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Texas Sues Feds Over Transgender Bathroom Directive (Video)

In the Roundup: Texas files suit against the federal government, again – this time over President Obama’s transgender bathroom directive. Plus, attorneys for Texas were back in court this week defending the state’s Voter ID law and voters settled a slew of runoff races in Tuesday’s election.

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

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. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016

Texas AG Shopped Transgender Policy to Second School District

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton approached at least one other North Texas school district about adopting the transgender student bathroom policy that is now the center of his lawsuit against the Obama administration.

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. 

Texas AG Shopped Transgender Policy to Second School District

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton approached at least one other North Texas school district about adopting the transgender student bathroom policy that is now the center of his lawsuit against the Obama administration.

Texas, 10 Other States, Sue Over Obama Transgender Policy

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a May 25, 2016, press conference announcing a lawsuit Texas and other states filed that seeks to halt an Obama administration mandate instructing school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a May 25, 2016, press conference announcing a lawsuit Texas and other states filed that seeks to halt an Obama administration mandate instructing school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Texas, joined by 10 other states, filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop a federal directive instructing school districts to let transgender students use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, state officials announced.

Thin Margins Lead to at Least One Runoff Recount

The contests produced a number of narrow margins — including in House District 54, where Killeen Mayor Scott Cosper (l) won by just 43 votes. His opponent, Killeen optometrist Austin Ruiz (r), said late Tuesday night he has "decided to pursue filing for a recount."
The contests produced a number of narrow margins — including in House District 54, where Killeen Mayor Scott Cosper (l) won by just 43 votes. His opponent, Killeen optometrist Austin Ruiz (r), said late Tuesday night he has "decided to pursue filing for a recount."

Tuesday's Republican primary runoffs may not be over yet for at least one candidate.

Liveblog: 2016 Texas Primary Runoff Results

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Voters wait in line at the University of Texas Co-op to cast their ballots in the March 1, 2016 primary elections.
Voters wait in line at the University of Texas Co-op to cast their ballots in the March 1, 2016 primary elections.

Throughout Tuesday night, Tribune reporters will keep you updated on the results of Texas' Republican and Democratic primary runoffs, from the first early voting totals through the last ballots counted.

In High-Profile Case, Texas Defends Its Voter ID Law

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.

Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller warned the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday that “all voting laws could be in jeopardy" if Texas' voter ID law is struck down.

Christian Defeats Gates in Railroad Commission's Republican Runoff

Republicans Wayne Christian (left), and Gary Gates (right) are facing off in a May 24 primary runoff for Texas railroad commissioner.
Republicans Wayne Christian (left), and Gary Gates (right) are facing off in a May 24 primary runoff for Texas railroad commissioner.

Former state Rep. Wayne Christian won the Republican nomination late Tuesday in the race for Texas railroad commissioner, edging out Houston-area real estate mogul Gary Gates in a race that turned heated in its final stages.