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Nov 13, 2015

Supreme Court agrees to hear first abortion case since 2007

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics. The justices said Friday they will hear arguments over a Texas law that would leave about 10 abortion clinics open across the state. A decision should come by late June, four months […]

Aug 10, 2015

Texas executions likely on, despite Supreme Court dissent

WASHINGTON — Wherever their summer travels have taken them, Supreme Court justices probably will weigh in on Texas’ plans to execute two death row inmates in the week ahead. If past practice is any guide, the court is much more likely to allow the lethal-injection executions to proceed than to halt them. Opponents of the […]

Jul 21, 2015

Prosecutor: Texas jail death investigated thoroughly

HEMPSTEAD, Texas  — A Texas prosecutor says the death of a black woman whose family disputes authorities’ finding that she hanged herself in a jail cell is being examined as thoroughly as a murder investigation. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said Monday that there are many unanswered questions about the death of Sandra Bland, […]

Jun 22, 2015

Supreme court may take up major abortion case

WASHINGTON — Abortion is back before the Supreme Court, and the justices could signal by the end of June whether they are likely to take up the biggest case on the hot-button subject in nearly a quarter-century. If the court steps in, the hearing and the eventual ruling would come amid the 2016 presidential campaign. […]

Mar 23, 2015

Justices hear dispute over Confederate license plates

Texas refused to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag.

Mar 9, 2015

Texas prison agency seeks to replenish execution drug supply

Texas’ prison agency is scrambling to find a supplier to replenish its inventory of execution drugs, which will be used up if the state goes forward with two lethal injections scheduled for this week and next.

Aug 12, 2014

Hughes contract expands in Texas

Hughes Network Systems LLC, of Germantown, a provider of broadband satellite systems and services, announced it has been awarded an expanded contract by the State of Texas Department of Information Resources for its offerings under the Texas Agency Network Next Generation Communications Technology Services program. Under the modification, Hughes can offer bandwidth tokens for small […]

Arizona Execution Drugs
Aug 4, 2014

Texas execution raises chilling questions

Strip searches, abortion clinics and a former Gore lawyer round out this week's Law Blog Roundup.

Jun 18, 2014

Texas sued over hot prisons for elderly, ill

Advocacy groups on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit alleging that sick, elderly and disabled prisoners are being exposed to dangerous heat at a Texas lockup that isn’t air-conditioned.

Texas Death Chamber
May 30, 2014

Execution drug source can be secret, Texas AG decides

Texas can keep secret the name of its supplier for its execution drugs, the state attorney general determined after law enforcement argued that suppliers face serious danger.

Jan 6, 2014

Texas abortion restrictions before federal court

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday on whether the state of Texas can enforce a law that led to the closing of several abortion clinics, a case that ultimately appears bound for the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans didn’t […]

Nov 11, 2013

Fracking operations turn to recycling wastewater

MIDLAND, Texas — When the rain stopped falling in Texas, the prairie grass yellowed, the soil cracked and oil drillers were confronted with a crisis. After years of easy access to cheap, plentiful water, the land they prized for its vast petroleum wealth was starting to dry up. At first, the drought that took hold […]

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