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Supreme Court rejects judge-drawn Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in a Texas political dispute, rejecting judge-drawn election maps favoring minority candidates andDemocrats in the 2012 congressional and state legislature elections. In its first ruling on political boundary-drawing based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the high court unanimously set aside the interim maps…

Protesters dog Walker all the way to Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Facing a potential recall election battle in his home state, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) went to the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation’s annual policy conference in Austin, Texas this week to try to rally conservative support for his continued tenure. While Walker shared his love of…

Court allows Texas to force women into medically unnecessary sonograms

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that  Texas may enforce a law passed last year which requires women seeking abortion services to undergo an invasive, medically unnecessary trans-vaginal sonogram procedure before ending their pregnancy. The ruling overturned a restraining order issued by a lower court in August…

‘Couch potato pill’ may also prevent heatstroke

PARIS — A drug discovered nearly four years ago that builds muscles in lazy mice may also prevent heatstroke, according to lab research reported on Sunday. If further tests work out, the compound could help athletes or soldiers who are so sensitive to heat that they could die from exertion…

2011 was the driest year on record in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) – It’s official: 2011 was the driest year on record in Texas, according to the National Weather Service. It was also the second-hottest ever. That won’t surprise Texans who lived through a year in which wildfires roared through the Lone Star State, cattle went thirsty and…

Perry bills Texas taxpayers over $1 million while touring country

Running for president can be expensive. Thankfully, the taxpayers are here to foot the bill. Okay, that’s not exactly true, especially for private citizens hoping to land a new job in public office. But it does seem to be at least partially true for Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who…

Lost blind dog reunited with family

In perhaps the most touching story of the Christmas season, a dog born without eyes who went missing a month ago has found his way home thanks to a caring high school teacher and an ad on Craigslist. Belinda Gutierrez of San Antonio, Texas, took the blind cairn terrier mix…

Holder promises close inspection of so-called ‘voter fraud’ measures

At a time when many Republican-run states are making it harder for people to vote, Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to break up their game. “The reality is that – in jurisdictions across the country – both overt and subtle forms of discrimination remain all too common,” he said…

Texas official will remove nativity scene ‘when hell freezes over’

Henderson County Commissioner Joe Hall has vowed to protect a nativity scene on the lawn of the courthouse in downtown Athens, Texas. “I’m an old country boy, you come to my house looking for a fight, you’re going to get one,” he told WFAA. “That’s from the bottom of my…

Perry gets asked to stop ‘liberal, socialist, Marxist’ education system

Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry was asked how to stop leftist universities from corrupting students at the Republican Jewish Coalition Forum on Wednesday. “I invite you to talk about our universities,” a woman said. “It seems like we’re paying for our own defamation, though student loans paid…

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