Campus carry, transgender rights, immigrant children


DALLAS (AP) — Top Republicans were anxious to bring the fight raging over transgender rights and public restrooms in North Carolina to America's largest conservative state, as the Texas GOP convention kicked off. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday he's been talking to North Carolina's governor about defending the state's new law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates. Abbott also hinted he'd like to see a similar law in Texas.

DALLAS (AP) — Texas secessionists on the surprise brink of forcing the state Republican Party to vote on their cause are getting nudged back to the fringe _ but only barely. A committee of Texas GOP leaders late Thursday narrowly threw out drafted language in the party platform that supported a referendum on Texas leaving the United States.

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' attorney general has asked an appeals court to throw out criminal charges against him at a Dallas hearing just blocks from the state Republican convention. Attorney General Ken Paxton returned to court Thursday on felony charges of defrauding investors before becoming the state's top prosecutor in 2015. Paxton has pleaded not guilty and released a defiant video Wednesday reiterating that he's "not going anywhere."

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas court hearing is likely to delve into the question of whether children illegally crossing the southern U. S. border can be held for long periods at facilities federal officials say are needed to cope with an expected wave of immigrant families. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement houses children at two detention centers in Texas while it appeals California ruling last July ordering the children released "without unnecessary delay."

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas System regents have postponed until July a vote on proposed rules allowing concealed handguns in campus buildings due to concerns that some might be too restrictive.State law requires public universities to allow concealed handguns in classrooms and buildings starting Aug. 1.The most controversial proposals have been for the flagship campus in Austin. They would allow professors to ban weapons from their offices. The school also wants to prohibit semi-automatic weapons from having a bullet in the chamber as a safety measure to avoid accidental discharge.Those provisions have been attacked by gun-rights groups, which say the law is a key Second Amendment and self-defense measure. The Texas A&M System approved gun rules for its campuses in April.

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