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Refugee Resettlement and Uncovering Frost Town: Houston Matters Weekend for October 29, 2016

Posted on · On Sept. 30, 2016, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn't accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott's statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted on […]

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Why Are There So Many Open Judicial Seats in Federal Courts?

Posted on · There are currently 12 judicial vacancies on the federal bench in Texas — ten in district courts and two on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. That’s more vacancies than any other state. We discuss what’s behind the backlog and the impact of judicial vacancies on federal courts with Houston attorney David Furlow, a member […]

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Guns in Courthouses and a Federal Judicial Backlog: Monday’s Show (September 12, 2016)

Posted on · Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently filed a lawsuit against Waller County over signs that ban firearms posted in its multipurpose county courthouse in Hempstead. The suit centers on an exemption in the state's open carry law that prohibits firearms "on the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court." In a […]