Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out new abortion restrictions that would have banned the procedure at most Texas facilities where women can legally end a pregnancy.
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Friday sided with abortion clinics that challenged one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2013.
The law would have required the clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards by September 1st. That would have left seven places for women to get an abortion in Texas, down from the 19 facilities that abortion-rights groups say are currently available.
The lawsuit was the latest challenge to tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S.
The state is expected to appeal.
Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The Border Patrol says an agent shot at someone near the Texas-Mexico border who later identified himself as a militia member.
Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said that agents pursuing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville on Friday came upon a man holding a rifle near the river. An agent fired multiple shots, but did not hit the armed man. The man then identified himself as a member of a militia.
An unknown number of militia members have come to the Texas border following a surge in illegal immigration.
Zamora said no other details were immediately available.
This month, the Border Patrol warned its agents about militia members after seven of them were initially mistaken for a Texas Department of Public Safety tactical team near Mission.
NATIONAL GUARD-FINANCIAL HELP
2 Guard troops along border getting financial help
PHARR, Texas (AP) - The Texas National Guard says at least two of its troops have requested financial assistance after deployment to the Texas-Mexico border in response to a surge of children pouring illegally into the United States.
Spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Joanne MacGregor says the National Guard had initially identified 50 soldiers who might need financial help, but only two asked for help. These soldiers are part of the 1,000 troops ordered to the border in July by Gov. Rick Perry.
MacGregor says the hardships some troops are experiencing could be due to the pay schedule as two or three weeks may pass before soldiers get their first paycheck.
A South Texas food bank had said it was contacted about helping soldiers. MacGregor says no soldier has received any help from the food bank.
Health device firm's ex-execs sentenced for fraud
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The former top two executives of an Austin medical device company have received long prison sentences for participating in a scheme that defrauded shareholders and investors out of more than $750 million.
Former ArthroCare Corporation chief executive Michael Baker was sentenced Friday in federal court in Austin to 20 years in prison, while his former finance chief Michael Gluk drew a 10-year prison term. Both could have gotten 25-year terms.
Both also forfeit more than $25 million in profits.
Both were convicted in June of conspiracy and wire and securities fraud. Baker also was convicted of making false statements.
Prosecutors say both men and others orchestrated a scheme in which they artificially inflated sales and revenue in order for the company to meet or exceed internal and external earnings forecasts.
Texas Tech extends Kingsbury through 2020
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech has extended football coach Kliff Kingsbury's contract for three seasons through 2020.
Kingsbury already was under a five-year deal through 2017. Kingsbury is a former Texas Tech quarterback who played a few seasons as a backup in the NFL.
Texas Tech also announced upgrades to its football stadium and training facilities.
The announcement of his extension also comes with what Texas Tech calls its first specific athletics capital campaign.
The campaign will include construction of a new indoor football practice facility, a new south end zone stadium building and renovation of the Red Raiders football training facility.
Texas Tech also extended the contracts of baseball coach Tim Tadlock, track coach Wes Kittley and men's tennis coach Tim Siegel.
1st CFP championship game offers plenty for fans
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Fans will have several ways to take part in the first College Football Playoff National Championship, even without tickets to the January 12th game in Texas.
Game organizers announced Friday three primary fan events. They include an indoor experience and multiday music event open to the public, similar to those at the NCAA Final Four. People with game tickets can attend a free tailgate party outside AT and T Stadium on game day, including the bands and cheerleaders from both teams.
Playoff Fan Central, with a full-scale football field, will be Jan. 9-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. That is where the Bracket Town fan event was held when the NCAA Final Four was also played at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium in April.
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