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Childress police chief responds with ‘go fly a kite’ to organization’s request

PROVIDED PHOTO: Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia posted this photo on the department’s Facebook page with a message noting he would be putting the “In God We Trust” decal on all of the department’s patrol units.


The Childress police chief told the Freedom of Religion Foundation to “go fly a kite” in a response letter after being asked to remove the “In God We Trust” saying from CPD patrol units.

On Monday afternoon, Chief Adrian Garcia posted a photo of his ……… read more here.


Central Texas man sentenced to federal prison for supporting terrorists

Photo: CONTRIBUTED, Round Rock Leader

A 24-year-old Round Rock man who called himself a “jihadi” will spend 10 years in federal prison for attempting to provide material support and resources to terrorist groups, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Rahatul Ashikim Khan must also serve 10 years of supervised release, per the sentence handed down Friday in a federal court in Austin.

“Rahatul Khan conspired to provide material support to …….. read more here.

By Joshua Fechter

E-mails: State official privately derided tech firm while publicly promoting it


AUSTIN — Former Texas health official Jack Stick tried to persuade dozens of other states to buy Austin technology company 21CT’s Medicaid fraud detection system even as he privately complained that the results it produced for Texas were worth “a bucket of warm spit,” according to his email messages.
Stick worked for months to push the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to buy 21CT’s system, the emails show. Then, after the company got a no-bid contract in 2012, he cited supposed successes of ………… read more here.

By Brian Rosenthal, Austin Bureau

5 Things Every Houstonian Needs to Know about November “HERO” Vote


On Tuesday, November 3rd, Houston voters will finally have a chance to vote for or against the controversial LGBT “Equal Rights” Bathroom Ordinance (or HERO), known as Proposition 1 on the ballot.

The vote comes after a more than yearlong campaign by Houston Mayor Annise Parker to illegally disenfranchise voters and intimidate opponents, including efforts to silence Houston pastors by attempting to subpoena their sermons and private church communications. A unanimous Texas Supreme Court ruled against the Mayor in July ordering the Council to stop enforcement of the ordinance and “comply with its duties” to allow Houstonians to vote on the issue.

With Election Day closing in, a thorough analysis reveals the …….. read more here.

by David Walls

6 die, 7 hurt in crash during police chase in Edna

Image: Twitter

Six people died and seven others were injured early Thursday morning in a traffic crash during a police chase in Edna.

The wreck happened about 1:30 a.m. on northbound U.S. 59 near Loop 521, according to Clinton Wooldridge, Chief of the Edna Police Department.

In a statement released to the media, Wooldridge said the incident began when police tried to stop a 2003 Ford Explorer for a traffic violation on U.S. 59. The driver refused to stop and …. read more here

By Dale Lezon

Activists Hope Pope Inspires TX Governor To Drop Immigration Lawsuit

Photo by Doug Mills – Pool/Getty Images

Pope Francis greets well-wishers at the Apostolic Nunciature to the United States on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC, as he travels to the US Congress. 

For Jessica Azua, Pope Francis had articulated the very message that she and other immigration activists were taking that afternoon to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

The pope had implored lawmakers and politicians to see immigrants as persons, to see their faces and hear their stories. Thursday afternoon, Azua was leading a protest at an appearance by Abbott in San Antonio, where the activists asked Abbott to meet with immigrants.

“We want to take this message to …… read more here.


Conman STEALS from woman’s overturned car while she’s trapped inside after claiming he was there to save her

Image: Facebook 

A man who had stopped to apparently help a woman who was involved in a rollover in North Texas allegedly robbed the woman before driving away.

Joshua Smith shared a post on Facebook revealing that his sister, Kimberly Smith, had been involved in a rollover early Sunday morning in Irving. He said the car rolled three times.

He claims that a ‘tall, skinny black male in his ….. read more here. 


Former Astros star Lance Berkman attacks Houston Equal Rights Ordinance in new ad

Photo: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Lance Berkman uses the fear of rapists wandering into women’s locker rooms as a tool to drive votes against Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, which protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman has jumped into the debate over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinanceattacking the law for providing equal protection for LGBT people.

Berman uses a popular smokescreen – the idea of boys suddenly showering with girls in the locker room – to attack the equal-rights law. As gay people and same-sex couples have found increasing acceptance, that has become a popular method of division for the anti-LGBT forces in Houston, to go after …….. read more here. 

By Cyd Zeigler

Lance Berkman is a spokesman against an LGBT rights law in Houston


SB Nation’s Outsports reports that former Astros first baseman/outfielder Lance Berkman has become a spokesman for a group opposed to a ballot initiative in Houston known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. He’s taped commercials attacking the law for providing equal protection for LGBT people.

Which, hey, baseball players skew conservative and conservative people are more likely to oppose LGBT laws than many, so no big deal? Normally yes, but …….. read more here

By Craig Calcaterra

Study Says CHL Law Doesn’t Impact Crime Rate


Texas’ CHL law has been on the books for twenty years now, but a new study shows it may not be as effective as you think.

Texas A&M’s Charles Phillips led …….. read more here.

by iHeartMedia’s Cliff Saunders