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Sep 13, 2015

America’s city rankings set for Texas-sized shake up; Houston to edge past Chicago

HOUSTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Hidden in the haze of the
petrochemical plants and beyond the seemingly endless traffic
jams, a Texas city has grown so large that it is poised to pass
Chicago as the third biggest in the United States in the next

Houston has been one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities for
years, fueled an energy industry that provided the backbone of
the economy, low taxes and prospects of employment that have
attracted job seekers.

Sep 11, 2015

Planned Parenthood files suit over Arkansas decision to cut funding

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in federal
court on Friday seeking to a block a move by Arkansas Governor
Asa Hutchinson that cut state funding for certain programs the
reproductive health provider has in the state, the group said.

Arkansas was one of several Republican-controlled states
that have cut funds for the organization in the wake of the
release of videos by anti-abortion activist group Center for
Medical Progress, in which a Planned Parenthood official is seen
talking about transactions involving fetal tissue.

Sep 9, 2015

Texas high school may be punished after players blindside football referee

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas group that oversees sporting events in schools held an emergency meeting on Wednesday to consider punishing a San Antonio high school football team after two players were seen in a viral video blindsiding an official during a game.

University Interscholastic League officials said players and coaches from John Jay High School conducted a series of unsportsmanlike actions in its game against Marble Hall High School last Friday that included the hit on the referee.

Sep 8, 2015

Police investigate Texas football players who blindsided official

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas police have started a criminal investigation of an incident in which two high school football players crashed into a referee from behind during a game, officials said on Tuesday.

The police department in Marble Falls, northwest of Austin, said it was weighing assault charges after Friday’s game at Marble Falls High School against John Jay High School of San Antonio.

Sep 6, 2015

Kentucky clerk who refused same-sex marriage licenses starts new appeal

Sept 6 (Reuters) – The lawyer for a Kentucky county clerk
who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses said his team
filed on Sunday a notice of appeal over a contempt ruling that
landed her in jail.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 49, who refused to issue the
licenses due to her Apostolic Christian belief that marriage can
only be between a man and a woman, said she was prepared to
remain in jail where she has been reading a Bible since her
incarceration for contempt on Thursday, her lawyers said.

Sep 4, 2015

Gay marriage fight in Kentucky likely not the last battleground

By Jon Herskovitz and Daniel Bases

(Reuters) – The fight over same-sex marriage licenses may not end in Kentucky.

In Texas, Alabama and elsewhere a number of clerks and judges who stated their opposition to gay marriage have thrown up roadblocks to the unions, extending the fight over same-sex weddings two months after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

Sep 3, 2015

Outside lawyers to probe Baylor University’s handling of sex abuse

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Baylor University President Ken Starr, who gained prominence for his investigation of former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s sex life, will have an independent investigation looking at how his school responds to sexual misconduct.

Baylor, the world’s largest Baptist university, has faced criticism for not doing enough to investigate and discipline a member of its football team who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman who played on the school’s women’s soccer team. The player, Sam Ukwuachu, was convicted in August of sexual assault and given six months in jail.

Sep 1, 2015

Man charged with killing Texas deputy had been in mental hospital

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The man charged with fatally shooting a Houston-area deputy in a hail of gunfire spent four months in a mental hospital in 2012 after being declared incompetent to stand trial in an aggravated assault case, court documents showed.

Shannon Miles, 30, has been charged with capital murder, a crime punishable by death in Texas. He is accused of emptying a 15-round handgun into Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday evening as the lawman fueled a patrol car at a Houston-area gas station.

Aug 27, 2015

Texas Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to fraud charges

By Marice Richter and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Tea Party
Republican, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to three felony
charges of securities fraud during his first court appearance in
a case that threatens his political career.

If convicted of first-degree felony, the state’s top lawman
could face up to 99 years in prison.

Aug 27, 2015

Policeman shot, two people stabbed in southwest Louisiana

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Police stormed a grocery market in a southwestern Louisiana town on Wednesday to arrest a man accused of stabbing two people and shooting an officer before barricading himself inside the store, the St. Landry Parish sheriff said.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was captured after police fired tear gas into the building about an hour after the violence began in the small town of Sunset, about 70 miles (112 km) west of the state capital, Baton Rouge.