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Texas governor signs law banning 'sanctuary cities'

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By Kelly Terez

Erich Schlegel/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a new ban on “sanctuary cities.”

Signing the bill during a Facebook Live video Sunday, Abbott said the law would allow police to ask about a person’s immigration status and would require the local government and law enforcement to comply with federal immigration laws.

“Legal immigration is different from harboring people who have committed dangerous crimes,” the Republican governor said in the video. “This law cracks down on policy like the Travis County sheriff who declared she would not detain known criminals accused of violent crimes.”

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez announced in January that she was limiting cooperation between her department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Abbott responded in February by withholding $1.5 million in grants to Travis County, according to the ABC affiliate KVUE-TV.

He said sanctuary city policies “won’t be tolerated in Texas” and any official who does not cooperate with ICE and refuses to comply with the law, could face penalties of $25,000 per day, jail time, and removal from office.

“Citizens expect law enforcement officers to enforce the law and citizens deserve law breakers to face legal consequences,” Abbott said in the video. “Texans expect us to keep them safe and that is exactly what we are going to do by me signing this law.”

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Carrie Underwood, Karen Fairchild and Cole Swindell show up to support Luke Bryan this weekend in Nashville

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ABC/Image Group LA Luke Bryan‘s celebrity friends turned out to support him this weekend, as he kicked off his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour with two shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

On Friday night, Karen Fairchild surprised the crowd by showing up to sing the pair’s #1 duet, “Home Alone Tonight,” before seguing into Little Big Town‘s smash, “Girl Crush.”

Luke had twice as many tricks up his sleeve on Saturday, with both Cole Swindell and Carrie Underwood joining him during his set. Fellow Georgia Southern alums, Luke and Cole teamed up for two hits Cole wrote, Luke’s “Roller Coaster” and Florida Georgia Line‘s “This Is How We Roll.” Carrie added her vocals to “Play It Again,” while she and Luke did Randy Travis‘s “I Told You So” together.

Next weekend, Luke and opener Brett Eldredge take their show to Bristow, Virginia and Hartford, Connecticut.

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Missing Indiana prison inmate found hiding in the ceiling, officials say

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By Kelly Terez

Indiana Department of Corrections(WESTVILLE, Ind.) — An Indiana inmate who had been declared missing on Friday was found Sunday morning hiding inside of a jail ceiling, according to the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Orville Morris, an inmate at the Westville Correctional Facility in La Porte County, Indiana, “crawled up into some of the mechanical systems in the ceiling” above a pallet shop where he worked, corrections officials said.

He was discovered Sunday morning after the facility’s staff heard a noise in the ceiling, officials said. They found Morris hiding on a ledge along the building’s industrial heating and ventilation ducts.

“I give up. I give up,” Morris said upon being found, the corrections department statement said.

Morris is being questioned by the facility’s corrections officers and will be placed in a high-security, restrictive housing unit.

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New York Mets suspend Matt Harvey for violation of team rules

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By Michelle Boncardo

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Mets have suspended Matt Harvey after he violated team rules, ESPN reports.

While the team did not disclose what rules were broken, general manger Sandy Alderson did say that the right-hander was sent home.

Harvey was suspended 3 days without pay.

Left-hander Adam Wilk will replace Harvey in Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins, according to ESPN.

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