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How loopholes, lapses and politics stymie gun-buyer background checks
 The massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs has focused national attention on the Air Force’s failure to report to the FBI a 2012 military court conviction that should have prevented the shooter from buying an assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people and injure 20 more. But gun experts say problems with the background...

Posted: 7 days ago

The massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs has focused national attention on the Air Force’s failure to report to the FBI a 2012 military court conviction that should have prevented the shooter from buying an assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people and injure 20 more. But gun experts say problems with the background...
How loopholes, lapses and politics stymie gun-buyer background checks
 The massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs has focused national attention on the Air Force’s failure to report to the FBI a 2012 military court conviction that should have prevented the shooter from buying an assault-style weapon he used to kill 26 people and injure 20 more. But gun experts say problems with the...

Posted: 7 days ago

The massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs has focused national attention on the Air Force’s failure to report to the FBI a 2012 military court conviction that should have prevented the shooter from buying an assault-style weapon he used to kill 26 people and injure 20 more. But gun experts say problems with the...
Report: ICE overstates effectiveness of policy at heart of SB 4 debate
 This article has been updated with comment from ICE. In the first four months of the Trump administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement greatly overstated the effectiveness of a program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with the federal government to facilitate the deportation of county jail inmates suspected of...

Posted: 9 days ago

This article has been updated with comment from ICE. In the first four months of the Trump administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement greatly overstated the effectiveness of a program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with the federal government to facilitate the deportation of county jail inmates suspected of...
Report: ICE exaggerates success of program ‘sanctuary cities’ resist
 In the first four months of the Trump administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has greatly overstated the effectiveness of a program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with the federal government to facilitate the deportation of county jail inmates suspected of being unauthorized immigrants, according to a new...

Posted: 9 days ago

In the first four months of the Trump administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has greatly overstated the effectiveness of a program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with the federal government to facilitate the deportation of county jail inmates suspected of being unauthorized immigrants, according to a new...
As shooter’s past emerges, lawmakers push to boost background checks
 As revelations continue to emerge about the criminal and mental health history of the man who shot and killed 26 people in a Sutherland Springs church, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday announced he will push for legislation aimed at strengthening the federal background check system for gun purchasers. The Air Force on Monday said that it...

Posted: 10 days ago

As revelations continue to emerge about the criminal and mental health history of the man who shot and killed 26 people in a Sutherland Springs church, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday announced he will push for legislation aimed at strengthening the federal background check system for gun purchasers. The Air Force on Monday said that it...
As shooter’s past emerges, lawmakers push to boost background checks
 As revelations continue to emerge about the criminal and mental health history of the man who shot and killed 26 people in a Sutherland Springs church, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday announced he will push for legislation aimed at strengthening the federal background check system for gun purchasers. The Air Force on Monday said that it...

Posted: 10 days ago

As revelations continue to emerge about the criminal and mental health history of the man who shot and killed 26 people in a Sutherland Springs church, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday announced he will push for legislation aimed at strengthening the federal background check system for gun purchasers. The Air Force on Monday said that it...
Devin Patrick Kelley’s violent history didn’t stop him from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley — the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident who on Sunday perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — should not have been able to buy the assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, according to gun and military experts. In 2012, a military...

Posted: 11 days ago

Devin Patrick Kelley — the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident who on Sunday perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — should not have been able to buy the assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, according to gun and military experts. In 2012, a military...
Why federal law should have stopped Devin Kelley from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase the rifle...

Posted: 11 days ago

Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase the rifle...
What to know about Devin Patrick Kelley and gun laws
 On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old New Braunfels resident, shot and killed at least 26 people during a service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. Here’s what we know about Kelley and how he was able to purchase the assault rifle used in the attack: 1.) The family of one of Kelley’s...

Posted: 11 days ago

On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old New Braunfels resident, shot and killed at least 26 people during a service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. Here’s what we know about Kelley and how he was able to purchase the assault rifle used in the attack: 1.) The family of one of Kelley’s...
Gov. Abbott asks Congress for $61 billion for Harvey damage
 Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a storm surge barrier in Galveston Bay. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to congressional leaders, asking for federal aid...

Posted: 17 days ago

Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a storm surge barrier in Galveston Bay. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to congressional leaders, asking for federal aid...
Gov. Abbott asks Congress for $61 billion for Harvey damage
 Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a coastal barrier to protect the Galveston Bay from hurricane storm surge. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes that were destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to...

Posted: 17 days ago

Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a coastal barrier to protect the Galveston Bay from hurricane storm surge. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes that were destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to...
Democrat Andrew White, son of ex-governor, may challenge Greg Abbott
 Pitching himself as a centrist and a pragmatist, Andrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White, is exploring a bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. White, an investor in Houston, has never run for office but said he became interested in challenging Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after his father died in August and after...

