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August 5, 2016

New law allows Texan students to carry firearms on campus

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New law allows Texan students to carry firearms on campus

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Students at Texan universities are now allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus after a new law came into affect on Monday.It came into affect as Texans remembered the 50th anniversary of the clock tower shooting at the University of Texas’ Austin campus, which killed 14 people and injured an additional 32.

The Campus Carry law allows staff and students to carry concealed, holstered handguns at all public universities in .  A number of regulations apply to the new law. Staff and students must be over 21 and licensed to carry concealed handguns. Handguns will not be permitted in some campus areas such as sports grounds and research labs, and the open carry of firearms remains prohibited.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the law in 2015, arguing that it will help prevent mass shooting on university campuses. 21 mass shootings occurred in Texas during 2015, including three of the deadliest shootings in the United States for that year. Despite Texan legislators claiming the Campus Carry laws will prevent mass shootings, FBI data collected between 2000-2012 shows less than 3 per cent of shootings are stopped by armed civilians.

Already there is significant opposition to the Campus Carry law in Texas. Advocacy group The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus issued a statement on Monday alleging the new law will exacerbate the threat of mass shootings, not prevent them. Three professors at the University of Texas have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the law before students return to campus on August 24.

Texas is the eighth US state to permit weapons on university grounds. Colorado, Idaho, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kansas, Utah, Mississippi, Oregon and Wisconsin all permit weapons on university campuses to some extent.



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July 10, 2016

Five police officers killed in Dallas, Texas during sniper attack

Five police officers killed in Dallas, Texas during sniper attack

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On Thursday, five police officers were killed and seven were injured after a sniper attacked a public protest march in downtown Dallas, Texas. Sources indicate at least three other people were taken into custody for questioning relating to the attack. The march was held to protest the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota during engagements with police officers.

Police identified 25-year-old Micah Johnson as the suspect. Johnson had previously served in the US army, and police reported he said he wanted to exact revenge upon police officers after news of Sterling and Castile’s deaths. Ammunition and weapons were found inside Johnson’s home. Dallas Police reported the policemen were shot at from a height. Officials said two civilians were also injured in the attack.

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Micah Johnson served for the United States Army Reserve from 2009 until early 2015, including a tour of Afghanistan. Johnson had no criminal record. His attack was reported to be a lone mission.

After the attack earlier on Thursday, police killed Micah Johnson in El Centro College‘s parking lot by a bomb explosion.

Hillary Clinton, 2016 United States presidential election candidate and favorite for the Democratic nomination this July, said: “There is too much violence, too much hate, too much senseless killing, too many people dead who shouldn’t be. No-one has all the answers. We have to find them together.”

After Johnson was killed, Mike Rawlings, Dallas’ mayor, said “We believe now the city is safe”.



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July 8, 2016

Five policemen killed in Texas in a protest against \’killing of black people\’

Five policemen killed in Texas in a protest against ‘killing of black people’

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Today, five policemen were shot dead in a protest against recent killing of two black men by a white police officer. At least six officers are injured and three suspects are under custody.

The police reported at least three officers were killed by sniper.

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Five police officers killed in Dallas, Texas (US) during sniper attack

Five police officers killed in Dallas, Texas (US) during sniper attack

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On Thursday, five police officers were killed and seven were injured after a sniper attacked a public protest march in downtown Dallas, Texas. Sources indicate at least three other people were taken into custody for questioning relating to the attack. The march was held to protest the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota during engagements with police officers.

Police identified 25-year-old Micah Johnson as the suspect. Johnson was an ex-army officer and was reported to have wanted to exact revenge upon police officers after news of Sterling and Castle’s deaths. Ammunition was found inside Johnson’s home. Dallas Police reported the policemen were shot at from a height. The Dallas Morning News reported two civilians were also injured in the attack.

Micah Johnson served for the United States Army Reserve from 2009 until May 2015, including a tour of Afghanistan. Johnson had no criminal record. His attack was reported to be a lone mission.

After the attack earlier on Thursday, police killed Micah Johnson in El Centro College‘s parking lot by a bomb explosion.

Hillary Clinton, 2016 United States presidential election candidate and favorite for the Democratic nomination this July, said: “There is too much violence, too much hate, too much senseless killing, too many people dead who shouldn’t be. No-one has all the answers. We have to find them together.”

Al Jazeera reported it to be “the deadliest day for US law enforcement officers since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.”

After Johnson was killed, Mike Rawlings, Dallas’ mayor, said “We believe now the city is safe”.



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June 1, 2016

Eleven US states file lawsuit against transgender bathroom directive

Eleven US states file lawsuit against transgender bathroom directive

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Eleven US states announced last Thursday that they would be filing a joint lawsuit against the government’s administration efforts to expand bathroom rights to include transgender students in North TexasFederal District Court. In the lawsuit they were suggesting that the issue needed to be decided by each state individually and not on federal level. Last Saturday, the governor of Mississippi announced plans to also join the lawsuit.

The United States President Barack Obama’s new directive was announced earlier this month appeared to give transgender students the right to use the bathroom they wish in schools.

The plaintiffs included Texas, Wisconsin, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, and also Gov. Paul LePage of Maine and the Arizona Department of Education. West Virginia and Louisiana having Democratic leaders, and the other nine states had Republican leaders. Texas attorney-general Ken Paxton announced the suit in a statement on their official website. In the release he said, “the Obama administration is trampling the United States Constitution”.

