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Federal appeals court upholds Texas abortion restrictions

Federal appeals court upholds Texas abortion restrictions

March 28 (UPI) -- Appeals court reverses federal judge who found parts of Texas abortion law unconstitutional.
Frances Burns

Equal pay for women becomes issue in Texas campaign

AUSTIN, Texas, March 18 (UPI) -- Beth Cubriel, executive director of the Republican Party of Texas, agrees with other party leaders that women do not need a stronger pay equity law.
Cornyn, Sessions fight off Tea Party challengers in Texas GOP primary

Cornyn, Sessions fight off Tea Party challengers in Texas GOP primary

AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 (UPI) -- Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions handily beat back challenges from Tea Party competitors in their Republican primary races in Texas.

High court rejects NRA challenges to gun law age limits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected two National Rifle Association challenges to laws that ban gun permits to people under 21.

Ted Nugent apologizes for calling Obama a 'subhuman mongrel'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Rock star turned right-wing activist Ted Nugent said he apologizes, but not necessarily to U.S. President Barack Obama, for calling Obama a "subhuman mongrel."
Wendy Davis says paraplegic opponent 'hasn’t walked a day in my shoes'

Wendy Davis says paraplegic opponent 'hasn’t walked a day in my shoes'

Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Wendy Davis insinuated that Republican opponent Greg Abbott was behind a Dallas Morning News story targeting her personal narrative.
Evan Bleier

Voter ID laws challenged in state, federal court as discriminatory

The controversial voter identification law in Texas apparently didn't trip up many folks during last week's elections in the Lone Star state -- which doesn't count for a thing when the 2014 elections come around, one county clerk says.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Federal appeals court: Texas can enforce abortion law

Federal appeals court: Texas can enforce abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Texas can enforce its new restrictive abortion law while it is appealed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday as it overturned a lower court order.

Texan who filibustered against anti-abortion law to run for governor

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who staged a 13-hour filibuster against anti-abortion legislation in June, said she has announced her bid for the governorship.

Texas drops fight against American-US Airways merger

DALLAS, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Texas has pulled out of a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit seeking to block the planned American Airlines-US Airways merger, the state's attorney general said.

Texas Sen. Davis expected to announce campaign intention this week

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Even though she isn't a formal gubernatorial candidate, Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis says she's already getting smeared by the opposition.
Out from under the Voting Rights Act

Out from under the Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- A number of states, freed from the iron cuffs of the Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Supreme Court, are enjoying their newfound freedom in predictable ways -- merrily pursuing voter ID laws and redrawing political districts without any interference from Washington.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Kimberly McCarthy 500th person executed in Texas since 1982

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, June 26 (UPI) -- Convicted murderer Kimberly McCarthy Wednesday became the 500th person executed in Texas since 1982.

Texas AG: Gay couples' healthcare plans are illegal

AUSTIN, Texas, April 30 (UPI) -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said healthcare benefits offered to gay couples by municipalities are illegal because Texas doesn't recognize gay marriage.
Death toll reaches 14 in West, Texas, fertilizer plant blast

Death toll reaches 14 in West, Texas, fertilizer plant blast

WEST, Texas, April 19 (UPI) -- The death toll from the massive West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion that demolished surrounding neighborhoods reached 14 Friday, authorities said.
Texas fertilizer plant explodes; search and rescue under way

Texas fertilizer plant explodes; search and rescue under way

WEST, Texas, April 18 (UPI) -- Emergency responders in West, Texas, searched for survivors Thursday, one day after a fertilizer plant fire and explosions caused scores of casualties.

Texas investigating cancer foundation

AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 (UPI) -- Texas' attorney general said he is investigating the grant review process of a cancer foundation and its name change, after questions arose about donations.

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Judge: Texas can cut Planned Parenthood

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Planned Parenthood can be excluded from Texas' Women's Health Program when it launches Tuesday, a judge ruled Monday.
Will voter ID fight determine the election?

Will voter ID fight determine the election?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- With President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney fighting for every vote as the bitter U.S. presidential election campaign races through its final weeks, Democrats appear to be winning in at least one vital arena: Republican sponsored voter ID laws are falling like flies in the courts.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court panel rejects Texas on voter ID

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A federal three-judge panel in Washington Thursday rejected a request from Texas to approve its voter photo-identification law.

Court tosses 3 Texas redistricting maps

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A three-judge federal panel in Washington Tuesday rejected three Texas redistricting maps, finding the state failed to prove the maps complied with federal law.
Texas appealing Planned Parenthood order

Texas appealing Planned Parenthood order

AUSTIN, Texas, May 1 (UPI) -- Texas is appealing a judge's ruling that temporarily blocks the state from barring Planned Parenthood from serving low-income women, officials said.

Texas hands over Social Security numbers

AUSTIN, Texas, April 26 (UPI) -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office accidentally handed over the Social Security numbers of millions of Texas voters to lawyers, officials say.

New Texas redistricting map released

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- The latest Texas redistricting map drawn by a federal court appears likely to govern this year's congressional election, officials say.
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