After Texas was rocked by back-to-back mass shootings, some of the state’s top Republican leaders promised change. Gun safety advocates and Democratic lawmakers hoped gun violence prevention might become a priority. Yet the legislative session that just wrapped moved in the opposite direction.
The Delta variant, which was first detected in India, now accounts for more than 6% of all infections in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And this highly transmissible variant may be responsible for more than 18% of cases in some Western U.S. states.
At Lubbock Cooper High School, government teacher David Ring talks supply and demand. He has a cool, approachable demeanor as he relates the classroom lesson to a real-world issue, the pandemic, which is at time a contentious topic in Lubbock.
UPDATE: Late Tuesday night, Judge James Wesley Hendrix dismissed Planned Parenthood's case agasint the City of Lubbock, citing lack of jurisdiction. Judge James Wesley Hendrix questioned during last week's court hearing whether the federal district court was the right venue for the lawsuit that he said was filed too soon, before the plaintiffs could definitively say the ordinance impacted them. The lawsuit can be re-filed.
On Sunday, the Texas House of Representatives gave initial approval to a series of reforms intended to guard against future blackouts like the one that gripped the state in February 2021. Many of those reforms were wrapped into one bill called Senate Bill 3.