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New Texas Law Will Make it Slightly Easier to Pump Breast Milk at Work

Starting Tuesday, a new Texas law will require that public employees to be given breaks to pump breast milk at work, and that they can’t be fired or disciplined for taking the time to pump. The law benefits public employees like teachers, one of whom told the Texas Observer that she’s had to pump standing up in her… »9/01/15 6:40pmTuesday 6:40pm

Here's How New Texas Public School Textbooks Write About Slavery

In 2010, the Texas Board of Education approved a revised social studies curriculum that, wrote The New York Times that year, would “put a conservative stamp on history” once going into effect in 2015. In advance of their debut in Texas classrooms last week, it was widely reported that the new textbooks, published by… »9/01/15 10:30amTuesday 10:30am

Man Accused of Killing Ex, Her Husband, 6 Kids: She Wasn't a Good Parent

David Ray Conley, who Houston police say has confessed to murdering his ex-girlfriend, her husband, and six children (including his own son), has tried out a novel defense—telling a local radio station that his ex was raising his children to be “monsters” and “disrespectful.” Conley also insisted he loved his own son… »8/12/15 12:30pm8/12/15 12:30pm

Cops Forcibly Search Woman's Vagina After Smelling Weed in Her Car

On June 21, 2015, Charnesia Corley, a 21-year-old black woman from Houston, Texas, was pulled over by a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy after allegedly running a stop sign. The deputy claimed he smelled marijuana on Corley, and subsequently cuffed her and put her in the back of his patrol car while he searched her… »8/10/15 5:40pm8/10/15 5:40pm

Texas Judge Orders Man to Marry His Girlfriend or Go to Jail

A judge must have been thinking about his future as an internet celebrity when he gave a man a very difficult choice: either marry his girlfriend or go to jail for hitting her ex. “Is she worth it?” Judge Randall Rogers asked the reluctant groom before letting him know that it was either forced matrimonial bliss or 15… »8/07/15 12:10pm8/07/15 12:10pm

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Takes a Hell of a Mugshot

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was recently indicted by a grand jury on three felony counts of securities fraud. He was booked into jail Monday afternoon and quickly released on his own recognizance, spending only about 20 minutes in custody. He did take a moment to pose for the above booking photo. What we’ve… »8/03/15 6:15pm8/03/15 6:15pm

Cop in Sandra Bland Case Was Once Warned for 'Unprofessional Conduct'

Recently released documents show that Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after pulling her over for failing to signal during a lane change, was once given a warning for “unprofessional conduct.” The disciplinary citation occurred last year, when Encinia was still a probationary trooper. »8/01/15 3:15pm8/01/15 3:15pm

Beloved Baby Giraffe Dies in Freak Accident at Dallas Zoo

A three-month-old baby giraffe named Kipenzi has died in an accident at the Dallas Zoo. The zoo announced on Facebook that the giraffe was running around her enclosure when she ran into its perimeter edge and broke her neck. The zoo livestreamed her birth online in April. According to the zoo’s announcement, Kipenzi… »7/29/15 9:20am7/29/15 9:20am

Migrant Women Freed from Detention Still Forced to Wear Ankle Monitors

Attorneys for migrant women freed from South Texas detention facilities earlier this month say their clients are being forced to wear ankle monitors by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The lawyers also say the release process has been full of “coercion, disorganization, and confusion,” and that the women are… »7/27/15 4:50pm7/27/15 4:50pm

Texas Will Investigate If Planned Parenthood Broke Tissue Donation Laws

The Texas Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee, like politicians in several other states, is taking advantage of the heavily edited videos by the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress which purport to show Planned Parenthood illegally selling fetal tissue. At the same time, a Planned Parenthood in Houston… »7/27/15 1:35pm7/27/15 1:35pm

Texas County Where Sandra Bland Died Has Long History Of Racism

Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, just days after a white police officer pulled over and arrested her when she failed to signal a lane change. Her arrest has been cited as a prime example of racial bias and misuse of force by the police — and it happened in a county itself marred by… »7/26/15 8:20pm7/26/15 8:20pm