Google advertising practices targeted in antitrust probe
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State attorneys general investigating whether Google is engaged in monopolistic behavior are planning to take a deep look into the tech giant's advertising business.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas judge has dismissed substantial parts of the attorney general's first "sanctuary cities" lawsuit that alleges the San Antonio police chief obstructed enforcement of...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Special prosecutors who've threatened to quit the criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have lost another battle over their pay, throwing the case into new...
Texas lawmakers want to make clear guns allowed in churches
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some Texas legislators want to make it clearer in state law that licensed handgun holders can carry weapons in churches, synagogues and other houses of worship, nearly a year...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a Texas law that requires contractors to certify that they don't boycott Israel.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' attorney general is challenging efforts by Democrats in Congress to obtain documents related to the state's bungled search for voters who aren't U.S....
Federal judge hears arguments in Israel boycott law lawsuit
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Friday in a lawsuit that claims a Texas law requiring contractors to certify they do not boycott Israel violates the First Amendment.
Texas AG investigating Chick-fil-A’s exclusion at airport
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' attorney general opened an investigation Thursday into San Antonio's decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from opening airport concession facilities due to the fast-food...
Cleanup of Texas chemical plant hamstrung by new fire, spill
HOUSTON (AP) — The efforts to clean up a Texas industrial plant that burned for several days this week were hamstrung Friday by a briefly reignited fire and a breach that led to chemicals spilling...
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local):
The Texas Attorney General's office has sued the...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Investigators say thieves have been using online information about Texas churches to pretend to be preachers and text parishioners appealing for gift cards for good...
Judge orders Texas not to purge voters after botching list
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Saying there is no evidence of widespread election fraud in Texas, a federal judge Wednesday blocked the removal of any registered voter after state Republican leaders loudly...
Texas senator defends bill empowering husband’s office
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday that a bill she filed that would change state securities law "has literally nothing to do" with her husband facing...
Texas officials say thousands of non-citizens on voter rolls
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas elections officials said Friday that they have identified roughly 95,000 non-U.S. citizens on voter rolls going back to 1996, raising alarms among voting rights activists who called the numbers suspect and feared new efforts to tighten access to the ballot box.
Prosecutors ask court to reconsider pay for Texas AG’s case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An attorney prosecuting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on criminal securities fraud charges is asking the state's highest court to reconsider a ruling that has left the future of the case uncertain.
Special prosecutor Brian Wice wants the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to undo a November ruling that essentially denied his team $200,000 they've previously billed.
Paxton was indicted in 2015 on felony charges of duping investors in a tech startup. He has pleaded not guilty.
Texas AG, universities face suit over Israel boycott law
DALLAS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas on Tuesday filed a lawsuit over a state law requiring contractors to certify that they do not boycott Israel or Israel-controlled territories, arguing the law forces people to choose between their First Amendment rights and their livelihoods.
Kentucky AG opposes ruling striking down health care law
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Heading into a 2019 race for governor, Kentucky's Democratic Attorney General said Monday he will have a "more vocal" role in appealing a recent federal court ruling that struck down a federal law giving government-funded health coverage to more than 400,000 Kentuckians.
Texas sues San Antonio police under sanctuary cities law
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' attorney general sued the San Antonio police chief Friday for what he said are violations of the state's immigration law targeting "sanctuary cities" and sought millions of dollars in sanctions.
Ruling throws indicted Texas AG’s case into more uncertainty
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The fate of the long-running criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has faced securities fraud charges since 2015, was thrown into further uncertainty Wednesday after a court ruled against prosecutors who have threatened to quit if they're not paid.
The decision is a victory for Paxton, a Republican, who was re-elected in November and has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging that he duped investors in a tech startup.
Texas attorney general favored to win despite indictment
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three years ago, criminal charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appeared to put his political future in peril.
He is still under indictment, having pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of securities fraud. But now the Republican is favored to win a second term in November, his wife is on the cusp of becoming a state senator and President Donald Trump singled him out as doing a "great job" at a recent midterm rally in Houston.
Recent editorials from Texas newspapers
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Texas newspapers:
Austin American-Statesman. Sept. 14, 2018:
Lawsuit to kill Obamacare would hurt many Texans, too
It's no secret Attorney General Ken Paxton opposes the federal health care law.
Woman who took cousin’s identity to be deported for voting
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Mexican national whose attorney said she used a cousin's identity to live in the U.S. for decades and held a job assessing students in Houston schools is facing deportation after pleading guilty to illegally voting in the 2016 election.
Court again blocks Texas from requiring fetal remains burial
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has again blocked the state from requiring abortion clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains.
The ruling Wednesday is another court defeat for Texas over an anti-abortion law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last year. Judges haven't allowed efforts to mandate fetal remain burial or let Texas ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure.
Tweet of O’Rourke’s mugshot triggers social media sparring
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas Republican Party tweet recalling Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke's past arrests has triggered a partisan mugshot melee online.
The state GOP was chiding O'Rourke for failing to yet settle on dates for a series of debates with Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz when it tweeted an O'Rourke photo on Tuesday night that appeared to be a mugshot from a previous arrest.
