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House Dems slow down pace to block bills ahead of midnight deadline

Democratic leaders in the Texas House called in state Rep. Dawnna Dukes — mostly absent from the Capitol this session because of lingering health problems — in their effort to beat back a Republican strategy to ensure votes on divisive bills regarding abortion and guns.

Watching the clock closely, House Republicans tried early in the day to shorten the list of measures to be considered Tuesday to have a chance to vote on two bills.

But Republicans failed to get the votes they needed to suspend the House’s rules to postpone a collection of bills until Wednesday and make way for Senate Bill 11 — which would allow concealed handguns to be carried into university classrooms, dorms and buildings — and Senate Bill 575, which would prohibit public and private insurers from covering abortion except in life-threatening instances.

But as much as conservatives would like to deliver to GOP primary voters passage of SB 11 and SB 575, many Democrats want to see the red meat measures wither and die before the midnight House deadline to hear Senate bills.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/house-dems-slow-down-pace-to-block-bills-ahead-of-/nmPDj/

Police: 13 officers missing following attack; 5 injured

Source: AP

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Thirteen Kenyan police are missing after suspected al-Shabab gunmen attacked their vehicles near Somalia's border, injuring at least five other officers and burning five cars, police said on Tuesday.

A police spokesman, George Kimoti, told The Associated Press that 13 officers were missing following the attack. A statement signed by Police Chief J.K. Boinnet said two officers were critically injured and three others sustained minor injuries in the attack but made no mention of missing officers.

Another police official said the missing officers were part of team of more than 20 officers traveling in three Land Cruiser pick-up trucks who had gone to recover a firearm lost by one officer when their car was hit by a land mine. It is believed al-Shabab militants attacked the officers after reinforcements were sent in, with officers running for safety as militants fired at them, according to the police officer. The officer spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

The statement by Boinnet said there was a heavy exchange of gunfire with the Islamic militants. Al-Shabab is a Somali extremist group.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/local-media-several-kenyan-police-officers-killed-ambush-061709224.html;_ylt=A86.J3TyRGRVLzUAgkEPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByNWU4cGh1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--

Austin breaks 120-year-old record for rainfall in May: 16.72 inches at Camp Mabry

After storms wreaked havoc through Central Texas Sunday, the area was hit again Monday afternoon, flooding roadways and causing power outages in Austin and surrounding areas. After reported tornado touchdowns mid-afternoon in several Central Texas counties, storms deluged the already-saturated Austin area with rain, causing flooding all over the city.

9:45 p.m. The City of Austin's Emergency Operations Center says it has no word of any fatalities or missing people in the city due to flooding at this point. Crews are staging equipment to clean up major arteries like Lamar Boulevard, once Shoal Creek recedes completely. Engineers will assess the roadway and bridges, and any needed repairs will be made as soon as possible.

Austin Energy has about 400 customers still without power.

NWS San Antonio


9:15pm - It is officially the Wettest May at Austin Mabry in History. Old May record of 14.10" in 1895, After today's rain 2015 is at 16.72"
9:17 PM - 25 May 2015

Read more: http://kut.org/post/storms-cause-widespread-flooding-austin-updated

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Report: Iran Summons Saudi Envoy Over Yemen Strike

Source: AP

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says the Foreign Ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia's envoy over an airstrike near Tehran's embassy in Yemen.

It says Iran warned the Saudi charge d'affaires late Monday against any violations of the diplomatic immunity of embassy staff and facilities.

Iran supports Shiite rebels in Yemen, known as Houthis, who seized the capital last year. Both Tehran and the Houthis insist it has not armed the rebels, but only provided humanitarian aid.

A Saudi-led coalition has been striking the rebels from the air since late March in a campaign aimed at restoring to power Yemen's internationally recognized president, who fled the country earlier that month.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/report-iran-summons-saudi-envoy-yemen-strike-31301118

Rio Rancho police officer shot

A Rio Rancho police officer was shot Monday night on Southern Boulevard near the public library, according to a department spokesman.

