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Paxton expands business ties despite pledge to downsize them

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AUSTIN — Despite promising last year to “wind down” his involvement in dozens of real estate and business ventures, Attorney General Ken Paxton continued to expand his holdings in 2014, according to personal financial documents.
Paxton pledged during last year’s campaign to begin divesting from his sizable business portfolio and funnel these investments into a ……….. read more here. 

By Lauren McGaughy, Austin Bureau

Paxton’s role in Hunt family probate case called “ill-defined” and “unorthodox”

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Experts frown at his moves in Hunt case

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton walks the halls of the capitol after he appears before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on July 29, 2015. Paxton has come under fire for his roll in a probate case which has raised significant questions about his ethical conduct as a …… read more here. 

What Americans want to do about illegal immigration

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A gap in the fence near the U.S.-Mexico border overlooking Tijuana, Mexico, in 2014.

The debate over the future of the nation’s estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants is on the political front burner once more.

President Barack Obama set the stage in November when he announced new executive actions (now tied up in court) to prevent the deportation of millions of unauthorized immigrants, expanding 2012’s original program aimed mostly at providing relief to those brought to the United States as children. Illegal immigration has dominated the Republican presidential campaign, particularly after Donald Trump’s call for deporting all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Others have called for a …….. read more here. 


Prosecutors re-indict Texas AG Ken Paxton, but charges remain the same

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Special prosecutors Brain Wice and Kent Schaffer released the following statement Tuesday evening:

Contrary to the assertion of Mr. Paxton’s criminal defense lawyer that the indictments charging his client with two counts of first-degree felony securities fraud were “botched,” we obtained re-indictments to defuse the boilerplate arguments predictably advanced by the defense that the original indictments lacked specificity or were otherwise ambiguous. It is not …….. read more here. 

Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy arrested for DWI with child aboard

Mariana Yvonne Navarrete mug shot 

PHARR — Police arrested an off-duty Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office deputy Sunday night and charged with suspicion of driving while under the influence with a child passenger in the vehicle, Monday morning.

Around 10:46p.m., Pharr police stopped 27-year-old Mariana Yvonne Navarrette on ….. read more here.


Texas Tech opens El Paso’s first transgender clinic


When Dr. Hector Granados arrived at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso in July 2014, he wanted to make a real difference in a community that is woefully underserved.

Granados, a pediatric endocrinologist who grew up in Juárez, works with transgender children and some adults.

“We are in diapers when it comes to transgender care in the United States,” he said. “Most of …… read more here

Victor R. Martinez 


Texas 2015 ballot measures


Seven statewide ballot measures have been officially certified for the November 3, 2015 statewide ballot in Texas.

In Texas, the dozen or so ballot propositions that typically do get certified for the November ballot in odd years by the Texas State Legislature don’t receive their final affirmative vote for ballot status until near the very end of the state legislature’s session. In 2015, the final day of the state legislative session was June 1.[1]

All statewide Texas ballot propositions are legislatively-referred constitutional amendments. They are referred to the ballot by the Texas State Legislature and, if approved by voters, become a part of the Texas State Constitution. Texas is one of 16 states that requires a two-thirds supermajority vote in one session to place a ……. read more here



Developers take aim at colonia rules

Children walk across a dusty road in the Spanish Palms colonia July 30, 2015 north of Weslaco.

Texas land developers are preparing to push back against the state’s model subdivision rules, which decades ago ended the construction of colonias in the Rio Grande Valley.

Sources within the Texas Land Developers Association have indicated that developers are aiming to become more politically involved in discussions around ……. read more here.


HISD opens Arabic Immersion Magnet School Monday

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Houston ISD will make history this morning when they open the doors to the nation’s first public Arabic language immersion school.

HOUSTON – Class is officially underway at Houston ISD’s new Arabic Language Immersion Magnet School.

It’s the country’s first public immersion school for the Arabic language, but not everyone’s excited about the first day of school Monday.

The school’s 132 kindergarten and pre-K students will spend half the ………. read more here.

MISSILES IN POST TEXAS: Why Are There 3 Big Missiles South Of This Sleepy TX Town?


Lubbock,TX— Residents near Post,TX can breathe a sigh of relief. According to officials at the Dyess Air Force base, missiles that were noticed south of lake Alan Henry are dummy missiles used for training.

After hearing from multiple viewers who claimed to have seen missiles south of Post, sent a reporter to investigate. He discovered that there are three missiles standing on what appears to be a ………… read more here.