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    ON June 15, the United States Senate passed a resolution establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day. But prior to that resolution, the holiday was celebrated in several different states and gained recognition throughout the country as an important date commemorating the end of slavery in the US. 3June 19 is an official holiday...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – On another hot day approaching triple digits in North Texas, the Texas power grid is holding again. Wednesday, June 16 is the third consecutive day Texans were asked to conserve electricity. ERCOT said earlier in the week it saw demand during the middle of the day flatten a bit when reserves...
    The Biden Administration will prohibit donations of plasma by B-1/B-2 visa holders along the U.S.-Mexico Border. The Tuesday ruling could result in plasma and blood shortages affecting domestic and global supplies. Violating the prohibition will result in the cancellation of a guest visa. Historically, plasma donations from non-immigrant visa holders have sat in a bureaucratic...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law banning state agencies and public officials from closing houses of worship. The Republican governor announced he had approved the bill on Tuesday, tweeting, "The First Amendment right to freedom of religion shall never be infringed." I just signed a law that prohibits any government agency or...
    Elon Musk's SpaceX has been warned it may have broken Texas laws by blocking locals from using public roads in Boca Chica, Cameron County, where its rocket launch site is based. Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz sent a letter to SpaceX Senior Director of Starship Operations Shyamal Patel last week accusing the company's private security...
    More than a decade after eighth-grader Hailey Dunn disappeared from her mother's home in Colorado City, Texas, authorities finally arrested her alleged killer by connecting him to the crime through a DNA test.  Shawn Casey Adkins, the 35-year-old former live-in boyfriend of Hailey's mother, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of murder. The...
    (CNN)For much of US history, Juneteenth has been a date observed mostly by Black Americans commemorating the symbolic end of slavery.Since the reckoning reignited by the killing of George Floyd last year, though, the tide has changed enormously.All but one state, as well as the District of Columbia, recognize the milestone of Black liberation in...
    Florida will send its own law enforcement officers to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist federal, state, and local police responding to the border crisis in Arizona and Texas, where the governors have asked every other state to send in reinforcements. “We are the first state to commit support for this effort in response to the...
    As a heat wave scorches the Southwest, bringing record-shattering temperatures, officials at the Texas power grid operator are warning residents to prepare for continued outages and to conserve energy. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said Monday in a news release that a "significant number of forced generation outages combined with potential record electric...
    VAN HORN, Texas -- Another human smuggling operation was thwarted last week outside a west Texas fast food restaurant after 33 migrants were discovered locked inside a sweltering moving truck.U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the group packed inside a U-Haul after they received a tip, according to KVIA-TV.Members of the group were suffering...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday afternoon is expected to talk about details regarding the state building its own wall along the southern border. The governor made the announcement last week during a summit about border security with law enforcement officials. At the time of the summit, details such as costs...
    Two U.S. soldiers, one from Fort Hood and another from the Pennsylvania National Guard, have been charged with smuggling people across the Mexican border. Fort Hood soldier Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, and guardsman Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, made their first appearance in court on Tuesday where they were held in custody under $75,000 bonds pending a...
    By Scott DiSavino | Reuters Searing heat across the U.S. Southwest this week boosted electricity demand and prices to record highs and prompted power grid operators in Texas and California to urge energy conservation to avoid outages. Grid operators in Texas and California both dealt with rotating outages over the last year to avoid widespread...
    Former president Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he "accepted the invitation" to tour Texas' southern border with Gov. Greg Abbott on June 30."The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history. It's...
    BIG SPRING, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — New developments in the case of a Texas teenager reported missing more than a decade ago. Authorities have arrested a man for the death of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn. Texas Rangers arrested Shawn Casey Adkins on a murder charge, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Fred Biddle. He said...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – You may have seen the viral photos of alligators sunbathing at Fort Worth’s Nature Center & Refuge. The man behind the photos is wildlife photographer, Jimmy Martin. (credit: Jimmy Martin) “It immediately just took off when I posted it online, it just blew up,” Martin said. “Some people are telling me...
    MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) — There is another addition to the North Texas millionaire’s club. A person in Mesquite has claimed a top prize of $1 million in the Texas Lottery scratch ticket game Million Dollar Loteria. The ticket was purchased at the Elmer’s convenience store, located at 2101 South Riverfront Boulevard in Dallas. READ MORE: Southern...
    Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbot signed a bill Tuesday that specifies how history, race and current events should be covered in schools. The law prohibits a curriculum where “an individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual’s race or sex,” according to Texas Legislature Online. The term Critical...
    By Jasmine Wright and Jason Hoffman | CNN Vice President Kamala Harris said on Wednesday that all American citizens should have the unequivocal right to vote during a high-profile meeting with nearly two dozen Democratic Texas state legislators who succeeded in killing a Republican election overhaul bill last month. Harris criticized Senate Bill 7, and...
