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FORECAST: ‘Critical’ fire danger in Hill Country, ‘elevated’ danger in Austin this afternoon



Chuck Lindell

State Capitol reporter

Chuck Lindell covers legal issues, appellate courts, politics, the Texas Senate and criminal justice. Since arriving in Austin in 1989, Lindell has covered religion, Austin city government, the region's rapid population growth in addition to investigative reporting. He also was the Statesman's correspondent in Washington, D.C., from 2001-05. Lindell lives in Austin with his wife and two kids. He's an avid poker player who's into astronomy and is waging a lonely campaign to rid the paper of its ridiculous astrology column. 

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Ken Paxton: Affidavits are public even if they reveal search warrants
 A search warrant affidavit becomes a public record when it is filed with a Texas court, even though it could tip off the subject before the search can take place, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a written opinion released Tuesday. If the Legislature did not intend that result, Paxton added, there is a bill pending in the Texas House that...

Posted: 15 hours ago

A search warrant affidavit becomes a public record when it is filed with a Texas court, even though it could tip off the subject before the search can take place, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a written opinion released Tuesday. If the Legislature did not intend that result, Paxton added, there is a bill pending in the Texas House that...
Senate OKs bill to create state music museum in Austin
 The Texas Senate on Monday approved legislation to create the Texas State Music Museum in Austin, a city that fancies itself as the live music capital of the world. The music museum would be housed in a previously approved state-owned building to be constructed on the site of a parking lot a few blocks north of the Capitol — creating...

Posted: a day ago

The Texas Senate on Monday approved legislation to create the Texas State Music Museum in Austin, a city that fancies itself as the live music capital of the world. The music museum would be housed in a previously approved state-owned building to be constructed on the site of a parking lot a few blocks north of the Capitol — creating...
Texas Senate approves state music museum for Austin
 The Texas Senate on Monday approved legislation to create the Texas State Music Museum in Austin. The museum, which would not receive state money, would be run by a nonprofit foundation and pay rent and utilities in a state-owned building to be built on the site of a parking lot east of the Bullock Texas State History Museum, said Sen. Kirk...

Posted: a day ago

The Texas Senate on Monday approved legislation to create the Texas State Music Museum in Austin. The museum, which would not receive state money, would be run by a nonprofit foundation and pay rent and utilities in a state-owned building to be built on the site of a parking lot east of the Bullock Texas State History Museum, said Sen. Kirk...
Court: Texas House map drawn to dilute minority voters
 Republicans redrew Texas House districts in 2011 to gain partisan advantage by intentionally and improperly diluting the voting strength of minority Texans, a federal court ruled Thursday. In a 2-1 decision, the San Antonio-based federal court panel said “invidious discriminatory purpose” underlies the map that set district boundaries...

Posted: 5 days ago

Republicans redrew Texas House districts in 2011 to gain partisan advantage by intentionally and improperly diluting the voting strength of minority Texans, a federal court ruled Thursday. In a 2-1 decision, the San Antonio-based federal court panel said “invidious discriminatory purpose” underlies the map that set district boundaries...
Texans testify against transgender bathroom bill through the night
 Transgender Texans, and parents of transgender children, flocked to a Capitol hearing that began before midnight and lasted until the early morning to oppose a bill that would block cities and school districts from enacting or enforcing transgender-friendly restroom policies. Several choked back tears as they decried House Bill 2899 as discriminatory...

Posted: 6 days ago

Transgender Texans, and parents of transgender children, flocked to a Capitol hearing that began before midnight and lasted until the early morning to oppose a bill that would block cities and school districts from enacting or enforcing transgender-friendly restroom policies. Several choked back tears as they decried House Bill 2899 as discriminatory...
Senate OKs bill capping legal fees at $250,000 in certain cases
 Voting along party lines, the Texas Senate gave initial approval Thursday to a bill that would cap legal fees at $250,000 if the state loses lawsuits challenging redistricting plans and the way public schools are financed. Democrats opposed Senate Bill 949, saying it was a blatant attempt to discourage lawsuits, particularly from frequently...

Posted: 5 days ago

Voting along party lines, the Texas Senate gave initial approval Thursday to a bill that would cap legal fees at $250,000 if the state loses lawsuits challenging redistricting plans and the way public schools are financed. Democrats opposed Senate Bill 949, saying it was a blatant attempt to discourage lawsuits, particularly from frequently...
FEDERAL COURT: Texas House map drawn to dilute minority voters

Posted: 5 days ago

Republicans redrew Texas House districts in 2011 to gain partisan advantage by intentionally and improperly diluting the voting strength of minority Texans, a federal court ruled Thursday. In a 2-1 decision, the San Antonio-based federal court panel said “invidious discriminatory purpose” underlies the map that set district...
Texas bill that would allow ban of same-sex foster parents debated
 With the start of a Texas Capitol hearing on a transgender bathroom bill pushed into the late-night hours Wednesday, attention shifted toward a bill that seeks to protect the religious practice of those participating in the child-welfare system. Senate Bill 892 by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, seeks to protect faith-based child-placement...

Posted: 6 days ago

With the start of a Texas Capitol hearing on a transgender bathroom bill pushed into the late-night hours Wednesday, attention shifted toward a bill that seeks to protect the religious practice of those participating in the child-welfare system. Senate Bill 892 by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, seeks to protect faith-based child-placement...
Court: Texas owes $600,000 after losing gay-marriage case
 The state of Texas must pay more than $600,000 in fees to lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that the charge — $585,470 in attorney fees and...

Posted: 6 days ago

The state of Texas must pay more than $600,000 in fees to lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that the charge — $585,470 in attorney fees and...
Court: Texas owes $600,000 in legal fees for losing gay-marriage case
 The state of Texas must pay more than $600,000 in fees to lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that the charge — $585,470 in attorney fees and...

Posted: 6 days ago

The state of Texas must pay more than $600,000 in fees to lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that the charge — $585,470 in attorney fees and...
Texas Democrat asks NFL, NBA to oppose bathroom bill
 The head of the Texas House Democratic Caucus asked the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to clarify the league’s position on a transgender bathroom bill that will get a public hearing Wednesday. “I write today to make the National Football League aware of this ill-advised, intolerant legislation so that you have the opportunity...

Posted: 6 days ago

The head of the Texas House Democratic Caucus asked the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to clarify the league’s position on a transgender bathroom bill that will get a public hearing Wednesday. “I write today to make the National Football League aware of this ill-advised, intolerant legislation so that you have the opportunity...