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The News sues Dallas County DA Craig Watkins over release of documents

The Dallas Morning News sued Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins on Thursday in an attempt to obtain documents about how Watkins has spent public money. The newspaper asked a state district judge to order Watkins to turn over public documents after the district attorney refused to release them in the time frame outlined by state law, according to the lawsuit.

University Park home dons Ebola-themed decorations for Halloween

Since the decontamination decor went up Sunday, the home where he lives with girlfriend Carolyn Cox has become the talk of the neighborhood. News vans come and go. Drivers slow down to take pictures, and many joggers have snapped selfies with the home on the corner of Westchester Drive and Emerson Avenue. “What’s the scariest thing?” Faulk asked. “Ebola.”

Ebola Vaccine, Ready for Test, Sat on the Shelf

The researchers said tests in people might start within two years, and a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011. It never happened. The vaccine sat on a shelf. Only now is it undergoing the most basic safety tests in humans — with nearly 5,000 people dead from Ebola and an epidemic raging out of control in West Africa.

Doctor in New York City Is Sick With Ebola

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with the man while he was sick.

Cruz adviser's 'bad joke': No Ebola before ObamaCare

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A senior adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted Thursday that "Before ObamaCare, there had never been a case of Ebola in the U.S.," later adding it was a "bad joke." The adviser, Nick Muzin, deleted the tweet, but screenshots shot around Twitter.

Early voting numbers for El Paso County spur conflicting interpretations

When the El Paso Times checked the numbers, Battleground corrected its claim that in-person voting in El Paso County was up 89 percent in the first day of early voting compared with 2010. A spokeswoman said a staffer transposed numbers from Denton County, which precedes El Paso on the secretary of state's list of the 15 largest Texas counties.

Nearly a half-million Texans cast ballots

More Texans are voting early this year than did four years ago. In the first three days of early voting, 485,836 voters in the state’s largest 15 counties cast their ballots in this election, compared with 435,077 at the same point in 2010, according to the most recent Texas Secretary of State data.

Kennedy: For Texas Democrats, the bad news gets worse

But in a year when Texas voters were drifting toward church-backed conservatives on the right, Democrats turned left. The result: an average 17-point lead for all statewide Republicans in a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll that simply shows how little this state has changed.

Record number opting for mail ballots

Friday is the last day to request a mail ballot for the Nov. 4 election, but well before the deadline, Bexar County set a record for applications as more and more voters opt for the convenience of casting ballots at home.

Deep water oil finds raise the pressure to reduce cost

But before the oil companies can wring money out of the ancient sandstone, they'll have to face the massive pressures that emanate from reservoirs deep under water and could crush modern steel. In the Gulf, a 66 million-year-old ring of the earth's crust called the Paleogene Trend holds oil in places the industry can't yet go.

Mayor: New York doctor has Ebola, 1st in city

An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. It's the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.

DA candidates tout different paths to office

Ogg already was a senior prosecutor when Anderson joined the office in 1992 as a "baby DA." Though they rarely crossed paths at the time - the office employs more than 200 lawyers - the two carved out reputations as hard-charging assistant district attorneys with more than 100 prosecutions to their names.

Justice Ginsburg Revises Texas Voter ID Dissent, Then Announces It

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Last Friday Ginsburg pulled an all-nighter to write a dissent from the court's decision to allow the Texas voter ID law to go into effect while the case is on appeal. The dissent, released Saturday at 5 a.m. and joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, listed a variety of photo ID forms not accepted for purposes of voting under the Texas law. Among those listed in the Ginsburg dissent as unacceptable was a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs photo ID. Three days after the opinion was released, professor Richard Hasen of the University of California, Irvine said on his election law blog that the state does in fact accept the Veterans Affairs IDs. Upon confirmation of that fact by the Texas secretary of state's office, Ginsburg amended her opinion.

Eva Longoria: The TT Interview

The actor, political activist and Corpus Christi native on her efforts to mobilize Hispanic voters, Texas' voter ID law and the impact of groups like Battleground Texas. Longoria, the co-founder of the Latino Victory Project, a political advocacy organization, was in San Antonio on Wednesday to campaign with Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

Cohen: Shame on Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court

In allowing Texas' voter identification law to go into effect, at least for the November election, the U.S. Supreme Court last week showed the nation precisely what it meant in 2013 when its conservatives struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County vs. Holder.

State reps talk future of education

A group of area school superintendents and administration officials from Marshall Independent School District met Wednesday with state Reps. Jimmie Don Aycock and Chris Paddie to discuss the future of education in Texas.