AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he revived a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people even though he was told it wouldn't get a vote in the GOP-controlled state House. A proposal requiring transgender Texans to use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates fizzled Tuesday night, when lawmakers quit a special legislative session a day early. Abbott blamed House Speaker Joe Straus, saying Straus told him even before the special session that the issue was doomed.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal court has ruled that Texas' congressional maps are still flawed by racial gerrymandering and must be partially redrawn before the 2018 elections. The decision Tuesday ordered changes to two of Texas' 36 congressional districts. The ruling was a not a complete victory for Democrats and minority rights groups that wanted more sweeping changes.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal appeals court panel has ruled that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. A 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday vacated preliminary injunctions a federal judge issued preventing the state from suspending Medicaid payments for any patients who receive services from Planned Parenthood.
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) - A North Texas man must serve life in prison without parole for the 2016 fatal shooting of his estranged wife and her twin sister. Officials say 51-year-old Kelley Bigham of McKinney pleaded guilty Tuesday to capital murder and was then sentenced by a judge. McKinney police in June 2016 answered a domestic violence call at the Bigham home. Officers found the bodies of 49-year-olds Karen Bigham and Kathy Boobar.
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