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Scott Panetti, Randall Mays and Robert Roberson
Scott Panetti, Randall Mays and Robert Roberson

Issue of Mental Health Assessment a Focus as 3 Fight Death Sentences

Criminal justice experts say that determining mental health can be hard for anyone. They say the issues revealed in three cases are key in furthering the discussion in how mental health is gauged when weighing the death penalty for killers. This is part of our Mental Health Matters series.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016

Cost of Texas Child Support Overhaul Doubles to $420 Million

The state's sidelined child support overhaul is now back on track, but its cost has more than doubled to $420 million and it is now two years behind schedule.

Cost of Texas Child Support Overhaul Doubles to $420 Million

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016

The state's sidelined child support overhaul is now back on track, but its cost has more than doubled to $420 million and it is now two years behind schedule.

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As El Paso Sees Surge of Cuban Migrants, Calls for Policy Shift Grow Louder

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, which sits two blocks from Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, is one of several shelters in place for Cuban immigrants that have been arriving to Texas in record numbers.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, which sits two blocks from Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, is one of several shelters in place for Cuban immigrants that have been arriving to Texas in record numbers.

As El Paso draws record numbers of Cubans seeking refuge, the city's Democratic congressman said he favors repealing a decades-old provision that gives those migrants a special status here. 

Border Patrol Agent Indicted in Sweeping Drug Probe

After chasing away the smugglers using rafts to bring drugs across the river, Border Patrol and Texas DPS agents inspect several large packages of marijuana abandoned near the Rio Grande shoreline near Roma, Texas, on March 8, 2016. The packages were later found to weigh 313 pounds, making them worth an estimated $240,000.
After chasing away the smugglers using rafts to bring drugs across the river, Border Patrol and Texas DPS agents inspect several large packages of marijuana abandoned near the Rio Grande shoreline near Roma, Texas, on March 8, 2016. The packages were later found to weigh 313 pounds, making them worth an estimated $240,000.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted in a sweeping corruption probe into a drug ring that allegedly recruited law enforcement officials to steal dope from traffickers.

Mexico OKs "El Chapo's" Extradition to the U.S.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted in a presentation at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City on Feb. 22, 2014.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted in a presentation at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City on Feb. 22, 2014.

Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is one step closer to facing charges in the United States after Mexico’s secretariat of foreign relations said the Sinaloa cartel boss can be extradited.

At Hearing, Paxton Lawyers Take Issue with Grand Jury Makeup

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, accompanied by his wife, Angela, left, speaks to the media after leaving the Fifth Court of Criminal Appeals on May 12, 2016 in Dallas.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, accompanied by his wife, Angela, left, speaks to the media after leaving the Fifth Court of Criminal Appeals on May 12, 2016 in Dallas.

Lawyers for Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday tried to cast doubt on the makeup of the grand jury that indicted him. They're hoping to overturn a lower court’s decision not to dismiss the securities fraud charges against him.

 

UT System Regents Considering Changes to Campus Carry Rules

On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.
On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.

Members of the University of Texas System Board of Regents expressed concern about their schools’ proposed rules for handguns on campus and signaled plans to attempt to change some of those policies before they go into effect on Aug 1. 

Judge Orders Ethics Classes for Justice Department Attorneys in Immigration Case

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan look on as President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016.
Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan look on as President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016.

The Brownsville-based judge who halted President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration has decided that ethics classes are in order for the attorneys who defended the policy.

 

A Peek at a Forgotten Age of Prison Radio in Texas

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The Goree band hitches a ride to the rodeo in the mid-1960s.
The Goree band hitches a ride to the rodeo in the mid-1960s.

As the Great Depression was winding down, a variety show broadcast from the state prison in Huntsville began airing on the radio and collecting a devoted audience. A new book collects the stories of the men and women who performed on the show and at the annual Texas Prison Rodeo.