Murder Charges Against Ex-Dallas Officer Dropped For Insufficient Probable Cause

A former Dallas police officer who was charged with capital murder for allegedly ordering three men to kill two people in 2017, was released after the charges against him were dropped. During a preliminary trial hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said they do not have enough evidence or probable… Continue reading Murder Charges Against Ex-Dallas Officer Dropped For Insufficient Probable Cause

Texas Courts Open Eviction Floodgates: ‘We Just Stepped Off A Cliff

The Texas state court system is signaling that it will no longer enforce a federal order aimed at stopping evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. That could clear the way for landlords to push ahead with tens of thousands of eviction cases that have been on hold. The timing could be particularly painful for many families,… Continue reading Texas Courts Open Eviction Floodgates: ‘We Just Stepped Off A Cliff

These Are The Businesses Speaking Out Against Texas’ Newly Proposed Election Laws

American Airlines, which is located in Fort Worth, and Dell Technologies, headquartered in Round Rock, were the first to criticize recent attempts to alter state election laws in Texas.Cooper Neill/AFP via Getty ImagesMajor corporations with offices in Texas are speaking out against new legislative proposals in the state that would curb expanded voter access. Corporate… Continue reading These Are The Businesses Speaking Out Against Texas’ Newly Proposed Election Laws

Texas Death Toll In February’s Winter Storm Nearly Doubles To 111

The JetBlue flight from JFK to Boston is almost empty on March 21, 2020.

February’s brutal winter storm exposed massive problems in Texas’ power and water systems. It also killed 111 people, according to numbers released Thursday by the Texas Department of State Health Services. That number almost doubles the earlier estimates of at least 57 fatalities as investigators confirmed the cause of more deaths. The massive winter storm… Continue reading Texas Death Toll In February’s Winter Storm Nearly Doubles To 111

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The Power Is Back On In Texas. Now Comes The Recovery, And It Won’t Be Cheap

Juan De La Cruz works on a water pipe break at an intersection on February 19, 2021 in Galveston, Texas. - A fierce and deadly winter storm that wreaked havoc in the southern and central US and blanketed the East Coast in snow was forecast Friday to start tapering off. After days of bone-chilling cold that left millions without power and caused water pipes to burst in oil-rich Texas, temperatures were forecast to be well above freezing on Friday in much of the Lone Star state and rise into the 50s Fahrenheit (10 to 15 Celsius) into the weekend. (Photo by Thomas Shea / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SHEA/AFP via Getty Images)

For Texas, it’s looking like a daunting power bill. The Lone Star State racked up tens of billions of dollars in electricity expenses, as a free-wheeling market design sent prices skyrocketing. It tallied tens of billions more in damage and economic losses from blackouts. The state could spend years paying down those costs — costs… Continue reading The Power Is Back On In Texas. Now Comes The Recovery, And It Won’t Be Cheap

Texas Family Sues Power Provider, Utility Overseer After Son Dies In Freezing Weather

HOUSTON, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 21: Texas flags fly near an electrical substation on February 21, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Millions of Texans lost their power when winter storm Uri hit the state and knocked out coal, natural gas and nuclear plants that were unprepared for the freezing temperatures brought on by the storm. Wind turbines that provide an estimated 24 percent of energy to the state became inoperable when they froze. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Houston-area family whose son died during an extended power outage is suing their electricity provider and the agency that oversees most of Texas’ energy grid. The family of Cristian Pavon say he died at age 11 because of negligence. The family lives in Conroe, a city about 45 miles north of central Houston. Like… Continue reading Texas Family Sues Power Provider, Utility Overseer After Son Dies In Freezing Weather

Ocasio-Cortez Fundraising Drive For Texas Relief Raises $4 Million

(L-R ) Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sylvia Garcia help distribute food at the Houston Food Bank on February 20, 2021 in Houston, Texas. - Texans are in need of aid after an unprecedented and deadly "polar plunge" burst pipes and left millions in the US state shivering without power or clean water for days. (Photo by Elizabeth Conley / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ELIZABETH CONLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A fundraising effort spearheaded by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to help storm-battered Texans has raised more than $4 million in just a few days. On Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez was on the ground in Texas to celebrate the success of the fundraising effort, which will go to local organizations providing Texans food assistance, homelessness relief and… Continue reading Ocasio-Cortez Fundraising Drive For Texas Relief Raises $4 Million

After Days Of Mass Outages, Some Texas Residents Now Face Huge Electric Bills

Millions of Texas residents suffered last week when a winter storm caused a statewide electrical grid failure. But those who had power, even intermittently, are also paying a price. Literally. Many residents face enormous bills for the electricity they used during the storm. Residents with variable-rate power plans are being hit the hardest. Such plans… Continue reading After Days Of Mass Outages, Some Texas Residents Now Face Huge Electric Bills

Biden Declares Disaster In Texas As Millions Are Asked To Continue Boiling Water

Harris County Precint 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle hands out water at a distribution site Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Houston. The city remains under a boil water notice as many residents lack water at home due to frozen or broken pipes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

As Texas thaws from the unexpected deep freeze that knocked out power to millions and killed dozens, its residents are continuing to grapple with a secondary peril: lack of safe drinking water. Texans across the state have reported water outages and burst pipes after water lines froze solid. Other residents once again have water coming… Continue reading Biden Declares Disaster In Texas As Millions Are Asked To Continue Boiling Water

For Texas, The Worst Of The Weather Has Passed, But Water Is Still A Big Problem

A worker repairs a power line in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Texas is restricting the flow of natural gas across state lines in an extraordinary move that some are calling a violation of the U.S. Constitutions commerce clause. Photographer: Thomas Ryan Allison/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Many Texans who faced days of near-freezing temperatures without electricity to keep warm were breathing a sigh of relief Friday as the lights and heat came back on. But millions are still without water and the state’s governor is warning that the crisis isn’t over. As of early Friday, 187,000 customers were still without power,… Continue reading For Texas, The Worst Of The Weather Has Passed, But Water Is Still A Big Problem