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January 1, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday, requiring thousands to find new state-approved doctors for their annual exams, cancer screenings, and birth control. Judge Gary Harger said that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate for abortion rights. Texas has long banned the use of state funds for abortion, but had continued to reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics for providing basic health care to poor women through the state's Women's Health Program.
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December 10, 2011
Justices block new Texas voting maps WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the use of Texas state legislative and congressional district maps that were drawn by federal judges to boost minorities' voting power. The court's brief order applies to electoral maps drawn by judges in San Antonio for the Texas Legislature and Congress. The justices will hear arguments in the case Jan. 9. Texas says the judges overstepped their authority and should have taken into account the maps that were drawn by the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature.
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July 15, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson and Will Weissert, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican lawmakers passed a bill that would give Texas some of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws and force most of its clinics to close, leading Democrats to promise a fight over the contentious measure in the courts and at the ballot box. More than 2,000 demonstrators filled the Capitol building in Austin to voice their opposition to the bill, including six protesters who were dragged out of the Senate chamber by state troopers...
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January 23, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOUSTON - A fight Tuesday between two people led to a shooting at a Texas community college, where a maintenance man was caught in the crossfire and wounded, officials said. One of the people involved in the fight had a student ID, and both people were wounded and hospitalized, Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital with a possible heart attack, he said. The two people involved in the fight are considered people of interest, Tello said.
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September 15, 2011 | By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Bloomberg News
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said Wednesday that America should be guided by "Christian values," and he encouraged students not to allow "a bunch of Washington politicians" to dictate how they live, in a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. The Texas governor, his party's White House front-runner, steered clear of politics in a 20-minute address at the Christian university, giving a deeply personal talk about his...
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November 9, 2011 | By April Castro, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas cannot proceed with elections under new redistricting maps without a trial, a Washington-based federal court ruled Tuesday, saying the state used an inadequate analysis to determine whether new districts discriminate against minorities. In a brief ruling, the court agreed with the U.S. Department of Justice that the GOP-led Legislature used an improper standard for measuring minority voting strength. The order clears the way for a trial and all but guarantees the 2012 elections will be conducted with temporary, court-drawn maps.
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June 26, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wide-ranging restrictions that would effectively shut down abortion clinics across the nation's second most-populous state, and Democrats planned an old-fashioned marathon filibuster to stop the final vote. After the House easily approved it Monday morning, the wide-ranging package of antiabortion measures was headed to the Senate. But with the special session scheduled to end at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the clock presented a far bigger obstacle than the votes to win approval there.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could headline-grabbing scenarios like those in Texas and California involving brain-dead patients happen here? Yes, experts say. First, Texas: Marlise Munoz, 33, was found by her husband, Erick, at 2 a.m. Nov. 26 on their 2-year-old son's bedroom floor. Her heart had stopped for perhaps an hour after a pulmonary embolism. Her husband began CPR, called 911. She was 14 weeks pregnant. Her family stated from the beginning - only confirmed by the hospital last week - that Munoz was brain-dead.
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January 23, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could headline-grabbing scenarios like those in Texas and California involving brain-dead patients happen here? Yes, experts say. First, Texas: Marlise Munoz, 33, was found by her husband, Erick, at 2 a.m. Nov. 26 on their 2-year-old son's bedroom floor. Her heart had stopped for perhaps an hour after a pulmonary embolism. Her husband began CPR, called 911. She was 14 weeks pregnant. Her family stated from the beginning - only confirmed by the hospital last week - that Munoz was brain-dead.
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July 15, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson and Will Weissert, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican lawmakers passed a bill that would give Texas some of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws and force most of its clinics to close, leading Democrats to promise a fight over the contentious measure in the courts and at the ballot box. More than 2,000 demonstrators filled the Capitol building in Austin to voice their opposition to the bill, including six protesters who were dragged out of the Senate chamber by state troopers...
NEWS
June 28, 2013
Transportation chief confirmed WASHINGTON - Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, N.C., was confirmed by the Senate, 100-0, to be transportation secretary Thursday. As secretary, Foxx, 42, will oversee the agencies within the department that regulate the nation's aviation, rail, transit, and highway systems, as well as auto safety. He replaces Ray LaHood, who campaigned against distracted driving and led the Obama administration's efforts to boost the economy by improving the nation's transportation.
NEWS
June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON - Far-reaching immigration legislation cruised toward passage in the Senate as House Republicans pushed ahead yesterday on a different approach that cracks down on millions living in the United States illegally, rather than offering them a chance at citizenship. Presidential politics took a more prominent role in a long-running national debate as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tried to reassure conservatives that many of the criticisms of the bill, which he helped write, are "just not true.
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June 26, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wide-ranging restrictions that would effectively shut down abortion clinics across the nation's second most-populous state, and Democrats planned an old-fashioned marathon filibuster to stop the final vote. After the House easily approved it Monday morning, the wide-ranging package of antiabortion measures was headed to the Senate. But with the special session scheduled to end at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the clock presented a far bigger obstacle than the votes to win approval there.
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January 23, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOUSTON - A fight Tuesday between two people led to a shooting at a Texas community college, where a maintenance man was caught in the crossfire and wounded, officials said. One of the people involved in the fight had a student ID, and both people were wounded and hospitalized, Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital with a possible heart attack, he said. The two people involved in the fight are considered people of interest, Tello said.
NEWS
January 1, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday, requiring thousands to find new state-approved doctors for their annual exams, cancer screenings, and birth control. Judge Gary Harger said that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate for abortion rights. Texas has long banned the use of state funds for abortion, but had continued to reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics for providing basic health care to poor women through the state's Women's Health Program.
NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Nicolaus Mills
In a week marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights pioneer James Meredith's defiance of angry mobs to become the first black student at the University of Mississippi, the Supreme Court is beginning a new term. Fittingly, race and higher education feature prominently on its calendar. Next week, the court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a new diversity case, Fisher v. University of Texas . At issue is to what extent the university can consider race in undergraduate admissions.
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