If a federal court decides that the state intentionally discriminated when drawing its new political maps, is it more difficult for Texas lawyers to argue against Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act? And is it fuel for the constant struggle over the leadership of the Texas House?Full Story
Two state prisons are slated to have access management installed on their telephone systems before the end of the year. Smuggled cell phones have been a particular problem at two units, the Stiles Unit in Beaumont and the McConnell Unit in Beeville. The new system, funded by the company that operates the prisons’ pay phone networks, monitors all outgoing calls to ensure that only pre-authorized numbers can receive calls from the prison.