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Thursday, September 3, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Investigation Lands Bexar County Man in Jail for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) successfully executed a search warrant resulting in the arrest of David Andrew Skoog, 42, on one count of Possession of Child Pornography.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – Austin, Texas
School Finance Should Be Addressed by Legislature, not Lawsuits
The Texas Attorney General’s Office today delivered oral arguments in Williams v. Calhoun County ISD, et al, addressing the school finance system in Texas. Solicitor General Scott Keller and Assistant Solicitors General Rance Craft and Beth Klusmann argued on behalf of the state.
Saturday, August 29, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Statement by Attorney General Ken Paxton on Murder of Deputy Darren Goforth
"Acts of violence against our brave law enforcement in Texas will not be tolerated. We should take all steps necessary to prosecute those who commit them to the fullest extent possible under the law. I commend the Harris County Sheriff's office and the Harris County DA's office for their swift work apprehending and charging this dangerous criminal for this heinous murder of a Texas law enforcement officer."
Friday, August 28, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Files Petition to Stop Operations At Unlicensed Assisted Living Facility
The Texas Attorney General’s Office today announced that it had obtained a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) Injunction against both Zoe’s Safe Place and owner Tommie Yvette McKinney for operating an unlicensed assisted living facility located at 8007 Burnet Road.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Federal Judge Halts Expansive EPA Water Rule on Eve of Implementation; Statement by Attorney General Ken Paxton
“The Obama Administration’s ongoing and extreme attempts to reach into the personal lives and personal property of American citizens knows no bounds and must be stopped. The temporary injunction preventing the EPA from implementing WOTUS is a necessary and positive step toward preventing a dangerous and ill-conceived set of regulations from taking effect,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “The Obama Administration’s overreaching attempt to extend federal control of water resources on personal property from coast to coast represents yet another Washington power grab, and we will continue to pursue our state’s own case against the EPA in order to shield Texans from the worst of these abuses.”
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – Houston, Texas
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the City of Houston File Suit to Stop the Sale of Dangerous Synthetic Drugs at Houston Convenience Store
The Texas Attorney General’s Office today announced a lawsuit, filed jointly with the Harris County Attorney’s Office and City of Houston, against 2709 Broadway, Inc. and its owner, Layth Omran, for distributing products containing synthetic marijuana, a dangerous substance that has been linked to overdoses, serious injuries and even deaths.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – Wilmington, Delaware
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: Former RadioShack Will Pay Entire Value of Unredeemed Gift Cards Purchased by Consumers
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a settlement has been reached with the former RadioShack that will see the former retail electronics giant paying the entire value of their unredeemed gift cards purchased by consumers as a priority claim in the bankruptcy. The settlement, announced in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, DE, applies to consumers nationwide and does not impose a minimum dollar threshold. This settlement is supported by the Attorneys General of New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Tennessee, and New Hampshire.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – Austin, Texas
The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana
Whether the drug is marketed as “K-2,” “Spice,” or some other nickname, the cheap thrill some young Texans are getting from synthetic marijuana could cost them their lives. Tragic reports are coming in about high school-aged students from Lake Conroe, Houston, Plano and other communities across Texas either dying or becoming very sick after taking drugs that are deceptively sold as being “safe,” “natural,” and “legal.”
Monday, August 24, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Support of Religious Liberties
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed an amicus brief on behalf of 20 states with the U.S. Supreme Court in Little Sisters v. Burwell, supporting the religious nonprofit’s right to exercise sincerely-held religious beliefs.
Monday, August 24, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Media Advisory: Bernardo Aban Tercero Scheduled for Execution
Pursuant to a court order by the 232nd District Court of Harris County, Bernardo Aban Tercero is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. In October 2000, a Harris County jury found Tercero guilty of murdering Robert Berger during the course of committing an aggravated robbery. Below is a summary of the evidence presented at trial.
Friday, August 21, 2015 – Brenham, Texas
Joint Operation Leads to Arrest of Suspected Child Predators
The Texas Attorney General’s Office (OAG) today announced the arrest of four suspected child predators following a joint operation between the OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) and the Brenham Police Department (BPD).
