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38 arrested at ‘Occupy Austin’ protest

Thirty-eight “Occupy Austin” protesters were arrested outside City Hall on Sunday during two confrontations with the Austin Police Department, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The confrontation began when police moved into the City Hall plaza to enforce new rules banning food tables between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The “Occupy…

Exclusive: Take a six-minute tour of ‘Occupy Austin’

Activists in Austin, Texas joined the “Occupy” movement on Thursday, with about 1,500 converging upon city hall for a demonstration that was still ongoing by the next morning. Remarkably, there were no arrests. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo even praised the protesters for showing “how to exercise their right of assembly…

Perry mostly absent from 2007 emails discussing HPV vaccine law

Texas governor and GOP 2012 presidential hopeful Rick Perry recently walked back his support for the 2007 Texas law mandating that every 11 and 12-year-old girl in Texas should be vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and sunshine laws have made his reasoning — via 700 pages of emails — behind…

DeLay judge abruptly steps aside after suggesting plea bargains

A Texas judge who’s spent years overseeing the high-profile trial of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) has recused himself from the trials of two DeLay co-defendants, abruptly stepping aside after he reportedly suggested plea bargains to attorneys for the defense. District Judge Pat Priest made the suggestion while…

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