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Texas proposal to limit no-knock warrants builds bipartisan support

Texas proposal to limit no-knock warrants builds bipartisan support

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Inspired by the shooting death of Breonna Taylor during a no-knock warrant and the unrest that followed, proposed legislation in the Lone Star State to limit who can sign off on no-knock warrants and how law enforcement can execute those orders is building bipartisan support at the Capitol.Taylor was killed last year by law enforcement in Kentucky when her boyfriend exchanged gunfire with officers executing a no-knock warrant. He testified he thought the officers were intruders, and he fired a warning shot. The officers responded by firing rounds into the home, killing...

April 19, 2021
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Texas COVID-19 vaccine available for all adults starting March 29

Texas COVID-19 vaccine available for all adults starting March 29

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Every single adult in Texas will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, and seniors 80 and older will be able to get it with or without an appointment, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The state also plans to launch a brand new vaccine registration website next week.DSHS announced Tuesday it is able to do this now because of an increase in the vaccine supply. DSHS added that the state has made “great progress in vaccinating priority groups” and it wants to continue to do so.“As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to...

March 23, 2021
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Texas Senate fast tracks bill ordering correction of electricity prices after winter storm

Texas Senate fast tracks bill ordering correction of electricity prices after winter storm

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — The Texas Senate has passed a bill to require the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) to order a “correction of prices” of power sold during the hours after the winter storm.was filed, read, referred to committee, voted out of committee, read a second time on the Senate floor, debated, passed to engrossment and finally passed all on Monday due to legislative calendar manipulation.“There is a compelling public interest in correcting the prices of wholesale power and ancillary services sold in the ERCOT market during the period beginning 11:55 p.m., February 17, 2021,...

March 15, 2021
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State of Texas: ‘What you are doing is un-American’ – stories from Texans caught in the Capitol chaos

State of Texas: ‘What you are doing is un-American’ – stories from Texans caught in the Capitol chaos

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — In two days, lawmakers from across Texas will come to the State Capitol for the start of the legislative session. The new session comes as the country is still facing the aftermath of Wednesday’s riot in Washington, where mobs forced their way into the U.S. Capitol to temporarily disrupt the certification of the November Presidential election.The events before, during, and after the riot put some Texans in the spotlight.Hours before the violence, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke in Washington at the “Trump Save America March.” Thousands of Trump supporters came...

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January 10, 2021
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Texas electors vote to cast all 38 votes for President Trump, approve resolution condemning Supreme Court

Texas electors vote to cast all 38 votes for President Trump, approve resolution condemning Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP, KXAN) — Presidential electors met across the United States Monday to formally choose Joe Biden as the nation’s next president. In Texas, that meeting happened at 2 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol, .This is the day set by law for the meeting of the Electoral College. But in reality, electors meet in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to cast their ballots. The results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a Jan. 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.“Your actions today are a continued testament to the strength of our...

December 14, 2020
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State report finds regulation of Texas law enforcement is ‘toothless’

State report finds regulation of Texas law enforcement is ‘toothless’

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — A state report released during the review of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement found that the state’s regulation of law enforcement is “by and large, toothless.”The by the Sunset Advisory Commission, indicated the commission has limited authority to set or enforce anything except minimum license standards of professional conduct, which the review stated are outdated and insufficient.“The Sunset review found the state’s regulatory approach has resulted in a fragmented, outdated system with poor accountability, lack of statewide standards, and inadequate training,” an...

December 2, 2020
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COVID-19 illustrates ‘historic decimation’ of Hispanic population in southern U.S., Texas doctor says

COVID-19 illustrates ‘historic decimation’ of Hispanic population in southern U.S., Texas doctor says

Austin (Nexstar) — From his Houston office, Dr. Peter Hotez read from a list of people who died of COVID-19 on an August day in one of the largest cities in the country. The list was made up entirely of minorities.“I’m calling this historic decimation of Hispanic Latinx communities across the southern part of the United States,” Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, said.“That’s something we have to shout from the rooftops,” El Paso Democratic Congresswoman Veronica Escobar said in the virtual meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.According to caucus leaders,...

September 30, 2020
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State of Texas: Unanswered calls keep some Texans denied unemployment from making appeals

State of Texas: Unanswered calls keep some Texans denied unemployment from making appeals

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Somehow, Shereda Rawls has managed six months without a paycheck. Rawls lost her job in March then went on unemployment. But her unemployment payments stopped almost as soon as they started.Rawls said her employer filed an appeal with the Texas Workforce Commission, claiming she shouldn’t be qualified for unemployment benefits, and the employer’s account shouldn’t be deducted because of it.The appeal filing stopped her payments.Then, both sides waited for the TWC, which oversees unemployment claims in the state, to schedule an appeal hearing with a hearing officer. It...

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September 20, 2020
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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at marijuana facility: ‘I would certainly expand medical marijuana’

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at marijuana facility: ‘I would certainly expand medical marijuana’

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — The state’s top agriculture official wants to learn more about how marijuana is cultivated for medicinal purposes, in light of updates to the Compassionate Use Program in Texas.Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller toured Compassionate Cultivation on Thursday. The Austin-area facility is one of licensed to grow marijuana for medicinal use.“My purpose of coming today is to learn all I can about hemp, about THC, about medical marijuana,” Miller said.“I want to see what they’re doing out here, and how they’re able to help so many people,” he explained.Last legislative...

September 11, 2020
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Texas teachers union launches COVID-19 website to track cases in schools

Texas teachers union launches COVID-19 website to track cases in schools

This article has been updated to reflect the correct time of the press conference.AUSTIN (Nexstar) — The Texas American Federation of Teachers is launching a new website to track COVID-19 cases, deaths and unsafe working conditions in Texas schools.The tracker, developed in a partnership between Texas AFT and national nonprofit United for Respect, will allow teachers, school employees and community members to report key COVID-19 data.Users will be able to search by district and campus and see reports on a map of Texas, according to a media advisory from Texas AFT.The Texas Education Agency...

September 10, 2020
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