Gun debate a side note in hearings on Uvalde shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first public hearings in Texas looking into the Uvalde school massacre have focused on a cascade of law enforcement blunders, school building safety and mental health care with only scant mentions of the shooter’s AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and gun reform. A day after the head of the Texas state police … Read more

Uvalde school shooting: School district places Chief Pete Arredondo on administrative leave, superintendent announces

CNN  —  Uvalde school district police chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo was placed on leave Wednesday, according to a news release from Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell. “Because of the lack of clarity that remains and the unknown timing of when I will receive the results of the investigations, I have made the … Read more

Report: Police in Uvalde had rifles earlier than known

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Multiple police officers armed with rifles and at least one ballistic shield stood and waited in a school hallway for nearly an hour while a gunman carried out a massacre of 19 elementary students and two teachers, according to a Monday news report that marks the latest embarrassing revelation about the … Read more

American Airline drops some NY flights due to pilot shortage

Texas-based American Airlines will be canceling flights to Ithaca and Islip, New York, as well as Toledo, Ohio, in September, blaming a lack of pilots, according to local reports. “In response to the regional pilot shortage affecting the airline industry, American Airlines has made the difficult decision to end service,” American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Koos … Read more

Texas GOP goes full MAGA at 2022 convention

Texas Republicans ended a three-day convention Saturday with votes on a swath of proposed changes to their platform that would pull the party further right. Why it matters: The revised platform is likely to preview some of the GOP’s messaging going into the November midterms and 2024 election. It includes resolutions denying that President Biden … Read more

Uvalde cops waited 77 minutes to try entering classrooms during shooting

Security footage shows cops at the Uvalde, Texas school massacre waited 77 minutes before even trying to open the doors to two classrooms where the shooter killed 19 children and two teachers last month, a new report said. The latest revelation, published Saturday by The San Antonio Express News, is the latest detail that shows … Read more

Texas city could be without water for 48 hours, officials say

A major water main broke in the city of Odessa, Texas, leaving thousands without water. Odessa Police Department. UPDATE: The line has been repaired and the water treatment plant is back online, but Odessa residents should not expect water to start flowing to their homes immediately, officials told news outlets. The Ector County Utility District … Read more

Patriot Front leader among those arrested near Idaho Pride

After the arrest of more than two dozen members of a white supremacist group near a northern Idaho pride event, including one identified as its founder, LGBTQ advocates said Sunday that polarization and a fraught political climate are putting their community increasingly at risk. The 31 Patriot Front members were arrested with riot gear after … Read more

Heat wave puts 70 million under warnings from Tennessee to California

More than 70 million are under heat warnings and advisories on Saturday through early next week as a potent heat dome sends temperatures soaring to levels the National Weather Service is calling “potentially deadly.” The big pictures: The heat wave, made worse by a long-term, climate change-influenced drought, shows signs of eventually swelling into the … Read more

New York’s lawsuit against NRA can move forward, judge rules

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general’s lawsuit against the National Rifle Association is no mere “witch hunt,” a New York judge ruled Friday in dismissing the gun rights advocacy group’s claims that the case is a political vendetta. Manhattan Judge Joel M. Cohen’s decision means the nearly 2-year-long legal fight can continue. … Read more