The United States District & Bankruptcy Court in Corpus Christi.
<p>The United States District &amp; Bankruptcy Court in Corpus Christi.</p>

Federal judge tosses new Texas voter ID law; state plans to appeal

A federal judge has tossed out a new law softening Texas’ strict voter identification requirements, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law in June. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has vowed to appeal what he called an "outrageous" ruling.

 

 
 

Colonias on the border struggle with decades-old water issues

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Cristina Morales and her husband, Rafael Martinez, said they don&rsquo;t plan on moving from Horizon View Estates, a colonia in El Paso County. The colonia has no sewage treatment, and they said the tap water occasionally comes out brown.&nbsp;
<p>Cristina Morales and her husband, Rafael Martinez, said they don&rsquo;t plan on moving from Horizon View Estates, a colonia in El Paso County. The colonia has no sewage treatment, and they said the tap water occasionally comes out brown.&nbsp;</p>

All along the U.S.-Mexico border, about 840,000 mostly low-income, immigrant Latinos have settled in colonias – cheap plots of land outside city limits without basic infrastructure such as water and sewage systems, electricity and paved roads.

Texas leaders offer mixed responses to UT-Austin's late-night removal of Confederate statues

A crew takes down Confederate statues on the UT-Austin campus just after midnight on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
<p>A crew takes down Confederate statues on the UT-Austin campus just after midnight on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.</p>

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick criticized the overnight removal of several Confederate statues from the University of Texas at Austin’s campus while U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called the decision "the university’s prerogative."