Federal Court Grants Stay Against Obama Admin on Family Medical & Leave Act

Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor granted the State of Texas’ request for a stay against the Obama Administration in a lawsuit regarding regulations pertaining to the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Court’s action blocks the Administration from implementing a new rule requiring businesses to give same-sex couples access to the Act’s benefits even if they live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages.

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Federal Court Grants Stay Against Obama Admin on Family Medical & Leave Act

Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor granted the State of Texas’ request for a stay against the Obama Administration in a lawsuit regarding regulations pertaining to the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Court’s action blocks the Administration from implementing a new rule requiring businesses to give same-sex couples access to the Act’s benefits even if they live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages.
Larry Phillips

Texas House Committee Passes Open Carry for Concealed License Holders — Campus Carry on Hold

By a vote of 7-2, the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety passed a bill which will allow Texans with concealed carry licenses to openly carry firearms. The bill, HB 910, authored by Chairman Larry Phillips (R-Sherman), will now move to the House Calendars Committee where it will be scheduled to go to the floor for a vote by the entire Texas House.
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Truck Collision with Overpass Leaves One Dead, Three Injured in Central Texas

One person is dead and at least three others are being treated for injuries after a semi-truck allegedly struck an overpass beam on Interstate 35 near Salado in Central Texas. The truck struck a beam on an overpass that is currently being constructed on FM 2484 where it crosses I-35. The accident caused concrete beams to fall onto vehicles on the highway below.
Tom Mechler

Texas GOP Chairman ‘Very Supportive’ of Bill Reforming Public-Sector Unions

AUSTIN, Texas -- Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman Tom Mechler spoke to Breitbart Texas to express his support for SB 1968, a bill filed by Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) that would end the practice of automatic payroll deductions for labor union dues for the majority of public-sector unions. Mechler was elected the new RPT Chairman in an election earlier this month.
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Texas Border Militia Member Pleads Guilty To Federal Weapons Charge

MCALLEN, Texas -- In a surprise move, a member of the Texas border militia group Rusty’s Rangers pleaded guilty to a weapons charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon. The surprise plea came just one day after John Foerster went before U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen held a competency hearing to determine if the so-called militia member was competent enough to understand the charges and face trial, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed.
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Bergdahl’s Attorney Offers No Explanation of How or Why He Left Base

Attorneys for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl released statement and a thirteen page letter that fails to offer any explanation as to why the soldier left his base in a combat zone. The letter offers many arguments as to why he should be charged with the lessor offense of being on an unauthorized absence (UA) but nothing about his motivations for leaving.
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Couple Back to Court in Texas for ‘Animal Crush Videos’

HOUSTON, Texas – A Houston couple will, once again, face federal trial for making and distributing “animal crush videos” depicting the torture and killing of animals after the Supreme Court of the United States declined to accept appellate review. Federal District Court Judge Sim Lake previously dismissed the charges against Ashley Nichole Richards and Brent Justice -- calling the videos protected free speech.
Charles Schwertner

Texas State Senator Critical of Big Business’ Opposition to Tax Relief Bill

AUSTIN, Texas -- State Senator Dr. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) sent an open letter on Tuesday to a group of business associations, challenging their opposition to SB 8, the Small Business Tax Relief Act. The bill was filed by Schwertner filed in February. The letter acknowledges the contribution that big businesses make to the Texas economy, but accuses them of neglecting the state's small businesses in favor of protecting the interests of powerful big businesses.
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Abbott Takes Action to Protect Children under Care of Family and Protective Services

Following the deaths of three children under the supervision of Texas Department of Family and Protective Service (DFPS), Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has directed the DFPS to implement comprehensive reforms. The reforms are aimed at protecting future and current children under the agency’s care. Nine children died under DFPS’ watch during 2014.
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HUMAN SMUGGLING: Four Illegal Immigrants Stuffed in Car’s Trunk

Four Illegal Immigrants stuffed in the trunk of a car used for human smuggling were captured by U.S. Border Patrol agents at an immigration checkpoint about 80 miles north of the Texas border. The checkpoint is located in Brooks County where more than twenty bodies of human smuggling victims have been found this year.
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Cartel Chronicles: Operación Fallida Desata Balacera y Terror en Reynosa

REYNOSA, Tamaulipas -- La ciudad fronteriza de Reynosa vivió una noche de terror cuando un intento fallido de apresar a un comandante del Cartel del Gofo desato un enfrentamiento armado en una de las principales avenidas. El enfrentamiento paralizó a la ciudad y aterrorizó a las familias que se divertían en centros comerciales y restaurantes en el cierre del fin de semana.
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Op-Ed: Today’s Technology Makes Hillary Clinton’s Secret Emails Even More Troubling

Despite her team’s best attempts to bury the story of Hillary Clinton’s bizarre email deception blunder, inquiring minds still want to know what was going on in that server closet at the Clinton residence while Hillary was serving as Secretary of State. It is a situation that drives open government advocates like me up a wall. Fortunately, open government advocates are everywhere, including South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin.
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Texas Bill: Covenant Marriage Revisited

Texas House Representative James White (R-Woodville) has filed H.B. 547 relating to the creation and dissolution of a covenant marriage. The law would allow couples to select to enter into an agreement for a covenant marriage. The law applies to populations between 54,000 and 56,000 in which more than 250 divorces are granted each year, or to counties where the commissioners court in the county have adopted an order authorizing persons to enter into covenant marriages. Bills providing for covenant marriages in Texas have not been successful in the past.

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