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JFK Files

The Trump administration made good on a promise to release thousands of documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. The massive file dump release on Thursday night might not be too exciting for the conspiratorially-minded—so far, no one has found any evidence to show that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t acting alone—but there’s plenty of interesting facts related to Texas that reporters and editors have found in their initial comb through the documents. The Washington Post found an internal FBI report from May 1964 that links Lyndon B. Johnson to the Ku Klux Klan, though the “documented proof” was not provided. The Hill and multiple other outlets reported that on November 24, 1963, an unidentified man called the FBI office in Dallas to say that he would assassinate Oswald; Oswald was killed in Dallas the next day. USA Today reported that the files included a handwritten document from the CIA tracking Oswald’s movements in Mexico City two months before JFK’s assassination. The document shows that the CIA was watching Oswald’s contact with the Soviet embassy in Mexico City; Oswald once lived in the Soviet Union. You can sleuth through the nearly 2,900 documents released at the National Archives website.

Amazon has asked for tax breaks and public subsidies, but Texas cities are refusing to make their proposals public.

Rivalry Revived

Days after the Longhorns and Aggies met on the basketball court and Governor Greg Abbott called for the the storied rivals to meet on the gridiron again, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M may have a new way to battle it out. And this time, it’ll be a nuclear matchup. The public universities may soon compete for a major national contract to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the place responsible for the nation’s nuclear arsenal. According to the Houston Chronicle, A&M University System regents authorized an administrator to look into developing a proposal to operate the lab last week. In September, the University of Texas System regents voted to spend $4.5 million in pursuit of the contract. Bids to manage Los Alamos are due December 11.

Undocumented Teenager Gets Abortion in Texas After Month-Long Court Battle

by Doyin Oyeniyi

The federal government argued that an undocumented minor did not have the right to abortion while in federal custody.


Critical Error

Larry Swearingen has avoided four execution dates, which were all stayed by the Court of Criminal Appeals. On Thursday, he eluded it again after a clerical error temporarily halted his execution for the 1998 murder of eighteen-year-old Montgomery College student Melissa Trotter. Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon confirmed to the Houston Chronicle on Thursdaythat Swearingen’s execution is being reset after the Montgomery County District Clerk’s office sent his execution order to the wrong place. “It’s horrible that Mr. Swearingen’s execution date is forestalled due to a technical defect by the district clerk’s office in failing to provide notice to the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs as per the statue and the judge’s ruling,” Ligon said. “I have spoken frequently with the Trotter family and even though they understand the process, this one hurts even more because Swearingen will live a little longer not based on innocence but upon a clerical mistake.” Reuters reported on Sunday that Swearingen, who has been on death row for seventeen years, may have been plotting to avoid execution by pinning his crime on a serial murderer, which ultimately delayed an execution date set for October 18.