How Texas’ crusade against sex trafficking has left victims behind – Austin American-Statesman

Austin American-Statesman How Texas' crusade against sex trafficking has left victims behindAustin American-StatesmanShe entered Texas' long-term foster care system. For the next six years, she cycled through 19 different homes and institutions. She was brutally punished in some of those places — thrown to the ground and restrained, made to stand on milk crates for […]

188000 evacuated, emergency declared as California’s massive Oroville Dam threatens floods – Washington Post

Washington Post 188000 evacuated, emergency declared as California's massive Oroville Dam threatens floodsWashington PostAbout 188,000 residents near Oroville, Calif., were ordered to evacuate Sunday after a hole in an emergency spillway in the Oroville Dam threatened to flood the surrounding area. Thousands clogged highways leading out of the area headed south, north …The frantic fight […]

Humor: Draining the swamp — administration promises to clear out Russell Field after rains – The Aggie

The Aggie Humor: Draining the swamp — administration promises to clear out Russell Field after rainsThe AggieAfter the controversial proposal to build administrative buildings and housing on Russell Field, rain and local protests have halted the development of any new plots on the cherished fields. Russell Field, the home to club and intramural sports such […]

Famed sports agent among 178 jailed in Houston-area prostitution sting – Dallas News (blog)

Dallas News (blog) Famed sports agent among 178 jailed in Houston-area prostitution stingDallas News (blog)According to Houston's KTRK-TV, the Harris County Sheriff's Office made 178 arrests in a month-long prostitution sting that culminated on Super Bowl Sunday. Among their biggest catches: The sports agent who once represented major-league pitching great …and more »

Marathon charges $89000 a year for new new muscular dystrophy drug – CNBC

CNBC Marathon charges $89000 a year for new new muscular dystrophy drugCNBCA patient with Duchenne muscular dystrophy controls a motorized wheelchair. DMD afflicts about 1 in 3,500 boys worldwide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week approved a drug made by Marathon Pharmaceuticals to treat Duchenne muscular …Marathon to charge $89000 for DMD drug after […]

Sears, Kmart join other retailers in dropping Trump-branded items – Washington Post

Washington Post Sears, Kmart join other retailers in dropping Trump-branded itemsWashington PostThe list of companies dropping products that carry the Trump name grew this weekend, with two major U.S. retailers announcing that they're no longer selling Trump Home items online. Reuters reported Saturday that Sears Holdings and subsidiary Kmart …Scott Baio to Nordstrom: 'Never Again'The […]

Rep. John Zerwas to head Texas House Appropriations Committee – Texas Tribune

Houston Public Media Rep. John Zerwas to head Texas House Appropriations CommitteeTexas TribuneEight Texas House members will chair committees for the first time in the 85th Texas Legislature, while 11 returning chairs are now leading new committees. Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced the committee chairs Thursday. Among the new …Texas Legislature Names House Committee MembersHouston […]

GOP must decide what to do with health law taxes 

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans love cutting taxes, especially if they were authored by a president named Barack Obama. But as they push their wobbly effort to erase his health care overhaul, they’re divided over whether to repeal the levies the law imposed to finance its expanded coverage for millions of Americans. […]

Senate nears confirmation of Trump’s pick to head Treasury 

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary despite complaints by Democrats that Steven Mnuchin failed to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures when he headed OneWest Bank. Votes on Trump’s Cabinet picks have exposed deep partisan divisions in the Republican-controlled Senate, […]