Jeff Sessions Bashed ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in Austin While Protesters Trampled a KKK Robe

About 70 protesters are at the corner of 9th & Congress in downtown Austin where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is speaking. Activists say they're demonstrating against the Trump’s administration's immigration priorities. Posted by The Texas Observer on Friday, October …

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:41:48 PM CDT


Federal Court Denies Undocumented Teen’s Request for an Abortion

UPDATE: Late Friday afternoon, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an earlier ruling ordering the federal government to allow Jane Doe to have an abortion. Today’s decision effectively bars Doe from terminating her pregnancy, at least for now. Instead, …

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:40:07 PM CDT


Immigrant Workers in Texas Could Fill Farm Vacancies, but They’re Trapped in the Valley

For the last two years, Bernie Thiel has watched yellow squash rot in his farm fields outside of Lubbock. The crops weren’t diseased, and they weren’t ravaged by pests or pelted by hail, he said. There just wasn’t anyone to …

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:51:45 PM CDT


Texas Cities Embrace a Softer Approach to Pot Possession as State Reforms Stall

Remember David Simpson? He was a peculiar kind of conservative lawmaker, about as fundamentalist Christian as they come, while also passionately articulating the Christian case for legal weed at the Texas Legislature. “The Bible warns about excessive drinking, eating and …

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:48:56 PM CDT


After Failing to Prop Up Coal in Texas, Rick Perry is Trying Again Nationwide

In late 2005, then-Governor Rick Perry was in the middle of a protracted battle with a coalition of environmentalists, renewable energy advocates, mayors and local leaders. TXU, the state’s largest utility, had announced that it wanted to build 11 new …

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:35:56 PM CDT


The Olive-Green Ceiling: Why Are So Few Women in the Border Patrol?

During his first week in office, one of President Trump’s first moves was to sign an executive order calling for the hiring of 5,000 more Border Patrol agents. But not only has Congress so far declined to fund the new …

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:34:12 AM CDT


Federal Prisons Don’t Even Try to Rehabilitate the Undocumented

Flickr/Thomas Hawk Editor’s note: This commentary was published in collaboration with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the criminal justice system. The federal Bureau of Prisons claims its mission is to “provide work and self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders …

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:03:15 PM CDT


‘American Wolf’ Explores How People and Predators Should Coexist

Blakeslee takes readers deep into a genuinely human tale told with the energy and verve of a best-selling thriller.

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:42:27 AM CDT


Excited. Delirious. Dead.

Is excited delirium syndrome a medical phenomenon, or a convenient cover for deaths in police custody?

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:17:16 AM CDT


Strangest State: October 2017

FORT WORTH // When he caught a thief in his walk-in freezer, a restaurant owner slammed the door and locked him in while waiting for cops to arrive. Francisco Islas, owner of Paco’s Mexican Cuisine, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram …

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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:06:25 PM CDT