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Former Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler dead at 94

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by By Robert Downen, The – 2024-06-15 18:40:13

SUMMARY: Paul Pressler, a prominent Southern Baptist leader and Republican activist, passed away on June 7 at 94. Pressler played a key role in the Southern Baptist Convention's conservative resurgence, opposing homosexuality and aligning with the Republican Party. He faced numerous sexual abuse allegations, resulting in a confidential lawsuit settlement six months before his death. Pressler's contributions included influencing GOP politics, notably supporting figures like Ted Cruz. Despite his significant impact, his death received muted attention. Pressler's legacy was marred by the scandal that contributed to a broader investigation and reforms within the Southern Baptist Convention regarding sex abuse.

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Texas to execute Ruben Gutierrez for 1998 Brownsville murder

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by By Kayla Guo, The – 2024-07-16 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Ruben Gutierrez is set for execution in Texas for the 1998 murder of Escolastica Harrison, an elderly woman he allegedly killed during a robbery. Gutierrez has spent a decade seeking DNA tests on evidence he believes could exonerate him. Despite multiple appeals and execution delays, his request for DNA testing has repeatedly been denied. Cameron County prosecutors argue testing won't clear him under Texas' law of parties. Gutierrez's lawyer asserts DNA evidence could prove his innocence. The case has faced various legal hurdles, including a recent Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversal against Gutierrez's DNA testing appeal.

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Colin Allred outraises Ted Cruz in latest quarter

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by By Isaac Yu, The – 2024-07-15 18:19:15

SUMMARY: U.S. Rep. Colin Allred's campaign raised $10.5 million in the second quarter of 2024, surpassing Sen. Ted Cruz's $7.9 million, though Cruz holds a larger campaign warchest at $12.1 million. National Democrats support Allred, but significant funding has yet to be allocated, despite tight polling. In other , the article includes details on voter registration and election dates for Texas, emphasizing the importance of civic engagement. The Texas Tribune also highlighted upcoming events and notable speakers at The Texas Tribune Festival. The site is testing AI-powered tools for audio narration and invites readers to participate in a survey on AI usage.

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Uvalde sheriff and school district ordered to release Robb Elementary records

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by By Alejandro Serrano, The – 2024-07-15 13:56:56

SUMMARY: A Texas district court ruled that the Uvalde school district and sheriff's office must release records related to the Robb Elementary School shooting, including police body camera footage and 911 calls. This judgment, deemed a victory for government transparency by media lawyers, stems from a lawsuit filed after repeated denials of open-records requests following the May 24, 2022 shooting. The shooting, which claimed 21 lives, was marked by numerous police failures. The judge's ruling mandates the release of documents by July 28. Similar records from the Department of Public Safety remain unreleased due to ongoing appeals.

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