Updated 9:23 am CDT, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 KATY, Texas (AP) — You heard them before you saw them. The Houston Chronicle reports Muslim families pulling into the MAS Katy Center for prayer on a Friday — the holiest day of the week for Muslims — would hear the squealing of pigs and the cheers of spectators watching the animals race around a track. They were used to it by then, though. The mosque's next-door neighbor had been holding weekly pig races for months, knowing that Muslims are restricted from eating pork. The events reinforced a message that the Muslim community was not welcome in the neighborhood where the mosque's leaders purchased property in 2006. Thirteen years later, suspicion and hostility among some have turned to compassion and concern within the broader community. A few days after someone fired gunshots at the mosque in January, neighbors stood at the parking lot entrance with flowers and words of love and gratitude. It took years … [Read more...] about Texas: community support grows for Houston-area mosque
Texas community property law
The community colleges that educate about half the state’s higher education students are warning of possible tuition hikes if the Texas Legislature enacts its sweeping property tax proposal. The high-priority legislation would slow the growth of property tax revenue, which makes up an average 40 percent of community colleges’ funding, according to an association that represents them. The share for state appropriations for the schools, meanwhile, has plummeted from 66 percent in the 1980s to near 23 percent today. “Community colleges are alarmed,” said Brenda Hellyer, chancellor of San Jacinto College. While she understands the need for property tax reform, she said “the concern is you've got two revenue sources — your state revenue source is pretty much capped. And now, if you put a very tight cap on your property taxes, what can you do other than increase tuition and fees or cut your services?” Touted by Republican leaders as a needed check on … [Read more...] about Texas community colleges warn they may consider tuition hikes in the face of property tax reform
North Richland Hills, The Colony, Wichita Falls and Archer City all have been recent targets of flyers by Patriot Front, a Texas-based white supremacist group.Some of the flyers say, “Keep America American” and encourage people to report “any and all illegal aliens,” calling them criminals. Some are as inconspicuous as dog whistles: “To Ourselves and Our Prosperity” and “Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Victory.”But they’re all propaganda tools used for recruitment into the group, according to investigative researcher Carla Hill from the Anti-Defamation League, who says Patriot Front is second only to Identity Evropa, an alt-right group whose propaganda also has nationwide reach.Patriot Front is classified as a white nationalist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a neo-Nazi group by It’s Going Down and a white supremacist organization by the Anti-Defamation League. The group is a breakaway from American Vanguard, another … [Read more...] about White Supremacist Group Plastering North Texas Communities With Flyers
Andrea Roberts, Texas A&M University Published 6:02 am CDT, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Andrea Roberts, Texas A&M University (THE CONVERSATION) When archaeologists discovered the intact skeletons of 15,000 free and enslaved Africans at a construction site in lower Manhattan in 1991, the federal government – which planned to build an office building on the site – conferred with African-American communities, scholars and activists. Together, they signed an agreement to halt construction, rebury the bodies and establish a national monument on the site. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing Uvalde County Sheriff's Office shares video of helicopter rescue Media: Uvalde County Sheriff's Office Homeless man sets fire to congressman's S.A. office Media: San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Teen shoots 10-year-old Media: San … [Read more...] about A Texas city discovered a mass grave of prison laborers. What should it do with the bodies?
How a libertarian experiment in city government fell apart over taxes, debt and some very angry people. by James McCandless Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 9:46 am CST How a libertarian experiment in city government fell apart over taxes, debt and some very angry people. The abandoned cop cars sat in Trina Reyes’ yard for eight months. She wanted them gone, but there were no police to come get them. Last September, the police department in Von Ormy — a town of 1,300 people just southwest of San Antonio — lost its accreditation after it failed to meet basic standards. Reyes was mayor at the time, so the three patrol cars, as well as the squad’s police radios and its computers, ended up at her home. It was just another low point in a two-year saga that she now counts as one of the most difficult experiences of her life. “This is one of the worst things I’ve ever done,” she said of being mayor. “I’ve never dealt with such angry … [Read more...] about The Rise and Fall of the ‘Freest Little City in Texas’