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Mar 4, 2014

Texans vote in primaries shaken by Tea Party influence

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texans went to the polls on Tuesday in primary elections where the top candidates for governor were expected to post easy wins and favorites of the conservative Tea Party movement are trying to topple established Republicans in several races.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, will win his race easily, opinion polls show. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate for governor, and state Senator Wendy Davis, the top Democratic Party candidate, were also expected to win by wide margins.

Mar 3, 2014

Cruz steering Texas Republicans further right in primary fights

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The longest shadow in Tuesday’s primary election in Texas is being cast by a politician not even in the running, freshman U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican.

Cruz, just two years into his first major elected office, has arguably become the most loved politician among Republicans in Texas, an incubator for national conservative policies where the party dominates the statehouse and has not lost a statewide race since 1994.

Feb 24, 2014

Republican Abbott widens lead in Texas governor’s race over Davis

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Republican front-runner in the race for Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has increased his lead over likely Democratic rival Wendy Davis, according to a poll released on Monday.

State Attorney General Abbott has an 11-percentage-point lead over State Senator Davis, the poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune found. That was a wider lead than the six-point edge Abbott held in a November poll.

Feb 18, 2014

U.S. Marines’ daughter becomes Sports Illustrated swimsuit pinup

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – With parents who met while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Hannah Ferguson seemed destined for a life in uniform.

Instead, the girl from rural Texas ended up as a model who is one of the featured rookies in the iconic Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue that will be released on Tuesday.

Feb 16, 2014

Texan turning Japanese sake into a Lone Star tipple

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 16 (Reuters) – What could be more Texas
than this? Rice grown in Texas fields first planted by settlers
more than a century ago, processed by a Texan in the heart of
the capital, Austin, and sold under the product name “Rising
Star.”

Welcome to the world of the Texas Sake Company, almost
certainly the first – and most certainly the only – commercial
brewer of the Japanese rice wine operating in the Lone Star
State.

Feb 15, 2014

Texas suspends first doctor under new abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Texas has suspended a
Houston doctor’s license for performing abortions without
getting privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital, the
first such move under a new state abortion law that went into
effect last year.

The Texas Medical Board said on Friday that physician
Theodore Herring performed 268 abortions between Nov. 6 and Feb.
7 without the right to admit patients to an authorized hospital
within 30 miles (48 kms) of where the procedures took place.

Feb 7, 2014

Hundreds of thousands lose power after U.S. Northeast storm

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Utility crews worked on Thursday to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the U.S. Northeast after a snow and ice storm slammed the region, but flights began returning to normal after thousands of delays or cancellations.

The latest in a series of winter blasts dumped up to a foot of snow on Wednesday and early Thursday on the Eastern Seaboard from Maryland to Maine. About 100 million people, or one-third of the U.S. population, lives in the region.

Feb 6, 2014

Hundreds of thousands without power after U.S. Northeast storm

Feb 6 (Reuters) – Utility crews on Thursday worked to
restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses
in the U.S. Northeast after a snow and ice storm slammed the
region. But flights began returning to normal after thousands of
delays or cancellations.

The latest in a series of winter blasts dumped up to about a
foot (30 cm) of snow on Wednesday and early Thursday on the
Eastern Seaboard from Maryland to Maine. About 100 million
people – or one-third of the U.S. population, lives in the
region.

Feb 5, 2014

Texas to execute woman convicted of killing man for insurance money

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set to execute a woman convicted of leading a plot to kidnap, torture and then beat to death a mentally disabled man to collect insurance money.

The state, which executes more people than any other in the United States, plans to execute Suzanne Basso, 59, at 6:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time (2400 GMT) on Wednesday by lethal injection at its death chamber in Huntsville.

Jan 29, 2014

Daughters of Texas Democrat Davis defend mother in bio brouhaha

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The daughters of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis rallied to her defense against accusations that their mother embellished her biography, saying in open letters released on Tuesday they wanted to “set the record straight.”

Davis, a Democrat, is trying to recover from a major setback after the Dallas Morning News earlier this month questioned details about the inspiring life story at the center of her campaign of how she went from teenage mother in a Texas trailer park to Harvard Law School graduate.