Posted: 23 days ago

Pitching himself as a centrist and a pragmatist, Andrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White, is exploring a bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. White, an investor in Houston, has never run for office but said he became interested in challenging Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after his father died in August and after...
The implosion of the Dawnna Dukes corruption case, explained
 Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore announced Monday that prosecutors have dropped all charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, ending a two-year saga in which the veteran Austin Democrat was investigated by the Texas Rangers, indicted on corruption charges, and beat the rap. 1. Dukes reneged on a deal...

Posted: 24 days ago

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore announced Monday that prosecutors have dropped all charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, ending a two-year saga in which the veteran Austin Democrat was investigated by the Texas Rangers, indicted on corruption charges, and beat the rap. 1. Dukes reneged on a deal...
Despite dropped charges, four Democrats to challenge Rep. Dawnna Dukes
 Following Travis County prosecutors’ decision on Monday to drop all charges in the corruption case against her, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes is now out of legal trouble — but she’s not yet out of political trouble. Four Democrats who had previously said they plan to run for Dukes’ heavily Democratic House District 46 confirmed...

Posted: 25 days ago

Following Travis County prosecutors’ decision on Monday to drop all charges in the corruption case against her, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes is now out of legal trouble — but she’s not yet out of political trouble. Four Democrats who had previously said they plan to run for Dukes’ heavily Democratic House District 46 confirmed...
How the felony corruption case against Rep. Dawnna Dukes unraveled
 Conflicting testimony from a key witness is the latest twist in the two-year saga of the corruption case against State Rep. Dawnna Dukes. It’s a case that has seen the veteran lawmaker make and break a deal with prosecutors, promise to leave office and then renege on that promise and win reelection with more than 70 percent of the vote...

6:49 PM Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Conflicting testimony from a key witness is the latest twist in the two-year saga of the corruption case against State Rep. Dawnna Dukes. It’s a case that has seen the veteran lawmaker make and break a deal with prosecutors, promise to leave office and then renege on that promise and win reelection with more than 70 percent of the vote...
How the felony corruption case against Rep. Dawnna Dukes unraveled
 On Sept. 6, as they were preparing for their corruption trial against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, a group of Travis County prosecutors went to the Capitol to meet with witnesses they believed were on their side, an official with knowledge of the case recounted. The first meeting was with Steve Adrian, the director of the House Business Office...

6:48 PM Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

On Sept. 6, as they were preparing for their corruption trial against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, a group of Travis County prosecutors went to the Capitol to meet with witnesses they believed were on their side, an official with knowledge of the case recounted. The first meeting was with Steve Adrian, the director of the House Business Office...
ICE plans new 1,000-bed facility in South Texas ‘detention alley’
 As the Trump administration cracks down on illegal immigration, the federal government is making plans for a new privately run detention center along Interstate 35 in South Texas, adding 1,000 beds to what is already the world’s largest immigrant detention system. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this month asked private companies...

9:20 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

As the Trump administration cracks down on illegal immigration, the federal government is making plans for a new privately run detention center along Interstate 35 in South Texas, adding 1,000 beds to what is already the world’s largest immigrant detention system. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this month asked private companies...
ICE plans new 1,000-bed facility in South Texas ‘detention alley’
 As the Trump administration cracks down on illegal immigration, the federal government is making plans for a new privately run detention center along Interstate 35 in South Texas, adding 1,000 beds to what is already the world’s largest immigrant detention system. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this month asked private companies...

9:03 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

As the Trump administration cracks down on illegal immigration, the federal government is making plans for a new privately run detention center along Interstate 35 in South Texas, adding 1,000 beds to what is already the world’s largest immigrant detention system. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this month asked private companies...
Correos: ICE buscaba casos ‘atroces’ durante redadas de febrero
 Mientras que se llevaban a cabo las primeras redadas de inmigración a nivel nacional de la Administración del presidente Donald Trump en febrero, los funcionarios del Servicio Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE), lucharon por justificar sus afirmaciones de que habían atrapado a criminales con...

10:57 PM Friday, Oct. 06, 2017

Mientras que se llevaban a cabo las primeras redadas de inmigración a nivel nacional de la Administración del presidente Donald Trump en febrero, los funcionarios del Servicio Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE), lucharon por justificar sus afirmaciones de que habían atrapado a criminales con...
Emails: ICE whiffed in hunt for Austin’s ‘egregious’ criminal immigrants
 As the first nationwide immigration raids of the Trump administration were unfolding in February, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials struggled to justify their claims that they had netted serious criminals in the Austin area, according to internal emails published this week. During the enforcement effort called Operation Cross...

3:51 PM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

As the first nationwide immigration raids of the Trump administration were unfolding in February, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials struggled to justify their claims that they had netted serious criminals in the Austin area, according to internal emails published this week. During the enforcement effort called Operation Cross...
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