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Jul 15, 2014

Court upholds University of Texas affirmative action plan

By Jonathan Stempel and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – A divided federal appeals court has upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action program, a year after the school was ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to scrutinize the school’s use of race in admissions more closely.

By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Tuesday it was persuaded that the use of race by the state’s flagship university was justified to achieve diversity, given a lack of workable alternatives.

Jul 15, 2014

Immigration activist Vargas detained at airport in Texas

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Prominent immigration activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained at an airport in McAllen, Texas, on Tuesday as he was passing through a security checkpoint, immigration rights groups said.

Airport officials in the border city could not confirm that Vargas had been detained but said an unidentified individual was taken into police custody at a security checkpoint. McAllen police officials were not immediately available for comment.

Jul 8, 2014

Obama to meet Texas governor, a critic in U.S. border crisis

WASHINGTON/AUSTIN (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet Texas Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday to discuss a surge of Latin American young people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border that has put the two leaders at odds with each other.

Perry’s office welcomed the meeting, to take place in Dallas on the governor’s turf, in a Tuesday statement that said they would discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along the southern border.

Jul 3, 2014

Texas A&M tackles double amputee over ’12th Man’ football trademark

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas A&M University and a band of four Buffalo Bills football fans led by a double amputee are in a fight over the use of the school’s “12th Man” trademark, with the fans accusing the school of heavy handed tactics to protect its copyright.

The university said it is being fair and amicable in protecting a trademark that is a part of school history.

Jul 3, 2014

Texas governor renews calls for National Guard at U.S.-Mexico border

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry and a key U.S. lawmaker renewed Republican calls on Thursday for National Guard troops to be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border to help stem a surge of Central American nationals entering the United States illegally.

Perry addressed members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security at a field hearing at McAllen, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, the region hardest hit by the thousands of children and families who have streamed to the border in recent months.

Jul 1, 2014

What a howler! World Cup teaches U.S. fans new lingo

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Fixtures have nothing to do with plumbing, kit means uniform, and clean sheet is a shutout. The World Cup in Brazil has been forcing American fans to learn a whole new sports vocabulary.

With interest in soccer at new highs in the United States, Americans face a new way of speaking about the sport due to a preponderance of British English in broadcasts, which has filtered down to local TV.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-What a howler! World Cup teaches U.S. fans new lingo

AUSTIN, Texas, July 1 (Reuters) – Fixtures have nothing to
do with plumbing, kit means uniform, and clean sheet is a
shutout. The World Cup in Brazil has been forcing American fans
to learn a whole new sports vocabulary.

With interest in soccer at new highs in the United States,
Americans face a new way of speaking about the sport due to a
preponderance of British English in broadcasts, which has
filtered down to local TV.

Jun 29, 2014

Wendy Davis tries to get Texas campaign for governor back on track

DALLAS (Reuters) – For one day a year ago, Wendy Davis became the brightest star in the U.S. political universe when she donned pink tennis shoes and launched a one-woman, 10-hour filibuster against abortion restrictions that brought her international attention.

Now she is battling to revive a seemingly stalled campaign to become the first Democratic Texas governor in more than 20 years by winning over frustrated Republicans and motivating enough voters who would otherwise spend election day at home to find a few minutes to vote.

Jun 24, 2014

Man pleads guilty in Texas to rhino horn smuggling

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – An Asian art dealer based in a Dallas suburb pleaded guilty on Tuesday to being part of a ring that smuggled more than $1 million of rhino horn and elephant ivory from the United States to China, U.S. prosecutors said.

Ning Qiu, 43, admitted to buying rhino horn and ivory across the United States and sending the contraband to Hong Kong by hiding the material in porcelain vases and falsely filling out shipping documents, they said.

Jun 22, 2014

Diversity enters Republican race for U.S. Senate seat from Oklahoma

By Heide Brandes and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – In staunchly conservative Oklahoma, three major candidates are running in Tuesday’s Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat, two have a shot at winning and one is gathering attention because he is half black and half Native American.

T.W. Shannon, 36 and the youngest speaker of the House in Oklahoma, is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and represents a bit of diversity that has captured the attention of the national Republican Party looking to expand its base of white voters.