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4:13 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

First Ever Nativity Scene Goes Up In State Capitol, With Little Fuss

Children Choir Singing In Front Of Nativity Scene On Display At The State Capitol
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

A Catholic-supported group has been able to raise enough private funds to have a Nativity scene on display inside the Texas State Capitol, the week before Christmas. And the Texas Nativity Scene Project, the group that put this together, said the presence of the manger scene in the Capitol building is a win for those trying to keep the “Christ in Christmas.”

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Law
9:38 am
Thu December 11, 2014

State Lawmaker Proposes Legislation That Provides Additional Protection For Religious Freedom

Should the state of Texas provide stated additional legal protection for an individual’s right to religious freedom when it concerns counties, municipalities or even homeowners’ associations?   One state lawmaker thinks it does, and has authored a potential constitutional amendment ahead of the 2015 session, a clause that would protect anyone wanting to make a public expression of their religious beliefs.

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Law
10:51 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Texas’ Highest Criminal Court To Decide If State Law On U.S. Flag Is Unconstitutional

US Flag Burning
Credit Jennifer Parr

The state’s highest criminal court will soon decide on whether a Texas law, banning the desecration of the flag, is constitutional. The attorneys for defendant Terrance Johnson, who said his right to despoil the flag was protected under the First Amendment, have said freedom of speech and expression should not be contingent on the method used to destroy a flag.

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Merry Christmas Law
9:22 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Lawmakers Offer Reminder For Schools: You Can Legally Say ‘Merry Christmas’ In Texas

Some lawmakers at the state Capitol are taking time out of their schedules to let Texas school districts know students, teachers and school administrators are protected by the Attorney General’s Office this Christmas season.

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Texas
5:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

"Policing Sexuality": The Mann Act And White Slavery

  Charles Manson, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Lloyd Wright and Chuck Berry: what do these men have in common?They were all charged with violating the Mann Act, also known at the White Slavery law. The progressive era law has been on the books for over one hundred years - and was used to build the FBI - enforce a moral code against sexual deviancy and promote gender roles for women.  The Mann Act was America’s first anti–sex trafficking law.

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Business
4:19 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Boeing Pays $23 Million To Settle Claims It Overbilled Government

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Court documents unsealed Friday show Boeing Corporation paid $23 million to settle a lawsuit with the department of justice over allegations that for years it overbilled the government on aircraft maintenance at Kelly Airfield location here in San Antonio.

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The Source - October 9, 2014
10:55 am
Thu October 9, 2014

The Source: Are Texas Prisons Cruel And Unusual?

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Texas Prisons will be under the international microscope in an upcoming hearing before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, a part of the Organization of American States. For years, Texas prisons have been criticized for their lack of air conditioning. A year-long investigation by the University of Texas Law School's Human Rights Clinic found what they say are violations of human rights.

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The Source - October 2, 2014
10:12 am
Thu October 2, 2014

The Source: "Banished" Sex Offenders Reoffend In Unsuspecting Communities

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At least two "high-risk," violent sex offenders in Texas were ordered out of the state after being released from jail in 2004. The states the offenders were respectively ordered to were not given notice of their status, and the men found new victims.

The discovery, revealed in a Houston Chronicle investigation, shocked many and has many questioning the legality and constitutionality of the act. 

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Government
8:53 am
Wed October 1, 2014

DOJ Settles $6 Million Suit With Help Of San Antonio Whistleblower

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The U.S. Department of Justice with the help of a San Antonio whistleblower settled a 7 year-old court case  over allegations that Caremark, a part of CVS Health, intentionally miscalculated the amount they repaid Medicaid for prescriptions for more than a decade.

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The Source - September 17, 2014
4:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Source: Your Cell Phone And Tracking You In Texas

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Do police need a warrant to access location data and other meta information from your cell phone in Texas?

A hearing in the state senate yesterday had conflicting answers that may surprise you. Electronic privacy advocates like Scott Henson say they don't, but he wants a law changing that. Law enforcement officials like Bill Exley, an assistant district attorney with Harris County, says they do have to get a warrant, but he wants to change it so they don't. 

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