Thursday, August 20, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Calls on EPA to Halt Carbon Rule
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today requested that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) halt its Carbon Rule from taking effect so as to allow the courts to consider legal challenges to the rule. In a filing sent today, the Office of the Attorney General argued a stay of the rule is necessary to maintain the status quo pending the outcome of judicial proceedings.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi Child Support Office Moves to New Location
The Office of the Attorney General’s child support office that serves Nueces and four surrounding counties has moved to 500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Suite 210. Formerly located at 2820 S. Padre Island Dr., the new location opened for business in June.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Announces $71 Million Multi-State Settlement with Amgen
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas, along with 48 other states, has reached a $71 million settlement with Amgen relating to the marketing of its biologic medications Aranesp and Enbrel. Arenesp is a treatment for anemia, and Enbrel treats a variety of conditions, including plaque psoriasis.
Monday, August 17, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Takes Action to Halt Operations of More than a Dozen “Diploma Mills” in North Texas
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against a Dallas-based group of learning centers for unlawfully marketing and selling fraudulent high school diplomas and transcripts. The petition, filed in Dallas County district court, seeks a permanent injunction against seven individuals and thirteen schools operating as diploma mills in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).
Monday, August 17, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on Illegal Group Home in Belton
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement regarding the illegal group home “God’s Blessings,” which was shut down by officials from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) last week after operating without a license and allegations of neglect and abuse:
Monday, August 17, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Back-To-School Reminder: Pay Your Child Support
Every year around this time, Texas children get ready to head back to the classroom. Their young minds are filled with anticipation and excitement of seeing old friends, making new ones and starting fresh.
Friday, August 14, 2015 – Waco, Texas
McLennan County Sheriff Conducts Child Support Roundup; 16 parents arrested for failure to pay child support
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara has arrested 16 McLennan County parents who violated court orders requiring them to pay child support. This week’s sweep was conducted in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division. The effort focused on parents who were the subjects of arrest warrants because of their failure to pay child support.
Friday, August 14, 2015 – Austin, Texas
ICYMI: Report Reveals Obama Administration Data “Unreliable”
A report published this week by the federal Office of the Inspector General (OIG) revealed that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data regarding the premature issuance of expanded work permits is “unreliable.” The report follows an admission in May by the Obama Administration that expanded work permits were granted to more than 2,000 illegal immigrants under the president’s executive amnesty program in violation of a court order. The OIG concluded that, due to the condition of the administration’s data, they couldn’t determine how many such permits were issued.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 – Mansfield, Texas
OAG Announces New Mansfield Location to Help Families; Child support service center located at 2840 Highway 157N is open for business
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has a new location in Mansfield to assist parents with their child support cases. Located at 2840 Highway 157N, Suite 110, the child support service center opened on August 6.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 – Mansfield, Texas
OAG Announces New Mansfield Location to Help Families; Child support service center located at 2840 Highway 157N is open for business
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has a new location in Mansfield to assist parents with their child support cases. Located at 2840 Highway 157N, Suite 110, the child support service center opened on August 6.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Media Advisory: Tracy Lane Beatty Scheduled for Execution
Pursuant to a court order by the 241st Judicial District Court of Smith County, Tracy Beatty is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on August 13, 2015. In 2003, Beatty was convicted and sentenced to death for the capital murder of his mother, Carolyn Click.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 – Wilmington, Delaware
Attorney General Paxton to RadioShack: Don’t Short-Change Consumers
The Texas Attorney General’s Office today asked a U.S. bankruptcy court to compel the former RadioShack to provide notice of bankruptcy proceedings to 2.9 million customers holding approximately $46 million in unredeemed gift cards. This would allow consumers to meaningfully participate in the bankruptcy plan process, as they are entitled by law.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Media Advisory: Daniel Lee Lopez Scheduled For Execution
Pursuant to a court order by the 117th Judicial District Court of Nueces County, Daniel Lee Lopez is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on August 12, 2015. In 2010, Lopez was convicted and sentenced to death for the capital murder of Lieutenant Stuart Alexander, an on-duty peace officer, in the course of a high-speed chase.
Monday, August 10, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: The Continued Assault on Religious Liberties Undermines our Constitution
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Houston Baptist University v. Burwell in support of protecting the free exercise of religion from government intrusion. The state of Texas was joined by 15 other states.