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source: John Marshall Foundation
source: John Marshall Foundation
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Court: Texas Can Stop Funding Planned Parenthood

Texas officials say they will cut state funding for Planned Parenthood, now that a federal appeals court has ruled in the state's favor, in a challenge over a new law that prohibits giving state money to women's health clinics that are affiliated with abortion providers.

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source: United States Government Accountability Office
source: United States Government Accountability Office
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DMV Will Accept Foreign Photo ID’s For One Year

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is changing its identification requirements for registering or transferring vehicle titles. Starting next month, DMV will accept ANY government issued photo ID card, including cards issued by foreign governments.  The temporary rules will expire on August 31st of 2013, when DMV will require an American-issued photo ID.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images/Newsmakers
Joe Raedle, Getty Images/Newsmakers
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Texas Prison Population Shrinking

It's true.  The Austin American-Statesman reports the total population of the state's 111 prisons is now 154,000 — down 2,500 from two years ago when it was 156,500, give or take.

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via Flickr/Images_of_Money
via Flickr/Images_of_Money
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Texans Get Millions in Health Insurance Rebates

Under the new federal Affordable Health Care Law, health insurance companies are required to refund a portion of their customers' premiums if the company spends less than 80 percent of its premium income on medical care.

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Panola County Sheriff's Department
Panola County Sheriff's Department
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Lawyer Considering New Appeal for “Bernie”

Just when you thought the hoopla over the movie "Bernie" had died down, brace yourself because it could start all over again.  The real "Bernie" has a new lawyer.

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via Valerie Macon, Getty Images
via Valerie Macon, Getty Images
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Update: Giffords Approves Shooter Guilty Plea

The Houston Chronicle reports former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband have no problem with a plea bargain for the man who's accused of shooting her and many others at a public meeting in Tuscon last year.  Six people were killed and 14 others, including Giffords, were wounded

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via Flickr/OregonDOT
via Flickr/OregonDOT
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Humongous Gang Drug Bust in Henderson

How humongous was it?  The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports more than 150 law officers from half a dozen local, state and federal agencies using armored vehicles and helicopters raided a house in Henderson and arrested 11 members of the infamous Crips drug gangs.

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Pool, Getty Images
Pool, Getty Images
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Colorado Shooting Suspect James Holmes Charged with 24 Counts of Murder

James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student suspected of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more during a July 20 shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, CO, has been formally charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.

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