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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas abortion providers who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016 that blocked a new wave of anti-abortion efforts are now using that decision to try undoing laws on the books for decades in a lawsuit filed Thursday. In suing over anti-abortion measures that stretch back 20 years in some cases, Texas clinics are putting a new spin on what has become a recurring cycle — Legislatures passing new abortion laws, followed by opponents rushing to court before they can take effect. Last week, Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge to block an Arkansas law that restricts how abortion pills are administered. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 360 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.
AUSTIN, Texas — An alliance of U.S. education groups expressed shock Tuesday that the Trump administration would let schools purchase metal detectors and police patrols through a $1.1 billion program that the White House and Congress have used to defend their response to an epidemic of school shootings. The concern comes nearly a month after a gunman killed 10 people at a high school near Houston, which prompted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to urge schools to use federal education dollars to “harden” campuses through more armed guards or altering buildings. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 600 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.
SUPREME COURT-POLLING PLACE ATTIRE
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that barred voters in the state from wearing a wide range of political hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls. Minnesota had defended its law as a reasonable restriction that keeps order at polling places and prevents voter intimidation. But the justices ruled 7-2 that the state’s law is too broad. Both Minnesota and the group challenging the law had said there are about 10 states with laws like Minnesota’s, though they disagreed significantly on which ones — agreeing only on Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Vermont. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 450 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts set up TV cameras Thursday for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months. The International Space Station’s commander, Drew Feustel, and Ricky Arnold completed the installation — their main job — after struggling with a shield for protection against space debris. Mission Control is at Johnson Space Center in Houston. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 270 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
The Houston Open won’t be on the PGA Tour schedule next season as it prepares for a move to the fall under the guidance of Houston Astros owner Jim Crane. The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that it has a five-year agreement with the Astros Foundation to run the Houston Open starting in the fall of 2019, with prize money of $7.5 million. The Astros Foundation will use a consortium of local sponsors for financial support. The Houston Open has been without a title sponsor since Shell Oil declined to renew its contract after the 2017 tournament. The Houston Golf Association ran it without a title sponsor this year. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 490 words. SENT on Tuesday.
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ALTOONA, Pa. — When Altoona native Darlie Lynn Routier was convicted by a Texas jury in February 1997 of stabbing to death her young son, Damon, 5, and by implication, her other son, Devon, 6, she reportedly cried out, “I did not kill my babies.” The Altoona Mirror reports both boys were murdered on June 6, 1996, as they were sleeping with their mother in the downstairs television room of the family’s Rowlett, Texas, home, while her husband, Darin, was in an upstairs bedroom with their 18-month-old son Drake. The Routier case continues to gain national attention and will be the premiere case in a new series called “The Last Defense,” airing on ABC. The seven-week TV docu-series explores the flaws in the American justice system through the Routier case and that of another death row inmate, Julius Jones, who was convicted of a car-jacking murder in Oklahoma. By Phil Ray, The Altoona Mirror. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,620 words.
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AMARILLO, Texas — A Texas hamburger drive-in has marked 50 years. KN Root Beer Drive-In turned 50 in May. The throwback hamburger joint features car hops come out to greet you. KN has survived floods from Duniven Lake in the 1970s and early 1980s. An ice storm in 1996 collapsed the awning, but fortunately it was closed. It opened around Memorial Day in 1968. By Jon Mark Beilue, Amarillo Globe-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 945 words, with photos.
SUGAR LAND, Texas — A Texas cemetery with a hidden history of Sugar Land’s Latino roots is now gaining new admiration. Today, hundreds of gravestones dating to the early 1900s now sit amid others from more recent years at the Cementerio San Isidro. Interest in Fort Bend County cemeteries has grown since the school district recently found 94 graves at a construction site near a historic gated cemetery. By Brooke Lewis, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,419 words with photos.
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DENTON, Texas — Clint Wilkinson’s downtown Denton shop is in the same building where his grandfather, Weldon Burgoon, made saddles for 60 years. Wilkinson makes his leather goods by hand and takes custom orders for most of his pieces. A small wallet can cost $285 and take three working days to make. By Charles Scudder, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,171 words, with photos.
TYLER, Texas — A Tyler Junior College summer camp is teaching students to fly. Drones, that is. Instructor Tamika Hamlett said the camp will teach the young pilots how to program their drones, how to safely have fun with them, and the laws and regulations in place, in addition to the history of the devices. By Cory McCoy, Tyler Morning Telegraph. SENT IN ADVANCE: 354 words, with photos.
FORT SMITH, Ark. — Cody Emerson, who piddled around the high school rodeo scene in Jonesboro, riding calves and steers, was in Fort Smith recently as part of the 85th Old Fort Days Rodeo helping keep bull riding cowboys safe. The bullfighter’s job is to keep the bull rider out of harm’s way in the rodeo arena and put his life on the line for a fallen cowboy. By Kevin Taylor, The Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 638 words.
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