Governor Greg Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order June 13 to extend the activity of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners past its set expiration of September 1, 2019. Governor Abbott utilized Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, which allows the Governor to suspend provisions of regulatory statutes prescribing the procedures for the conduct of state business if strict compliance would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with a disaster.

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Following an op-ed over the weekend in the San Antonio Express-News by Governor Greg Abbott, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. Eddie Guerra and McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez that discussed Senate Bill 4 (the sanctuary city ban), 23 more law enforcement officials from south Texas today lent their name in support of the op-ed, the governor's office announced in a release.

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Governor Greg Abbott visited Van Zandt County on May 1, following the severe weather and deadly tornadoes that struck Texas overnight. During his visit, the Governor surveyed the damage and received updates from local officials. Following the briefing, the Governor held a press conference where he called on Texans to come together to rebuild and help those affected, as well as pray for those who were lost and their families.

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In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott called April 5 for swift passage of the Free Speech Fairness Act (H.R. 781 and S. 264), which will fully restore the freedom of churches to participate in political debates.

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Clinton Greenwood

April 3 at 7 a.m., Baytown Police responded to a call for officer assistance at 701 W. Baker Road, the department said in a release.

Officers responding to the scene found Harris County Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood lying on the ground bleeding and immediately rendered aide. Greenwood was flown to the hospital, where he later succumbed to a single gunshot wound, initial reports said.

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A fatal accident March 29 involving a church bus on Highway 83 near Garner State Park killed 13.

The bus was carrying senior adults returning home from a three-day retreat at Alto Frio Baptist Encampment, according to the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels.

"It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that 13 of the 14 passengers in today’s bus accident were called home to Jesus," the church posted on its Facebook page on March 29 at 10:40 p.m. "The survivor is in serious but stable condition.

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Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez strongly urging her to reverse her policy directive forbidding Travis County Sheriff’s Office employees from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests.

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According to information from the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, reports of a potential terror threat against Texans announced by federal authorities Friday, Nov. 4, necessitated increased vigilance by local and state first responders – as well as the public at large.

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