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    1. By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas laws that offer a high degree of protection to those who act in self-defense may make it difficult to prosecute the 170 people jailed for a Sunday motorcycle gang fight that left nine dead, with hundreds of weapons seized by police. Texas allows a person to use deadly force with legal arms in self-defense if they believe such force is immediately...

    2. Texas House passes biker safety bill days after shooting

      San Antonio Express-NewsMay 22 12:52 PM

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers approved motorcycle safety legislation on Friday that supporters say was going to be discussed at the biker's meeting in Waco where a deadly shootout erupted last weekend. The measure, which now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, would funnel some of the state's motorcycle-related fees to state Department of Transportation campaigns that remind motorists to share the...

    3. Texas Senate approves open carry of handguns

      San Antonio Express-NewsMay 22 03:23 PM

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas took a major step toward allowing the licensed open carry of handguns, with Senate approval Friday night after a fierce debate over restricting police powers to ask people carrying guns if they are legal. Supporters of the police restriction said it will prevent harassment of law-abiding citizens and racial profiling of minorities. Several lawmakers noted the Waco ...

    4. By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A federal appeals court has denied an application to halt the June execution of Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on death row in Texas, for killing four men at an airport hangar in 1983. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday denied a petition from Bower's lawyers, who said his planned execution on June 3 should be...

    5. Texas House OKs letting clergy refuse to marry gay couples

      San Antonio Express-NewsMay 21 06:22 AM

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House voted Thursday to let clergy members refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs — further shielding the nation's largest conservative state from a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed. Republicans, who control the Legislature and haven't lost a statewide office since 1994, say the bill will keep church elders ...

    6. CognitiveScale Makes the 2015 Austin A-List of Most Promising Startups

      Business Wire via Yahoo! FinanceMay 21 06:00 AM

      CognitiveScale has been named to the 2015 Austin A-List by the Austin Chamber of Commerce through its Innovate Austin initiative and South by Southwest Interactive.

    7. AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has told federal officials that Texas will now comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act after his predecessor spent years fighting the requirement.

    8. Highlights from around the state Capitol

      San Antonio Express-NewsMay 22 04:52 PM

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first state budget under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott spends lavishly on border security, defunds one of Rick Perry's signature initiatives and includes the biggest tax cuts in a decade. More than $800 million is set for border security, which was a dominant issue for Republican candidates in 2014. An ongoing lawsuit over how the state pays for education remains in the ...

    9. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A newly struck budget deal is giving new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott the tax cuts he demanded but remains blemished by skepticism that Texas homeowners will notice any savings. Ending weeks of discord between the House and Senate, the agreement late Thursday on a $3.8 billion ...

    10. About 120 guns found at scene of deadly Texas gang fight

      Reuters via Yahoo! NewsMay 20 04:08 PM

      By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found. Gang members hid weapons in sacks of flour and bags of chips at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they ...

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