Texas companies penalized in less than 3% of illegal air pollution cases report

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Figure underscores need for federal oversight as the Trump administration seeks to slash the Environmental Protection Agencys budget and roll back rules Texas companies involved in illegal air pollution releases were penalized by the state in fewer than 3% of all cases,according to a new report. The figure underscores the need for strong federal oversight […]

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Whole Foods for thought: Austin foodies ponder future under Amazon

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Shelf-stockers and purveyors of locally sourced organic produce give a wary welcome to Jeff Bezoss buyout of the market that changed their town The ne plus ultra of sprouted oat honey hemp granola and mango habanero kale chips is on the west side of downtown Austin the location of arguably the worlds finest Whole Foods […]

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Texas federal judge halts Obama protection of transgender health rights

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Rules to prevent discrimination by doctors and hospitals held in ruling by judge who blocked Obama on transgender bathroom access A federal judge in Texas has ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force doctors to violate their religious beliefs. […]

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Rick Perry could be Trump pick for energy, department he couldn’t name

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Ex-Texas governor failed to name department in 2011 debate oops moment, but his appointment would swell ranks of climate change deniers in Trump cabinet The former Texas governor Rick Perry, who could not remember the name of the Department of Energy when listing those he would scrap as president, has emerged as a leading candidate […]

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Texas A&M confirms white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at university

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Alt-right figure invited to campus by former student, not university, which defends event on grounds of free speech despite protests Texas A&M University has confirmed that Richard Spencer, a prominent figure in the white nationalist alt-right movement, will be allowed to speak at the university, despite protests against his appearance. Spencer hosted a widely criticized […]

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‘San Antonio Four’ exonerated in gang-rape case after decade in prison

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Texas women convicted of sexually assaulting girls have unquestionably established their innocence, judge says after scientific evidence discredited Four women who spent more than a decade in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls were declared innocent and exonerated on Wednesday by Texass highest criminal court. These four women have unquestionably established […]

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Backpage CEO’s arrest hurts free speech and sex workers’ rights, advocates say

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Carl Ferrers website was a safe space for sex workers to advertise services and vet clients, and cannot be held accountable for users content, experts said The California and Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage.com, was charged with felony pimping. Photograph: AP But legal experts said that online platforms like Backpage.com cannot be held liable […]

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