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Dem House Minority Leader asks for removal of lawmaker who gave 'possessed' kids to a child molester

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas governor and House speaker wouldn't say Wednesday whether an embattled lawmaker should step down after giving away his adopted daughters to a man who later admitted sexually assaulting one of them, while the House's top Democrat said a resignation should be strongly considered.

House Minority Leader Rep. Eddie Armstrong of North Little Rock held a press conference to discuss the situation involving Rep. Justin Harris, a Republican from West Fork. Armstrong stopped short of calling for a resignation, but called Harris a distraction.

Harris has said he gave adopted daughters to Eric Cameron Francis and his wife in 2013 because he perceived the 6- and 3-year-old girls as a threat to his biological children. Francis pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting the older girl and two others that he met through church. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison with an additional 20 years suspended.

Armstrong called on the governor and House speaker to consider removing Harris.

"I am asking that our speaker and our governor continue to have conversation with our esteemed members to try to focus on ways to remove this distraction from our body and we can get back to the work that the people elected us here to do," Armstrong said.

Read more: http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2015-03-12/ark-lawmaker-gave-possessed-kids-away-child-molester

'My wife is a cheater' painted on burned home

Police have arrested a man after an explosion and fire at a house in the Denver suburb of Arvada. William Lindauer is accused of burning down his ex-wife's home. 'My wife is a cheater' was painted on a wall.

http://agntv.amarillo.com/news/my-wife-cheater-painted-burned-home

Video at link.

Xcel Energy (Texas) to buy New Mexico solar power

Texas Panhandle Xcel Energy customers will be getting more of their power from the sun thanks to the company agreeing to buy the output from two solar projects in New Mexico.

The company announced Thursday two contracts with affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources to add 140 megawatts of solar power to its generation mix pushing its total solar power in the region to almost 200 megawatts.

One megawatt of power is enough to run about 350 average Texas homes. However, solar facilities can’t produce 100 percent of their capacity all the time as is the case with wind farms.

“This purchase benefits customers in both New Mexico and Texas because we share a single generating and transmission network,” said Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves.

The new power will come from facilities in Chaves County near Roswell, N.M.

Read more: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2015-03-12/xcel-buy-nm-solar-power

Cross-posted in the Environment & Energy and Texas Groups.

Xcel Energy (Texas) to buy New Mexico solar power

Texas Panhandle Xcel Energy customers will be getting more of their power from the sun thanks to the company agreeing to buy the output from two solar projects in New Mexico.

The company announced Thursday two contracts with affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources to add 140 megawatts of solar power to its generation mix pushing its total solar power in the region to almost 200 megawatts.

One megawatt of power is enough to run about 350 average Texas homes. However, solar facilities can’t produce 100 percent of their capacity all the time as is the case with wind farms.

“This purchase benefits customers in both New Mexico and Texas because we share a single generating and transmission network,” said Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves.

The new power will come from facilities in Chaves County near Roswell, N.M.

Read more: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2015-03-12/xcel-buy-nm-solar-power

Cross-posted in the New Mexico and Environment & Energy Groups.

Xcel Energy (Texas) to buy New Mexico solar power

Texas Panhandle Xcel Energy customers will be getting more of their power from the sun thanks to the company agreeing to buy the output from two solar projects in New Mexico.

The company announced Thursday two contracts with affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources to add 140 megawatts of solar power to its generation mix pushing its total solar power in the region to almost 200 megawatts.

One megawatt of power is enough to run about 350 average Texas homes. However, solar facilities can’t produce 100 percent of their capacity all the time as is the case with wind farms.

“This purchase benefits customers in both New Mexico and Texas because we share a single generating and transmission network,” said Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves.

The new power will come from facilities in Chaves County near Roswell, N.M.

Read more: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2015-03-12/xcel-buy-nm-solar-power

Cross-posted in the New Mexico and Texas Groups.

New FDA-Approved Diabetes Medicine Might Save Drugmaker

A new diabetes drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday (February 25). It doesn't sound like breaking news, but for the company behind the drug, it's a pretty big deal.

The French drugmaker Sanofi is now able to sell its drug Toujeo in the United States. And Sanofi is likely thanking its lucky stars.

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Toujeo is dosed differently than Lantus and is also a long-acting form of insulin.

Sanofi is expected to lose its U.S. patent protection on Lantus later this year. And without any real reason for the health care industry to switch from Lantus to Toujeo, there needs to be some kind of incentive, right?

