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Appeals Court: Texas Can Enforce More of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law, SB 4

Appeals Court: Texas Can Enforce More of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law, SB 4

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas can require law enforcement to honor federal immigration requests to detain people in local jails for possible deportation under a new “sanctuary cities” law supported by the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.  But the unanimous ruling of a three-judge panel in New Orleans includes the caveat […]

SB 4, the Texas ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law, Is Temporarily Blocked

SB 4, the Texas ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law, Is Temporarily Blocked

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked most of Texas’ tough new “sanctuary cities” law that would have let police officers ask people during routine stops whether they’re in the U.S. legally and threatened sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities.  The law, known as Senate Bill 4, […]

On Harvey: Historic Rain and NAACP Call for ‘Equitable’ Recovery

On Harvey: Historic Rain and NAACP Call for ‘Equitable’ Recovery

HOUSTON (AP) — As the human toll and the strain on flood defenses mounted, the city of Houston moved Tuesday to open two and possibly three more mega-shelters, and the rain from Harvey officially became the heaviest tropical downpour in U.S. history. Louisiana’s governor offered to take in Harvey victims from Texas, and televangelist Joel […]

Houston Drainage System Said to be ‘Obsolete’ and Poorly Regulated

Houston Drainage System Said to be ‘Obsolete’ and Poorly Regulated

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s system of bayous and reservoirs was built to drain a tabletop-flat city prone to heavy rains. But its Depression-era design is no match for the stresses brought by explosive development and ever-wetter storms. Nearly any city would be overwhelmed by the more than 4 feet of rain that Hurricane Harvey has […]

At a Crowded Houston Shelter, a Long Night Following Harvey

At a Crowded Houston Shelter, a Long Night Following Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) — With more guests than cots, some people slept on chairs or the floor. People hung towels and wet clothes on the base of the ceiling supports. Police officers guarded several entrances. Outside, dozens of people still awake stood with their pets and traded cigarettes. People who escaped rising floodwaters and pouring rain […]

Civil Rights and Political Leaders Decry Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio

Civil Rights and Political Leaders Decry Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio

Political, civil rights and community leaders nationwide are condemning President Donald Trump’s late Aug. 25 pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff for Maricopa County, Arizona.  Arpaio, 85, has faced numerous legal issues, including what amounted to racial profiling of Latinos in the Phoenix area during immigration sweeps by his deputies. A U.S. judge had […]

A Look at Joe Arpaio’s Legal Issues in ‘Law and Order’ Arizona

A Look at Joe Arpaio’s Legal Issues in ‘Law and Order’ Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Gary Donahoe learned firsthand the consequences of crossing Sheriff Joe Arpaio when the lawman was still one of Arizona’s most powerful politicians.  Arpaio was launching criminal investigations against county officials eight years ago because he was upset at them over budget cuts and opposed the county’s plan to build a new courthouse […]

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