Texas House Passes Initial Vote on Open Carry Bill

Woman Open Carrying in Resturaunt - Reuters-Bill Waugh
The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill on to second reading that would allow people with Concealed Handgun Licenses to openly carry handguns. The bill (HB 910) came to a vote after several hours of contentious debate over amendments and parliamentary procedural issues. The bill was approved by a vote of 96-35.

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Woman Open Carrying in Resturaunt - Reuters-Bill Waugh

Texas House Passes Initial Vote on Open Carry Bill

The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill on to second reading that would allow people with Concealed Handgun Licenses to openly carry handguns. The bill (HB 910) came to a vote after several hours of contentious debate over amendments and parliamentary procedural issues. The bill was approved by a vote of 96-35.
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Texas Teacher Charged with 2 Counts of Sexual Misconduct in 2 Months

Twice in two months, a 24-year-old North Texas high school teacher was arrested and charged with sexual misconduct for having allegedly improper sexual relationships with students. Irving Independent School District (ISD) math teacher, Kaitlyn Renee Granado, was originally arrested on March 19 for an inappropriate relationship with a male student that occured in April of 2014. She was charged with a felony count for lewd educator-student sexual misconduct.
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Viral Meningitis Cluster Breaks Out in Texas Schools

A small cluster of viral meningitis has broken out in Central Texas. Over the past two weeks three cases have emerged in one school district. Most recently, a middle school staffer was diagnosed with the spinal swelling sickness.
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Fort Hood Soldiers to Receive Full Purple Heart Benefits

U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh announced that the Army will provide “all possible benefits” to victims of the 2009 Fort Hood Shooting. The announcement comes less than one week after the Army presented Purple Heart medals to 36 soldiers and family members of those who were killed in the shooting.
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Open Carry Bill Heading Back to Texas House Floor for Vote

AUSTIN, Texas – The bill to allow holders of Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) to openly carry handguns is heading back to the House floor for a vote on Friday. The bill came to the floor for a vote earlier this week but was sent back to committee due to a technical glitch.
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Dallas Zoo Sports a New ‘Natural Born American Citizen’ Giraffe

The Dallas Zoo is all smiles following Friday’s birth of a baby giraffe. The infant giraffe is a female and, as of her first checkup, is 130 pounds and stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall. While the baby is yet to be named, she is already running circles through her mother, Katie’s legs.
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Matriarch of Alleged Teenage Prostitution and Human Trafficking Conspiracy on Trial in Texas

The stack of charges includes sex trafficking, harboring people illegally in the U.S., and money laundering. Deputy U.S. Attorney Reuben Perez says that Hortencia Medeles, 68, could receive life in prison without parole if found guilty on all charges. The charges relate to a human trafficking ring which took place in two Houston area nightclubs that served as brothels for underaged girls and other trafficking victims.
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Mexican Human Smugglers Get Prison and Deportation over Texas Stash House

HOUSTON, Texas – Three Mexican nationals received prison sentences and will face deportation for their role in holding more than thirty illegal immigrants in a stash house. The human smugglers were holding the immigrants until family members would pay ransoms they demanded before they would release the people they had already been paid to smuggle into the United States.
Woman Open Carrying in Resturaunt - Reuters-Bill Waugh

Point of Order Sends Texas Open Carry and Fracking Bills Back to Committee

Texas House Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) raised a point of order that resulted in a temporary setback for the House Open Carry bill, HB-910. The point of order was sustained by the Speaker, Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) and the bill will be sent back to the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. The bill prohibiting local authorities from blocking fracking operations in their jurisdictions was sent back to committee on a similar point of order.
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Texas Judge Pleads Guilty To Federal Bribery Charges

A former Texas state district court judge from San Antonio has pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with taking cash for favorable rulings from defense attorneys and will spend two years in prison. Angus Kelly McGinty, the former state judge for the 141st State District Court went before a U.S. federal judge in New Mexico where he pleaded guilty to one of the five counts filed against him which included wire fraud and bribery.

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