AUSTIN, Texas/DETROIT Jan 15 (Reuters) – Tesla Motors CEO
Elon Musk urged Texas lawmakers on Thursday to ease restrictions
on sales of his electric luxury cars as he floated the prospect
of locating a new car factory or a test facility for his
“hyperloop” mass transit concept in the state.
Texas is one of several states that have barred, or strictly
limited, Tesla’s ability to sell cars directly to consumers
through company-owned stores.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas prison bus carrying 15 people skidded off an icy overpass and hit a freight train on Wednesday, leaving at least 10 people dead and five others injured, officials said.
Two correctional officers and eight inmates died from injuries sustained in the accident near the west Texas city of Odessa, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Reuters) – To the members of Camp Brisket, listening to Aaron Franklin discuss the role of smoke in slow-cooking a piece of meat was like watching Hank Aaron break down his home run swing or Joe Montana give tips on how to mount a Super Bowl winning drive.
About 100 campers came last week to Texas A&M University’s Meat Science and Technology Center to learn from the greatest pit masters in the state, including Franklin, to cook brisket. It can take a day to turn the somewhat cheap cut into a mouth-watering meal, but it takes years of dedication to make it sublime.
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 7 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals
court this week will hear arguments on whether to strike down,
or keep in place, same-sex marriage bans in three conservative
southern states including Texas, the most populous state that
does not allow gay couples to wed.
The same judicial panel that will consider the Texas case
will also hear appeals on same-sex marriage bans in Louisiana
and Mississippi, setting up a possible decision that could
redefine same-sex marriage in parts of the U.S. South, where
each state has passed legislation banning the practice.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – George P. Bush was sworn in on Friday as Texas land commissioner with his father and potential Republican White House candidate Jeb Bush by his side and his grandfather, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, watching on the Internet.
The 38-year-old Bush, an attorney and founder of a Fort Worth-based investment firm, one-upped his relatives when in November he became the first person in the political dynasty to win in his first major election.
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec 31 (Reuters) – A transgender Ohio teen
walked in front of an oncoming truck and was crushed to death on
Sunday morning, leaving behind a suicide note that has resonated
around the world and led to calls for a federal law to protect
other transgender adolescents.
Leelah Alcorn, born with the name Joshua, was 17 years old
and said she had been forced to undergo conversion therapy,
which seeks to change sexual orientation through counseling. The
practice has been banned in two states on grounds it is
medically unfounded and puts children in danger.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Former President George H.W. Bush’s breathing has returned to normal and he is awaiting doctors’ approval to be discharged from a Houston hospital where he has been receiving treatment for nearly a week, his office said on Monday.
“He will remain at the Houston Methodist Hospital tonight pending final approval from his doctors to return home,” said Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the 90-year-old former Republican president.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – With high-speed rail in the United States long on plans and short on construction, a Texas company is aiming to fast-track service between Dallas and Houston.
The Texas Central Railway Company plans to use private investment and Central Japan Railway bullet train technology to run a line between two of the largest U.S. cities. Company officials say service could begin in 2021.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 90, was hospitalized in Houston, Texas, late on Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a spokesman for the 41st commander-in-chief said in a statement.
Bush’s latest health scare came two years after he was struck by illness during the 2012 holiday season. He spent seven weeks in a Houston hospital for bronchitis and related ailments before his discharge in mid-January of 2013.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. district judge on Monday denied an injunction seeking to halt executions in Oklahoma filed by attorneys for death row inmates who argued a troubled lethal injection in the state in April exposed deep flaws in the death chamber protocols.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot wrote that the lawyers failed to show inmates could suffer inhumane harm, adding in a court documents posted online “that entry of a preliminary injunction would not be in the public interest.”