Posts Tagged ‘ Texas ’

Texas cannabis conservatism faces reefer reformation

December 17, 2014
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"As a socially and politically conservative state, sometimes called The Buckle of the Bible Belt, there's little surprise that Texas can't pass a marijuana decriminalization law, a recreational marijuana law, or even a medical marijuana law. But a minor marijuana reform bill was announced Monday morning at the Texas State Capital. Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project and former Libertarian Party of Texas Membership Coordinator urged everyone on Monday to get behind a bill that would remove 'the threat of arrest, jail, and a criminal record' for possessing small amounts of the herb." (12/16/14)

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TX: Federal appeals court stays planned state killing

December 3, 2014
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US News & World Report    

"A federal appeals court has stayed the execution of Scott Panetti, a diagnosed schizophrenic, who was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday evening. 'We stay the execution pending further order of the court to allow us to fully consider the late arriving and complex legal questions at issue,' wrote the 5th Circuit court. ... Panetti, while off his medication, shot his then-mother- and father-in-law in front of his wife and daughter in 1992. ... Panetti, who was hospitalized for his mental illness 15 times beginning in 1978, represented himself at his 1995 trial, wore a cowboy costume and attempted to subpoena John F. Kennedy, the Pope and Jesus Christ." (12/03/14)

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TX: Schizophrenic inmate appeals against state killing

December 3, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Lawyers for a schizophrenic Texas inmate set to be executed this week have called on the US Supreme Court to halt the lethal injection. Scott Panetti, 56, is slated for execution on Wednesday for the fatal shootings of his in-laws in 1992. High court justices in 2002 prohibited the execution of the mentally impaired, but have allowed it for mentally ill inmates with a rational understanding. Panetti's lawyers argue the mentally ill should also be exempt under law." (12/02/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30297638  

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Is Texas getting ready to kill an innocent man?

November 18, 2014
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Jordan Smith  

"Eleven years before he raped and threatened to kill Lear, Fennell’s own fiancee, 19-year-old Stacy Stites, was found brutally murdered along a country road in Bastrop, Texas. That crime eventually sent a man to death row. His name is Rodney Reed -- and he is scheduled to die in January. Lear, like many people who have followed the case in Texas -- believe that Reed is innocent. And they believe that the real killer is Jimmy Fennell. Connie Lear is not alone in coming forward now that an execution date has been set. Nearly a dozen people related to Stites, many of whom have had doubts about the case for years, are breaking their own silence, calling for Reed’s life to be spared." (11/18/14)

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SCOTUS: Ginsburg revises dissent on Texas voter suppression law

October 23, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"The U.S. Supreme Court made a rare correction on Wednesday to a dissent written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Texas' controversial new voter-identification law. ... Aside from 'small stylistic changes,' Wednesday’s correction erases one sentence from Ginsberg’s official dissent that refers to photo identification cards issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs not being an acceptable form of ID in Texas -- when they actually are." (10/23/14)

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Schools in Ohio, Texas closed over Ebola fears

October 16, 2014
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New York Post    

"Several schools in Ohio and Texas were closed Thursday amid concerns that some of their students flew on the same Frontier Airlines plane as a Dallas nurse later diagnosed with Ebola. A Central Texas school district has temporarily closed three of its campuses because two of its students traveled on the same Cleveland-to-Dallas flight as Amber Vinson, 29, according to reports. ... In Ohio, Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School are closed because a staff member from the middle school was on the plane that Vinson had flown on, but not on the same flight." (10/16/14)

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TX: Second Dallas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

October 15, 2014
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CNN    

"A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, the state's health department said Wednesday. The worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. The facility will now begin monitoring all those who had contact with the unidentified worker for signs of potential exposures." (10/15/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/health/texas-ebola-outbreak/  

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Texas: Ebola patient fighting for life, new US drug “all gone”

