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Texas Prisons Train Inmates for High-Tech Jobs

In just one more sign that today's prisons are not your grandfather's prisons where inmates only made license plates, Texas prisons have been turned into factories where inmates get training for all kinds of jobs on the outside, including high-tech IT jobs.

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via Flickr/S.MiRK
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Planned Parenthood Sues Texas in Funding Fight

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas have filed a federal lawsuit to block the state of Texas from excluding their health centers from the Medicaid Women's Health Program.

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via Flickr/Len@LoblollyPhoto
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Officials Vow Fight to Keep Fed Courthouse Open

Lufkin area officials and others say they are girding their loins for a fight to keep the government from closing the Lufkin Federal Courthouse.

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Angry State Official Wants Judges Ousted

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling on voters to replace the five members of the Texas Supreme Court who issued an opinion he says weakens the Texas Open Beaches Act.

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Lufkin Outlaws Roadside Panhandling

It's official.  By unanimous vote, the Lufkin City Council has adopted a city ordinance that prohibits panhandling and solicitation of vehicle occupants on city roadways.

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Model Injured by Propeller Reaches Settlement

Who can forget Lauren Scruggs, and the horrifying accident that left her maimed and half blind back in December?  Lauren is the young Dallas model who lost part of her left arm and her left eye when she was hit by a spinning airplane propeller at a Dallas area airport.

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State Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston)
State Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston)
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Lawmaker Wants to Change Texas “Castle Doctrine”

A Houston State Representative says he will work to repeal Texas’ “Castle Doctrine”, the law that gives Texans protections similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” law that is coming under fire in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

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Andrea Yates Wants to Attend Church

Remember Andrea Yates?  She's the Houston woman who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning deaths of her five children back in June of 2001.  Yates is now a patient at the Kerrville State Hospital, and through her attorney, she's asking to be allowed out of the facility once a week to go to church.

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