States involved in the lawsuit have made the argument that the country’s federal government is taking matters into their own hands and creating directives which should be left to individual states, and as a result should not be followed as it is sidestepping each states government. The states called the directive “a massive social experiment”.

Furthermore, it was announced today that the state of Kansas are also considering submitting a resolution against Obama’s newest directive.

The new directive was put in force by the government in response to North Carolina passing a law requiring usage of public bathrooms according to the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate. The US Justice Department had challenged the North Carolina law as discriminatory.



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May 28, 2016

New U.S. state joins petition against transgender bathroom law

New U.S. state joins petition against transgender bathroom law

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Eleven US states announced last Thursday that they would be filing a joint lawsuit against the government’s administrations efforts to expand bathroom rights to include transgendered students in North TexasFederal District Court. In the lawsuit they were suggesting that the issue needed to be decided by each state individually and not on federal level. Last Saturday the governor of Mississippi announced plans to also join the lawsuit.

The United States President Barack Obama‘s new decree was announced earlier this month appeared to give transgendered students the right to use the bathroom they wish in schools.

The plaintiffs included Texas, Wisconsin, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, and also Gov. Paul LePage of Maine and the Arizona Department of Education. West Virginia and Louisiana having Democratic leaders, and the other nine states had Republican leaders. Texas attorney-general Ken Paxton announced the suit in a statement on their official website. In the release he said, “the Obama administration is trampling the United States Constitution”.

States involved in the lawsuit have made the argument that the country’s federal government is taking matters into their own hands and creating decrees which should be left to individual states, and as a result should not be followed as it is sidestepping each states government. The states called the decree “a massive social experiment”.

The new decree was put in force by the government in response to North Carolina passing a law requiring usage of public toilets according to sex listed on a person’s birth certificate. The US Justice Department had challenged the North Carolina law as discriminatory.



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Eleven US states file lawsuit against transgender bathroom rights law

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Eleven US states announced last Thursday that they would be filing a joint lawsuit against the government’s administration efforts to expand bathroom rights to include transgender students in North TexasFederal District Court. In the lawsuit they were suggesting that the issue needed to be decided by each state individually and not on federal level. Last Saturday, the governor of Mississippi announced plans to also join the lawsuit.

The United States President Barack Obama’s new decree was announced earlier this month appeared to give transgender students the right to use the bathroom they wish in schools.

The plaintiffs included Texas, Wisconsin, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, and also Gov. Paul LePage of Maine and the Arizona Department of Education. West Virginia and Louisiana having Democratic leaders, and the other nine states had Republican leaders. Texas attorney-general Ken Paxton announced the suit in a statement on their official website. In the release he said, “the Obama administration is trampling the United States Constitution”.

States involved in the lawsuit have made the argument that the country’s federal government is taking matters into their own hands and creating decrees which should be left to individual states, and as a result should not be followed as it is sidestepping each states government. The states called the decree “a massive social experiment”.

The new decree was put in force by the government in response to North Carolina passing a law requiring usage of public bathrooms according to the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate. The US Justice Department had challenged the North Carolina law as discriminatory.



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May 26, 2016

Eleven U.S. states announce petition against transgender bathroom law

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The United States President, Barack Obama‘s new decree is facing strong opposition with eleven states announcing today that they would be petitioning against the government’s administrations efforts to expand bathroom rights to include transgendered students.

Obama’s decree, which was announced earlier this month looks to give transgendered students the right to use the bathroom they wish in schools. However, eleven states are now filing a joint lawsuit against the new decree, which is being filed in North TexasFederal District Court. The states include: Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wisconsin among others, with nine of these states having Republican leaders.

This is not the first legal issue to arise regarding transgender people’s use of bathrooms, with North Carolina’s HB to ban restricting individuals from only using the bathrooms for the gender on their birth certificate and not the one they personally identify with. That ban itself has received widespread backlash, with many believing it to be discriminating against transgender people.

States involved in the lawsuit have made the argument that the country’s federal government is taking matters into their own hands and creating decrees which should be left to individual states, and as a result should not be followed as it is sidestepping each states government.



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May 2, 2016

Six dead following flash flooding in Palestine, Texas

Six dead following flash flooding in Palestine, Texas

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News reports on Monday indicated authorities in Palestine, Texas identified a sixth victim following flash flooding late last week. Giovani Olivas, 30, was reportedly swept away in the flood.

In under an hour late Friday evening, Palestine was deluged by seven inches of rain, causing residents of one neighborhood to flee to their rooftops. Over 30 buildings, included many homes, in the city suffered significant damage.

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Lenda Asberry, 64, a retired school teacher, and her four great grandchildren also drowned during the flood. Onlookers reported the woman was attempting to get the children to safety when they were swept away. Asberry’s daughter told reporters water levels were up to the woman’s neck while attempting to save the children.

One resident of the area told reporters “[her] furniture was floating around” inside her home, forcing her to climb atop her couch to seek safety.

Dark skies blanketed the nearby city of Tyler hours before the storm struck. At least one government office located in the Palestine area was closed on Monday and was slated to remain closed on Tuesday due to water damage. A tornado also ravaged much of nearby Lindale, Texas, resulting in severe damage of at least one residence. The storm system moved up along the US eastern seaboard over the weekend.



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April 8, 2016

Apparent Murder-Suicide at Air Force Base in Texas leaves two dead

Apparent Murder-Suicide at Air Force Base in Texas leaves two dead

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Police report an apparent murder-suicide event unfolded at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas Friday morning. Early reports indicate one of the men was a Squadron Commander.

During a press conference, an FBI agent present stated, “This is not an active terrorist event.”



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