AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller won't apologize for a shared post on his Facebook page that appears to suggest using an atomic bomb on the Muslim population, a spokesman for the Republican said Monday.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court says voters in Houston must decide whether they want an equal right ordinance in their city — and not whether the existing one should be repealed.
The ruling Wednesday over ballot wording for a November referendum was another stumble for Mayor Annise Parker and efforts to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the nation's fourth-largest city.
The Houston City Council last year adopted a nondiscrimination ordinance. It aims to protect gay and transgender people against discrimination in employment and public places.
But the Texas Supreme Court ruled last month that conservative activists should have succeeded in a petition drive to put the issue before voters. The court now says the ballot language must ask voters whether Houston should have a nondiscrimination ordinance.
MUSTANG RIDGE, Texas (AP) — Central Texas police are trying to determine who was driving an SUV that blew a tire and rolled in a wreck that left five relatives dead and four hurt.
Mustang Ridge police Chief Michael Rodriguez said Wednesday that nobody was wearing a seat belt during last week's accident.
Rodriguez, at the family's request amid the investigation, declined to release details on victims in the Aug. 13 accident on Texas 130. Police aren't sure how fast the SUV was going. The speed limit is 85 mph.
The Austin American-Statesman reports a husband and wife from Round Rock, her mother and the couple's 14-year-old son died at the scene. A 4-year-old son died later. Relatives are caring for the couple's four other children hurt in the wreck following a trip to Mexico.