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Federal judge strikes down Texas' gay marriage ban

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:55 Published in National News
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has struck down Texas' ban on gay marriage, but is leaving it in place pending a ruling by an appeals court later this year.
 
Judge Orlando Garcia issued a preliminary injunction on the ban Wednesday, then suspended his ruling. Two gay couples had challenged the state's constitutional amendment and a longstanding law banning gay marriage.
 
Under federal court rules, a judge may suspend a law if he or she believes the plaintiffs have a strong case and will suffer if the law is enforced.
 
Garcia said his injunction against Texas enforcing its ban will take effect once an appeals court has a chance to rule on the issue.
 
The ruling is the latest in a recent series of victories for gay rights activists.

Dog breeder closes shop, gives 135 dogs to Humane Society

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:35 Published in Local News
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - 135 puppies and adult dogs are looking for a new home.
 
A dog breeder in rural Missouri is closing up shop and agreed to give all off the animals to the Humane Society of Missouri. The dogs will be taken to the Humane Society Headquarters on Macklind Avenue.
 
Some of the breeds that will be available: Beagle, Boston Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, French Bull Dog, Pug, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier.
 
You check on the availability of the dogs at hsmo.org.
 

Judge throws out plea deal for former judge

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:31 Published in Local News
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge says he can't accept a plea deal for a former Illinois judge on heroin and gun charges because the prison term is too light.
 
Michael Cook pleaded guilty in November as part of a deal with prosecutors that called for him to serve 18 months in prison. But on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade rejected the deal, saying Cook deserves more prison time.
 
An attorney for the former St. Clair County judge declined to go through with the sentencing. He has three weeks to work out another deal with prosecutors. Cook also can ask for a jury trial.
 
The case involves the death of Associate Judge Joe Christ, who was with Cook at a hunting cabin when he overdosed on cocaine last year.

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