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Texas Supreme Court bars sentimental value suits from dog owners

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The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that bereaved dog owners cannot file lawsuits calling for their pets’ sentimental value.

The Dallas Morning News reported on Friday that, per the ruling, dog owners can only be legally compensated for the market cost of their pets.

“Under Texas common law, the human-animal bond, while undeniable, is uncompensable,” Justice Don R. Willett wrote in the court’s unanimous decision, which reversed a ruling by the state 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth.

The lower court’s ruling allowed a Fort Worth couple, Jeremy and Kathryn Medlen, to sue a local animal shelter for mistakenly euthanizing their dog, Avery, in 2009. The dog had escaped the Medlens’ home during a storm and was picked up by the shelter.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the shelter mistakenly put Avery to sleep while Jeremy Medlen was getting the money needed to claim him.

The couple’s attorney, Randy Turner, told KXAS-TV that they wanted to change the existing state guidelines more than any monetary compensation.

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“You can recover the sentimental value of a photo of your dog if it’s destroyed, but you cannot recover the sentimental value of a dog if it’s destroyed,” Turner said.

Watch KXAS’ report on the ruling, aired Friday, below.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies

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The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.

"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.

"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."

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