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Texas Gov. Perry challenges New York Gov. Cuomo to a debate

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a debate over economic policies as he visits Cuomo's home turf.

Perry, whose 2012 bid for the GOP presidential nomination was marked by spotty and sometimes disastrous debate performances, invited the Democratic governor to debate in an interview on an Albany radio station.

“A debate between the governors of two of the largest states in the country on policy issues such as taxes, government spending, education, regulations and legal reform would be beneficial to our states and our country as a whole,” Perry said in a statement distributed Tuesday by Americans for Economic Freedom.

The nonprofit group headed by a Perry strategist started last year, getting the money left over from Super PAC that supported Perry's presidential bid. It could help him lay the groundwork for the second presidential run he's considering.

More at http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Texas-Gov-Perry-challenges-New-York-Gov-Cuomo-5421150.php .

[font color=green]Look out New York, Prick Perry is coming to poach more jobs since he doesn't have a track record of creating any real jobs here in Texas.[/font]

Cardinal Dolan Praises Hobby Lobby, Says Women Can Just Go to 7-Eleven for Access to Health Care

These people who are up in arms over the fact that laws now require health care plans to offer contraceptive coverage just don’t get it. Sure, some of that coverage will be used to prevent unplanned pregnancies that result from sexual activity. But in their obsession over the sex lives of strangers, these people willfully fail to understand that millions of women use birth control for health reasons, as prescribed by a doctor – not because they’re necessarily sexually active.

For me, it all goes back to the ignorance these people show toward science. It’s not about facts, science or health, it’s about their rhetoric and what they want to believe over what reality actually tells us.

It’s a belief that Cardinal Dolan proudly showed off as he boasted about the efforts by Hobby Lobby to deny women basic health coverage while insisting that women could simply go to 7-Eleven to get contraceptives.

Dolan said:

“I would be inspired by the Hobby Lobby. I think they’re just true Americans. They’re saying, look, the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way we act.

Is the ability to buy contraceptives, that are now widely available, my Lord, all you have to do is walk into a 7-Eleven or any shop on any street in America and have access to them. Is that right to access those and have them paid for, is that such a towering good that it would suffocate the rights of conscience?”

See more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/cardinal-dolan-praises-hobby-lobby-say-women-can-just-go-7-eleven-access-health-care/#sthash.oc9QSoXN.dpuf

San Antonio Area: School districts cautious about shooting threat

SAN ANTONIO — School districts throughout San Antonio sent letters home to parents Monday informing them of an anonymous threat of a mass shooting at an unspecified elementary school.

An email threatening the violence was sent last weekend to numerous Northside Independent School District officials at various elementary schools and its central office. San Antonio Police Department officials met Monday morning with school district police chiefs to coordinate a response.

Officials do not believe the threat is credible but are taking it seriously, Police Chief William McManus said Monday.

The single-paragraph e-mail, composed with casual spelling and erratic punctuation, got right to the point. “You won't see day lights no more,” it began, according to a copy obtained by the Express-News. Its author, self-identified as the “San Antonio serial killer,” specified a mass shooting would occur between 9:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. Thursday.

“You will never know what School that is going to be! so it can be whatever!” the email stated. “That means some families will definitely miss their kids and never see them again.”

More at http://www.chron.com/news/education/article/School-districts-cautious-about-shooting-threat-5418686.php?cmpid=rrhoustontx .

Slide Show: Artifacts from the Republic of Texas (1836-1845)

Believe it or not, there was a time – probably before we Texans came up with Dr Pepper – that not everyone was so keen on Texas being a part of the United States. Documents from that era show two nations strongly divided between the sense of adventure Texas seemed to offer and how its politics would change both nations.

Pictures and bylines at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/gallery/Artifacts-from-the-Republic-of-Texas-1836-1845-65203/photo-5982653.php .

Wrestling legend Stone Cold Steve Austin backs same-sex marriage

SAN ANTONIO — Surprise!

A man who made a living wearing skimpy tights, a leather vest and wrestling other oiled-up men on camera has thrown his support behind gay marriage.

Stone Cold Steve Austin, a professional wrestling legend and proud Texan, took to the airwaves last week on his podcast to discuss the controversial issue of gay marriage.

“I'm for same-sex marriage,” he said. “I believe that any human being in America, any human being in the world, that wants to be married … if it's the same-sex, more power to them.”

