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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texans approved dedicating $2 billion to the state water plan on Tuesday, while Houston residents re-elected their mayor and rejected a plan to renovate the Astrodome in the first statewide election where officials checked voters' photo IDs.
WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood asked the Supreme Court Monday to place Texas’ new abortion restrictions on hold.
AUSTIN — The GOP-controlled Legislature has left Texas voters to decide this week whether a growing population, booming economy and an ongoing drought are worthy of tapping $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to deal with forecast water shortages.
AUSTIN — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis doesn’t have one. Her Republican rival Attorney General Greg Abbott doesn’t have an ID that matches his voter registration, either. Like thousands of Texas voters during early voting, they have to initial an affidavit swearing to their identity.
AUSTIN — A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that most of Texas’ tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately — a decision that means at least 12 clinics won’t be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as today.
AUSTIN — A federal appeals court didn’t act on an emergency motion Tuesday that would’ve allowed some new abortion restrictions to take effect in Texas, the latest step in a lengthy battle activists on both sides predicted would end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
AUSTIN — A federal judge determined Monday that new Texas abortion restrictions place an unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end a pregnancy, a ruling that keeps open dozens of abortion clinics across the state while officials appeal.
An anti-abortion group has sued a Texas judge who ordered a 15-year-old girl to keep living with her grandmother, even though she claimed the woman's convicted sex-offender boyfriend was making aggressive advances and that the couple was trying to force her to terminate a pregnancy.
HALTOM CITY — Democrat Wendy Davis promised a more populist and bipartisan state government in Texas as she declared her long-anticipated candidacy for governor Thursday, but she didn’t mention abortion rights, the subject that brought her to national attention.
AUSTIN — Incumbent politicians can breathe a little easier now that three federal judges have declared they won’t redraw the state’s political maps or delay the 2014 primary elections.
AUSTIN — The commander of the Texas National Guard is asking the state’s attorney general for a legal opinion about whether he can process applications for military benefits for same-sex couples under a Pentagon directive even though gay marriage is banned in Texas.
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio’s leaders on Thursday approved anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents, despite the disapproval of top Texas Republicans and religious conservatives who packed a City Council hearing and occasionally shamed supporters for comparing the issue to the civil rights movement.
GATESVILLE — The preservation of religious freedoms, the economy, the Second Amendment, America’s energy policy, health care, education, border security and abortion were all discussed Saturday as the Coryell County Republican Party hosted its seventh annual fish fry fundraiser at the Gatesville Civic Center.
WASHINGTON — Now comes the far-flung fallout from a Supreme Court decision in June blowing up a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
AUSTIN — The Justice Department sued Texas on Thursday over the state’s voter ID law and will seek to intervene in a lawsuit over its redistricting laws that minority groups complain are discriminatory, but Texas Republicans insist they are designed to protect the state’s elections from fraud.
AUSTIN — Politicians across the state are announcing their candidacies and hiring campaign workers, but the ongoing battle over redistricting could again delay the March primaries and make life difficult for incumbents.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration opened an aggressive new front in the battle over voter protection Thursday, singling out Texas for legal action and promising broader efforts to come after last month’s Supreme Court ruling that wiped out a major provision of the Voting Rights Act.
Belton Senior Activity Center’s annual Christmas party is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at 842 S. Mitchell St., Belton.