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‘Sanctuary cities’ law foes planning first legal challenge
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 10 May 2017 23:36:00 UT

AUSTIN - Civil rights groups vigorously opposed to Texas's new anti-"sanctuary cities" law - which would allow the jailing of sheriffs and police chiefs if they refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities - expect to file within the next two weeks long-awaited lawsuits seeking to block the measure, they said Wednesday. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a constant thorn in Republicans' sides from earlier legal battles, is expected to play a key role in the litigation over Senate Bill 4, which will allow police officers to question people about their immigration status if they are detained during routine interactions. The law also will prohibit local jurisdictions from passing or enforcing ordinances that prohibit police officers from inquiring about a detained person's immigration status. Long before it won approval, Democrats drew parallels between SB 4 and a handful of notable immigration-related proposals passed by Republican legislatures, particularly in Alabama and Arizona, over the years that essentially use local police to target immigrants in the country illegally and help drive them out of the country.

Black Lives Matter march draws more than 100 to downtown Houston
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 21 May 2017 00:55:00 UT

"Today is the march for human rights," organizer Ashton Woods told the crowd. "Every community that you can think of has come under attack, so this event is a solidarity event."

Homelessness down slightly in Houston area since 2016
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 16 May 2017 16:36:39 UT

The number of homeless people in the Houston area dipped slightly from last year, according to preliminary data from an annual count. The decline of about 6 percent represents more progress in an effort that has cut homelessness by 60 percent since 2011, but the drop is less than in recent years.

Feds: 2 women on bank robbery spree around Houston
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 10 May 2017 21:52:37 UT

Federal officials say two women are on a bank robbery spree around Houston, hitting Chase banks repeatedly.

Texas high school softball player killed when struck by teammate’s Jeep after team dinner
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 18 May 2017 16:03:33 UT

A 14-year-old Forney High School softball player was killed after a teammate accidentally backed over her with her car as they left a team dinner party Tuesday night, according to the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office.

Houston man charged with murdering son-in-law
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 11 May 2017 19:32:38 UT

A Houston man is accused of murdering his son-in-law in an early morning shooting more than a month ago.

Gunman at large after north Houston double shooting
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 14 May 2017 13:21:56 UT

A gunman is on the loose after shooting two people Sunday morning inside a north Houston home, according to police.

What Houston will look like after TxDOT’s multi-billion dollar freeway project
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 11 May 2017 15:12:55 UT

Texas officials are inching closer to starting construction on one of Houston's most ambitious transportation projects.

Two charged in separate fatal hit-and-run crashes after Crime Stoppers tips
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 19 May 2017 15:51:48 UT

Two people have been charged in fatal hit-and-run crashes last month in Houston, law enforcement officials announced Friday as they warned of an uptick in such crimes.

Man accused of running over girlfriend outside Houston shopping center
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 14 May 2017 13:47:55 UT

A man allegedly ran over his girlfriend Sunday morning after an argument outside a Houston strip center, according to authorities.

METRO video shows teen’s scary near-miss on the rail line
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 15 May 2017 13:31:20 UT

As if we needed to be reminded that the METRO rail line is no place to play... 

Possible road rage shooting near Loop 610 leaves man hospitalized
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 21 May 2017 14:34:45 UT

A possible road rage shooting early Sunday morning left one man in the hospital.

Video shows conditions at concert where Houston rapper Travis Scott allegedly incited a riot
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 15 May 2017 22:55:04 UT

Videos from inside the concert have surfaced, providing insight on the conditions that police claim incited a riot.

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