Air Force officer’s sentence called lenient

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force noncommissioned officer convicted of misconduct with eight women, including three who accused him of sexually assaulting them, was sentenced to three months confinement and another month of hard labor, a punishment a victims’ rights advocate called “shockingly light.”

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Abbott endorses constitutional convention again

AUSTIN— Gov. Greg Abbott says state legislatures nationwide should convene a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution and restore freedoms embodied by President Ronald Reagan.

AP

Historical re-enactors ready for Texas Independence Day

RICHMOND (AP) — Nearly 20 years ago, Pad Kelly’s son Travis John Wayne Kelly fell in love with Davy Crockett videos.

Missing reports prompt probe of state police shootings law

HOUSTON — Police in Texas soon could find it easier to report officer-involved shootings to the state — but they also may pay a price for failing to do so.

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California man’s arrest shows conflicts over medical marijuana

HOUSTON (AP) — A California man is facing possible prison time in Texas after he was arrested while carrying his supply of medical marijuana as he drove to Houston to visit his hospitalized granddaughter.

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Ex-Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope dead at 103

AUSTIN (AP) — Jack Pope, a retired chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court who helped establish formal judicial education for Texas judges, has died at the age of 103.

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How to capture runaway N.Y. bull: Bring in a cowboy

NEW YORK — Is there a cowboy in the house? They could use one in New York City, where cattle have escaped from urban slaughterhouses three times in the past 13 months on wild runs through the streets.

Police: 8-year-old girl fatally shot after traffic crash

HOUSTON (AP) — An 8-year-old Houston girl was shot to death following a traffic accident that resulted in gunfire, her mother and police said Saturday.

Release sought for immigrant who asked for protection order

EL PASO — The arrest by federal authorities in El Paso of a transgender woman who was seeking protection from an abusive boyfriend has led to questions about what lengths authorities will go to apprehend people under newly stepped-up immigration policies.

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Ag chief Miller OKs use of poison to bring forth ‘hog apocalypse’

AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas agriculture commissioner approved the use of a poison that he says may herald a “feral hog apocalypse” in a state where an estimated 2.5 million hogs roam.

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House speaker gets a firsthand look at U.S.-Mexico border

MCALLEN (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Rio Grande valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.

Texas, Trump administration seek to delay voter ID hearing

AUSTIN — The U.S. Justice Department joined Texas’ attorney general Wednesday in asking a federal court to delay a hearing on the state’s voter ID law, the latest signal that the federal government might drop its opposition to the law now that Donald Trump is president.

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Legislators take aim at campus rape laws

AUSTIN — Texas soon could pass some of the most aggressive campus rape legislation in the country, a reaction to the sexual assault scandal at Baylor University.

Two Texas death row inmates lose at U.S. Supreme Court

HOUSTON — Two men on death row for separate slayings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area lost appeals Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge: Texas can’t cut off Planned Parenthood

AUSTIN — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can’t cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider.

AP

Airlines roll out cheaper fares

DALLAS — American and United have started selling cheaper “basic economy” fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers.

AP

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Bill would put money behind ‘kinship care’

AUSTIN — A Dallas County lawmaker wants to put more of the state’s wallet behind efforts to persuade relatives to take in abused and neglected children. Sunnyvale GOP Rep. Cindy Burkett has proposed a major bump in state payments for “kinship care.”

Ex-neurosurgeon gets life sentence

DALLAS (AP) — Jurors sentenced a former Dallas neurosurgeon to life in prison on Monday for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries.

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AP

Legislature to consider foster care, abortion

AUSTIN — The Texas governor was throwing verbal penalty flags: 15 yards for sports league overreach. Another 15 for pigskin meddling in state policy.

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Federal agents recall February 1993 Branch Davidian shootout

HOUSTON (AP) — Nearly 24 years after the Branch Davidian standoff began near Waco, some federal agents are opening up about their experiences that resulted in the worst day in the history of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and ultimately the deaths of some 70 people inside the compound more than seven weeks later.

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Hundreds may have bypassed voter ID

AUSTIN — Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state’s toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.

Grad students hold conferences in bars to avoid guns

AUSTIN — A 2016 Texas law that allows concealed handguns on college campuses has prompted some graduate students to move their student conferences to bars, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Department of Justice cites hiring freeze concerns for disabled

AUSTIN — The U.S. Department of Justice has questioned how Gov. Greg Abbott’s hiring freeze could affect Texas institutions for people with intellectual disabilities.

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Southwest suing union over overtime

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. is suing a major union and its leaders, charging they did nothing to stop mechanics from boycotting overtime assignments.

Ex-chief found guilty in sex assault case

WAXAHACHIE — A former Maypearl police chief was convicted of sex assault charges Friday for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he met through work.

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Officials: Immigrant detained in courthouse

EL PASO (AP) — Local Texas officials said a review of courthouse security footage shows federal immigration agents detained a transgender woman seeking a protective order for alleged domestic violence while she was inside a courthouse.

Texas splits with other states to defend travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO — The state of Texas on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations as an assertion of presidential authority intended to protect the country from terrorists, splitting with states that have denounced the order as a religious attack.

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AP

Experts find tumors in some turtles in Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — After months of mild weather, temperatures dropped fast and hard on the weekend of Jan. 7, cold-stunning hundreds of sea turtles in Texas waters. But as scientists treated the animals, they discovered another problem.

Study: Sex education scant in Texas schools

AUSTIN — More than four-fifths of school districts offer no sex education or only teach abstinence in Texas, which has one of the country’s highest teen birth rates, according to a study released Tuesday.

AP

At least 6 tornadoes hit southwest of Houston

DALLAS (AP) — Residents of a coastal area southwest of Houston are cleaning up debris after severe storms, including at least six tornadoes, swept through the area Tuesday. At least six people were injured in Van Vleck, about 70 miles southwest of Houston, by a weak tornado rated by a federal survey team as an EF1, with winds of 86 to 110 mph.

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Celebrities condemn Texas ‘bathroom bill’

AUSTIN (AP) — Musicians Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys along with Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence are among more than 140 artists and celebrities condemning a Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people.

Texas anti-abortion efforts renew after Supreme Court defeat

AUSTIN — Undeterred by a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down sweeping abortion restrictions that were sold as protecting women’s health, Texas Republicans are pushing new measures pitched as protecting fetuses, with a hopeful eye toward Washington.

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Measures filed on ‘convention of states’

AUSTIN — Could a “convention of states” be a tough sell in Texas? Few things are dearer to Gov. Greg Abbott’s political heart than his call to have legislatures around the country convene to amend the U.S. Constitution and impose things like a federal balanced budget and congressional term limits.

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‘School choice’ bill is complex

AUSTIN — The Senate’s “school choice” bill is ambitious and far-reaching — and it would parcel out state funds in ways that are difficult to decipher and describe in plain English.

AP

Music lover in grief over record store closure

AMARILLO (AP) — Not sure where George Deahl is on the seven steps of grief. Maybe it isn’t any of the seven steps, but rather a nostalgic twang every time he looks into his room full of music or passes the empty shells of the stores around town.