Court Revives Possibility that Texas Sheriffs Could be Jailed for Refusing ICE Detainers

It’s official: Texas sheriffs could risk jail time for rejecting some immigration detainers. On Monday, a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling unleashed parts of the state’s “sanctuary cities ban” that a lower court had temporarily blocked last month. The …

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:00:06 PM CDT


Destruction of Lizard’s West Texas Habitat 10 Times Worse Than Previously Thought

In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) made the controversial decision not to list the dunes sagebrush lizard, a three-inch reptile native to the West Texas oil patch, as endangered. Instead, the agency signed off on a conservation …

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:59:21 PM CDT


Body Cam Policies in Texas Exacerbate a System Designed to Protect Police, Critics Say

The senator who drafted the sweeping-but-little-noticed body camera law that the Texas Legislature passed in 2015 called his bill a blueprint for other states wanting to establish baseline standards and help fund police departments that hadn’t yet adopted the technology. …

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:28:18 PM CDT


Where do Texas Democrats Stand on Single-Payer Health Care?

About 4.5 million Texans would get coverage under the single-payer health care legislation that’s gaining traction in Congress. Texas, with the highest uninsured rate in the country — nearly twice the national rate — has a lot of catching up …

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:42:44 PM CDT


Short Story Contest Finalist: ‘A Thunder Note in an Angry Sky’

In Randall G. Arnold’s “A Thunder Note in an Angry Sky,” utility poles are disappearing in West Texas and a lineman must track them down.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:07:02 PM CDT


State Plans to Restore Services after Advocates in Wheelchairs Surprise Officials

On Monday afternoon, Emily Wolinsky and about 15 other disability-rights advocates, most in wheelchairs, sat around a long table at an Italian restaurant across the street from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) building. Over plates of pasta …

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:01:42 AM CDT


Civil Rights Group’s Budget Nearly Halved by Foundation with Ties to Texas Supreme Court

Facebook/Texas Civil Rights Project The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP), a 26-year-old nonprofit well-known in social justice circles, announced Monday that it lost about $900,000 in funding this year — more than 40 percent of its roughly $2-million budget. Since …

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:45:50 PM CDT


Reports of Livestock Deaths, Other Ag Losses Trickle in After Harvey

At the peak of Harvey’s flooding in southeast Texas, Chambers County rancher Richie Devillier couldn’t distinguish between the westbound lane of Interstate 10 and the Gulf of Mexico. Torrential rainfall had filled in one side of the massive roadway, and …

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:06:54 AM CDT


Trump Nominee to FEC Tried to Shred Texas’ Already-Weak Ethics Laws

In yet another case of the cosmic satire in which we live hitting its mark a little too hard on the nose, the Trump administration last week nominated Texas lawyer Trey Trainor to a seat on the Federal Election Commission, …

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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:29:41 PM CDT


ICE Detained This Trafficking Victim on Her 18th Birthday. Why?

Around 4 a.m. on August 22, the immigration agents came for Ana. It was her 18th birthday. For the past seven months, she had been living in a shelter for immigrant kids near Corpus Christi, recovering from the trauma of …

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:40:22 AM CDT


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