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THE BANK – “Sign here, and here. Do you have an ID like your birth certificate, passport from the last week or three witnesses to testify that…

The owner of Black Gold Guns & Ammo, a gun owner since he was 10 years old, said he's concerned about the constitutional carry law passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, because gun owners are no longer required to undergo training.

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Local State Reps. Jarvis Johnson and Penny Morales Shaw joined other House Democrats in leaving Texas for Washington to break quorum and keep the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature from passing legislation related to voting procedures. The maneuver is drawing support from some area residents and criticism from others.

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Local animal advocates are criticizing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for vetoing a bill aimed at creating greater protections for dogs that are chained or tethered. Among those speaking out is Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen, a member of an animal cruelty task force.

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Two 15-year-old Woodland Heights residents are being honored next month because of their ongoing efforts to keep Houston clean. Caoilin Krauthaus and Lila Mankad started an online petition when they were 9, asking the City of Houston to ban single-use plastics, and have spoken about the issue at the state capitol. They also started a business in which they employ an Afghan refugee who makes reusable bags out of upcycled materials.

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A push to remove racist, unenforceable language from the deed restrictions in Garden Oaks and Oak Forest got a recent nudge from the Texas Legislature, which passed a bill that would allow individual property owners to have the language removed from their deed restrictions by filling out forms and filing them with a district court at no cost. The local neighborhoods and even their representatives in Austin wanted more, while at least one Garden Oaks resident would like the language to remain as a reminder of the past.

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Some local families have testified before the Texas Legislature to oppose bills that would affect the transgender community and gender-affirming healthcare for youths. Among those to speak out is Heights resident Anna Eastman, a former state representative.