CHICAGO (AP) - Census data show the Chicago region has lost more residents than any other U.S. metropolitan area, a drop that comes as other Midwestern cities lost population and South and Southwest parts of the country saw gains. Two Texas metropolitan areas, surrounding Dallas and Houston, report the biggest numeric increases between July 2015 and July 2016. Experts say the reasons for the shifts are complex.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the first openly gay student body president at his alma mater, Texas A&M University, may have "stolen" the election. The former Texas governor made the suggestion in an op-ed submitted to the Houston Chronicle. Those who know Perry best said they're not surprised that he would take the unusual step of weighing in on a parochial issue at his alma mater _ even as a presidential Cabinet member.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A voucher plan offering families public money to send their children to private and religious schools is headed to the full Texas Senate. Sen. Larry Taylor's bill creates state-subsidized education saving accounts for parents while offering tax credits to businesses that sponsor private schooling via donations. Taylor heads the Senate Education Committee, which approved his bill 7-3 on Thursday. That sets it up to pass the Senate but stall in the House, just like past voucher bills.
DALLAS (AP) - An appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former Baylor football player whose sexual assault case helped ignite a scandal that engulfed the nation's largest Baptist school. The Texas 10th Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that text messages shouldn't have been excluded from the testimony in Sam Ukwuachu's 2015 trial. The court ordered that a new trial be held for the former standout defensive end for the Bears.
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