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Texas Legislature Considers Transportation Bill For Students In High-Crime Areas

Posted on · A year after the murder of an 11-year-old boy in Houston, the Texas legislature considers a transportation bill for students in high-crime areas. The Josue Flores Bill passed the Senate and is being considered by the Texas House Education Committee. SB 195 would provide transportation funding to help students like Flores, who was stabbed while walking home from Marshall Middle School.

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Harris County Requests Delay To Implement Judge’s Bail Order (UPDATE)

Posted on · Harris County has asked for an emergency hearing to discuss implementation of a federal judge's order for defendants who can't afford bail. U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal issued a temporary injunction set to start next Monday for misdemeanor defendants, if there are no other legal restraints. . Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he is ready to enact them.

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Dismantling Affordable Care Act Hurts Some Constituencies More Than Others

Posted on · Congressman Gene Green of Houston says the House bill that dismantles much of the Affordable Care Act affects his constituency especially hard. Although it faces an uncertain future in the Senate, the current GOP plan would undo the mostly federally-funded Medicaid expansion, which provided coverage to about 11 million newly-eligible low-income Americans.

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Sanctuary City Law Could End Up In Court

Posted on · The passage of the so-called "Sanctuary Cities" bill goes against the advice of some law enforcement groups. The bill threatens police chiefs and sheriffs with jail time and removal from office if they refuse to honor federal immigration detainers.

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Former President Bush Still Under Observation; Elderly At Greater Risk With Pneumonia

Posted on · George H. W. Bush is remaining under observation at Houston Methodist Hospital for a while longer. The 92-year-old former president was admitted on April 14th because of a persistent cough. He was diagnosed with mild pneumonia and bronchitis, but family spokesman Jim McGrath says those issues have been resolved. He just needs to regain strength.Pneumonia can be a serious condition, especially in older adults.