    ROMA, Texas – Convicted child rapist Pedro Asuncion Ore-Quispe was arrested on June 14 near the southern border after he illegally entered the United States a second time. The prison sentence, with six years determinate and eight years indeterminate, was issued for Pedro Asuncion Ore-Quispe by Judge Robert J. Elgee in Blaine County 5th District...
    Democrat Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar wrote Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday, inviting her to visit the U.S. Southern Border.  In his letter, according to The Washington Post, Cuellar addressed what he referred to as an “immigration crisis.”  “Texas’ 28th Congressional District contains 300 miles of our international border with Mexico. Leaders of our local...
    (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris said on Wednesday that all American citizens should have the unequivocal right to vote during a high-profile meeting with nearly two dozen Democratic Texas state legislators who succeeded in killing a Republican election overhaul bill last month.Harris criticized Senate Bill 7, and similar ones successfully enacted across the country, as attempts...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has signed new legislation that would bar local election administrators from accepting outside grants to help run their offices, the latest in a rush of Republican states banning nonprofits from helping to cover budget gaps in chronically underfunded local offices.  The bill, passed at the end of May before House...
    Two U.S. soldiers stationed in Texas have been charged with smuggling two men from Mexico into Texas. The Associated Press reports that Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, and Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, appeared in court on Tuesday. Both are being held in custody under $75,000 bonds. Citing court records, the AP reports that Oppongagyare, a Pennsylvania National Guardsman, drove a vehicle in...
    Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law Tuesday banning the government from closing places of worship in Texas. Texas’s HB1239 prohibits “any elected or appointed officer, employee, or agent of the state” from closing a “building or grounds where religious activities are conducted.” The newly signed law follows an executive order Abbott issued last year that...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a U.S. holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The legislation has gained momentum since the massive Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd last year and the...
    Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) wrote to Vice President Harris on Tuesday saying the spike in immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has created "severe burdens," while calling on her to visit the area. In his letter, a copy of which was shared with The Hill, Cuellar called on the administration to create a “sustainable system of humanitarian aid”...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday met with Texas Democratic lawmakers about state Republicans’ push for a sweeping voting measure during the 87th Legislative Session. During a dramatic end to the session at the end of May, Texas Democrats walked out of the House chamber before a midnight deadline to pass Senate...
    A Pennsylvania National Guardsman stationed in Texas has been charged with smuggling two migrants into Texas from Mexico, according to the US Department of Justice. Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20 of Pennsylvania, along with Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18 of Texas, appeared before a federal magistrate in Laredo, Texas on Tuesday, according to the US DOJ. Both men...
    (CNN)The House is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation that would establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.The bill is expected to pass the House after the Senate unanimously passed the legislation Tuesday. It was previously blocked by conservative Sen. Ron...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law prohibiting government agencies and officials in the state from ordering churches and other houses of worship to close. The Lone Star State's governor announced the move in a tweet on Tuesday, pledging that Americans’ First Amendment freedoms would be protected in the state by prohibiting the government from...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Tuesday a bill that outlines how schools in the state should teach students about race and racism and prohibits the teaching of what has become known as critical race theory. While the measure, House Bill 3979, does not specifically mention critical race theory, it mandates how the State Board of...
    A House Democrat invited Vice President Kamala Harris to visit his district on the U.S.-Mexico border before the immigration "crisis" worsens. "I write to invite you to the U.S. Southern Border to observe the ongoing humanitarian crisis and share the perspective of Americans who live there," Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas wrote in a letter...
    Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation to ban the teaching of critical race theory on Tuesday. The legislation details how and what educators can teach as it relates to the history of the United States. The text of the legislation does not actually mention “critical race theory” by name, though it does forbid teachers...
    Two U.S. soldiers face human smuggling charges for allegedly trying to transport a pair of migrants through an immigration checkpoint. The soldiers were in uniform at the time of the alleged attempt. According to information released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 20-year-old Emmanuel Oppongagyare and 18-year-old Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie tried to drive two illegal immigrants...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed legislation on Tuesday outlining how state schools can teach students about race and racism, and forbidding schools from teaching that individuals bear responsibility for actions committed by people in the past because of their race.  It's the latest GOP-backed state bill to take aim at what is known as...
    (CNN)Two Fort Hood active-duty soldiers have been charged with attempting to smuggle two undocumented Mexican citizens into Texas and could face up to 10 years in federal prison, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas. Emmanuel Oppongagyare and Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie were both wearing their full US Army OCP uniforms...
    ROWLETT, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A move to recognize Pride Month in the city of Rowlett, Texas is stirring controversy, after several local pastors spoke in opposition to the decision. Council members are now debating not only whether the occasion should be celebrated, but how similar decisions should be made in the future. “I’m very thrilled and...