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Texas vs. the Feds — A Look at the Lawsuits

Since President Obama took office in 2009, the state of Texas has sued his administration at least 42 times. Attorney General Ken Paxton's office has provided cost estimates for 39 of those cases, which as of mid-2016 totaled about $5.9 million. Here's a look at each of those lawsuits, including summaries of the case, related costs and where things stand.

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Armed Civilian Allen Crum Helped Stop UT Sniper Charles Whitman 50 Years Ago

Joaquin Castro Causes New Stir as He Considers Senate Run

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a morning campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Castro was on the first of four campaign stops in Iowa.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a morning campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Castro was on the first of four campaign stops in Iowa.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro seemed to offer more definitive language than usual about a possible 2018 run for U.S. Senate during an interview with CBS News on Thursday.

Lawmaker Asks Ken Paxton to Weigh In on Car Registration Debate

Inspection stickers will begin disappearing from Texas vehicles when the state rolls out a new single-sticker program for inspection and registration on March 1, 2015.
Inspection stickers will begin disappearing from Texas vehicles when the state rolls out a new single-sticker program for inspection and registration on March 1, 2015.

Amid a turf battle between the state's Department of Motor Vehicles and some Texas counties over who should handle vehicle registration renewals, a state lawmaker has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to weigh in.

Julián Castro Has No Interest in Running DNC

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaking before a speech delivered by President Barack Obama at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona on Jan. 8, 2015.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaking before a speech delivered by President Barack Obama at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona on Jan. 8, 2015.

U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro says he has no interest in running the Democratic National Committee in the wake of the resignation of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

New in TribTalk: Discourse after Dallas

Flanked by civic and religious leaders, Dallas Police Chief David Brown speaks to a crowd attending the vigil for five slain police officers, victims of a sniper attack, at Dallas’ Thanksgiving Square on July 8, 2016.
Flanked by civic and religious leaders, Dallas Police Chief David Brown speaks to a crowd attending the vigil for five slain police officers, victims of a sniper attack, at Dallas’ Thanksgiving Square on July 8, 2016.

We can and should continue to mourn for the slain police officers and their families, while at the same time recognizing our own complicity as a nation and a city in what led to this despicable act through our passive acceptance of racial disparities, writes Patricia Arvanitis.

Texas Cemetery Scraps "Whites Only" Policy

The San Domingo Cemetery in Normanna, Texas. Donna Barrera claims she was told that  her deceased husband Pedro could not be buried in the cemetery because of his Hispanic ethnicity.
The San Domingo Cemetery in Normanna, Texas. Donna Barrera claims she was told that her deceased husband Pedro could not be buried in the cemetery because of his Hispanic ethnicity.

After drawing ire for its alleged “whites only” policy, a Texas cemetery has admitted its refusal to bury Latino residents is discriminatory and violates federal and state law.

Bullet Train Critics Hope to Stop Project in its Tracks Next Year

The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.
The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.

Texas lawmakers could put up major road blocks next year for a private firm's plans to build a high-speed rail project now that a federal transportation board has decided the project falls under state jurisdiction.

 

The Armed Civilian Who Helped Stop UT’s Tower Sniper 50 Years Ago

Allen Crum at a press conference on Aug. 2, 1966. Crum, an employee at an off-campus bookstore, joined police at the top of the University of Texas Tower to stop sniper Charles Whitman.
Allen Crum at a press conference on Aug. 2, 1966. Crum, an employee at an off-campus bookstore, joined police at the top of the University of Texas Tower to stop sniper Charles Whitman.

When Charles Whitman went to the top of the University of Texas Tower and started shooting on Aug. 1, 1966, dozens of people grabbed their rifles and tried to stop him. But only Allen Crum made it to the top of the tower with police that day.