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Friday, January 20th, 2012

State asks federal court to speed up redistricting decision

The state is asking federal judges in San Antonio to speed up their schedule and try to get new political maps in place by the end of the month, so that the political parties can proceed with primary elections on April 3.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Texas seeks clearance for redistricting maps

Texas bypassed the Obama administration's Department of Justice on Tuesday, opting to ask a panel of federal judges in Washington, D.C., to review the state's new maps for congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Attorney general drops abuse charges against Velte, wife

A visiting judge on Monday dismissed sexual and physical abuse charges against former district attorney candidate Paul C. Velte IV after the accuser, his 16-year-old stepdaughter, said she didn’t want to testify in court.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Texas legislature convenes, facing hard choices

Expect a heated word or two over immigration legislation and border security, threats of major cuts to education and health and human services, and continuing struggles to keep up with the state’s transportation and criminal-justice concerns. Here’s...

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Federal court denies greenhouse gas stay for Texas

Texas' bid to stop the federal government's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases hit another roadblock today, when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals turned down the state's request for a stay of a move to force states...

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Texas AG reacts to health care reform ruling

A federal court's ruling on Monday declaring parts of federal health care reform unconstitutional elicited plenty of reaction in Texas, which is part of a separate attempt to repeal the new law.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Texas vs. EPA permitting battle intensifies

The legal wrangling between Texas and the federal government over the state's air-pollution permitting system for big industrial plants is intensifying, as Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a brief in a federal court on Monday defending...

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Editorial: San Marcos CISD needs to remember … it's public

San Marcos CISD officials apparently haven't been hip to the open government requirements for public school districts. The school district needs to tighten up its understanding of what it means to be a public governmental entity.

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Caldwell County man indicted on 22 child pornography charges

A Lockhart man is headed for trial on 22 child pornography possession charges after being indicted on Tuesday by a Caldwell County grand jury.

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Mojica Carmona gets 14 life sentences for brutally beating his children

A Hays County jury late this morning sentenced Cesar Mojica Carmona to 14 concurrent life sentences nearly a week after convicting the Dripping Springs man who severely beat and bit his three young children.

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