Ryan E. Poppe

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The possibility of Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton being held in contempt of court for impeding gay rights diminished Monday after a lawyer said the state agreed to update vital records policies for same-sex couples.

Word of a resolution came only hours after Paxton told U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia — who had ordered Paxton to appear before him later this week — that no "high-ranking government official" should be compelled to personally show up in court barring extraordinary circumstances.

WBUR Here and Now

Thursday night was the first night that the nation witnessed the 17 Republican presidential hopefuls on stage. Because of the abundance of candidates the FOX news debate was broken down into two heats. We’ll focus on how the candidates who can call Texas home fared. But first, what did Texans think of the debate?

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How many little kids – after watching movies like “Indiana Jones” or “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” – dream of growing up exploring little known parts of the world, risking life and limb in search of long lost treasure? How many people actually end up living that dream? Not many. But W.C. Jameson has lived that dream for six decades on and off.

Jameson is a Texas author, historian and treasure hunter, and he’s detailed some of his adventures in a book, “Treasure Hunter: A Memoir of Caches, Curses, and Confrontations,” he was willing to share some of his rich wisdom with the Standard.

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The death of Sandra Bland in the Waller County jail has drawn attention to the problem of jail suicides.

Bexar County Deputy Chief Raul Banasco is the Jail Administrator for the Bexar County Adult Detention Center.

According to Banasco, every inmate that is processed into the Bexar County detention division goes through a screening process at booking.

The family of Sandra Bland, who was arrested in Prairie View, Texas, and was later found dead in her jail cell, announced Tuesday that they're suing authorities in Texas.

NPR's Wade Goodwyn reported for our Newscast unit that the wrongful-death lawsuit names the Texas state trooper who arrested Bland, the sheriff of Waller County, the Texas Department of Public Safety and two guards at the jail. "Among other things, the lawsuit accuses the state trooper of depriving Bland of her constitutional rights," Wade says.