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Supreme Court has a lot of work to do and little time to do it

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is headed into its final few weeks with nearly half of the cases heard this year still undecided, including ones that could reshape the law on everything from guns to abortion to social media. The justices are also still weighing whether former President Donald Trump is immune from criminal prosecution in the election interference case against him, more than a month after hearing arguments. The court heard 61 cases this term and 29 remain unresolved, with some decisions expected Thursday and Friday. Here's a look at some of the major undecided cases: Presidential immunity Donald Trump is arguing that former presidents are immune from prosecution for official acts they took in office and that the indictment he faces on   ... Read More

Federal judge convicts man for threat to Ted Cruz’s office

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
HOUSTON - A federal judge on Monday found a Fort Bend County man guilty of making threats to injure U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz according to the Houston Chronicle. Isaac Ambe Nformangum, 24, of Richmond, was charged with one count of interstate communications with a threat to injure. Nformangum was accused of calling Cruz's Houston office on June 26, 2022, and leaving a 7-minute-long threat, during which he said Cruz would be found and killed. According to court records, Nformangum referred to Cruz as "Senator Rafael" and began his message by referencing the Republican Party of Texas' position in support of repealing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. "Every last one of your Republican colleagues to have signed off on that platform is to be found   ... Read More

Texas faces 12 percent chance of rotating outages in August

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
AUSTIN - The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas faces an estimated 12% chance of controlled outages in August on nights when wind power production is low, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the power grid for most of the state. From 8 to 9 p.m., when the grid is most stressed, the potential for a grid emergency is about 16% in August if wind production is low, according to an ERCOT report released Friday. Typically, two other factors also are present when there is substantial risk of a grid emergency or outages in the summer: extreme heat and a high level of fossil fuel power plants offline for maintenance. The assessments come ahead of what is expected to be another blistering   ... Read More

Southwest Airlines CEO says he won’t resign

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of Southwest Airlines said Wednesday he will not resign in the face of pressure from a hedge fund that wants him fired and that his leadership team will produce its own plan to boost the airline's financial performance. CEO Robert Jordan said Southwest will present its plan in September. He declined to give specifics, but again hinted that it could include changes in the airline’s longstanding boarding and seating policies. Elliott Investment Management notified Southwest’s board Monday that it bought a $1.9 billion stake in the Dallas-based company and is seeking to replace Jordan and Gary Kelly, the airline’s chairman and former CEO, with executives from outside the company. Elliott accused Southwest leadership of failing to change with evolving customer   ... Read More

Family of Texas man who died in jail wants federal investigation

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
FORT WORTH (AP) - The family of a Texas man who died after an altercation with jailers, including one who pinned his knee to the inmate's back, on Tuesday called for a federal investigation into the practices at the jail. Anthony Johnson Jr., 31, a former Marine, died April 21 after the altercation, which officials said began when Johnson resisted jailers' orders during a search for contraband. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner last week ruled the death a homicide due to asphyxia, or suffocation. After fighting with staff at the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth for two to three minutes, Johnson was wrestled to the floor, Sheriff Bill Waybourn has said, and jailer Rafael Moreno placed his knee on Johnson’s back for about 90   ... Read More

Judges hear Elizabeth Holmes’ appeal while she remains in Texas prison

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A panel of federal judges spent two hours on Tuesday wrestling with a series of legal issues raised in an attempt to overturn a fraud conviction that sent Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes to prison after a meteoric rise to Silicon Valley stardom. The hearing held in the San Francisco appeals court came nearly 2 1/2 years after a jury convicted Holmes for orchestrating a blood-testing scam that became a parable about greed and hubris in Silicon Valley. Holmes' instrument of deception was Theranos, a Palo Alto, California, startup that she founded shortly after dropping out of Stanford University in 2003 with her sights set on revolutionizing the health care industry. Holmes, who did not attend the hearing, is currently serving an   ... Read More

Tesla shareholders to vote on Elon Musk’s pay package

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
DETROIT (AP) — If Tesla shareholders vote against restoring Elon Musk’s $44.9 billion pay package Thursday, the CEO could deliver on threats to take artificial intelligence research to one of his other companies. Or he could even could walk away. If they approve the all-stock compensation package that was thrown out by a Delaware judge in January, it would almost guarantee he would remain at the company he grew to be the world leader in electric vehicles, shifting to AI and robotics including autonomous vehicles, which Musk says is Tesla’s future. But even with reapproval at Thursday’s annual shareholders’ meeting, which many analysts say is likely, there would be uncertainty. Musk has threatened on X, his social media platform, to develop AI elsewhere if he   ... Read More

Mexico’s tactic to cut immigration to the US: wear out migrants

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico (AP) — “Here, again.” Yeneska García’s face crumbled as she said it, and she pressed her head into her hands. Since fleeing crisis in Venezuela in January, the 23-year-old had trekked through the Darien Gap jungle dividing Colombia and Panama, narrowly survived being kidnapped by a Mexican cartel and waited months for an asylum appointment with the United States that never came. She finally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in May, only to have American authorities expel her. Now she was back in southern Mexico, after Mexican immigration bused her to sweltering Villahermosa and dropped her on the street. “I would rather cross the Darien Gap 10,000 times than cross Mexico,” García said, sitting in a migrant shelter. She clutched a crinkled Ziploc bag   ... Read More

