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Senate OKs ban on insurance for elective abortions

Senate OKs ban on insurance for elective abortions

AUSTIN — Legislation that would ban insurance coverage for elective abortions was given final approval Wednesday by the Texas Senate. Senate Bill 8 is among 20 issues that Gov. Greg Abbott has identified as must-pass measures for the special legislative

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Trump donation first-quarter salary to education

Trump donation first-quarter salary to education

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is donating three months of his salary to the Department of Education. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump chose to give the department $100,000. His first quarter salary donation went to the

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Despite city protests, Texas Senate OKs new annexation limits

AUSTIN — Brushing aside loud protests from Texas cities, the state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that will curb local annexation authority by requiring voter approval. Senate Bill 6 was tentatively approved 19-12, generally along party lines a

Chron, today, 17:29
 

City Council OKs $85K settlement with man shot in police raid

City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an $85,000 payment to a man shot in a 2013 Houston Police Department raid. Council members did not discuss the item before authorizing it as part of the consent agenda. The payment settles a federal civil ri

Chron, today, 16:17
 

Trump gets do-over with youth after panned Boy Scouts speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is getting another chance to connect with young people after a widely panned political speech to Boy Scouts earlier this week. Trump is addressing high school juniors who visited the White House under American Leg

Chron, today, 15:47
 
Protesters arrested after blocking traffic near Capitol

Protesters arrested after blocking traffic near Capitol

AUSTIN — Approximately a dozen immigration protesters were detained Wednesday outside the State Capitol by state police after they blocked traffic at a key intersection. Texas Department of Public Safety officials who police the capitol complex said the

Chron, today, 15:25
 
Sen. Creighton: Castrate rapists, throw in prison for 'a very long time'

Sen. Creighton: Castrate rapists, throw in prison for 'a very long time'

AUSTIN — An emotional debate on abortion insurance took an unexpected turn into crime and punishment Wednesday in the Texas Senate. State Sen. Brandon Creighton, a Conroe Republican, was debating an amendment to his bill that would prohibit insurance cov

Chron, today, 15:25
 
Texas Senate: Where Tuesday can fall on a Wednesday

Texas Senate: Where Tuesday can fall on a Wednesday

AUSTIN — It's Groundhog Day at the state Capitol. When the Texas Senate quit passing bills early Wednesday, they were working in the legislative day of Tuesday, because thats when it began. And because when they recessed, and did not adjourn for the day,

Chron, today, 15:25
 
Voter-fraud crackdown law gets Senate OK

Voter-fraud crackdown law gets Senate OK

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate voted Wednesday to crack down on voter fraud involving mail-in ballots, ramping up verification rules and mandating jail time for scofflaws. Senate Bill 5 was tentatively approved along party lines after a short debate, with fin

Chron, today, 15:25
 
Pence's $1 million fundraiser featured Ivanka Trump

Pence's $1 million fundraiser featured Ivanka Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the president was in Ohio for a political rally late Tuesday, his daughter was in Washington helping Vice President Mike Pence raise money for his own political effort. Pence collected about $1 million from donors for his new lead

Chron, today, 14:38
 
Key Texas House chairman calls bathroom bill a 'smoke screen'

Key Texas House chairman calls bathroom bill a 'smoke screen'

AUSTIN — A key House Republican who chairs the committee that will decide whether to advance Texas' controversial "bathroom bill" called the issue a distraction Wednesday.  "As the special session continues to unfold, I am disappointed...

Chron, today, 12:36
 

City to spend $450K for 1.5 acres of park land for southwest Houston

Southwest Houston will gain 1.5 acres of park land with City Council's approval Wednesday of $450,000 to acquire a tract at Wilcrest along Brays Bayou. The Kinder Foundation had pledged $450,000 to buy the land, provided the council contributed equivalen

Chron, today, 12:30
 
The Latest: Duckworth says transgender ban discriminatory

The Latest: Duckworth says transgender ban discriminatory

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to bar transgender people from serving in the military (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a double amputee veteran of the Iraq War, is slamming President Donald Trump's ba

Chron, today, 12:23
 
Tempers flare over reappointment of mayor's COS to management district

Tempers flare over reappointment of mayor's COS to management district

Houston City Council was briefly derailed Wednesday by a debate over whether the mayor's chief of staff should continue serving as a director of the Near Northwest Management District. The brief but intense flap was spurred by Councilwoman Brenda Stardig

Chron, today, 11:41
 

Dan Patrick slams Democratic mayors over sanctuary cities on national TV

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took to national television to keep up his attack accusing Democrats of promoting policies that are "killing people" like those who died in a tractor trailer in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot. During a short...

Chron, today, 11:19
 

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