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Texas Governor Badly Burned in Accident

Greg Abbott kept injuries quiet for days after Dallas shootings

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was hiding a painful secret when he spoke to the media after last week's shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas. The governor suffered severe burns on both of his legs in an accident while vacationing in Jackson Hole, Wyo., several hours before the... More »

Texas Gov Says No 'Texit,' Tries to Cash in on Brexit

Greg Abbott announces ad buy inviting UK companies to Lone Star state

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott isn't on board with a "Texit," but is seizing a chance to take advantage of Brexit. Abbott announced Saturday the state will run digital ads on British websites over the July 4th weekend urging companies to "declare independence from high taxes" and... More »

Texas County Agrees to Take Crosses Off Cop Cars

Gov. Greg Abbott had supported decals, but nonprofit's suit said they were 'unconstitutional'

(Newser) - A group known for fighting for the separation of church and state has won a victory against Brewster County, Texas, reaching a settlement that has county cops agreeing to remove decals with crosses on them from police cars, Reuters reports. In response to a suit filed this year by the... More »

Texas Threatens to Sue Refugee Resettlement Group

Critics say the warning should raise 'serious concerns'

(Newser) - Last week, the Obama administration reminded states they don't have the legal authority to turn away Syrian refugees. But that's not stopping Texas officials from doubling down on efforts to block refugees, and their latest move includes a threatened lawsuit against the Dallas branch of a resettlement group,... More »

Texas Allows Gay Divorce, Still Outlaws Gay Marriage

Governor calls the court ruling wrong

(Newser) - The Texas Supreme Court upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple today, turning away Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and arguments that the state can't dissolve a marriage it didn't recognize in the first place. The court, which is entirely stocked with elected Republicans, ruled in a 5-3... More »

Texas to Deploy Troops to Monitor US Military

Governor accused of 'pandering to idiots'

(Newser) - The US military says its seven-state Operation Jade Helm 15 this summer will be a training drill for special forces—but Gov. Greg Abbott appears to have his doubts. Amid online conspiracy theories that the operation is an excuse for President Obama to impose martial law on Texas and put... More »

17 States Sue Over Obama Immigration Plan

Texas leads challenge to executive order

(Newser) - More than a third of the states have joined a lawsuit fighting President Obama's sweeping executive action on immigration . The suit brought by 17 states against the federal government was filed in Texas and announced by Greg Abbott, the state attorney general and governor-elect, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Most Texas Abortion Clinics Shut Down Overnight

Court decision closes 13 of 21 clinics

(Newser) - All but eight of the remaining 21 abortion clinics in Texas were forced to shut down overnight after a federal appeals court upheld the state's tough restrictions on abortion. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the law's requirement for abortions to take place in expensive ambulatory... More »

Texas Primaries: Wins for Wendy, Kinky, a New George Bush

Tea Party largely sent home in 2014's 1st vote

(Newser) - Election season has kicked off with the nation's first statewide primary, in which 26 GOP candidates jostled for the nominations for six of Texas' top jobs—and another George Bush was among the winners. Some highlights from the Texas primaries:
  • Sen. John Cornyn and several House Republicans were able
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Ruling Will Close 38% of Texas Abortion Clinics

Appeals court reinstates central part of abortion law

(Newser) - Just this week , a federal judge called a central part of a new Texas abortion law unconstitutional; now, a US appeals court in New Orleans has reversed that ruling, the New York Times reports. In a temporary decision, judges yesterday said a rule requiring doctors performing abortions to have local... More »

Texas AG to NY Gun Owners: Come Live Here

Attorney General Greg Abbott runs unconventional ads

(Newser) - Now that New York has the country's toughest gun laws , some New York gun owners may be looking for a change of scenery. At least, that's what the Texas attorney general thinks. In a series of Internet ads, Greg Abbott has been inviting New York gun owners to... More »

Texas Tries to Put Brakes on Gay Divorce

Attorney General is appealing two cases

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott isn't just fighting gay marriage—he's fighting gay divorce, too. He's appealing a court decision to grant a divorce to a couple of lesbians in Austin, and another splitting up a pair of gay men in Dallas. His logic: defending the “traditional definition of... More »

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