A federal appeals court Friday dismissed a class action in a lawsuit challenging Texas’ foster care system, but sent the case back a lower court to try again.
The lawsuit by New York-based advocacy group Children’s Rights claims the Texas foster care system is unconstitutional and forces thousands of children to live in poorly supervised institutions, frequently moving them from one place to another and often splitting up siblings.
The lawsuit was filed in 2011 on behalf of nine Texas children. A state district judge in Corpus Christi allowed the class action, but Friday’s ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the plaintiffs had not properly established a legal class.
● PLEAK — A Houston-area man told investigators he fatally shot his younger brother during a fight over a fence. Officials said 63-year-old Santiago Montoya reported he shot his 52-year-old brother, Ruben, during a struggle.
● TEXARKANA — Dallas billionaire Ross Perot has visited his hometown to donate $1 million to a financially struggling Texas college he attended. Perot on Thursday visited Texarkana College and attended a rally where he challenged the community to raise $4 million more.
● AUSTIN — Investigators say 10 people have been arrested in a Central Texas drug and money laundering investigation.
● HOUSTON — Emergency officials said Friday a construction worker in Houston was rescued after being buried up to his waist during a trench collapse.
● HOUSTON — Nearly 50 suspected illegal immigrants from Latin America have been detained after Houston police acted on a tip and raided a home.
Compiled from wire reports