Posted: Oct 1, 2013 6:02 AM
Updated: Oct 1, 2013 6:02 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Thousands of federal workers in Texas are set to begin furloughs after Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown. National parks and the Johnson Space Center in Houston were among places that face being most affected by the shutdown. Three presidential libraries in Texas are also closing their doors until the budget impasse is over.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas hospitals, clinics and charities are gearing up to help uninsured Texans enroll in health care exchanges. Governor Rick Perry previously declared the state government would do as little as possible to help implement the Affordable Care Act. Texas is one of 27 states that did not set up its own health insurance exchange because of Republican opposition to the plan.
HOUSTON (AP) The crowded Republican primary field for lieutenant governor is squaring off in another debate. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, state Senator Dan Patrick and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst agree on many issues. But Patrick recently criticized Dewhurst for naming too many Democratic committee heads in the state legislature.
DALLAS (AP) A federal jury has ordered Dallas County to pay $400,000 to the family of a homeless man who died in jail. Jurors determined that the civil rights of Craig Morris were violated because county policies made officials indifferent to the welfare of inmates. The verdict came more than four years after Morris died of a severe pneumonia while in custody.