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Mental illness cannot predict school shooters, experts warn
 Placing a greater focus on meeting the mental health needs of students is necessary to improve lives and reduce violence, but the effort is not guaranteed to identify — let alone stop — the next school shooter, experts warned state senators Wednesday. Before their mass shootings, most school shooters nationwide did not have a...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Placing a greater focus on meeting the mental health needs of students is necessary to improve lives and reduce violence, but the effort is not guaranteed to identify — let alone stop — the next school shooter, experts warned state senators Wednesday. Before their mass shootings, most school shooters nationwide did not have a...
Senate hearing to examine ‘root causes’ of gun violence
 The Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security on Wednesday will hold the third of four planned hearings in the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting — this one focusing not on guns but on a search for the “root cause” of mass-murder attacks. Witnesses to the Capitol hearing have been invited...

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The Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security on Wednesday will hold the third of four planned hearings in the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting — this one focusing not on guns but on a search for the “root cause” of mass-murder attacks. Witnesses to the Capitol hearing have been invited...
U.S. judge defends actions as trial on Texas’ fetal burial law begins
 A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that had questioned his motives in the case. The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops...

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A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that had questioned his motives in the case. The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops...
Federal judge defends actions as fetal-burial trial begins in Austin
 A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that had questioned his motives in the case. The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Posted: 2 days ago

A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that had questioned his motives in the case. The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops...
Texas’ fetal burial law to go on trial in federal court
 In a five-day trial set to kick off Monday morning in Austin, the fate of another abortion-related restriction in Texas will be decided by a federal judge — this one requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated instead of incinerated and deposited in a landfill. Lawyers for Texas plan to argue that the 2017 law, which has not...

Posted: 2 days ago

In a five-day trial set to kick off Monday morning in Austin, the fate of another abortion-related restriction in Texas will be decided by a federal judge — this one requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated instead of incinerated and deposited in a landfill. Lawyers for Texas plan to argue that the 2017 law, which has not...
Texas’ fetal burial law to go on trial in federal court
 In a five-day trial set to kick off Monday morning in Austin, the fate of another abortion-related restriction in Texas will be decided by a federal judge — this one requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated instead of incinerated and deposited in a landfill. Lawyers for Texas plan to argue that the 2017 law, which has not...

Posted: 5 days ago

In a five-day trial set to kick off Monday morning in Austin, the fate of another abortion-related restriction in Texas will be decided by a federal judge — this one requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated instead of incinerated and deposited in a landfill. Lawyers for Texas plan to argue that the 2017 law, which has not...
Court: Texas needs no new political maps in 2018
 It’s official: Texas political maps will not change for the Nov. 6 general election. A three-judge federal court panel, whose order to redraw Texas political districts was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, said Tuesday that no changes will be required before the midterm elections — even in the one Texas House district...

Posted: 15 days ago

It’s official: Texas political maps will not change for the Nov. 6 general election. A three-judge federal court panel, whose order to redraw Texas political districts was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, said Tuesday that no changes will be required before the midterm elections — even in the one Texas House district...
Paxton taps Trump adviser for inner circle
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle now includes a former adviser to President Donald Trump. Paxton announced Tuesday that Zina Bash — who was special assistant to the president for regulatory reform, law and immigration policy — will serve as senior counsel on his executive leadership team at the agency. In...

Posted: 15 days ago

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle now includes a former adviser to President Donald Trump. Paxton announced Tuesday that Zina Bash — who was special assistant to the president for regulatory reform, law and immigration policy — will serve as senior counsel on his executive leadership team at the agency. In...
AG Ken Paxton taps Trump adviser for inner circle
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle now includes a former adviser to President Donald Trump. Paxton announced Tuesday that Zina Bash — who was special assistant to the president for regulatory reform, law and immigration policy — will serve as senior counsel on his executive leadership team at the agency. In...

Posted: 15 days ago

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle now includes a former adviser to President Donald Trump. Paxton announced Tuesday that Zina Bash — who was special assistant to the president for regulatory reform, law and immigration policy — will serve as senior counsel on his executive leadership team at the agency. In...
Texas court voids lawsuit over bomb-sniffing dog attack in Afghanistan
 Saying state courts don’t have the authority to second-guess military decisions, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out a lawsuit by a civilian employee who was bitten by a bomb-sniffing dog in Afghanistan. LaTasha Freeman was seeking more than $1 million from Hill Country Dog Center — which trained the dog, Kallie, at its...

Posted: 19 days ago

Saying state courts don’t have the authority to second-guess military decisions, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out a lawsuit by a civilian employee who was bitten by a bomb-sniffing dog in Afghanistan. LaTasha Freeman was seeking more than $1 million from Hill Country Dog Center — which trained the dog, Kallie, at its...
Texas court voids lawsuit over bomb-sniffing dog attack in Afghanistan
 Saying state courts don’t have the authority to second guess military decisions, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out a lawsuit by a civilian employee who was bitten by a bomb-sniffing dog in Afghanistan. LaTasha Freeman was seeking more than $1 million from Hill Country Dog Center — which trained Kallie, a Belgian malinois...

