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Ryan E. Poppe

Ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft could soon be facing a set of state rules and regulations when operating in Texas. The state’s House committee on transportation approved a bill that places transportation network companies under state supervision.

Marshall Republican Rep. Chris Paddie’s bill would have the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles issue driver’s permits for ride-booking companies.

Sen. John Cornyn

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee.

The vote was 99-0 to approve the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which expands law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers and creates a new fund to help victims. Announced presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, missed the vote.

Authorities Seize Wrong Mexican Girl For Forced Return To Texas

Apr 22, 2015
Courtesy: YouTube

MEXICO CITY  — A 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken by authorities and sent screaming to live in the United States was returned home Wednesday after DNA tests showed she is not the daughter of the Houston woman who claimed her.

The case of Alondra Luna Nunez drew international attention after a video of the distraught girl being forced into a police vehicle last week circulated in media and on social networks. There was no immediate explanation of why authorities did not confirm her identity before sending her out of the country.

The Foreign Ministry said Mexican officials were carrying out a court order to send Alondra to Dorotea Garcia, a Houston woman who claimed the girl was her daughter who had been illegally taken to Mexico by her father years ago. Alondra's family insisted authorities were mistaken but their pleas were ignored. “They stole my daughter,” Susana Nunez told Milenio Television on Wednesday. “I didn't know this woman existed.”

Bonnen: Patrick ‘Playing Games’ With Border Security

Apr 22, 2015
Courtesy: Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

A key member of the Texas House’s Republican leadership blasted Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as a Washington-style politician a day after the Texas Senate passed its version of a sweeping border security bill. 

Texas Self-Driving Car Bill Stalled By Google, Carmakers

Apr 22, 2015
Courtesy: Scott Schrantz / The Texas Tribune

A bill to update Texas law for the age of driverless cars has stalled due to two serious roadblocks: Google and major car manufacturers. Both the technology giant and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry group, have come out against a proposal from state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, to create a pilot program aimed at monitoring and encouraging autonomous vehicle testing in Texas. 

Google has previously encouraged the development of similar laws in other states including California and Nevada, yet is refusing to publicly explain why it is opposed to such a measure in Texas.

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