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Biden and Trump will be at southern border Thursday

Posted/updated on: February 27, 2024 at 1:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will make dueling trips to the Mexican border in Texas on Thursday after congressional talks on a deal to rein in illegal migration collapsed. The visits underscore immigration's central importance in the 2024 presidential race and how much both Biden and Trump are seeking to use the nation’s broken system to their political advantage. Biden will travel to Brownsville, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, an area that often sees large numbers of border crossings, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday. He will meet border agents and discuss the need for bipartisan legislation. It would be his second visit to the border as president. He traveled to El Paso in January last   ... Read More

Effort to have guardian appointed for Houston Texans owner dropped

Posted/updated on: February 27, 2024 at 1:46 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A lawsuit filed by one of the sons of the owner of the Houston Texans that had sought to have her declared incapacitated and have a guardian appointed for her was dropped on Monday. Robert Cary McNair Jr. had filed his application for appointment of a guardian for Janice McNair, 87, in November with probate court in Harris County, where Houston is located. But on Monday, lawyers for Cary McNair, along with others involved in the case, filed a motion in which they agreed to jointly drop the lawsuit. News of the end of the case was first reported by the Houston Chronicle. Jeremy Fielding, an attorney for Cary McNair, told the newspaper the family made the joint decision to address these   ... Read More

Senate leaders likely to seek quick dismissal of Mayorkas impeachment case

Posted/updated on: February 27, 2024 at 1:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time in five years, senators will be sworn in as jurors for an impeachment trial. But the chamber is expected to spend far less time on the charges against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas than the ones brought against former President Donald Trump — or maybe no time at all. The Republican-controlled House impeached Mayorkas by a single vote margin on Feb. 13, recommending that Mayorkas be removed from office over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border. With two articles of impeachment, the House charge that Mayorkas has “willfully and systematically” refused to enforce existing immigration laws and breached the public trust by lying to Congress and saying the border was secure. Democrats say the charges amount to a   ... Read More

Crawfish prices soaring after last year’s drought

Posted/updated on: February 27, 2024 at 2:27 pm
HOUSTON - As he rattles along the highway between Houston and Louisiana in his 2003 white Dodge truck, Thomas Rozelle is fielding back-to-back phone calls about all the dead crawfish. He can barely keep up with every conversation. Restaurant owners are freaking out, farmers are panicking, all the while Rozelle — a 30-year-old crawfish wholesaler from Pasadena — is trying to keep his head straight, according to the Texas Tribune. Three days earlier, the price of crawfish dropped from around $8.50 per pound to $6.50 per pound. Now, suddenly, the price jumped again. Back to $8.50. It’s a bad time to buy, but Rozelle is already on his way to his crawfish dealers in Louisiana — having left Pasadena as the sun began to peak   ... Read More

Barrage of gunfire as officers stop shooter at Joel Osteen’s megachurch

Posted/updated on: February 27, 2024 at 1:46 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The gunfire that shattered the calm at pastor Joel Osteen’s megachurch in Houston only lasted about four minutes. But surveillance video and police body camera footage released Monday, more than two weeks after the Feb. 11 shooting at Lakewood Church, showed the terror of the brief attack: Parishioners scattering, searching for safety in rooms and hallways. Officers drawing guns and taking cover behind walls. And the shooter's 7-year-old son covering his ears during the chaos, and moments later laying on the floor after being shot and wounded. “Put the weapon down, now,” an officer can be heard shouting before firing his weapon. Another officer cautions: "She may have a bomb.” Houston police released the roughly 26 minutes of video, which includes the   ... Read More

Supreme Court casts doubt on GOP-led states’ efforts to regulate social media platforms

Posted/updated on: February 27, 2024 at 1:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court cast doubt Monday on state laws that could affect how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users. The cases are among several this term in which the justices could set standards for free speech in the digital age. In nearly four hours of arguments, several justices questioned aspects of laws adopted by Republican-dominated legislatures and signed by Republican governors in Florida and Texas in 2021. But they seemed wary of a broad ruling, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett warning of “land mines” she and her colleagues need to avoid in resolving the two cases. While the details vary, both laws aimed to address conservative complaints that the social media companies were   ... Read More

Advocates hope girl’s death will enact change in Texas law

Posted/updated on: February 27, 2024 at 1:46 pm
HOUSTON - KHOU-TV reports that victim advocates are calling for change after 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham, of Livingston, was found dead in the Trinity River under US-59 nearly six days after she was reported missing. The man charged with capital murder in connection with her death, Don Steven McDougal, is friends with the family and lived in a camper behind the home where Audrii lived with several of her family members McDougal is an ex-con with a rap sheet that dates back to 2001. He's been arrested in Harris, Montgomery and Liberty counties numerous times over the last two decades. In 2007, McDougal was convicted of enticing a child with intent out of Brazoria County. This is an offense the state of Texas doesn't require those   ... Read More

How school dress codes intersect with new laws against race-based hair discrimination

Posted/updated on: February 27, 2024 at 1:46 pm
ANAHUAC, TX (AP) — A judge last week ruled that a Black high school student’s monthslong punishment by his Texas school district for refusing to change his hairstyle does not violate a new state law prohibiting race-based hair discrimination. The decision is refueling debates over district and school dress code policies and the CROWN Act. Darryl George, 18, hasn’t been in his regular classes at his Houston-area high school since August. His school district says he’s violating its policy limiting the length of boys’ hair. George wears his hair in tied and twisted locs on top of his head, and his attorney says his hairstyle should be protected by the CROWN Act. The CROWN Act, an acronym for “Create a Respectful and Open World for   ... Read More

Private US lunar lander will stop working Tuesday

Posted/updated on: February 27, 2024 at 1:46 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private U.S. lunar lander is expected to stop working Tuesday, its mission cut short after landing sideways near the south pole of the moon. Intuitive Machines, the Houston company that built and flew the spacecraft, said Monday it will continue to collect data until sunlight no longer shines on the solar panels. Based on the position of Earth and the moon, officials expect that to happen Tuesday morning. That's two to three days short of the week or so that NASA and other customers had been counting on. The lander, named Odysseus, is the first U.S. spacecraft to land on the moon in more than 50 years, carrying experiments for NASA, the main sponsor. But it came in too   ... Read More

Texas Tech receives 6,000 acres for research, learning labs

Posted/updated on: February 27, 2024 at 3:54 pm
LUBBOCK - In the vast, nearly open space between the Dallas-Fort Worth region and Amarillo known as the "Big Empty," the anesthesiologist Fred Koch put together thousands of acres over the past couple decades and turned them into an observatory for celestial studies, according to a story in the Texas Tribune. Students and local groups could come to the 3 Rivers Foundation’s Comanche Springs campus to take advantage of the lack of unnatural light and camp, learn about astronomy or attend “star parties.” But during the pandemic Koch and his wife moved to Australia, sending them searching for someone to preserve and expand the educational aspect of the property. On Tuesday, they announced that they’ve found that caretaker. Koch is donating 6,000 acres to the   ... Read More

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