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Texas university group unhappy over 9/11 memorial relocation

August 3, 2017

DALLAS (AP) — A group at a Texas university is angry they have to move a 9/11 memorial to a less prominent part of campus.

The Young Americans for Freedom group has set up nearly 3,000 flags on Southern Methodist University’s Dallas Hall Lawn annually since 2010, The Dallas Morning News reported .…

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Dow bull session: What does 22,000 points mean anyway?

August 3, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — You could say the Dow cruised to 22,000: The blue chip index rose to its latest milestone without much excitement or drama as aerospace giant Boeing and a few other companies did most of the work.

Stocks have spent the last five months gradually moving higher, without many big gains or losses.…

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GOP shows signs of reaching out to Democrats on health care

August 2, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans showed signs Tuesday of reaching out to Democrats for a joint if modest effort to buttress health insurance markets, four days after the GOP effort to unilaterally uproot and reshape the Obama health care law crumpled in the Senate.

The Republican chairman of the Senate health committee, Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander, said he’d seek bipartisan legislation extending for one year federal payments to insurers that help millions of low- and moderate-income Americans afford coverage.…

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Kermit Groundwater Site Added to Federal Superfund List

August 1, 2017

KERMIT (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given a West Texas site a federal Superfund designation marking it as one of the most hazardous waste sites in the country.

The EPA said in a statement Monday that a portion of the Santa Rosa Aquifer in Kermit has been added to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List.…

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TT: Here are 5 takeaways from the first half of the special session

August 1, 2017

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott kicked off his first special session two weeks ago. That puts the Legislature at the halfway point if they choose to take the maximum 30 days they are permitted to meet — and given Abbott’s ambitious agenda, it’s looking like they may need all the time they can get.…

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Texas lawmakers try again to address rising pregnancy deaths

August 1, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Criticized over failing earlier to address skyrocketing pregnancy-related deaths, Texas lawmakers Monday pushed with renewed urgency efforts to examine why the state’s maternal mortality rate is what researchers say is not only the highest in the U.S., but the developed world.

A University of Maryland-led study last year found that the state’s maternal mortality rate doubled between 2010 and 2012.…

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Kelly flexes muscle his first day on the job at White House

August 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raised voices could be heard through the thick door to the Oval Office as John Kelly — then secretary of Homeland Security — offered some tough talk to President Donald Trump.

Kelly, a whip-cracking retired general who was sworn in as White House chief of staff on Monday, had demanded to speak to the president alone after Trump complained loudly that the U.S.…

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Dallas suburb looking at making backyard chicken coops legal

July 31, 2017

FARMERS BRANCH (AP) — Farmers Branch officials are considering an ordinance to make a common farm item legal in the northern Dallas suburb’s backyards.

City council members and some residents spent Saturday looking at chicken coops.

Farmers Branch Mayor Robert Dye tells Dallas-Fort Worth TV station KXAS he’s “excited” about the prospect and went on the inspection tour in Dallas, where owning backyard chickens is legal, to convince some folks who aren’t quite as enthusiastic and show that officials are responsibly investigating the idea.…

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Woman arrested for drunken driving takes Texas trooper’s car

July 31, 2017

MADISONVILLE (AP) — A 31-year-old East Texas woman arrested for driving while intoxicated is in bigger trouble for driving off in a state trooper’s patrol car.

Madison County authorities say Bridget Cast, of Longview, was involved in a one-car accident Friday night near Normangee, was handcuffed and in the front seat of the trooper’s car when she managed to slip her arms from behind and drive away in the car while the trooper was outside.…

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Trump’s new chief of staff takes over a White House in chaos

July 31, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff is entering a West Wing battered by crisis.

Retired Gen. John Kelly, previously the Homeland Security secretary, takes over Monday from the ousted Reince Priebus. Trump hopes Kelly can bring some military order to an administration weighed down by a stalled legislative agenda, a cabal of infighting West Wing aides and a stack of investigations.…

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