October 6, 2014
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US is in critical condition at a Dallas hospital and is not receiving any of the new experimental drugs for the virus, which has killed over 3,400 people in Africa, media reports say. Thomas Eric Duncan contracted the disease in Liberia and began to show symptoms after arriving in Texas two weeks ago, causing a panic that he could have infected another 10 individuals. ... Duncan’s case has sparked fears of Ebola spreading across the US, particularly due to the fact that the Dallas hospital failed to diagnose the virus the first time around and sent the patient home with antibiotics." (10/06/14)

http://rt.com/usa/193380-texas-ebola-drug-gone/  

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TX: Federal court says state can enforce abortion clinic regulations

October 3, 2014
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ABC News    

"A federal appeals court Thursday allowed Texas to immediately begin enforcing tough new abortion restrictions that will effectively close all but seven abortion facilities in America's second most-populous state. ... Allowing to go forward the rules on hospital-level upgrades -- including mandatory operating rooms and air filtration systems -- would shutter more than a dozen clinics across Texas. ... some clinics have already closed after another part of the 2013 law required doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. That portion of the law has already been upheld by the 5th U.S. Circuit, where the state is now seeking a second outright reversal." (10/02/14)

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TX: Dallas hospital confirms first case of Ebola in US

October 1, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"A patient at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. The patient was in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which had announced a day earlier that the person's symptoms and recent travel indicated a possible case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region." (09/30/14)

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article2355425.html  

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TX: Regime officials kill woman after SCOTUS denies appeal

September 18, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Lisa Coleman, a 38-year-old Texas woman convicted of torturing and starving to death a friend’s 9-year-old son, was [killed by state officials] Wednesday evening after the U.S. Supreme Court denied her last-minute appeal. Coleman was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. Central time, Texas officials said." (09/17/14)

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TX: Regime prepares to kill woman

September 17, 2014
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Texas Tribune    

"A 38-year-old Arlington woman is scheduled to be [killed by the state] in Texas on Wednesday for the starvation death of her girlfriend’s son, Davontae Marcel Williams. Lisa Ann Coleman would be the the sixth woman -- and 517th person -- to be [subjected to pre-planned state killing] in the state since 1982, the year Texas reinstated [pre-planned state killing] following a 1976 Supreme Court decision that allowed states to resume [pre-planned state killing]. She would be the ninth person [premeditatedly killed by state officials] in Texas this year." (09/17/14)

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TX: Regime carries out eighth premeditated state killing in 2014

September 11, 2014
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Washington Post    

"[Willie] Trottie became the eighth person put to death in Texas this year and the 29th person nationwide. Almost all of these [killings] have occurred in just three states; Missouri, Texas and Florida had each [killed] seven inmates before Wednesday, more than three-quarters of all [premeditated state killings] this year." (09/11/14)

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Scheduled state killings challenged in Missouri, Texas

September 9, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Lawyers were fighting for delays in [state killings] scheduled for Wednesday in Texas and Missouri, questioning whether the drugs to be used will prevent the type of difficulties that marred [killings] in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona. An inmate on death row in Texas is suing the state seeking to stop his execution, contending that the sedative had expired. Lawyers in Missouri are fighting the execution on several fronts, including questioning the use of a sedative there." (09/09/14)

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TX: “Cop watchers” arrested for video recording Arlington police

September 9, 2014
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Dallas Libertarian Examiner    

"Arlington, Texas has joined the long list of American cities where police officers arrest people for standing on public property and video record officers carrying out their public duties in public places. News outlets in the Metroplex reported Monday that Kory Watkins, his wife Janie Lucero, and Joseph Tye were arrested during a Saturday night police stop that they were in the process of video shooting." (09/09/14)

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TX: Perry pleads not guilty to felony charges

August 20, 2014
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ABC News    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry today pleaded not guilty to two felony charges on which he was indicted relating to a 2013 veto threat. Perry’s attorneys entered the not guilty plea this morning and waived his formal arraignment scheduled for Friday morning. ... The two felony counts -- abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official -- originate from Perry’s threat to veto $7.5 million in funding for Texas’ public integrity unit after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a 2013 DWI conviction." (08/20/14)

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TX: Perry to turn himself in Tuesday

August 19, 2014
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Fox News    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to turn himself in to authorities Tuesday evening at a local Texas jail on the heels of his indictment for alleged abuse of power, a member of the governor's legal team told Fox News. ... Perry will have his mugshot and fingerprints taken during the booking. ... This comes after Perry began assembling a high-powered legal team to defend him in the case, which Perry and his allies argue is politically motivated. Perry is facing charges of coercion and official oppression that carry a maximum sentence of 109 years in prison." (08/19/14)

