As Texas abortion clinics close, second-term abortions will spike

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The bill that Wendy Davis fought to kill in 2013 has created a crisis of abortion care in Texas. Since April of that year, when the state legislature started debate on the bill that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges and meet the conditions of an ambulatory surgical center (ASC), more than half of abortion-providing facilities have either closed or ceased providing abortion care.

Carly Fiorina’s first political campaign had a surprising problem: Money

Fiorina has emerged in recent weeks as a top-tier candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, impressing voters with a pair of crisp debate performances and a promise to put her bottom-line inclination as a Fortune 50 chief executive to fix a broken Washington. But that fiscal sensibility was largely absent from Fiorina’s other run for office — a quixotic and unsuccessful attempt to unseat longtime Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

Dallas County DA Susan Hawk faced suicidal thoughts, wanted to resign

Local Democrats renewed their call for Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk to resign on Sunday, the same day D Magazine revealed details of the DA’s battle with depression, including recent threats to kill herself. Hawk, a Republican, wanted to resign in July because of suicidal thoughts, according to the magazine. Instead, she spent two months at the Menninger Clinic, a premier psychiatric hospital in Houston.

Required Texas exams to be harder to pass

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams said Saturday the state will increase the difficulty to pass its required tests this year, after repeatedly delaying the move because of poor students performance.

Susan King sets sights on Senate post

King has served five terms in the Texas House. She said she has had an interest in running for the Senate post for some time, but she liked what longterm incumbent Troy Fraser was accomplishing in the office. Before announcing her campaign, King said she assessed the district to learn more about the 17-county district.

3-way race to replace Eltife in District 1

James K. “Red” Brown, a two-star major general and acting deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Forces Command in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, announced he would join the race to replace Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, in Texas Senate District 1. His decision comes after a two-month exploratory venture around the district to gauge support and the viability of a run.

5 cases to watch as Supreme Court term begins

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After a year in which liberals scored impressive, high-profile Supreme Court victories, conservatives could be in line for wins on some of this term's most contentious issues, as the justices consider cases that could gut public sector labor unions and roll back affirmative action at state universities.

Report: Language school leader sexually harassed students, teachers

An Air Force investigation last year agreed with complaints that a supervisor at the Defense Language Institute on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland sexually harassed students and fellow instructors. It found that the behavior had gone on for a decade in a program described as a vital part of American foreign policy. The inquiry, which was not a criminal investigation, found that the supervisor, John A. Wilson, made students from foreign military forces sit in his lap, inappropriately touched staffers and once took a student into a closet and closed the door, according to a report summary obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.

Latino efforts aim to counter hostile campaign rhetoric

After a summer of explosive comments in the GOP primary campaign, Latino leaders are stepping up mobilization drives they hope can mark a turning point in lackluster voting by immigrants. Last week, the Latino Victory Project, a national advocacy group co-founded by political power Henry Muñoz of San Antonio, started soliciting stories of successful Latinos around the country for an online initiative aimed at the swelling ranks of youthful Latinos in America.

Most bikers charged in Waco shooting taken off GPS monitors

Only a few of the people arrested in the May biker shooting outside a Waco restaurant remain under ankle monitoring, and none are still in jail. Of the 135 people originally ordered to wear GPS ankle monitors, all but 22 have been allowed to remove them, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported on Sunday. Their lawyers have reached agreements with prosecutors to modify the conditions of their pre-trial release.

Report issued after disturbances at Texas lockup

Following two violent disturbances at a Texas juvenile lockup last month that included fighting and breaking windows, a state investigative report found staffing shortages and agency policies contributed to the incidents.

Carly Fiorina — Austin-born with deep Texas roots

Rick Perry may be out of the race for president, but the Republican field is still brimming with Texas. First-generation Texan Ted Cruz has the ostrich boots and defiant swagger. Jeb Bush — Midland-born, Houston-raised, Longhorn-educated — is the son and brother of Texas presidents. Rand Paul, son of Ron, toddled into Texas as a 2-year-old, coming of age in Lake Jackson and at Baylor University. And then there is Carly Fiorina, who, on the strength of two stellar debate performances, has suddenly surged into the top tier of candidates — ahead of Bush and Cruz and Paul and behind only Donald Trump and Ben Carson in recent polls.

Dallas police chief draws fierce support outside the force, criticism within

On stage last week before a room full of lawyers eating roasted pork and veggies for lunch, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said he was rethinking his career choice...The crowd laughed. Brown had addressed the elephant in the room — that at least two City Council members had privately gone to the city manager days earlier and allegedly asked him to can the chief...The Dallas Morning News interviewed a dozen current and former members of the command staff, most of whom did not want to be identified, citing fear of retribution. Their specific allegations detailed in this story were emailed to Brown on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Spring man once passed on joining terrorist group ISIS but still faces charges

Precisely what is in the heart of Asher Abid Khan is unclear, perhaps even to himself, but there is little doubt what was on his mind in the early days of 2014. He had a mission - serious and likely dangerous. If all went according to plan, he might well die in the company of his new Islamic State comrades on some dusty battlefield in the Middle East. He was prepared for that. Death is not the worst thing, he thought, maybe in this case not even a bad thing if it serves the greater good of his Muslim brothers and sisters. But in the end, the plans came to naught. The 20-year-old from Spring, who journeyed to the doorstep of ISIS only to turn around at the last minute, soon found himself resuming his old life, the one he had not planned for.

Turner hoping third race for mayor is the charm

Turner's bid for mayor - a position he said would crown his political career - is his third. In 1991, Turner, the odds-on favorite in a runoff election with developer Bob Lanier, saw his hopes disintegrate when Channel 13 aired a report days before balloting purportedly linking him to an insurance scam. Twelve years later, Turner plunged into a three-way race with businessman Bill White and former City Councilman Orlando Sanchez, placing third with 28 percent of the vote.

Energy companies ride out crude slump by doubling down in Houston

The global crude slump battering oil towns across the country has created a paradoxical effect in Houston, home to more than 3,700 energy companies, including some of the world's largest. While the city has lost thousands of oil and gas jobs since oil prices collapsed by half over the past year, its energy capital status makes it a logical place for companies to consolidate operations as they shutter far-flung plants and offices to save money.

Jailhouse jeopardy: Guards often brutalize and neglect inmates in Harris County Jail, records show

Over the past nine months, the Houston Chronicle has reviewed more than 1,000 disciplinary reports provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Nearly half of those internal affairs investigations from 2010 through May 2015 resulted in discipline against jail staff who often brutalize inmates and attempt to cover up wrongdoing but rarely lose their jobs. Court records show jailers seldom faced criminal charges even in cases where they used excessive force.

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