Capt. Paul Rogers said the shooting took place shortly after 8 p.m. near the intersection of Southern and Pinetree Road.

The condition of the officer was not known at this time, Rogers said.


Bill to reduce marijuana penalties in Louisiana passes full Senate

A proposal to soften Louisiana's harsh marijuana laws by reducing penalties for possession continues to [strike]gather smoke[/strike] gain steam in the Louisiana Legislature.

The Senate voted 27-12 Monday (May 25) to advance legislation that would create a new penalty system for marijuana possession dealing with amounts less than 2.5 pounds.

The measure's sponsor, J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, said his bill (SB 241) brings Louisiana's marijuana laws closer in line with other states, "in a way that is more humane." For example, the bill reduces the maximum penalty for possession from 20 years in prison to eight, raises the threshold for a felony-level possession charge and adds a second-chance provision for first-time offenders.

Under current law, the maximum penalties for possession of any amount of marijuana up to 60 pounds are a $500 fine and six moths in jail for a first offense (a misdemeanor), a $2,500 fine and five years in prison for a second offense (a felony); and a $5,000 fine and a 20-year prison term (a felony).

Read more: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/marijuana_laws_louisiana_penal.html#incart_2box

Lawsuit claims cops broke hip of elderly black man in Georgetown

Herman Crisp, 81, was sitting on the front porch of his home west of the county courthouse last fall, sipping a late afternoon cup of coffee with his neighbor when a police SWAT team arrived.

Without warning, officers threw an explosive device designed to disorient and confuse crime suspects into his front yard. It exploded and, in the ensuing chaos, officers allegedly slammed Mr. Crisp to the ground, breaking his hip.

After spending hours in handcuffs, officers allegedly left Mr. Crisp’s home without offering medical care or calling an ambulance. His nephew found him the next day lying on the floor, covered in his own fecal matter.

Course of events

This description of events is the core of a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal district court in Austin. Mr. Crisp is seeking unspecified monetary damages from the City of Georgetown and Williamson County and asking police to reconsider their policies on using force.

Read more: http://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Williamson1//Magazine87306/Full/index.aspx?II=87306#1/z (Williamson County Sun)

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Jeb Bush to get own home at family compound in Kennebunkport

Source: AP

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting a house of his own at the family compound on the coast of Maine where generations of Bushes have spent summers.

The likely Republican presidential contender and his family will stay in the cottage on Walker's Point in Kennebunkport during summer visits, the family said. Bush and his wife also have a home in Coral Gables, Florida.

There are several properties at Walker's Point, including the home of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara.

The former president said the additional space was needed to make room for the entire family, especially with the arrival of a new generation of great-grandchildren.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Jeb-Bush-to-get-own-home-at-family-compound-in-6285203.php

Senate votes to add restrictions to judicial abortion process for minors

Following more than three hours of debate Monday, the Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill adding restrictions to the judicial bypass process used by minors to obtain abortions without parental consent.

House Bill 3994, sponsored by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, would establish a stricter standard of evidence and require a teen to pursue the bypass through a court in her district. The Senate approved the measure on a 21-10 vote, with senators voting along party lines.

"HB 3994 is to ensure the bypass process is as transparent and information filled as possible while protecting and helping our minors," Perry said during Monday's debate.

About 300 minors use the judicial bypass process, established in Texas in 1999, to obtain abortions each year.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Senate-votes-to-add-restrictions-to-judicial-6285463.php

Lake Dam at Bastrop St. Park failed; Williamson County urges resident near Brushy Creek to evacuate

7:10 p.m. update: Lake Dam at Bastrop State Park has failed, Bastrop emergency officials said.

Authorities are urging anyone in the path of rushing water along Copperas Creek need to seek higher ground.

The eastern area of Tahitian Village is at risk, officials said.

6:50 p.m. update: Williamson County officials are urging people who live in or near the floodplain of Brushy Creek east of FM 685 to evacuate the area immediately.

The creek is currently 23 feet deep, which is as high as it was during the tropical storm in 2010, officials said.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/flash-flood-watch-issued-as-more-rain-expected-mon/nmNRQ/
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