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Convicted killer Yokamon Hearn is scheduled for execution on July 18, 2012 for the carjacking murder of 23-year-old Plano stockbroker Frank Meziere. (credit: Dallas Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal, Clears Dallas Carjacker For Execution

Condemned prisoner Yokamon Hearn is headed to the Texas death chamber after having his appeals rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.


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North Texas Residents, Business Owners Split On Health Care Reform

From Wall Street to Main Street, the health care reform attached to the Affordable Care Act will impact every American regardless of age. North Texans, unsurprisingly, are split. Here’s what residents and business owners have to say.


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North Texas Politicians, Advocacy Groups Respond To Health Care Ruling

The Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to uphold the entire Affordable Care Act is sending tidal waves through Texas — particularly the state’s GOP leadership, which has overwhelmingly opposed “Obamacare.” Here’s a look at what Texas politicos and pundits are saying on both sides of the aisle.


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Texas Death Row Inmate’s Mental Health Questioned

The outcome of legal wrangling about condemned killer Steven Staley’s mental health is likely to determine if the former laborer is put to death this week in Texas for a slaying almost a quarter-century ago in Fort Worth.


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Texas Man Executed For 10-Month-Old Boy’s Death

A Texas man who already was a convicted child sex offender has been executed for the beating death of a 10-month-old boy he was baby-sitting at a home in Dallas.


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Supreme Court To Take On Constitutionality Of Health Care Reform Law

Minutes after President Barack Obama signed his sweeping and hard-fought healthcare reform into law in 2010, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and AGs from 12 other states filed a complaint in federal court challenging the constitutionality of a key fixture: The individual mandate.


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Texas AG Abbott Challenges Fed’s Voter ID Blockade

The state of Texas wants to challenge the constitutionality of Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a key provision of the historic federal legislation.


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Judges To Define Districts & Set Texas Primaries Soon

This week three federal judges in San Antonio will start resolving one of the great political mysteries of the year: When will Texas hold primary elections and what will the congressional and legislative districts look like?



Supreme Court Halts Texas Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago after his lawyers contended his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial.


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Perry’s Fiery “Fed Up!” May Come Back To Haunt Him

Now that Rick Perry is running for president, his campaign has begun distancing itself from some of the candidate’s own words.


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States Look To Internet Taxes To Close Budget Gaps

State governments across the country are laying off teachers, closing public libraries and parks, and reducing health care services, but there is one place they could get $23 billion a year if they could only agree how to do it: Internet retailers such as



Denton Lawyer Challenging Statutory Rape Law

A Denton County attorney is challenging the way statutory rape cases are tried in Texas courts, and his argument could have an impact nationwide.