Democrats embrace Beto even as they try to move on

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
EL PASO - “Beto! Beto! Beto!” the crowd chanted as former Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke told a room of Democrats that they have the power to defeat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November, according to the San Antonio Express-News. If this sounds like 2018, perhaps it was by design. But it was the kickoff for the 2024 Texas Democratic Party convention, hosted in O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso. Clad in the dark jeans and dress shirt with rolled up sleeves that has become a trademark, the man who nearly unseated Cruz six years ago was like an aging rock star on a reunion tour – he played the hits. “That extraordinary campaign that we were all a part of in 2018 — a campaign not   ... Read More

Southern Baptists reject ban on churches with women pastors

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Southern Baptists narrowly rejected a proposal Wednesday to enshrine a ban on churches with women pastors in the denomination's constitution after opponents argued it was unnecessary because the denomination already has a way of ousting such churches. The vote received support from 61% of the delegates, but it failed to get the required two-thirds supermajority. The action reversed a preliminary vote last year in favor of the official ban. But it still leaves the Southern Baptist Convention with its official doctrinal statement saying the office of pastor is limited to men. Even the opponents of the ban said they favored that doctrinal statement but didn’t think it was necessary to reinforce it in the constitution. Opponents noted that the SBC already can   ... Read More

New research explores how a short trip to space affects the human body

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Space tourists experience some of the same body changes as astronauts who spend months in orbit, according to new studies published Tuesday. Those shifts mostly returned to normal once the amateurs returned to Earth, researchers reported. Research on four space tourists is included in a series of studies on the health effects of space travel, down to the molecular level. The findings paint a clearer picture of how people — who don't undergo years of astronaut training — adapt to weightlessness and space radiation, the researchers said. “This will allow us to be better prepared when we’re sending humans into space for whatever reason,” said Allen Liu, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Michigan who was not involved with the   ... Read More

Amarillo City Council rejects so-called abortion travel ban

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
AMARILLO - The Texas Tribune reports that after months of debate, the Amarillo City Council rejected a so-called abortion travel ban, championed by statewide anti-abortion activists and certain residents. The council’s decision made Amarillo the largest conservative Texas city to reject the proposed policy, which would forbid the use of the city’s roads and highways to seek an abortion out of state. Now, a group of residents who petitioned for the ordinance will decide if the issue goes to voters in the Texas Panhandle city this fall. In rejecting the proposal, Amarillo Mayor Cole Stanley said the city has no authority to put the proposed policy in place. “What you’re asking me to do is put forward this ordinance and enact it into city law,   ... Read More

Texas Gun Rights names Kyle Rittenhouse new outreach director

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
HOUSTON - The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas Gun Rights has announced Kyle Rittenhouse as the organization’s outreach director. The gun advocacy group disclosed the new hire on Tuesday. “Joining Texas Gun Rights is an awesome opportunity to continue advocating for our constitutional freedoms,” Rittenhouse said in a statement. “I am excited to work with TXGR to mobilize Texans in support of their right to keep and bear arms. Together, we can ensure that our voices are heard and our rights are protected in Austin and D.C.” Rittenhouse, who found himself in the national spotlight following the shooting death of two men in 2020, ended up being acquitted of all charges in 2021. The deadly incident sparked debates across America about racial injustice protests and   ... Read More

State Capitol begins next step in $900 million remodel

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
AUSTINI - The San Antonio Express-News reports that one of Austin's most popular tourist destinations is getting a huge remodel. The Texas State Capitol is about to get a whole new look in the next few years. Three new filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation show that several new construction projects are underway at the Capitol totaling to $575 million. They all appear to be apart of phase II of the state's larger $900 million Capitol Complex Project which aims to consolidate the number of staff currently working in leased space, according the its master plan. "Consolidating staff has the potential to create operational efficiencies between and within agencies, provide visitors easier access to agency offices, and eliminate the cost of leased   ... Read More

Texas shrimpers are dying at a staggering rate. Why?

Posted/updated on: June 12, 2024 at 3:19 pm
HOUSTON - The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas shrimpers face grueling work during monthlong boat stints in the Gulf of Mexico, and their limited health care access onshore adds to the industry’s striking fatality rate, a team of UTHealth researchers found. “For example, research shows that self-medication is an issue among commercial fishermen,” said Shannon Guillot-Wright, an environmental and occupational specialist at UTHealth Houston who led the research. Her team’s study was published last week in the American Journal of Public Health and looked at how workers dealt with the hazardous conditions, strenuous labor, long hours and harsh weather that feed the industry’s increased risks. “Some of the shrimpers told us they couldn’t afford medicine and used alcohol to cope with injuries, like back pain,   ... Read More


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