Austin delivered a Stone Cold Stunner to religious groups who say “no can do” to gay marriage during his discussion, which includes a few too many profanities to link.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/local/article/Wrestling-legend-Stone-Cold-Steve-Austin-backs-5420884.php .

Feds: West fertilizer blast was preventable

DALLAS -- The federal agency that investigates chemical accidents on Tuesday said the deadly blast at West Fertilizer Co. was preventable and called on regulators to take additional steps to reduce the risk of another catastrophe.

But a year after the tragedy, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board still does not know what caused the fire at the facility, which stored ammonium nitrate, a highly combustible fertilizer. The explosion killed 15 people, injured hundreds and damaged more than 150 houses, schools and other buildings in West, some 80 miles south of Dallas.

Rafael Moure-Eraso, the Chemical Safety Board's chairman, said "no other single chemical has caused more widespread harm" in preventable accidents than ammonium nitrate.

State and federal regulators, he said, should restrict the amount of ammonium nitrate stored at any one time, require safer blends of the chemical to make it less explosive and order facilities to use fireproof, concrete structures to hold the fertilizer.

"Accidents like West can be prevented," Moure-Eraso said. "Regulations need to be updated and new ones put in place."


Lance Armstrong's coach Bruyneel banned for 10 years

Lance Armstrong's longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, was banned for 10 years on Tuesday for helping to organize massive doping on teams led by the disgraced cyclist.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced the verdicts of an American Arbitration Association panel against Bruyneel and two medical staff, completing its lengthy investigation which saw Armstrong banished from cycling in 2012.

Bruyneel "was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the (U.S. Postal Service) and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders," USADA said in a statement.

Team doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti will serve eight-year bans.

More at http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/sports/armstrong-coach-bruyneel-banned-for-10-years/nffSr/ .

Lawsuit seeks redrawing of Texas Senate districts

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two Texans backed by a conservative legal group have filed a federal lawsuit in Austin challenging how state Senate voting districts were drawn.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1lzDnvv ) the Project on Fair Representation wants a judge to cancel results of the March primaries, which used Senate boundaries drawn by the Legislature in 2013.

The group wants Texas lawmakers to draw new districts. The plaintiffs are voters in two Senate districts - Tyler and Houston areas.

The case filed Monday argues the way districts were drawn is unconstitutional for being based on total population. The suit says only eligible voters should be considered.

The group's director, Ed Blum, helped lead the Fisher vs. University of Texas affirmative action case challenging using race in university admissions heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.


[font color=green]This lawsuit doesn't appear to be headed anywhere. Why should two specific Senate districts be allowed to use a different standard for determining the alignment of boundary lines compared to the other 29 Texas Senate districts?[/font]

Dallas Man Could Face Murder Charge For Running Over Employees of Plano Bar, Cops Say

Police say that Benjamin Kevin Newman was drunk when he left The Hangout Patio Bar in Plano on Thursday night. The 22-year-old Dallas resident also must have been angry, since he allegedly steered his car into four people standing in the parking lot.

"We believe, based on the evidence and talking to some of the witnesses and staff, that this was intentional," says Plano PD spokesman David Tilley.

Three of the four victims were bar employees.

The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Police found Newman a short time later, driving his white sedan down Central Expressway. They took him to the Collin County jail on charges of driving while intoxicated and accident involving injury.

Newman's potential punishment -- and his $110,000 bond -- are about to increase significantly. Word comes today that one of his alleged victims, 23-year-old Christopher Ryan Brigman, has died from his injuries.

More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/04/dallas_man_could_face_murder_c.php .

Houston Mayor Annise Parker includes citywide job protections in proposed Human Rights Ordinance

It looks like weeks of pressure from LGBT advocates has paid off.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s office on Monday released the proposed text of a long-awaited Human Rights Ordinance, and it includes a citywide ban on employment discrimination.

Parker previously indicated that an earlier draft of the proposed ordinance didn’t include citywide employment protections, leading to a major push by LGBT advocates to have the provision added.

In addition to private-sector employment discrimination, Parker’s proposal would ban discrimination citywide in housing and public accommodations. It would also ban discrimination in city employment and by city contractors.

More at http://www.lonestarq.com/breaking-houston-mayor-annise-parker-includes-citywide-job-protections-proposed-human-rights-ordinance/ .
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