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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

15 min. ago in Politics
 

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

today, 17:29 in Politics
 
Texas records first locally transmitted Zika case of the year

Texas records first locally transmitted Zika case of the year

A South Texas man was diagnosed with Zika this month, likely the first in the state so far this year to be infected by a local mosquito bite. The man, a resident of Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley, had not traveled out of the area, leading health

today, 17:00 in Health
 

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

today, 16:17 in Politics
 

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

today, 15:47 in Politics
 
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

today, 15:25 in Politics
 
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

today, 15:25 in Politics
 
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,

today, 15:25 in Politics
 
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

today, 15:25 in Politics
 
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

today, 14:38 in Politics
 
UN says 80 percent of Yemeni children need humanitarian aid

UN says 80 percent of Yemeni children need humanitarian aid

CAIRO (AP) — Three U.N agencies say nearly 80 percent of Yemeni children need immediate humanitarian assistance amid the collapse of the country's health system in the face of the two-year-long civil war. The heads of the World Health Organization, UNICE

today, 13:28 in Health
 
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...

today, 12:36 in Politics
 

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

today, 12:30 in Politics
 
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

today, 12:23 in Politics
 
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

today, 11:41 in Politics
 

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