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North Texas storms, tornado kill at least 5 people

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by By Ken Miller, Associated Press, The – 2024-05-26 11:56:12

SUMMARY: Powerful storms wreaked havoc across Texas and Oklahoma, destroying homes and leaving thousands without power. A tornado overturned vehicles and shut down a highway near Dallas. At least five people were confirmed dead in Cooke County, Texas, with more casualties expected. Damage included uprooted trees, downed power lines, and demolished buildings. The severe weather continued a deadly month in the U.S., attributed to climate change. Tornadoes in Iowa also caused multiple fatalities. Excessive heat warnings were issued in South Texas. Emergency services responded to multiple incidents, and shelters were opened for affected individuals.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas challenge to abortion pill

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by By Eleanor Klibanoff and Karen Brooks Harper, The – 2024-06-13 09:28:47

SUMMARY: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the legality of mifepristone, a common abortion-inducing drug, rejecting an anti-abortion group's challenge. In its first abortion-related ruling since overturning Roe v. Wade, the court maintained the drug's market status, rebuking a prior judgment by the 5th Circuit and District Judge Kacsmaryk. Mifepristone, approved in 2000 and often used with misoprostol, is shown to be safe and effective. The ruling is a relief to abortion providers and pharmaceutical companies concerned about judicial overreach on drug approvals. The court noted the plaintiffs lacked standing as they neither use nor prescribe mifepristone.

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Texas Dems to target GOP’s record on education this November

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by By Jasper Scherer, The – 2024-06-13 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Texas Democrats are focusing on education in their campaign to gain state House seats, criticizing GOP lawmakers for teacher shortages and school closures while opposing Governor Greg Abbott's school voucher policy. The strategy was underscored at the Texas Democratic Convention, with leaders like Gina Hinojosa emphasizing the need to elect more Democrats to prevent vouchers. Abbott's supporters argue that vouchers offer parental choice, while Republicans blame Democrats for obstructing education funding. The education debate contrasts Democrats' push for improved school funding with GOP efforts to control school curricula and support vouchers, framing public education as a crucial election issue.

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An LGBTQ+ center opens its doors in West Texas

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by By Carlos Nogueras Ramos, The – 2024-06-13 05:00:00

SUMMARY: At West Texas Pride Festival, Patty Reeves addressed the audience following the tragic suicide of Luna Harris, a 19-year-old gender-nonconforming community member. The events cast a shadow over what was to be a celebratory week, including the opening of the permanent Pride Center West Texas. Co-founded by Bryan and Clint Wilson, who moved to Midland in 2020, the center has relocated several times due to growth and eviction, now operating in a strip mall. The center and events like Bingo Night, which help fund it, are vital in a state where LGBTQ+ rights are under legislative threat. Despite challenges, the community remains resilient.

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PFLAG President, Peggy Reeves, discusses the intense need to help trans children in Texas during the Pride Festival hosted by Basin Pride at The Vine in Odessa, Texas.

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Youth Administrator, Zero Galindo pick board games with Bryson Beaman (14) and Michael Eayon during Youth Drop In and Group at Pride Center West Texas in Odessa on May 28, 2024.

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Pride Center Board President, Emily Parks answers interview questions from Texas Pride Impact Funds  members Ron Guillard and Míchél Macklin at Pride Center West Texas in Odessa on May 28,2024.

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Pride Center founder Bryan Wilson holds meeting with board members at Pride Center West Texas in Odessa on May 28, 2024.

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Eddie Almendariz, long time Bingo player participates in the first night of Bingo hosted by Pride Center West Texas at VFW Post 4372 in Odessa on May 20, 2024.

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