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Hemp law has most big-city prosecutors in Texas stepping back from marijuana charges. But not in El Paso.

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Most prosecutors in Texas’ largest counties are either tossing low-level marijuana cases or holding off on pursuing criminal charges. Their reasoning: The Legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott redefined marijuana when they legalized hemp earlier this year — and a lack of testing resources to distinguish between the two casts too much reasonable doubt over criminal proceedings.

But that’s not the case in El Paso, where the district attorney says his office […]

2019-07-16T06:07:54-05:00July 16th, 2019|State News|

Dehydration and illnesses: Why more migrants at U.S.-Mexico border are getting sick

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Immigrant women hold their children along the border wall as they await apprehension after illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico on August 29, 2018.
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Cases of severe dehydration and overexertion among migrants are skyrocketing in deep South Texas as people push their bodies past the breaking point to get into the United States, new statistics obtained by The Texas Tribune show.

According to figures compiled by the U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande […]

2019-07-16T06:08:06-05:00July 16th, 2019|State News|

O’Rourke raises $3.6 million in second quarter

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Presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke speaks to supporters at a rally in Austin last month.
Rachel Zein for The Texas Tribune

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke raised over $3.6 million during the last three months, a disappointing figure after he entered the race with high expectations in mid-March.

He quickly emerged as one of the field’s top fundraisers, hauling in $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his candidacy and $9.4 […]

2019-07-16T06:07:51-05:00July 15th, 2019|State News|

Legal experts say new federal rule to block most asylum claims is on shaky ground

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Asylum seekers from Central and South America wait on the Mexican side of the Brownsville/Gateway Bridge.
Reynaldo Leal for The Texas Tribune

It’s not a matter of if, but when, a federal court will strike down the Trump administration’s latest attempt to rewrite laws governing who can receive asylum in the United States, immigration and legal experts said Monday.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice announced an interim rule […]

2019-07-16T06:07:56-05:00July 15th, 2019|State News|

Former UT chancellor Bill McRaven was the highest-paid public university leader in 2018

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Former University of Texas System chancellor Bill McRaven made $2.58 million last year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

Former University of Texas System chancellor Bill McRaven was the highest-paid public university leader in the United States last year, bringing in $2.58 million, half from deferred compensation, according to data compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

A retired U.S. Navy admiral, McRaven said in 2017 that […]

2019-07-16T06:07:57-05:00July 15th, 2019|State News|