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Texas investigating allegations that unaccompanied migrant children are being abused, sexually assaulted in San Antonio

Texas investigating allegations that unaccompanied migrant children are being abused, sexually assaulted in San Antonio

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Gov. on Wednesday called for the federal government to close a San Antonio facility housing unaccompanied migrant children after he became aware of allegations of sexual assault.“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare,” Abbott said at a press conference outside the Freeman Coliseum, which is more than 1,300 teens who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian.The announcement came as Texas and the federal government are locked in battle over a recent increase in...

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Texas' George Floyd Act seeks to reform violent police behavior. But a sticking point centers on protecting officers from lawsuits.

Texas' George Floyd Act seeks to reform violent police behavior. But a sticking point centers on protecting officers from lawsuits.

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The is a sweeping police reform bill, named after a Black man killed by a white Minneapolis police officer last year, that would in part ban chokeholds and require officers to intervene if their partner is using excessive force. The longtime lawmaker who wrote it presented it as a measure to end systemic racism and protect Texans from police brutality.But at the center of debate over the bill Thursday was an existing legal shield that protects officers from lawsuits when they’re accused of violating...

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Texas leaders failed to heed warnings that left the state's power grid vulnerable to winter extremes, experts say

Texas leaders failed to heed warnings that left the state's power grid vulnerable to winter extremes, experts say

 , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Millions of Texans have gone days or heat in subfreezing temperatures brought on by snow and ice storms. Limited regulations on companies that generate power and a history of isolating Texas from federal oversight help explain the crisis, energy and policy experts told The Texas Tribune.While Texas Republicans were and , the natural gas, nuclear and coal plants that provide most of the state’s energy also struggled to operate during the storm. Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the...

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Texas leaders failed to heed warnings that left the state's power grid vulnerable to winter extremes, experts say

Texas leaders failed to heed warnings that left the state's power grid vulnerable to winter extremes, experts say

 , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Millions of Texans have gone days or heat in subfreezing temperatures brought on by snow and ice storms. Limited regulations on companies that generate power and a history of isolating Texas from federal oversight help explain the crisis, energy and policy experts told The Texas Tribune.While Texas Republicans were and , the natural gas, nuclear and coal plants that provide most of the state’s energy also struggled to operate during the storm. Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the...

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Texas Republican asks state to rename several of the state's prisons honoring slave owners

Texas Republican asks state to rename several of the state's prisons honoring slave owners

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.A Republican who has led the Texas Legislature’s House Committee on Corrections for years is asking the state to rename prisons that honor slave owners and those tied to convict leasing, a system where and then leased out to private industries for unpaid labor.State Rep. said Friday he is asking the Texas Board of Criminal Justice to rename several prisons and, in an interview with The Texas Tribune, specifically named the Darrington, Goree and Eastham prisons.There are 99 state prisons and jails in the...

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A Texas man was sent to trial with the coronavirus. Jurors weren’t told they were exposed until after deliberations ended.

A Texas man was sent to trial with the coronavirus. Jurors weren’t told they were exposed until after deliberations ended.

Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day's latest updates.BRYAN — It had been a month since his criminal trial began, but Teron Pratt was still awaiting judgment when he walked into a Central Texas courtroom last fall in gray slacks, a matching button-down shirt and a brown face mask.A weekslong trial for car burglary is far from typical, but these were abnormal times — as evidenced by the blue X’s taped onto half of the jury box chairs, and bottles of hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes scattered throughout the courtroom.Pratt,...

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In economic crisis, Texas Democrats push to legalize marijuana. Key Republicans likely stand in the way.

In economic crisis, Texas Democrats push to legalize marijuana. Key Republicans likely stand in the way.

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.With a state budget devastated by the coronavirus, some Democratic lawmakers are hoping the economic crisis could become an opportunity to coax Texas into joining a growing number of states opting to legalize — and tax — recreational marijuana use.The chances are slim.State Sen. of San Antonio and state Rep. of El Paso filed bills this week in advance of the 2021 legislative session that would legalize, regulate and tax personal cannabis use. State Rep. of Edinburg has proposed putting the question of...

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Texas Supreme Court rejects Republican-led effort to throw out nearly 127,000 Harris County votes

Texas Supreme Court rejects Republican-led effort to throw out nearly 127,000 Harris County votes

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.A legal cloud hanging over nearly 127,000 votes already cast in Harris County was at least temporarily lifted Sunday when the Texas Supreme Court rejected a request by several conservative Republican activists and candidates to preemptively throw out early balloting from drive-thru polling sites in the state's most populous, and largely Democratic, county.The all-Republican court denied the request without an order or opinion, as justices did last month in a similar lawsuit brought by some of the same...

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Texas Supreme Court rejects Republican-led effort to throw out nearly 127,000 Harris County votes

Texas Supreme Court rejects Republican-led effort to throw out nearly 127,000 Harris County votes

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.A legal cloud hanging over nearly 127,000 votes already cast in Harris County was at least temporarily lifted Sunday when the Texas Supreme Court rejected a request by several conservative Republican activists and candidates to preemptively throw out early balloting from drive-thru polling sites in the state's most populous, and largely Democratic, county.The all-Republican court denied the request without an order or opinion, as justices did last month in a similar lawsuit brought by some of the same...

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Texas lawmakers advancing bail bills that opponents say do little for people stuck in jail because they're poor

Texas lawmakers advancing bail bills that opponents say do little for people stuck in jail because they're poor

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Texas’ systems for deciding who should remain behind bars while awaiting trial for unfairly keeping poor people locked up simply because they don't have the cash to post bail. But it is the death of a police officer and rising homicide rates that have prompted the Texas Legislature to prioritize rewriting the rules for pretrial release this session.Gov. and Lt. Gov. have each put their weight behind efforts to change the state’s bail practices, when courts decide the terms for releasing people legally...

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