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Texas teachers denounce MAS textbook as 'racist'

Saying that a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook is "dripping with racism and intolerance," several Texas educators and students are calling for the State Board of Education to reject the controversial book. One passage reads, "Stereotypically, Mexicans were viewed as lazy ... It was also traditional to skip work on Mondays, and drinking on the job could be a problem."... Read more»1

Feds accuse Texas of misleading on relaxed voter ID requirements

The federal government is accusing Texas of circulating “inaccurate or misleading information” to poll workers and would-be voters about relaxed identification requirements for the November elections. ... Read more»

Indicted Border Patrol agent's brother strikes deal in cartel beheading case

The brother of a U.S. Border Patrol agent charged with capital murder in an alleged Mexican drug cartel hit struck a surprise deal Thursday to help prosecutors build their case against his siblings and other defendants.... Read more»

Voting wars

Nationally, new laws force voters to navigate maze of requirements

Concerns about voter fraud have spurred 20 states to pass new voting requirements in the last four years.... Read more»

Fort Worth judge blocks Obama transgender guidelines

As millions of children head back to school, a federal judge in Fort Worth has temporarily blocked Obama administration guidelines directing the nation’s public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity.... Read more»

Federal judge approves plan to weaken Texas voter ID law

A federal judge on Wednesday approved a plan that says it won't be mandatory for Texans to present an ID in order to vote in the November general election. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

What are your rights at U.S.-Mexico Border Patrol checkpoints?

Reporter Julian Aguilar answers a reader's question about what powers border agents have when questioning people at checkpoints.... Read more»3

Report: Almost 7,000 die in Texas jails, police custody

Almost 7,000 individuals in Texas have died while in police custody or behind bars over the past 10 years. Nearly 2,000 people who died had not been convicted of a crime.... Read more»

Texas bullet train opponents hope to derail project

The Texas Legislature could put up major road blocks next year for a private firm's plans to build a high-speed rail project connecting Houston and Dallas now that a federal transportation board has decided the project falls under state jurisdiction.... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Border corruption cases can run off the rails

About 90 percent of the corruption cases brought against the agents and officials charged with securing the nation's borders end with convictions. But two cases in particular illustrate how federal officials intent on weeding out corruption sometimes embark on enigmatic quests. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.... Read more»

U.S. citizen receives settlement over body cavity search at border

A woman who was subjected to unwarranted body cavity searches after crossing a Texas-Mexico border in 2012 has been awarded nearly a half million dollars by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, her lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday. ... Read more»

Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act, court rules

Texas’ voter identification law violates the U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination in elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. ... Read more»

Reveal Radio: When border watchdogs become criminals

A border wall doesn’t help much if you can bribe an officer to get through it, and throwing more people at the border won’t secure it if they can be hired to look the other way.... Read more»

Rick Perry on Trump’s border wall: Never going to happen

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry shot down Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border Monday. ... Read more»

Obama to attend Dallas memorial service

President Barack Obama will travel to Dallas on Tuesday for a memorial service in honor of the five police officers killed in the Thursday shooting that left seven others wounded, a White House spokesman said Sunday.... Read more»

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