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HOUSTON — A South Texas man working for the Department of Defense in Honduras faces up to 30 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

William Curry McGrath of San Antonio remains jailed pending sentencing this summer in federal court in Houston. The 55-year-old McGrath on Tuesday pleaded guilty to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign place.

McGrath was a civilian employee with DOD, working as director of the Network Enterprise Center at Soto Cano Air Base in Comayagua, Honduras.

Texas Considers More Abortion Limits After Clinic Closures

Apr 29, 2015
David Martin Davies / TPR News

AUSTIN — Two years after Texas adopted sweeping abortion restrictions despite Wendy Davis’ star-making filibuster, Republicans are pushing a smaller encore of additional limits for new Gov. Greg Abbott to sign within the next month.

New battlegrounds over abortion access for minors and insurance don’t pack the same impact of a 2013 measure that would leave as few as eight abortion facilities in Texas if a federal appeals court upholds stringent new clinic standards. That decision is potentially still weeks out.

But while other conservative states such as Kansas and Tennessee have moved to the front line of national abortion politics, Texas Republicans are signaling they are far from finished. One bill up for discussion Wednesday would hold doctors or counselors criminally liable if they were found to have coerced a woman into ending a pregnancy. It was proposed by a first-term Republican who says she was pressured into an abortion as a teenager.

For Perry And Luttrell, A Father-Son Relationship

Apr 29, 2015
Cooper Neill / The Texas Tribune

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Before he became immortalized as the Lone Survivor, a Navy SEAL who escaped a 2005 Taliban ambush on a mountain slope in Afghanistan, Marcus Luttrell was a broken man in search of a haven. 

He found it one day in the spring of 2007 when, struggling to recover his body and mind and with the horrors of war still raw, he showed up unannounced at the Texas governor’s mansion and asked to see Rick Perry. 

Over the ensuing months, a virtual father-son relationship blossomed, the two men said. The governor and his wife, Anita, helped bring Luttrell back to health. Perry used the power of his office to find Luttrell a spine surgeon to fix his back.

E. David Guel/The Ranger

An annual event at San Antonio College is noteworthy for its music, but also a lot more. First off, it’s got an interesting name. Fredstock.

“Fredstock is a music festival that we throw each spring.”

Donnie Meals is the Music Business Program Coordinator at San Antonio College. And unlike other music fests, this one is actually a college course. Here’s what students are expected to do.

Gage Skidmore / CC

HOUSTON — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush declared Wednesday that 11 million immigrants in the country illegally should have an opportunity to stay, wading yet again into his party’s contentious immigrant debate.

In tone and substance, Bush stands out among the many Republicans lining up for the GOP’s next presidential primary, where conservatives who oppose an immigration overhaul often hold outsized influence. As he moves toward a presidential campaign, the brother and son of former presidents has not backed away from his defense of immigrants in the country illegally and a policy that would allow them to attain legal status under certain conditions.

“We’re a nation of immigrants,” Bush said at the National Christian Hispanic Leadership Conference that brought several hundred Hispanic evangelical leaders to Houston this week. “This is not the time to abandon something that makes us special and unique.”

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