AG: Armed election judges OK at polls in government venues
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says presiding election judges licensed to carry handguns may do so while working at polls in government buildings.
However, in a formal opinion issued Tuesday, Paxton also said a presiding election judge may not openly carry a handgun at polls set up on any college or university campus, nor may they carry a concealed handgun on any campus where the institution prohibits them by rule.
Trump, state officials discuss efforts to help ex-inmates
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump discussed prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club Thursday.
The White House said the officials represented states that have implemented changes similar to those backed by Trump.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A newspaper review has found the Texas Attorney General's Office has spent $500,000 to defend the state's recent abortion restrictions with expert court testimony that has mostly been given little or no weight by judges.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four dozen Texas gasoline stations accused of Hurricane Harvey-related price gouging have agreed to issue refunds to purchasers.
Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday announced the nearly $167,000 settlement in an investigation in which some stations allegedly charged as much as $8.99 per gallon.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has overturned Laredo's ban on disposable plastic bags in a ruling that likely dismantles similar bans in other cities across the state.
The court ruled Friday that Laredo's city ordinance violated state law that regulates solid waste disposal. The court said the Texas Constitution prevents local ordinances from conflicting with state law.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge has ruled that Texas isn't complying with a decades-old voter registration law and wants a quick fix.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia says Texas is running afoul of the National Voter Registration Act that requires letting people sign-up to vote while getting or renewing their driver's license.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Victims of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar are imploring Texas authorities to investigate whether Bela and Martha Karolyi could have done more to prevent Nassar's sexual abuse at the couple's Texas training center.
Five former gymnasts, including two who say Nassar abused them at the Karolyis' ranch near Huntsville, addressed reporters Thursday outside state Attorney General Ken Paxton's office.
Texas suing to end ‘Dreamers’ program once and for all
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and six other states are suing to end once and for all a program that would protect some young immigrants from deportation.
The lawsuit announced Tuesday comes a week after a federal judge in Washington ordered the Trump administration to resume the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
DALLAS (AP) — A panel of three judges with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has heard arguments on whether to embrace or reject a lower-court ruling that the Texas foster care system is unconstitutionally broken.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State Attorney General Ken Paxton is seeking to join a lawsuit against Austin's sick leave ordinance — another example of top Texas Republicans hitting back at local policies enacted by liberal cities.
In papers filed Monday in Texas District Court, Paxton argued that Austin's ordinance, which takes effect Oct. 1, undermines state law setting minimum wage.
In a statement, Paxton complained about Austin's "disdain and blatant disregard for the rule of law."
Appeals court restores Texas voter-ID law
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Texas's new version of its voter-ID law can go into effect, rebuking a lower court judge for trying to block the law and delivering a significant victory to voter-integrity advocates.
The original law passed earlier this decade had been blocked after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded both its purpose and effect was to punish minority voters.
First black woman elected sheriff in Texas indicted
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the first black woman elected sheriff in Texas and two other candidates for the post have been indicted for criminal violations for fraud related to campaign contributions.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Friday that a grand jury in Chambers County issued the indictments.
20 states seek to block Obama’s health care law
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Twenty Republican-led states are seeking to temporarily invalidate former President Barack Obama's health care law while their larger lawsuit against it proceeds.
In a February suit, Texas and Wisconsin led a coalition arguing that the Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional after the Republican-backed tax overhaul eliminated fines for not having health care coverage.
Texas agriculture commissioner errs in interpreting barbecue bill, ruling finds
AUSTIN — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller went too far when his agency drew up rules to carry out his interpretation of a 2017 barbecue bill that led to him battling BBQ businesses over regulating food scales and a $35 annual fee, Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in an opinion Monday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the governor can call a special election to replace a retiring congressman, even as the U.S. Supreme Court mulls whether his district was drawn to marginalize Hispanic voters.
Paxton's non-binding opinion Monday says that a court would likely side with Abbott if he determines the Corpus Christi-based district being vacated by Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold faces "an emergency."
Trump tweets support for top Texas Republicans
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump has tweeted his support for eight top Texas Republicans ahead of the state's primary next week.
On Twitter on Tuesday, Trump encouraged "all of my many Texas friends" to vote for Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton.
All are favored in the March 6 primary, though Paxton has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges.
Obamacare lawsuit: Republican AGs tell Trump ‘let us win’
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, leading the latest attempt to kill Obamacare in the courts, said Tuesday the Trump administration should "let us win" instead of defending the program, saying a victory could be the spur that Congress needs to replace the 2010 law after several failures.
Trump tweets support for some, but not all, top Texas Republicans
AUSTIN - President Trump blessed the re-election campaigns of Texas’ top four officeholders Tuesday, but he didn’t voice support for two of his backers who are trying to fend off fierce Republican primary challenges.
Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller weren’t mentioned in a tweet in which Trump gave his enthusiastic backing to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Walker moves to stabilize market amid new lawsuit
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday signed into law a $200 million measure designed to stabilize the health insurance market under the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin, after authorizing fellow Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel to take lead on a new multi-state lawsuit to block the federal law.