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Delays, closures and chaos mount at Texas-Mexico border crossings from new state inspections

Joel Estebane’s commercial truck had already been inspected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after crossing the bridge that connects Ciudad Juárez and El Paso on Tuesday afternoon — then he had to wait another hour in another line where Texas state troopers were questioning commercial drivers. Estebane, who was on his way to […]

International trade halted at Texas border crossings as truckers protest Greg Abbott’s new inspections

Commercial traffic at a key South Texas border crossing has stopped after Mexican truckers on Monday blocked north- and southbound lanes on the Mexico side of the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in protest of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to have state troopers inspect northbound commercial vehicles — historically a job done by the federal government. […]

One of the hundreds of Texans who died in the 2021 winter storm was a Lubbock ex-hippie with a “brilliant, magical mind”

When last year’s winter storm left much of Texas without power during days of freezing temperatures, Cynthia Pierce had nowhere to go. But Pierce’s family figured the 72-year-old, who lived in an Austin assisted living facility, was in good hands. “We were contacting each other as a family making sure everybody was OK,” said Beth […]

Texas regulators pass rule aimed at preventing natural gas producers from having power cut off during future winter storms

Dozens of natural gas companies failed to fill out paperwork that would have kept their electricity from getting cut off during February’s deadly winter storm. On Tuesday, Texas regulators tried to ensure that won’t happen again. The Texas Railroad Commission, the three-member board that regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, approved a new rule […]

Texas AG Ken Paxton sues Biden administration over new COVID-19 vaccination rules for big businesses

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration on Friday over new federal COVID-19 vaccine rules announced the day before, which order big businesses to mandate vaccination against the virus among their employees by Jan. 4 or require regular testing. The new federal rules preempt state and local laws, including part of Gov. Greg […]

More than 30 Texas bars sue over Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent shutdown order

“Why does he continue unilaterally acting like a king?” Woodfill, former chair of the Harris County Republican Party, said of Abbott in an interview. “He’s sentencing bar owners to bankruptcy.” Announcing the shutdown Friday, Abbott said the actions of his executive order “are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health.” Dozens […]