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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.

Aug 15, 2014

Texas Governor Perry indicted for abuse of power

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Texas 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.

Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, was indicted by a grand jury in Travis County with abuse of official capacity, a felony, and coercion of a public official, a misdemeanor.

Aug 15, 2014

Feature – A seminary behind bars seeks to change Texas prison system

ROSHARON Texas (Reuters) – In a solitary confinement unit at a maximum-security prison in Texas, convicted murderer Troup Foster offers spiritual guidance to offenders as a part of a programme designed to spark a cultural change in the country’s largest prison system.

Foster, 52, is one of 34 offenders in the first class of a university seminary school set up at the state’s Darrington Unit. He is about to enter his senior year and has found a niche as a “tier walker” who ministers to inmates in solitary and offers moral guidance to some of the state’s most hardened criminals.

Aug 15, 2014

A seminary behind bars seeks to change Texas prison system

ROSHARON Texas (Reuters) – In a solitary confinement unit at a maximum-security prison in Texas, convicted murderer Troup Foster offers spiritual guidance to offenders as a part of a program designed to spark a cultural change in the country’s largest prison system.

Foster, 52, is one of 34 offenders in the first class of a university seminary school set up at the state’s Darrington Unit. He is about to enter his senior year and has found a niche as a “tier walker” who ministers to inmates in solitary and offers moral guidance to some of the state’s most hardened criminals.

Aug 15, 2014

Texas starts National Guard deployment at border with Mexico

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas has started deploying up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border, with the aim of combating crime in a region flooded by illegal immigration, law enforcement officials said on Thursday.

Border sheriff’s have been informed about the deployment and the first Texas National Guard troops have taken positions in places such as towers used for monitoring, a deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office said.

Aug 14, 2014

The other Texas border deployment: doctors, dentists, opticians

MISSION Texas (Reuters) – For the Texas State and National Guard, Operation Lone Star is a disaster preparedness exercise. For public health experts, it is a humanitarian mission. And for Itzel, a teenage schoolgirl, it is a chance to finally get glasses so she can read textbooks.

Operation Lone Star started 16 years ago to help the guard prepare for emergencies such as hurricanes or pandemics in south Texas. Since then it has expanded its medical care component, treating thousands in a region that hugs the Mexican border, including some who come because no identification papers are required.

Aug 11, 2014

Obama vow to speed deportation of children at odds with public opinion – Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON/McALLEN Texas (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans, who say the children should be allowed to stay in the United States, at least for a while.

The results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll highlight the complexity of the child migrant issue for Obama, who has sought to emphasise his compassion while also insisting that his administration plans to send home most of the children, many of whom have fled violence in their homelands.

Aug 11, 2014

Obama vow to speed deportation of children at odds with public opinion

WASHINGTON/McALLEN Texas (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans, who say the children should be allowed to stay in the United States, at least for a while.

The results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll highlight the complexity of the child migrant issue for Obama, who has sought to emphasize his compassion while also insisting that his administration plans to send home most of the children, many of whom have fled violence in their homelands.

Aug 10, 2014

Missouri teen shot dead by police had assaulted officer: police

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – The shooting death of a black teenager that sparked anger in a St. Louis community was started by a fight between the victim and an officer in a squad car that quickly escalated, police said on Sunday.

Police said Michael Brown, 18, physically assaulted the officer from the Ferguson police, who then fired multiple shots at Brown after he left the car on Saturday. The officer, who was not identified, is a six-year veteran and has been put on administrative leave, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told a news conference.