Articles Tagged 'Texas'

Texas city bans abortion, says it’s a ‘sanctuary city for the unborn’

WASKOM, Texas (AP) — A small Texas city has passed a local abortion ban and declared itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” Right to Life of East Texas says the vote Tuesday by the all-male Waskom City Council means the city along the Louisiana border is “standing for life.” The ordinance refers to groups that provide abortion services as… READ MORE

Texas governor signs controversial ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ bill into law


Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed the so-called “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law, a new provision that supporters say defends the fast-food restaurant and protects religious freedoms. Opponents have argued it discriminates against the LGBT community. Abbott, a Republican, did not hold a public signing ceremony, but he had signaled his support through a tweet a few weeks ago,… READ MORE

Texas struggles to keep pace as thirst for water intensifies

About 1,000 people arrive in Texas each day, drawn by jobs, newly built homes and other opportunities. But in a state where prolonged drought is a regular occurrence, officials are struggling to ensure they can sate everyone’s thirst. Water experts are trying to determine how “resilient” the state’s water infrastructure is in keeping safe drinking water flowing through the taps.… READ MORE

New Mexico city issues cease-and-desist order for private border wall

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) – A border suburb of El Paso, Texas, has issued a cease-and-desist order against construction of a privately funded border barrier. A spokesman for Sunland Park, New Mexico, said Tuesday that the barrier being erected by We Build The Wall Inc. on private property doesn’t comply with city ordinances. City spokesman Peter Ibarbo says the company… READ MORE

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley resigns

Embattled Secretary of State David Whitley — whose office wrongly challenged the citizenship of thousands of Texas voters — resigned Monday. In his resignation letter, Whitley made no mention of the botched voter purge, which ultimately led all 12 senate Democrats to block his confirmation through the legislative session. “Working alongside the employees in the secretary of state’s office, county… READ MORE

Texas Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Texas would become the 25th state in the U.S. to remove the threat of being jailed as a punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana under a bill approved by the state House of Representatives on Monday. The legislation, which would punish people caught with an ounce or less of cannabis with a $500 fine instead of arrest and incarceration,… READ MORE

Texas Agrees to Pay Voter Purge Plaintiffs $450,000

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley’s push to purge nearly 100,000 registered voters from the state’s rolls is over. Friday afternoon, a coalition of voting rights groups announced they’d reached a $450,000 settlement with the state. The groups sued Whitley earlier this year over his order that counties across the state review the registration of those voters the Secretary of… READ MORE

Texas bill aimed at criminalizing abortion no longer moving forward

It’s the type of punishment a proposed Texas House bill would have allowed if a woman has an abortion. The committee hearing the controversial bill earlier this week was in session for eight hours, which at times got… READ MORE

Texas bill aimed at criminalizing abortion no longer moving forward

It’s the type of punishment a proposed Texas House bill would have allowed if a woman has an abortion. The committee hearing the controversial bill earlier this week was in session for eight hours, which at times got… READ MORE

Texas Senate backs ‘born alive’ abortion bill

The Texas Senate gave initial approval Monday to a bill requiring doctors who perform abortions to treat a baby born alive during the procedure — an extremely rare event, the measure’s Republican author said, but one consistent with promoting a “culture of life” in Texas. “If it’s one life, one life out of a million, it’s worth saving,” said Sen.… READ MORE

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