Texas GOP opposition to bill on changing 'Negro' place names raises sparks
The Texas Capitol in Austin. - Juan Figueroa/TNS

AUSTIN, Texas — With attention focused on a Texas House hearing about competing bills — one to remove Confederate monuments from the Capitol and two to prohibit historical monuments from removal — it was Republican opposition to a relatively low-key bill that drew sparks Monday. Democratic state Sen. Borris Miles of Houston presented a resolution pressing federal officials to finally take action on a bill passed 30 years ago to rename areas of Texas containing the word "Negro" — many changed from the N-word in a futile bid to cleanse the sites of racial offense. No senators on the State Affair...