Posts Tagged ‘ Texas ’

TX: Grand jury indicts two for embarrassing Planned Parenthood

January 26, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A Texas grand jury investigating allegations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood after the release of covertly-shot videos about the use of fetal tissue from abortions has instead indicted two antiabortion activists who made the videos, authorities said Monday. David Daleiden, 26, director of the Irvine-based nonprofit Center for Medical Progress, was indicted by the grand jury on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs, Harris County Dist. Atty. Devon Anderson said in a statement. An employee at the center, Sandra Merritt, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record." (01/25/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-grand-jury-planned-parenthood-20160125-story.html  

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Did a dubious confession sway a medical examiner’s autopsy in a Texas death penalty case?

January 20, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Jordan Smith  

"[S]ince [Richard] Masterson's conviction, serious questions about [medical examiner Paul] Shrode's qualifications and credibility have come to light. Shrode has drawn inaccurate conclusions about the cause of death in at least two different cases -- including a death penalty case. In 2001, just months before Masterson's trial, Shrode was officially reprimanded by his supervisor in the Houston medical examiner's office for reaching an erroneous cause of death determination. Although they should have, prosecutors did not disclose the reprimand to Masterson's trial counsel during the evidence discovery process. Later, in 2010, Shrode was fired from his job as El Paso's medical examiner after officials found that he'd reached an erroneous cause of death determination in a capital case out of Ohio -- a revelation that led to the commutation of the inmate's death sentence. In addition to these grave errors, Shrode has also had issues with his resume, once insisting during an El Paso court hearing that he had earned a 'graduate law degree' at a Texas university that did not have a law program." (01/20/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/01/19/richard-masterson-did-a-dubious-confession-sway-a-medical-examiners-autopsy-in-a-texas-death-penalty-case/  

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Interview: Libertarian Mark Miller wants to frack the TRRC

January 6, 2016
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Dr. Mark Miller is bringing his Libertarian Party of Texas campaign for TRRC Commissioner to North Texas (Residence Inn Marriott, 13400 North Freeway, Fort Worth TX 76177) on Thursday, January 7, at 7:00 PM. The TRRC -- Texas Railroad Commission -- is a state regulatory agency that hasn't regulated railroads since 2005; it regulates the Texas oil and gas industry. Many claim it's the Texas Oil and Gas Industry that regulates the TRRC, making it what one libertarian calls 'the epitome of regulatory capture and cronyism.' Miller has the credentials for the job: A BS in Engineering, a PhD from Stanford, taught petroleum engineering at the University of Texas for 18 years, had a long career in the oil and gas industry as an engineer, served as an engineering consultant, and founded a company that provides software to the oil and gas industry. Dallas Libertarian Examiner asked the LP candidate a few questions." (01/05/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-libertarian-mark-miller-wants-to-frack-the-trrc  

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No indictments in jail death of police abductee Sandra Bland

December 22, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A grand jury concluded Monday that it would issue no indictments in the death of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail cell earlier this year and whose handling by police sparked criticism of excessive force. A grand jury was convened in the case last month, and more than eight hours of evidence was heard during proceedings on Monday, NBC Houston affiliate KPRC reported. Authorities in Texas described her July 13 death in Waller County jail as suicide, although her family has remained dubious of the official account." (12/21/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/grand-jury-issues-no-indictments-jail-death-sandra-bland-n484241  

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TX: “Border Patrol” gangbangers catch travel entrepreneurs flying fake gang colors

December 13, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Texas authorities are on high alert after Border Patrol agents caught an alleged smuggler trying to disguise its SUV as one of the agency's vehicles, officials said Friday. Border Patrol agents caught a smuggler driving a Chevy Tahoe that was painted to look like one of the agency’s vehicle, according to KRGV-TV. Vehicles are usually painted to act as delivery or telecommunications trucks to try and fool agents, but it’s unusual to see a Border Patrol vehicle to be copied. Border Patrol in Laredo found 12 people stuffed in the back of the imposter vehicle. Agents knew the vehicle was a fake as soon as they found it." (12/13/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/12/13/border-patrol-catches-smuggler-using-fake-agency-vehicle/  

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TX: Planned Parenthood sues regime over blocked corporate welfare dollars

November 23, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas .... Planned Parenthood has also sued over similar efforts in Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. Federal courts have so far blocked those states from cutting off the funding." (11/23/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/planned-parenthood-sues-texas-blocked-medicaid-dollars-35374909  

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TX: State employees kill prisoner

November 19, 2015
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Dallas Morning News    

"Convicted murderer Raphael Holiday was [killed by state employees] Wednesday after days of dramatic last-minute appeals pleading for new lawyers who would fight harder to stop his imminent death and a fleeting reprieve that Texas'[s] top criminal court reversed. ... The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered the [killing] of Raphael Holiday to proceed Wednesday, overturning a judge's ruling earlier in the day calling for a halt to the scheduled lethal injection." (11/18/15)

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/11/execution-date-withdrawn-for-death-row-inmate-set-to-die-wednesday.html/  

