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Hearing Set On Allegations In Immigration Lawsuit

Mar 19, 2015

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Justice Department attorneys are preparing to answer questions about claims that they misled a judge about when part of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration was implemented.

A Thursday hearing is set in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, related to a lawsuit filed by 26 states against Obama’s plan, which could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally.

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The Texas Senate gave preliminary approval to a measure that would add handguns to the list of items students are allowed to carry in their college backpacks. An initial vote on the bill went down along party lines 20 to 11, with the Republican majority holding strong.

Currently, college students and faculty that have a license to carry their concealed handguns in public are not allowed to carry them on many state college campuses. The bill by Granbury Republican Sen. Brian Birdwell would allow these licensed gun owners to carry their handgun and textbooks in the same backpack while on a state college campus.

Ryan E. Poppe

A bill to create graduation panels that would approve high school seniors for graduation, even if they failed some of the state’s end-of-course exams, has been approved by lawmakers in the Senate.

The bill by Amarillo Republican Sen. Kel Seliger, if passed by the House and then signed into law, would exempt seniors from having to pass all five standardized tests, known in Texas as the STAAR exams. Seliger said too many seniors were failing these exams, yet still had a great grade point average.

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  The San Antonio Police Officers’ Association is recommending a new proposal in the latest collective bargaining negotiations with the City of San Antonio. Both sides want to come to an agreement soon, but if the most recent proposal, calling for a 11-13 percent raise in salaries over four years, lower healthcare premiums for dependents and modifications to proposed out-of-network costs isn’t accepted, the police union might walk away from the table.

Ryan E. Poppe

On Tuesday, the Texas Senate voted 20-10 to put the final seal of approval on the licensed open carry of handguns in the state from their end, and sent the measure to the House for their approval.

On Monday, in the first of what was probably the first of several possible measures on gun legislation from this group of lawmakers, the Republican majority in the Senate had pushed through the preliminary vote.

The 20-11 vote along party lines on Monday had made this final vote a formality.