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House GOP blocks effort by Democrats to obtain Trump's taxes

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:48:02 GMT

Pascrell introduced House Resolution 186, an inquiry directing the Secretary of the T... . House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas., speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, to discuss House Resolution 186, an inquiry directing the Treasury Secretary to ... .




House GOP blocks effort by Democrats to obtain Trump's taxes

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:48:01 GMT

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., speaks during a House Ways and Means Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Pascrell introduced House Resolution 186, an inquiry directing the Secretary of the Treasury to provide to the House of Representatives the tax returns and other specified financial information of President Donald Trump.




Austere Texas spending bill passes Senate amid budget woes

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:13:27 GMT

Budget woes in Texas caused by a prolonged oil slump would be patched with cuts to higher education, kicking the can down the road on growing Medicaid and rebuffing priorities of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott under an austere spending bill passed unanimously Tuesday by the state Senate. Texas' finances are not as bleak as other energy states - Oklahoma is grappling with a roughly $870 million shortfall that could decimate core state services, and Kansas is considering big tax increases to offset serious budget problems.




House speaker blocks a bathroom billa from unrelated proposal

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:13:26 GMT

The Texas House's Republican speaker has thwarted a tea party-backed effort to tack "bathroom bill" restrictions onto an unrelated measure regulating the agency overseeing oil and gas. Rep. Matt Schafer of Tyler sought to ban transgender Texans from using public restrooms of their choice as part of a sweeping Railroad Commission bill.




Austere Texas spending bill passes Senate amid budget woes

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:13:25 GMT

Budget woes in Texas caused by a prolonged oil slump would be patched with cuts to higher education, kicking the can down the road on growing Medicaid costs and rebuffing priorities of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott under an austere spending bill passed by the state Senate.




Longtime fugitive pleads guilty in 1983 death of Texas woman

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:38:32 GMT

A man who authorities had sought for decades in the death of a woman in Austin has pleaded guilty to a charge of murder and will be sentenced to 30 years in prison. Fifty-two-year-old Robert Van Wisse entered his plea Tuesday as part of an agreement reached earlier with prosecutors.




Big hail, damaging winds in forecast for Texas, Oklahoma

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:38:31 GMT

Multiple rounds of severe weather are in the forecast this week for Southern Plains states, with Texas and Oklahoma at risk Tuesday for big hail, tornadoes and damaging winds.




U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Texas death row inmate

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:12:12 GMT

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Texas death row inmate Tuesday, sending his case back to the appeals court and invalidating the state's current method of determining if a death-sentenced inmate is intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for execution. Texas' method relies on decades-old medical standards and a controversial set of factors.




Supreme Court rules for Texas death row inmate

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:12:11 GMT

Bobby James Moore, seen in an undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, is on death row for the shooting death of James McCarble during a grocery store robbery on April 25, 1980. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear his claim of mental disability on Nov. 29, 2016.




Supreme Court rules for Texas death row inmate

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:12:10 GMT

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows inmate Bobby Moore. The U.S. The Supreme Court has sided with a Texas death row inmate Moore who claims he should not be executed because he is intellectually disabled.




On the Lam, a Texas Sex Offender Turns to Fellow Perp For Help

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:43:06 GMT

As the investigation into multiple complaints of child sexual assault closed in on Dwayne Bernard Howard , the 43-year-old - already a registered sex offender - knew where he could go to lay low: Prague, Czech Republic, where his friend and fellow expat sex offender Floyd Dwayne Rice lived.




North Texas special-ed teacher arrested for alleged affair with

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:00:47 GMT

Rebecca Goerdel was arrested March 24, 2017 for allegedly participating in an improper relationship with a student in Grand Prairie Independent School District. Rebecca Goerdel was arrested March 24, 2017 for allegedly participating in an improper relationship with a student in Grand Prairie Independent School District.




Amtrak service to be curtailed for day for track upgrades

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:21:13 GMT

Some Amtrak trains operating between Chicago and St. Louis will stop running while upgrades designed to enable trains to reach 110 mph get done. The affected Texas Eagle and Lincoln Service trains will halt April 3. Buses will replace them for the one day.




Texas Senate approves big cuts to statewide gun license fees

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:17:30 GMT

Jacksonville Republican Sen. Robert Nichols originally sought to scrap the full $140 fee for first-time licenses and the $70 charge for 5-year license renewals. But doing so would have cost Texas $55-plus million during a two-year state budget cycle.




Bill increasing court security heads to full Texas Senate

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:51:40 GMT

Laredo Democratic Sen. Judith Zaffirini's proposal is named for state District Judge Julie Kocurek, who was shot and wounded outside her Austin home in 2015.




Abbott hails Trump administration's sanctuary city criticism

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:51:39 GMT

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is applauding the Trump administration's vows to punish "sanctuary cities," which shelter people in the country illegally by refusing to help the federal government enforce immigration laws.




VIDEO: Coast guard rescues 8 after rogue wave capsizes boats off of Texas coast

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:56:45 GMT

While most of the ship's wood has long since disintegrated, copper that sheathed the hull beneath the waterline as a protection against marine-boring organisms remains, leaving a copper shell retaining the form of the ship. The copper has turned green due to oxidation and chemical processes over more than a century on the seafloor.