | Eva-Marie Ayala
    Hulen Mall in southwest Fort Worth is on lockdown after reports of a big fight and possible shots fired this evening. Police said the situation is under control, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5). Social media reports are that a large fight began outside the Red Robin restaurant. Mall visitors posted video and tweets about the chaos that followed. Warning: video includes explicit language.
  • Kerr County 21-year-old charged with threatening to kill President Obama in letters: reports

    12/26/2016 11:12:52 AM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 36 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/26/16 | Tyler White
    SAN ANTONIO — A 21-year-old man in Kerr County faces federal charges after allegedly threatening to kill President Barack Obama, according to media reports. Gavin Leonard Friedman is being held in the county jail without bond after police say he sent several letters alluding to killing the outgoing president, KSAT reports. Friedman allegedly mailed four letters during the course of this year that threatened President Obama. On Jan. 22, Friedman said in a letter that “Obama will be killed so that (Friedman) can be martyred in the name of Allah,” the San Antonio TV station reports. Later on April 3,...
  • (Mayor Sylvester) Turner Pledges to Protect Immigrants, But Avoids Calling Houston "Sanctuary City"

    12/24/2016 7:53:43 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 50 replies
    Houston Press ^ | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016 AT 8 A.M. | MEAGAN FLYNN
    In the wake of the presidential election, Mayor Sylvester Turner is taking steps to promise undocumented immigrants or newly arrived refugees that he will strive to keep them safe and respect their rights in Houston. The election of a certain someone, whom he did not name, will not change Houston's commitment to welcoming all walks of life and valuing diversity, Turner pledged at a press conference Monday morning. To demonstrate this pledge, Turner has created the Office of New Americans, to help immigrants and refugees integrate into their new communities and access services they may need. He has also launched...
  • University Of Texas Regent Forced To Sue To Get Key Information Embarrassing To Bigwigs

    12/23/2016 8:55:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 23, 2016 | George Leef
    The University of Texas has a governing body – the Board of Regents -- that is supposed to oversee its administration. In recent years, one regent has taken his job “too seriously” in the view of top university officials, probing into matters they wanted kept dark and quiet. He was determined to investigate all threats he perceived to the university’s integrity, but school bigwigs so obstructed him that he has been compelled to take them to court. The regent is Wallace Hall. Mr. Hall, a graduate of UT himself, was appointed to the University of Texas Board of Regents in...
  • Investigation complete, Texas boots Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

    12/22/2016 8:52:47 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 5 replies
    The Quorum Report ^ | December 20, 2016 6:47 PM | Harvey Kronberg
    Investigation complete, Texas boots Planned Parenthood from Medicaid
  • D.A. Refusing to Prosecute PP Selling Baby Parts Was Defeated, Replacement Fires Her Staff

    12/19/2016 12:00:02 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | December 19, 2016 | CHERYL SULLENGER
    You may remember Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, the faux “pro-life” Republican who refused to prosecute accused neck-twisting Houston abortionist Doug Karpen. She also later flipped a grand jury that was supposed to investigate Planned Parenthood, but instead indicted pro-life journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Daleiden and Merritt’s charges were later dismissed after it was revealed that Anderson had violated the law to indict them.Illustrating that old adage, “what goes around comes around,” Anderson was soundly defeated in November.But it gets better.The new District Attorney-Elect Kim Ogg has decided to “drain the swamp” of corruption, which...
  • Texas officially kicking Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid

    12/21/2016 5:48:25 AM PST · by rfreedom4u · 74 replies
    Texas Trbune ^ | 12/20/2016 | Alexa Ura
    After more than a year of delays, Texas is officially kicking Planned Parenthood out of the state’s Medicaid program. In a move that could affect thousands of low-income women, state health officials on Tuesday delivered a final legal notice to defund the organization from the Medicaid program through which it provides family planning and women’s health services to the poor. Planned Parenthood had previously received $3.1 million in Medicaid funding, but those dollars will be nixed in 30 days, according to the notice which was obtained by The Texas Tribune. That cut-off day will only be delayed if the organization...
  • Fmr. ID. H.S. football player avoids jail for assaulting mentally disabled teammate w. coat hanger

    12/20/2016 10:36:28 AM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 6 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/20/16 | JESSICA SCHLADEBECK
    A former Idaho high school football player originally charged with sexually assaulting his mentally disabled teammate will avoid jail time and escape classification as a sex offender after pleading guilty to a lesser felony. John R.K. Howard, 19, of Keller, Tex., pleaded guilty to a felony count of injury to a child and will be sentenced to two to three years of probation and up to 300 hours of community service, the Idaho Statesmen reported. A judge will decide the final sentence on Feb. 24. Deputy Attorney General Casey Hemmer said if the case had gone to trial, prosecutors would...
  • Eyeing The Wall: Trump Team Surveys Texas For Building Spots

    12/20/2016 6:27:32 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 257 replies
    chron.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2016
    In advance of taking office in January, Donald Trump's transition team has people surveying the Texas-Mexico border for places to build a wall. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, says while some areas don't want the structure, they're being told to submit ideas anyway. Click through to see images of the border being patrolled and the current security.
  • Newspaper: Gee, Our Subscriptions Are Down Ever Since We Endorsed Hillary

    12/19/2016 7:38:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    The Dallas Morning News has endorsed a Republican in every presidential election, but decided to buck the trend and endorse two-time presidential loser Hillary Clinton. That appears to have hit the publication’s bottom line, as scores of customers have decided to scrap their subscriptions. T. Becket Adams at The Washington Examiner had more: "[S]ome people have cancelled their subscriptions, so we lost some customers at a time when it's tough to lose customers," editor Mike Wilson told the Washington Examiner Tuesday evening. Earlier, in an interview with Poynter, Wilson said the Dallas Morning News experienced some unpleasant pushback after it announced...