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Texas State college students doubtless helped flip Hays County to Democrats

Because the mud continues to settle after final week’s election, Hays County has been left to grapple with a little bit of a political identification disaster: Is it purple or blue? The quickly rising Central Texas suburban county — Texas' 22nd-largest by registered voters – hadn’t voted for a Democrat on the high of the ticket since 1992. On this yr's common election, nevertheless, it gave U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, a 15-point edge over Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. It was the primary time in 13…

George P. Bush and State Board of Schooling tussle over schooling funds

A simmering school-finance battle bubbled again to life Wednesday in separate hearings that introduced up Texas' instructional endowment, the biggest within the nation. Whereas lawmakers within the Capitol advisable making important modifications to the fund, members of the State Board of Schooling lamented in their very own assembly that the College Land Board has to this point stood by a funding choice they introduced in August and that instantly garnered controversy. "They should rethink now," state Sen. Paul…

Texas Republicans in Congress cut up votes between Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan

WASHINGTON — U.S. Home Republicans voted U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California to be their minority chief for the subsequent Congress on Wednesday, changing outgoing Home Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as chief of the chamber's Republicans. McCarthy, the present U.S. Home majority chief, defeated U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a former chairman of the hard-line conservative Home Freedom Caucus, in a secret poll vote, 159-43. Members of the Texas delegation cut up their votes between the 2 nominees. Earlier than U.S. Rep.…

Protection Secretary Jim Mattis visits troops at Texas border

Protection Secretary Jim Mattis described the deployment to the border as “nice coaching” and advised active-duty troopers in Texas not to concentrate to the information protection of the operation as a result of they might “go nuts.” Mattis and Homeland Safety Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited troops in Texas on Wednesday, slightly over two weeks after President Trump dispatched hundreds of active-duty forces to the border in anticipation of a Central American migrant caravan. Critics assailed Trump for sending such a…

Texas Court docket of Prison Appeals grants new trial for dying row inmate Albert James Turner

The Texas Court docket of Prison Appeals has taken the uncommon step of overturning the capital homicide conviction of a dying row inmate, granting Albert James Turner a brand new trial based mostly on points along with his protection attorneys at his trial. Turner was convicted in 2011 of killing his spouse and mother-in-law in Fort Bend County shortly after Christmas 2009. His daughter, who was 12 on the time, known as the police and mentioned she had witnessed the crimes. At Turner’s trial, he wished to keep up his…

Texas Courtroom of Felony Appeals grants new trial for dying row inmate Albert James Turner

The Texas Courtroom of Felony Appeals has taken the uncommon step of overturning the capital homicide conviction of a dying row inmate, granting Albert James Turner a brand new trial primarily based on points together with his protection attorneys at his trial. Turner was convicted in 2011 of killing his spouse and mother-in-law in Fort Bend County shortly after Christmas 2009. His daughter, who was 12 on the time, referred to as the police and stated she had witnessed the crimes. At Turner’s trial, he wished to take…

Texas plans execution of Robert Moreno Ramos Wednesday night

Texas plans to hold out the execution of Robert Moreno Ramos by deadly injection on Wednesday night, amid his attorneys’ continued pleas that the case be re-examined for authorized violations from 25 years in the past. Ramos, 64, was convicted of capital homicide in March 1993 for the February 1992 killings of his spouse, Leticia, 42, and their two youngsters, Abigail, 7, and Jonathon, 3, in Hidalgo County. Ramos, a Mexican nationwide, beat his spouse and youngsters with a miniature sledgehammer, after which buried them…

Reef restoration tasks intention to bolster record-low oyster inhabitants

With oyster populations in Texas at historic lows, The Nature Conservancy is launching two new reef restoration tasks that look to appease industrial fishermen and environmentalists alike. Utilizing funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement, the group plans to develop 110 acres of reef in Galveston Bay and Copano Bay, close to Rockport. Half of every reef can be designated as a marine sanctuary the place the molluscs — which have vital financial and environmental advantages — could develop. The opposite half…

Texas plans execution of Robert Moreno Ramos Wednesday night

Texas plans to hold out the execution of Robert Moreno Ramos by deadly injection on Wednesday night, amid his legal professionals’ continued pleas that the case be re-examined for authorized violations from 25 years in the past. Ramos, 64, was convicted of capital homicide in March 1993 for the February 1992 killings of his spouse, Leticia, 42, and their two youngsters, Abigail, 7, and Jonathon, 3, in Hidalgo County. Ramos, a Mexican nationwide, beat his spouse and kids with a miniature sledgehammer, after which buried…

Hillary Clinton probably reduce from Texas curriculum; Helen Keller again in

The Texas State Board of Training appeared poised Tuesday to revive incapacity rights advocate Helen Keller to the state's third-grade social research curriculum requirements, one in every of a number of proposed deletions made earlier this 12 months that drew widespread criticism. Keller's proposed removing from the curriculum was among the many most high-profile of the proposed adjustments launched in September, which additionally included eradicating references to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the…

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