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SCOTUS to hear Texas case on abortion clinic rules

November 15, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a challenge to key parts of Texas'[s] 2013 abortion law that supporters of abortion rights say is one of the strictest in the nation. The court has not heard a major abortion case since 2007, and its decision will likely come down sometime next spring or early summer in the heat of the presidential campaign. ... While supporters of the law argue it's meant to protect women's health, opponents say it has nothing to do with health and safety, but instead is a disguised attempt to put an end to abortion. Other states have similar legislation percolating through the lower courts. One provision at issue requires that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The other mandates that clinics upgrade their facilities to hospital-like standards." (11/13/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/13/politics/supreme-court-to-hear-major-abortion-case/  

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TX: Houston non-discrimination ordinance goes down to defeat

November 4, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Houston voters rejected a controversial measure Tuesday that would have barred discrimination against gays and transgender people in the wake of an 18-month battle that pitted advocates of gay rights against those who believed they were defending religious liberty. The vote had been expected to be close. But with about 30% of precincts reporting, the measure was trailing badly, 62% to 38%, and the Associated Press called the election for foes of the measure. ... Opponents say the measure, which they call Proposition 1 or the 'bathroom ordinance,' infringes on their religious beliefs and poses a public health risk by allowing [sic] transgender women into women's restrooms." [editor's note: This ordinance would have banned employers, landlords and other property owners from deciding how their property is used and for that reason it SHOULD have gone down; "public," i.e. government, facilities shouldn't be allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, though - TLK] (11/03/15)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-houston-nondisrcimination-vote-20151103-story.html  

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TX: State ends Planned Parenthood’s corporate welfare checks

October 20, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Texas officials lobbed another salvo in the ongoing battle to restrict or close abortion clinics in the state, announcing Monday it was cutting off Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood clinics in the wake of the controversial video of group officials discussing fetal tissue. The move is the latest in a series of budget cuts and legislative restrictions against the women's clinics and could lead to a legal fight like the one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana. In a letter to Planned Parenthood affiliates statewide, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General told the group their enrollment in the joint state-federal Medicaid program was in the process of being terminated because they were potentially 'liable, directly or by affiliation, for a series of serious Medicaid program violations.' Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas receive a total of about $3 million to $4 million a year in Medicaid reimbursements through the state, according to commission figures." (10/19/15)

http://usat.ly/1Xhpsxy  

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TX: Austin pols propose, crowds oppose, protectionist measures for cab monopolists vs. Uber, Lyft

October 8, 2015
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KXAN News    

"Fearing regulation changes to transportation networking companies (TNCs) in Austin, more than 24,000 Austinites have signed a petition through Uber, opposing new proposals. On Wednesday, the city of Austin's Mobility Committee approved new rules and regulations they want to put in place for TNCs like Uber and Lyft. In two 3-1 votes, the committee approved imposing an annual fee for ride sharing services and fingerprinting drivers." (10/08/15)

http://bit.ly/1jS12MH  

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TX: Intruder shot and killed during struggle

October 6, 2015
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KRIS TV 6    

"A fatal shooting at the Summit Apartment Complex will likely go before a grand jury to decide if the woman believed to have pulled the trigger should face charges. On Friday night, a man and a woman reportedly forced their way into an apartment where they attacked a woman. She grabbed a gun and shot at both the man and the woman. Hannah Renee Summerfield, age 22, died at the scene. Her alleged accomplice, Richard Garza, managed to get away, but was tracked down by police the next day. He's accused of burglary." (10/05/15)

http://bit.ly/1FTM174  

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TX: State employees kill inmate

August 12, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Texas executed on Wednesday a 27-year-old man who was convicted of killing a veteran police officer in 2009 and had waived his rights to appeal his death sentence. Daniel Lopez was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons spokesman said. The execution was the 528th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state." (08/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pdvtjvt  

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TX: Homeowner shoots intruder

August 12, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"A Lake Highlands homeowner shot an intruder Tuesday morning. Kendrick Dickson says a loud sound woke him from a nap. He realized two men had pried open a side door with a crowbar and were walking through his house. 'I was kind of scared at first,' he said. 'I got my 8-month-old little boy here.' Dickson says he grabbed his rifle and confronted the pair. 'I stood right over there and shot him. And, as I shot him, his friend pushed him down on the ground and ran out,' he said. The injured attempted burglar managed to escape as well, leaving a trail of blood. By the time Dickson called police, they had already received a report of a man with a gunshot wound seeking help at a nearby convenience store." (08/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ph2cns6  

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TX: Officials, alleging death threats, release new Sandra Bland jail video

July 29, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Texas officials released new video on Tuesday showing that Sandra Bland was alive while she was processed in the Waller County Jail, a move designed to dispel social media rumors that the woman was mistreated or mortally harmed before she was placed in the Texas jail cell where officials say she committed suicide. ... [Waller County Judge Trey] Duhon said he was releasing the hours of video to rebut accusations, especially on social media, that Bland had been harmed while being held. Such suspicions have also led to death threats, he said. 'We have received death threats against Waller County officials. We have received threats to our facility,' Duhon said." (07/28/15)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-sandra-bland-20150728-story.html  

