Appeals court upholds Texas block on school mask mandates | Houston Public Media

AP Photo/LM Otero, File In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID19, elementary school students use hand sanitizer before entering school for classes in Godley, Texas. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order that forbids school districts from imposing mask mandates on schools to prevent the spread of … Read more

Families Demand Answers and Accountability After Video Released of Police Response in Uvalde School Shooting

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has announced safety and security improvements ahead of the upcoming school year, following the school shooting that claimed 21 lives nearly two months ago. The district announced several projects to upgrade door locks, add security cameras, fencing, and the addition of police and security officers. Funding for the projects … Read more

Abbott orders state guard units and DPS officers to return migrants to border with Mexico | Houston Public Media

Miranda Suarez Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered state National Guard units and Texas Department of Public Safety officers to return migrants they apprehend on the border to federal ports of entry. In an executive order authorizing the enforcement Abbott said the move was due to President Biden’s lack of desire to secure the border. … Read more

Texas is unlikely to adopt key provision of bipartisan federal gun bill | Houston Public Media

The bipartisan gun bill that is on a fast track through Congress and backed by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn includes new state grants to incentivize red flag laws, which allow judges to temporarily seize firearms from people who are deemed dangerous. That means it’ll be up to states as to whether they want to take … Read more

Texas GOP convention’s main theme: ‘Going on offense’ against Democrats | Houston Public Media

An ambulance with a message against Gov. Greg Abbott’s Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke, is parked outside a reception hosted by the governor during the kickoff of the GOP convention in Houston. Texas Republicans kicked off their biennial convention Thursday, taking over Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center to discuss the state party’s platform, as well … Read more

Texas investigations into families with trans children seeking gender-confirming care blocked

A Texas judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state from investigating families of transgender children who have received gender-confirming medical care, a new obstacle to the state labeling such treatments as child abuse. The temporary restraining order issued by Judge Jan Soifer halts investigations against three families who sued, and prevents any similar investigations against … Read more