Posted: 19 days ago

Saying state courts don’t have the authority to second guess military decisions, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out a lawsuit by a civilian employee who was bitten by a bomb-sniffing dog in Afghanistan. LaTasha Freeman was seeking more than $1 million from Hill Country Dog Center — which trained Kallie, a Belgian malinois...
Kennedy retirement sparks big plans by Texas abortion opponents
 Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision to retire from the U.S. Supreme Court is a game changer for Texas abortion opponents, providing motivation to enact tougher regulations when the Legislature meets in January and inspiring hope that current legal fights over Texas restrictions will break their way. Kennedy was a swing vote who tended...

Posted: 20 days ago

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision to retire from the U.S. Supreme Court is a game changer for Texas abortion opponents, providing motivation to enact tougher regulations when the Legislature meets in January and inspiring hope that current legal fights over Texas restrictions will break their way. Kennedy was a swing vote who tended...
New filing: Rodney Reed conviction was based on bad science
 Defense lawyers say new evidence shows that Rodney Reed was sentenced to death based on testimony from scientific experts that is now acknowledged to have been wrong. Testimony from the three experts was crucial to placing Reed at the scene of the 1996 Bastrop County crime at a time when only he could have strangled Stacey Stites, and defense...

Posted: 21 days ago

Defense lawyers say new evidence shows that Rodney Reed was sentenced to death based on testimony from scientific experts that is now acknowledged to have been wrong. Testimony from the three experts was crucial to placing Reed at the scene of the 1996 Bastrop County crime at a time when only he could have strangled Stacey Stites, and defense...
Will it be Willett? Supreme Court vacancy puts Texan in play again
 Preparing to make his second pick to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he will choose from previously disclosed candidates — a list that includes Don Willett of Texas. Willett is a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — which handles federal appeals from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi...

Posted: 21 days ago

Preparing to make his second pick to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he will choose from previously disclosed candidates — a list that includes Don Willett of Texas. Willett is a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — which handles federal appeals from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi...
Murder convictions upheld in 2 area cases with no body, murder weapon
 The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday affirmed the convictions in two separate Austin-area murders where there were no eyewitnesses and the body and murder weapon were not recovered. The 9-0 ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a lower-court decision that had tossed out the 2014 murder conviction and 42-year...

Posted: 21 days ago

The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday affirmed the convictions in two separate Austin-area murders where there were no eyewitnesses and the body and murder weapon were not recovered. The 9-0 ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a lower-court decision that had tossed out the 2014 murder conviction and 42-year...
Will it be Willett? Supreme Court vacancy puts Texan in play again.
 Preparing to make his second pick to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he will choose from previously disclosed candidates — a list that includes Don Willett of Texas. Willett is serving as a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after he was nominated by Trump and confirmed by the U.S...

Posted: 21 days ago

Preparing to make his second pick to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he will choose from previously disclosed candidates — a list that includes Don Willett of Texas. Willett is serving as a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after he was nominated by Trump and confirmed by the U.S...
New filing: Rodney Reed conviction based on mistaken science
 Defense lawyers say new evidence shows that Rodney Reed of Bastrop was sentenced to death based on testimony from scientific experts that is now acknowledged to have been be wrong. Testimony from the three experts was crucial to placing Reed at the scene of the 1996 crime at a time when only he could have strangled Stacey Stites, and defense...

Posted: 21 days ago

Defense lawyers say new evidence shows that Rodney Reed of Bastrop was sentenced to death based on testimony from scientific experts that is now acknowledged to have been be wrong. Testimony from the three experts was crucial to placing Reed at the scene of the 1996 crime at a time when only he could have strangled Stacey Stites, and defense...
Murder convictions upheld in 2 area cases with no body, murder weapon
 The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday affirmed the convictions in two separate Austin-area murders where there were no eyewitnesses and the body and murder weapon were not recovered. The 9-0 ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a lower-court decision that had tossed out the 2014 murder conviction and 42-year...

Posted: 21 days ago

The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday affirmed the convictions in two separate Austin-area murders where there were no eyewitnesses and the body and murder weapon were not recovered. The 9-0 ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a lower-court decision that had tossed out the 2014 murder conviction and 42-year...
Supreme Court voids order to redraw most Texas districts
 In a major victory for Republican leaders in Texas, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a lower court should not have tossed out 10 state political districts, including one in Travis County, for improper racial discrimination. The 5-4 decision, split along ideological lines, found no evidence that Republican lawmakers drew...

Posted: 23 days ago

In a major victory for Republican leaders in Texas, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a lower court should not have tossed out 10 state political districts, including one in Travis County, for improper racial discrimination. The 5-4 decision, split along ideological lines, found no evidence that Republican lawmakers drew...
Supreme Court rejects Rodney Reed’s request for DNA tests
 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed, who has been trying without success to have crime-scene evidence tested for DNA, saying the results could prove his innocence. The decision, delivered without comment from the court, ended Reed’s bid to have the evidence tested under a state...

Posted: 23 days ago

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed, who has been trying without success to have crime-scene evidence tested for DNA, saying the results could prove his innocence. The decision, delivered without comment from the court, ended Reed’s bid to have the evidence tested under a state...
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