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TX: Pastor shoots alleged burglar at church

July 28, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"A pastor shot an alleged burglar at his church Tuesday morning in Baytown, Texas, police say. Pastor Benny Holmes was asleep in his office at around 6 a.m., when he heard the alleged intruder, said Baytown Assistant Chief Roger Clifford. 'We have some exterior video, which we'll be releasing later today, showing the perpetrator forcing his way inside the church,' Clifford said, adding that the alleged burglar made a 'loud commotion' that woke Holmes up. 'He retrieved his pistol, he went to investigate, and basically he saw the suspect leaving with some electrical equipment,' Clifford said. Holmes told police that the suspect, Lee Marvin Blue, 27, turned aggressively toward him and he fired a shot, striking Blue in the shoulder." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/noch7dy  

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TX: Regime seeks to dismiss immigrant birth certificate lawsuit

July 23, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that claims U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrant parents have been wrongfully denied birth certificates. Paxton said the Texas Department of State Health Services, which is being sued by 19 families, has sovereign immunity under the 11th Amendment so the federal court lacks the jurisdiction over the state agency and the legal claims. ... the Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid sued the state after it refused to issue birth certificates to children who were born in America but whose parents are in the United States illegally [sic]." (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qexta99  

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TX: County clerk changes mind, decides to do her job after couple sues

July 6, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"A gay couple has received a marriage license after filing a federal lawsuit against a North Texas county clerk who previously cited her religious opposition to gay marriage in denying the license. Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton filed the lawsuit Monday against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang, saying they repeatedly had been turned away when trying to obtain a license last week. The couple was quickly granted a license later in the morning in Granbury, the county seat." (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ouhl23w  

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SCOTUS: Texas can keep Confederate flag off license plates

June 18, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"The Supreme Court has freed states to control what appears on their specialty license plates, ruling Thursday that Texas authorities were justified in refusing to issue a plate bearing a Confederate battle flag. In a 5-4 decision, the justices said a state-issued license plate is 'government speech,' not the private speech of a motorist. For that reason, the state may decide which messages it wants conveyed on license plates." [editor's note: If it's government speech rather than my speech, does that mean I can refuse to promote it by displaying it prominently on my car? - TLK] (06/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qbueu5a  

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TX: Thug cop who assaulted 15-year-old girl resigns

June 10, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"The police officer who was videotaped slamming a teen girl to the ground and raising his gun towards others during a fight at a Texas pool has resigned, his attorney tells ABC News. Cpl. Eric Casebolt's resignation comes a day after hundreds of protesters marched near the pool in McKinney where the incident took place last weekend. The release of the video prompted national outcry after there were allegations that race played a factor in the way that the white officer treated the African-American teens." (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o8maczx  

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Federal appeals court upholds Texas abortion law

June 9, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A federal appeals panel has decided to uphold nearly all of the provisions of a Texas law that will force the closure of most of the state's abortion clinics, according to an opinion published on Tuesday. ... The measure, which first cleared the Texas Legislature nearly two years ago, was part of a wide-ranging bill that limited access to abortions and put restrictions on when they could be conducted." (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pf52627  

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TX: State employees kill inmate after three decades of imprisonment

June 4, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Texas on Wednesday [killed] Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on the state's death row who had said he was wrongly convicted of killing four men in 1983 and had spent three decades trying to halt his capital punishment. Bower was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. CDT after being given a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said." (06/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmtwzck  

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TX: Abbot signs law to prohibit local fracking bans

May 18, 2015
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America    

"Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed a bill into law that prohibits cities and towns from banning an oil drilling practice known as hydraulic fracking, giving the state sole authority over oil and gas regulation. Lawmakers in Texas, a state that is home to the two of the most productive U.S. shale oil fields, have been under pressure to halt an anti-fracking movement since November, when voters in the town of Denton voted to ban the oil and gas extraction technique. Residents near the 270 gas wells there had told Al Jazeera they suffered from nosebleeds and nausea that they said they believed resulted from fracking byproducts." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n2mvvgh  

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TX: Prison officials say they have enough poison to kill two more prisoners

May 14, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Texas prison officials say they've obtained a new supply of drugs that will allow them to carry out the two [pre-planned killings] currently scheduled. The [killing] earlier this week of Derrick Dewayne Charles left the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with enough pentobarbital to accommodate only the scheduled June 3 lethal injection of prisoner Lester Bower. Another inmate, Gregory Russeau, is set to [be killed by state employees] June 15." (05/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qy92uph  

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TX: Nicotine Nazis take over legislature

May 14, 2015
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Washington Times    

"E-cigarettes would be off-limits for Texas minors to purchase under a proposal that has cleared both chambers of the Texas Legislature. The bill originated in the Senate and passed the House on Tuesday. The upper chamber only needs to approve tweaks made to it in House committee to send the proposal to Gov. Greg Abbott." (05/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n9m9wlq  

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