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Killer storm moves through southwest US; 11 dead

From California to Colorado and from Texas to Tennessee, snow and ice and freezing rain has pummeled the Southwestern U.S. in a crazy cold front that left Las Vegas below freezing and has killed at least 11 people so far. Hundreds of flights have been canceled and thousands of people…

Texas cop arrested for handcuffing and raping 19-year-old at traffic stop

A 40-year-old police officer in San Antonio, Texas is facing charges of felony sexual assault after a 19-year-old woman accused him of handcuffing and raping her during a traffic stop over the weekend. According to an arrested warrant obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, Officer Jackie Len Neal pulled over…

Body found of former Texas DA, retired two weeks, shot dead

The body of a recently-retired district attorney from Newton County, Texas, was found Friday evening about 150 miles away near Shreveport, La., dead from a gunshot wound according to a preliminary autopsy report. Police in Caddo Parish have the death of Robert Choate under investigation, but do not believe foul…

Former U.S. house speaker Jim Wright denied voting ID in Texas

Voting rights advocates have been worried about Texas’ new voter ID laws and how they might make things harder for people of color, poor people, and married women to cast a ballot. But netting a former U.S. congressman? The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sunday that former House Speaker Jim Wright…

Texas textbook review panel: Put more ‘creation science based on Biblical principles’ in biology books

Religious conservatives on the Texas state textbook review panel have targeted for elimination high school biology textbooks that don’t include robust refutations of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. The panel, which includes several creationists, is urging the State Board of Education to reject any textbook that does…

Conservatives upset as San Antonio extends protections to LGBT residents

The city council in San Antonio, Texas, voted on Thursday to extend its non-discrimination ordinance to cover members of the LGBT communities, amid continued objections by conservatives accusing the policy of violating their religious freedom. The San Antonio Express News reported that the council voted 8-3 in favor of the…

Texas National Guard refuses to offer same sex couples access to benefits at state-owned facilities

Some Texas National Guard troops, who serve under the banner of the Texas Military Services, will face new logistical challenges this week after the head of the state’s forces issued a ruling that same sex couples will not be granted access to their federal military benefits at state-owned facilities. Because…

Elon Musk condemns the ‘perversion of democracy’ in Texas

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is not at all pleased with lawmakers in Texas. “If the public is overwhelmingly in favor of something and then the legislators vote against the overwhelming public interest, that is a perversion of democracy,” he recently told ABC News. “I mean, the whole idea of…

Texas pastor openly carries loaded Bushmaster into local businesses to protest state gun law

A Texas pastor has begun to attract attention for his public forays wearing an assault rifle strapped to his back. Think Progress reported on Tuesday that Terry Holcomb has begun posting videos on YouTube of himself at businesses in Huntsville, Texas, wearing an AR-15 “Bushmaster” rifle strapped to his back,…

Texas begins replacing paved roads with gravel due to lack of funding

The oil and gas boom in Texas has produced an unintended effect: The state plans to covert some roads to gravel to save money. The oversized vehicles and overweight loads used by energy companies has had a devastating impact on many roads, but the state has not appropriated enough money…

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