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TX: Perry calls indictment a politically motivated “farce”

August 17, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry, facing felony charges that he abused his power, stayed on the offensive Sunday, saying he did the right thing by cutting off money for the state’s anti-corruption watchdog. ... Perry, who may be making a second bid for president in 2016, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of abusing his official capacity and coercing a public servant. The Republican governor had threatened to veto $7.5 million in funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit if Austin’s top prosecutor, Rosemary Lohmberg, a Democrat, did not resign after she was arrested on a drunken-driving charge. Lohmberg refused to step down and Perry followed through with a veto." (08/17/14)

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TX: Perry plans border security theater production with cast of 1,000 National Guard troops

July 22, 2014
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Fox News    

"Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. ... He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources. The deployment will cost Texas an estimated $12 million a month." (07/21/14)

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SpaceX receives FAA approval for proposed spaceport in Texas

July 15, 2014
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Fox News    

"The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation has published a 'Record of Decision' giving approval for a SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas. ... The proposed private launch site is needed to provide SpaceX with an exclusive launch site that would allow the company to accommodate its launch manifest and meet tight launch windows." (07/15/14)

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Benefits to the poor of Texas franchise tax repeal

June 24, 2014
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Ryan H. Murphy  

"In 2013, the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University modeled the economic benefits of eliminating Texas's franchise tax. The franchise tax is a tax on capital. Instituted to raise revenue for school districts, the franchise tax is calculated in a number of different ways and has gone through a few iterations. Beacon Hill researchers estimated that if Texas had eliminated the franchise tax in 2013: Investment would surge by $3.2 billion, growing to $3.4 billion by 2017. Texas would gain $6.4 billion in real disposable income in 2013 and, cumulatively, $9.8 billion by 2017. In the first year, private sector employment would grow 31,500, and the cumulative total in 2017 would be 41,500 additional jobs." (06/24/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st357  

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TX: Man could face life in prison over pot brownies

May 21, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"A 19-year-old Texas man accused of making and selling brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil faces a felony charge that carries a punishment of anywhere from five years to life in prison. According to Round Rock police, officers found 1.5 pounds of brownies, along with a pound of marijuana, digital scales, $1,675 in cash and dozens of baggies with marijuana and hash oil at Jacob Lavoro's apartment last month. ... because Lavoro used hash oil, prosecutors can aggregate the weight of the brownies and charge him with manufacturing and distribution of 1.5 pounds of that category of controlled substances, McDonald said." (05/20/14)

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TX: Federal appeals court halts scheduled state killing

May 13, 2014
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Reuters    

"A U.S. appeals court granted a stay of execution for a Texas inmate hours before he was to be put to death on Tuesday to see if the punishment should be suspended because the convict was intellectually disabled. Convicted rapist and murderer Robert James Campbell was set to be the first inmate executed in the United States since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April raised new questions about capital punishment." (05/13/14)

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TX: Grand jury impaneled in Perry ethics case

April 14, 2014
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KTXS 12 News    

"A grand jury is being seated in an investigation into whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors. ... The investigation began after Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding last summer for a public integrity unit under Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Perry called on Lehmberg to resign after the Democrat was convicted of drunken-driving. When she refused, Perry pulled state funding for the unit." (04/14/14)

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TX: State serial killers kill convicted serial killer

April 3, 2014
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ABC News    

"Convicted serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells, who was sent to prison in 1999 and claimed responsibility for dozens of murders across the country, was executed Thursday in Texas. Sells, 49, was convicted of killing 13-year-old Katy Harris while she slept in her Del Rio, Texas, home. Her murder landed Sells on death row, but he has been linked to at least 17 other killings and claims he has killed as dozens more. Sells declined to make final remarks before his death, then took a few breaths, closed his eyes and began to snore as the lethal-injection drugs took effect, The Associated Press reported. He soon stopped moving and was pronounced dead 13 minutes later at 6:27 p.m. CT." (04/03/14)

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