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July 27, 2013 | By Vernon Clark and Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writers
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday the first step in a legal strategy by the Obama administration to enforce the Voting Rights Act despite the recent Supreme Court decision weakening key parts of the law. In a speech to the National Urban League Conference at the Convention Center, Holder said he would seek court approval to subject Texas to the same type of federal oversight that existed between the passage of the landmark voter-protection law...
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July 26, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
U.S. ATTORNEY General Eric Holder declared yesterday that he will ask a federal court in Texas to require the state to receive "preclearance" for any changes to election laws there. Holder was speaking in an "emergency town hall on voting rights and justice" at the National Urban League's annual conference here in Philadelphia. Holder said he was "deeply disappointed" in the U.S. Supreme Court's June 25 decision to strike down the preclearance requirement in the 1965 Voting Rights Act for nine Southern states, including Texas, along with parts of six other states with a history of discriminating against voters.
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July 22, 2013 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas fell from the ride after some witnesses said she had not been properly secured. The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster - dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world - but did not specify how she was killed.
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July 20, 2013 | By Will Weissert, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol. Supporters credited God's will and prayer as the governor signed the legislation, with protesters' chants of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" echoing from the hallway. Opponents have vowed to fight the law, though no court challenges were immediately filed.
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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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July 15, 2013
By Philipp Meyer Ecco. 592 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Kevin Grauke Texans are notoriously prickly when it comes to outsiders writing about their homeland, especially when what's being written are Texas-sized novels meant to capture its essence. Take Edna Ferber's Giant (1952) and James Michener's Texas (1985). Both were greeted with howls from the Lone Star State for historical and sociocultural inaccuracies, as well as their hoary stereotypes. Taking up this gauntlet is Philipp Meyer, whose first novel, American Rust, won acclaim from coast to coast for its unflinching portrait of a dying Pennsylvania steel town.
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July 14, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Democrats in the Texas Senate on Friday questioned whether proposed abortion restrictions are constitutional and whether they would make it more difficult for women in the state to obtain health care. Democrats grilled the Republican author of a bill that has prompted fervent demonstrations and put Texas at the center of the nation's abortion debate. Following Friday's debate, the Senate was scheduled to vote on the tough abortion restrictions and could send the bill to Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has said he will sign it. As senators debated, they could clearly hear hundreds of protesters outside of the chamber in the Capitol rotunda cheering, chanting, and singing, "We're not going to take it anymore.
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July 11, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House began debating a bill on Tuesday that would impose tough new restrictions on abortions, as national activists on both sides of the issue descended on the state Capitol. Republican Rep. Jody Laubenberg, of Parker, outlined the bill that would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks. Exceptions to the ban would only be allowed when the women's life was in imminent danger.
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July 10, 2013 | By Dan Balz, Washington Post
SAN ANTONIO - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in the state's history, announced Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2014 amid speculation that he will run again for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. "I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership," Perry told an audience at a heavy equipment company in San Antonio. "Today I am announcing I will not seek reelection as governor of Texas.
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July 3, 2013 | By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - State troopers lined the halls of the Texas Capitol, and 5,000 protesters rallied outside against proposed abortion legislation, as lawmakers convened Monday for a second special session that Republican leaders pledged wouldn't descend into chaos like the first. The Texas House and Senate each met for less than an hour before recessing for the week. That was just long enough to schedule new committee hearings for the proposed restrictions that would make Texas one of the toughest places in the nation for women to get abortions.
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