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Sanofi hasn't said how much Toujeo will cost, but it's expected to be available in the U.S. in April.

http://www.reporternews.com/newsy/new-fdaapproved-diabetes-medicine-might-save-drugmaker (Abilene Reporter-News)

Swastika painted on car of Dallas rabbi involved in legal battle over home-based religious service



A rabbi locked in a legal battle over holding religious services in a Far North Dallas home says he found a swastika spray-painted on his car on Wednesday evening.

“I feel completely violated,” Rabbi Yaakov Rich, the leader of Congregation Toras Chaim, said in a statement. “As a Jew, the swastika is the most offensive symbol that there is. They didn’t just attack me, they attacked every Jew in the City of Dallas. I am very grateful, however, that the members of Congregation Toras Chaim are banding together to ensure that there is no disruption in our activities.”

The statement was issued by The Liberty Institute, a Plano-based non-profit organization that defends religious liberty cases.

“We are horrified to hear of this act of hatred against Rabbi Rich, his family, and Congregation Toras Chaim,” said Justin Butterfield, senior counsel for the institute which is defending the synagogue.

Read more: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/03/rabbi-found-swastika-painted-on-his-car.html/

Related story: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/richardson-lake-highlands/headlines/20150303-dallas-sues-orthodox-jewish-synagogue-that-meets-in-residential-area.ece

Jury orders NFL to pay nearly $76,000 in Super Bowl XLV seating lawsuit

An eight-person jury on Thursday found that the NFL breached its contracts with seven fans at Super Bowl XLV and ordered the league to pay nearly $76,000 in combined damages.

The damages were generally slightly less than the plaintiffs requested from the NFL. The jury rejected two fraud claims that were also part of the lawsuit.

The seven plaintiffs, all ticket holders to the 2011 Super Bowl, sued the NFL for breach of contract.

Five of the fans were displaced when the seats they purchased could not be completed in time for the championship at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The other two plaintiffs claimed they had obstructed views and were also suing for fraudulent inducement.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/tarrant-county/headlines/20150312-jury-orders-nfl-to-pay-nearly-76000-in-super-bowl-xlv-seating-lawsuit.ece

Texas public school official says students will continue to hear Bible verses every morning



The superintendent of a Texas school district recently criticized by “Friendly Atheist” Hemant Mehta and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) for allowing a principal to recite Bible verses under the guise of a “Thought for the Day” announcement struck back on Tuesday with a blog post in which he declared that he would do nothing to stop the practice.

In the blog post, White Oak Independent School District Superintendent Michael Gilbert said that he was aware that White Oak High School Principal Dan Noll read scripture over the intercom every morning, but then asserted that he “will not pursue any action against our High School Principal or any other member of our faculty/staff concerning this issue.”

He argued that the FFRF should be ignored because of how few members it has, writing “this is an attempt to draw us into a contest of words for the sole purpose of giving the FFRF a large amount of free press/recognition that they and their very few members (1,200 in Texas) do not deserve.”

Gilbert claimed that the daily scripture reading was not a violation of the Establishment Clause, but was in fact constitutionally protected speech, writing that “{t}here are a multitude of options to provide our students, faculty and staff the opportunity to express their First Amendment Rights as provided for in the United States Constitution.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/texas-public-school-official-says-students-will-continue-to-hear-bible-verses-every-morning/#.VQBkQ18uWqU.facebook

Oklahoma Rep. proposes pointed amendment to anti-gay bill

Oklahoma City – Representative Emily Virgin, in consultation with Freedom Oklahoma and the ACLU of Oklahoma, has proposed an amendment to HB 1371 – “The Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act.” This bill would allow businesses operating in the marriage industry to discriminate based on their religious beliefs.

Representative Virgin’s amendment would save minority couples from facing the indignity of being refused service by requiring a public posting of the refusal of service to specific members of the community.

Language of the amendment: "B. Any person not wanting to participate in any of the activities set forth in subsection A of this section based on sexual orientation, gender identity or race of either party to the marriage shall post notice of such refusal in a manner clearly visible to the public in all places of business, including websites. The notice may refer to the person’s religious beliefs, but shall state specifically which couples the business does not serve by referring to a refusal based upon sexual orientation, gender identity or race."

“Thank you to Representative Virgin for calling out the level of segregation allowed under this legislation," said Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of LGBT advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma. "If the state of Oklahoma is going to protect discrimination, then at the very least, businesses should be required to own their bias, and post it publicly for the world to see.”

Read more: http://www.gayly.com/oklahoma-rep-proposes-pointed-amendment-anti-gay-bill

Cross-posted in the Oklahoma Group.