By Jon Herskovitz

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Manziel re-enrolls at Texas A&M

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this year due to questionable conduct, has re-enrolled as a student at Texas A&M University, the school said on Tuesday...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 10:05 PM

Texas students use sex toys to protest new gun laws on campus

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - To protest a new state law that makes the carrying of concealed handguns legal in college classrooms, students at the University of Texas on Wednesday openly displayed sex toys, an act considered...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 1:39 AM

Texas students use sex toys to protest new gun laws on campus

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - To protest a new state law that makes the carrying of concealed handguns legal in college classrooms, students at the University of Texas on Wednesday openly displayed sex toys, an act considered...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 1:39 AM

Civil rights groups accuse Arkansas city of running 'debtors prison'

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - Civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday accusing a small Arkansas city of running what they said amounted to a modern day debtors prison where a local court imposed inordinate fees on the poor and jailed them if they did...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 11:53 PM

U.S. judge denies Texas professors who sought gun ban in their classrooms

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Monday denied a motion from three University of Texas professors who wanted to ban guns in their classroom after the state gave some students that right under a law then went into effect this month...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 7:14 AM

U.S. judge blocks Obama transgender school bathroom policy

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge blocked an Obama administration policy that public schools should allow...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 6:27 AM

U.S. judge denies Texas professors who sought gun ban in their classrooms

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Monday denied a motion from three University of Texas professors who wanted to ban guns in their classroom after the state gave some students that right under a law then went into effect this month...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 5:15 AM

U.S. judge blocks Obama transgender school bathroom policy

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge blocked an Obama administration policy that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by 13 dissenting states just...

Monday, August 22, 2016, 6:28 PM

Texas appeals court halts execution of man who did not kill anyone

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday halted an execution planned for next week of a man convicted as an accomplice to a murder he did not commit in a case that raised questions about how the state applies the...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 6:55 AM

Texas appeals court halts execution of man who did not kill anyone

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday halted an execution planned for next week of a man convicted as an accomplice to a murder he did not commit in a case that raised questions about how the state applies the...

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 4:34 AM

Texas death sentence for accessory challenged by defense lawyer

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas is planning to execute a man next week for a murder he did not commit. If the sentence were to be carried out, it would mark the first time in the United States that an accessory with so little...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 1:11 AM

In Dallas, police serve as 'glorified social workers' to solve city's ills

By Jon Herskovitz DALLAS, August 15 (Reuters) - Antoinette Brown begged, in her final words, "somebody help me." Then she was mauled to death by a pack of wild dogs. The 52-year-old homeless woman perished in the impoverished Dallas...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 6:39 PM

Texas, other states ask judge to halt Obama transgender policy

By Jon Herskovitz FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - Texas and a dozen other states asked a U.S. judge on Friday to block Obama administration guidance to public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice, saying it usurps the...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 4:06 PM

U.S. judge approves deal to weaken Texas voter ID law; Wisconsin suspended

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday approved a deal reached between Texas and civil rights groups to remedy a voter identification law that was found to be discriminatory and in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act by an appeals...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 11:51 PM

Muslim teen sues Texas school district after arrest over homemade clock

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The family of a Muslim boy, who was arrested last year after taking a homemade digital clock to a Dallas-area high school, sued the Texas school district and the city where he once lived on Monday, saying they...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 6:26 AM

Family identified in Pennsylvania murder-suicide that left five dead

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - The five people who died in a murder suicide in Pennsylvania over the weekend were identified as two parents and their three children, all of whom were shot to death, a local district attorney said on Sunday. The parents in...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 9:24 PM

Family identified in Pennsylvania murder-suicide that left five dead

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - The five people who died in a murder suicide in Pennsylvania over the weekend were identified as two parents and their three children, all of whom were shot to death, a local district attorney said on Sunday. The parents in...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 1:00 AM

Bentley, former Congresswoman from Maryland, dies at 92

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - Helen Delich Bentley, a former journalist and a U.S. Republican congresswoman from Maryland who gained global attention by smashing Japanese goods to protest Tokyo's trade policies, died over the weekend at the age of 92, officials said...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 7:32 PM

Bentley, former Congresswoman from Maryland, dies at 92

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - Helen Delich Bentley, a former journalist and a U.S. Republican congresswoman from Maryland who gained global attention by smashing Japanese goods to protest Tokyo's trade policies, died over the weekend at the age of 92, officials said...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 7:32 PM

Texas professors ask U.S. court to ban guns in their classrooms

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Three University of Texas professors asked a U.S. judge on Thursday to give them the option of barring students from bringing guns into their classroom after the state gave some students that right under a law then...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 7:38 AM