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President Donald Trump on Thursday said he is nominating two Texans to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Dallas attorney James Ho. 

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A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments over President Barack Obama's plan to protect as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation.

Appeals Judges Raise Doubts On Texas Gay Marriage Ban

Jan 9, 2015
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NEW ORLEANS — Signaling significant doubt about the constitutionality of Texas' ban on same-sex marriages, two federal appeals judges on Friday questioned a state attorney's argument that marriage is a “subsidy” that the state has the right to grant and withhold.

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The week before the 84th Legislature convenes, some lawmakers still aren’t sure which chamber they’ll be working in. And a federal appeals court is poised to determine the fate of the state’s same-sex marriage ban and part of the state’s new abortion law.

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On Friday, a federal court in New Orleans will hear arguments about Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. 

A part of a Texas abortion law — one that requires that any clinic performing abortions meet stringent, hospital-like medical standards — is on trial this week in a U.S. appeals court.

The effect of the law has already been dramatic in Texas. Before it passed, a year and a half ago, more than 40 clinics provided abortions in the state. Now there are about 17 such facilities. If this part of the law is reinstated, about 10 facilities would close, leaving vast distances between some residents and the nearest clinic.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America's second most-populous state.

A flood of legal briefs supporting and opposing same-sex marriage in Texas have been pouring into the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Tuesday was the final day for the friends of the court briefs to be filed.

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A white woman who claims the University of Texas improperly denied her admission because of race is getting a second hearing today before a federal appeals court.
 
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to take another look at whether the school's race-based admissions policy remains necessary to ensure a diverse student body.

A federal appeals court has granted a Texas request to reinstate restrictions on abortion providers after a lower court blocked the state from fully implementing the new law.

Texas abortion providers’ Monday victory was short-lived. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a federal district court ruling that found part of the state's new abortion regulations unconstitutional, meaning the provisions of House Bill 2 could take effect immediately if state officials choose to enforce them.

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A Farmers Branch ordinance that would have forced renters to prove their U.S. citizenship before renting has again been rejected by the courts. But the Farmers Branch mayor wants city leaders to talk one more time about reviving the ordinance.

Oral arguments for Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill are scheduled April 29 before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. In 2010 Hill was sentenced to 18 years in prison for extortion and bribery in a Dallas City Hall corruption case. Appeals hearings are also scheduled on the same date for Hill's wife and others convicted for their involvement.

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that stopped a ban on renting to illegal immigrants in Farmers Branch. KERA’s BJ Austin says the city must now decide if it will continue the expensive legal battle.

Texas can go ahead and enforce its controversial “sonogram law” while opponents challenge it in court. KERA’s BJ Austin says a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state and overturned a lower court “stay”.