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Texas Congressman To Trump: 'Take Your Border Wall And Shove It'

Jun 7, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela took a poison pen to the Republican presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in an open letter Monday morning.

Cruz Running for Re-election in 2018

May 11, 2016
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*Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is officially running for re-election in 2018.

Cruz filed paperwork Wednesday afternoon to seek a second term, adding some clarity to his political future just over a week after he ended his presidential campaign.

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An attorney for former Texas death row inmate Alfred Dewayne Brown is asking state Comptroller Glenn Hegar to reconsider denying his client almost $2 million in compensation from a state fund that compensates the wrongly imprisoned. Otherwise, he said, the next appeal might be before the Texas Supreme Court.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated.

INDIANAPOLIS — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Tuesday ended his campaign for the presidency after suffering a devastating loss to front runner Donald Trump in the Indiana primary.

“I said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory," the Texas senator told supporters here, spawning some pained shouts of "No!" "Tonight I am sorry to say that it appears that path has foreclosed.”


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Nearly three years after Texas lawmakers passed a law requiring some applicants for unemployment benefits to pass a drug test, the state has yet to test a single applicant, and it remains unclear when the program will get going.

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At 64 years old, Richard Benson is positive that he has already lived through the worst day of his life. 

It was April 16, 2007, and Benson was in Puerto Rico for a conference of university engineering deans. He started the day excited to spend some time away from his office at Virginia Tech University. Then at 9:27 a.m., he received an e-mail that jostled him out of his good mood: “A shooting incident occurred at West Ambler Johnston earlier this morning. Police are on the scene and are investigating.” 

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from Texas and 19 other states to block a landmark federal rule requiring power plants to slash emissions of mercury, acid gases and other toxic metals — a setback for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a case where he saw earlier success. 

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Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

WASHINGTON — During oral arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the constitutionality of Texas’ abortion restrictions, U.S. Supreme Court justices found little on which to agree as they dissected the state law that could leave Texas with as few as 10 clinics.

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*Correction appended.

Texas superintendents have overwhelmingly approved a rule making birth certificates the official determinant of a student-athlete's gender for playing high school sports, a policy transgender advocates have decried as exclusionary and outdated.