Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Davis signals she will run for Texas governor

Austin, texas

Davis signals she will run for governor

Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democrat who filibustered an abortion law for nearly 13 hours wearing pink running shoes, began the slow rollout of her campaign for Texas governor on Wednesday with an email asking supporters to spread the word and donate money ahead of a "what's next" announcement. The Fort Worth Democrat stopped short of revealing her decision, saying she would make a formal announcement about her decision on Oct. 3. But the well-trodden tactic of announcing an announcement clearly signals a campaign far larger than a re-election bid to her state Senate seat. The slow roll out has become a hallmark of modern campaigns.

Tehran, Iran

Government frees political prisoners

In a sign that Iran's government is loosening its grip on domestic security, several political prisoners, including a prominent human rights lawyer, were released Wednesday. Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer who had been accused of insulting the government, was among those freed. Her husband, Reza Khandan, notified news agencies of Sotoudeh's release and posted the news on his Facebook page. In all, 11 prisoners were freed Wednesday, including journalists and reformist politicians.

Washington

House plans vote on food stamps

The yearslong fight over federal funding for food stamps is set for another showdown today when House Republicans plan to vote on a proposal to dramatically curtail aid to needy Americans. Every Democrat is expected to vote against the proposal. The GOP measure would slash about $39 billion over the next decade for food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is providing an average of $133 in monthly aid to more than 47 million Americans, according to a recent government report. The proposal differs sharply from a Senate plan passed this summer that would cut roughly $4.5 billion in SNAP money mostly by reducing administrative expenses.

Baghdad

Official appeals for help after attacks

Iraq's prime minister appealed to his people for support for the government's fight against insurgents as bombings in central and northern Iraq killed at least six and wounded scores on Wednesday. The bombings came a day after a series of attacks targeted commercial streets, killing at least 31 people in the latest chapter in the country's monthslong, spiraling violence. More than 4,000 people have been killed in Iraq since April, according to U.N. figures.

Elsewhere

RICHMOND, VA.: A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that "liking" something on Facebook is a form of protected free speech.

Times wires

Davis signals she will run for Texas governor 09/18/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Is Bucs kicker Nick Folk a significant upgrade over Roberto Aguayo?

    Bucs

    Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter made it clear.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk is entering his 11th NFL season. He spent three seasons with the Cowboys and seven with the Jets. [LOREN ELLIOTT  |  Times]
  2. Florida education news: Student discipline, online learning, solar eclipse glasses and more

    Blogs

    STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Everyone wants their child to behave in school. But sometimes defining what that means causes dissention. That was the case this week at a Pasco County elementary school, which A Pasco County elementary school has adopted a new behavior model that encourages cooperation and responsibility. Some parents are upset that it also seems to support giving in to peer pressure.

  3. Pinellas wants to see impact of tourism bucks spent on big events

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– Pinellas County relies on more than just beaches to attract visitors. County government also spends millions to help sponsor big-name events to draw even more tourists.

    The Pinellas County Tourist Development Council awareded up to $250,000 to help sponsor the 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  4. Zephyrhills begins residential lien forgiveness program

    Local Government

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A new program is under way to forgive liens on certain residential properties in the city to combat blight, encourage improvements to properties and spur home ownership.

    City Manager Steve Spina said after the council’s unanimous vote, the new lien forgiveness program is up and running.
  5. With reluctance, New Port Richey continues funding for Main Street program

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — City officials on Tuesday night had their annual debate on whether to continue funding the New Port Richey Main Street program. The group remains financially strapped and claims it cannot survive without city funding.

    Said New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe: “I think the Main Street program has gone seriously off the rails.”