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Attorney General Ken Paxton seeks new attorney on securities fraud charges

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton left the initial hearing on his securities fraud case on Thursday in Fort Worth in need of new counsel. State District Judge George Gallagher granted a motion by defense attorney Joe Kendall to withdraw from the case. Kendall said in his motion that differences arose that “make continued representation untenable.”

Boehner Calls Cruz A 'Jackass' At Fundraiser

Speaker of the House John Boehner stunned audience members Wednesday evening at a Colorado fundraiser by referring to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz as a “jackass,” two people in attendance tell The Daily Caller.

States Step Up Scrutiny of Oil Train Shipments

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When it comes to regulating railroads, states usually let the federal government determine policy. But mounting concerns about the safety of oil trains are making states bolder. In recent months, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington state have taken steps to strengthen oversight of the freight rail industry.

Dallas County DA Susan Hawk is at Texas facility for depression treatment

Hawk’s political consultant, Mari Woodlief, would not say Wednesday where in Texas Hawk is being treated other than to confirm that it is not in Dallas. While at the residential facility, Hawk is spending her time trying to understand how to recognize and manage symptoms of depression, and learning how to restructure her life “so she gets the support that she needs,” Woodlief said.

Cruz hits Megyn Kelly on 'liberal journalist' question

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) late Tuesday became the latest GOP presidential candidate to criticize Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Cruz rebuked Kelly for questioning him about deporting illegal immigrants during an appearance on “The Kelly File.”

Ted Cruz to hold Amarillo fundraiser

Presidential hopeful Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be coming to Amarillo in September to host a campaign fundraiser. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at an undisclosed private home.

Curtain to close on dog racing in Texas

Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque will be closing, ending dog racing in Texas, officials confirmed Wednesday. The dog track, which opened in 1992 near Houston and Galveston to great fanfare, has been struggling along with horse tracks across the state.

Fate of UT’s Confederate statues at issue in court hearing

George Washington Littlefield — Confederate officer, banker, rancher and University of Texas regent — burned with a certain kind of Southern pride. And so it was that in the twilight years of his life he made it clear in his will that he wanted a statue of Jefferson Davis displayed prominently on campus, along with five others he was commissioning.

Special election called in state House District 118

Gov. Greg Abbott has scheduled Nov. 3 as the date for a special election to fill former state Rep. Jose Farias’ seat in the Texas House. Abbott signed a proclamation this week to have the latest San Antonio special election take place on the same date already scheduled for elections across the state.

Perry dismisses dark clouds over campaign

Former Gov. Rick Perry brushed off concerns Wednesday about his flailing presidential campaign and its ongoing financial troubles, saying he still has the same “passion” that fueled his run for the White House four years ago.

Advancement jeopardized for HISD students who didn't get state tests

The students  are taking unofficial exams so school officials can use the results to determine whether they can continue to ninth grade or will have to complete additional work. The worst-case scenario would involve sending the students back to middle school or to an alternative school to make up at least part of eighth grade, Houston Independent School District spokeswoman Holly Huffman confirmed Wednesday.

Immigration judge's absences questioned

As Houston's chronically overburdened immigration court struggled with one of the country's largest and growing backlogs, one of its judges decided only a fraction of the cases as her colleagues, going a total of 24 months in the last five years without issuing a single ruling, federal records show.

What blew up in Conroe? Public can't know for sure

Both DrillChem Drilling Solutions and the city of Conroe say exemptions in the state's public information laws allow them to withhold the chemical names as a trade secret. The incident triggered shelter-in-place calls to 971 phone numbers in the area and kept firefighters at bay for about 40 minutes until they could figure out what chemicals were involved.