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Aug 29, 2014

U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. judge struck down parts of a law restricting abortions in Texas, saying in a decision on Friday that a provision requiring clinics to have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said the so-called “ambulatory surgical center requirement” was unjust because it placed an undue burden on women by reducing the number of clinics where they could seek abortions and the regulations had no compelling public health interests.

Aug 28, 2014

Texas judge rules state’s school finance system unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A Texas judge ruled on
Thursday the state’s school finance system was unconstitutional
because it does not adequately or fairly provide money to public
schools, a decision that could force an overhaul of how the
state pays for education.

The decision from State District Judge John Dietz next heads
to the state’s Supreme Court, legal experts said. The funding
issue has already been a political football in the election
season, with Democrats seeing the decision as a rebuke of
Republican plans to pay for schools.

Aug 28, 2014

Backstory of ‘Gone with the Wind’ goes on display 75 years after premiere

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Before “Gone with the
Wind” hit the screen, it was a questionable investment that
became a touchstone for race relations and was embroiled in
moral questions ahead of Rhett Butler saying he did not give a
damn.

The film went on to became the biggest box officer earner in
U.S. movie history, according to figures adjusted for inflation
by Box Office Mojo.

Aug 27, 2014

Mexican family sues over border death they say was caused by U.S. agents

By Jon Herskovitz and Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – The family of a Mexican man they said was shot dead by U.S. agents on the Mexican side of the border in 2012 filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking damages from the United States for what the family claims was an excessive and illegal use of force.

Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza was shot from a Border Patrol boat on the Rio Grande River while his family was having a picnic on the Mexican side near Nuevo Laredo, the suit said.

Aug 25, 2014

Lawyers for Texas Governor Perry file motion to dismiss charges

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Attorneys for Texas Governor Rick Perry filed a motion on Monday to dismiss two felony charges of abusing his power, saying it is unjust to prosecute the leader of the state over a political dispute by trying to criminalize a veto.

Perry, a possible candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential race, was indicted earlier this month for trying to use the veto to force the resignation of a prosecutor in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the Republican-dominated state.

Aug 20, 2014

Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power.

“The actions that I took were lawful. They were legal and they were proper. This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box,” Perry said after finishing the 15-minute processing at the Travis County criminal justice center, a short walk away from the governor’s mansion.

Aug 19, 2014

Indicted Texas Governor Perry turns himself in for fingerprints, photo

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, turned himself in to authorities for fingerprinting and a mug shot on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power.

“I am going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being,” Perry said before he entered the criminal justice center in Travis County, a short walk from the statehouse. Supporters turned out to cheer his words while his opponents relished seeing him facing a criminal court.

Aug 19, 2014

Texas’ Perry to fight indictment casting shadow on possible 2016 run

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry will vigorously fight a two-count felony indictment returned by a state grand jury last week charging him with abuse of power, his lawyers said on Monday, calling the prosecution “outrageous.”

The indictment has cast a shadow over his possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, with experts predicting that legal wrangling in the case will likely stretch into the 2016 election cycle.

Aug 18, 2014

Texas Governor Perry’s legal fight casting shadow on possible 2016 run

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry will fight a two-count felony indictment brought against him last week for abuse of power by a state grand jury, his lawyers said on Monday, calling the prosecution “outrageous.”

The indictment has cast a shadow over a possible 2016 Republican presidential run for Perry, with experts saying the legal wrangling is expected to be lengthy and coincide with the election cycle.

Aug 17, 2014

Texas Governor Perry calls indictment politically motivated

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, said on Saturday an indictment against him for abuse of power was a political move that he intends to fight.

Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, on two counts of abuse of power and coercion over a funding veto he made last year that was seen as being intended to force a local prosecutor to resign.