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Hearing cancelled on Texas student IDs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Locator chips embedded in student IDs by a Texas school district has set off a debate over privacy and religion after one student refused to participate.

San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District put the chips in the ID badges of 4,200 high school and middle school students.

School officials say they could receive up to $1.7 million in additional state funding if the technology enables more accurate attendance counts.

But the parents of a 15-year-old sophomore say the potential of more school funding doesn’t outweigh privacy and religious rights.

A judge in San Antonio had been expected to decide Wednesday whether the student could transfer. But the family’s attorney says the hearing was cancelled after the school district asked that the case be moved to federal court.

A new hearing hasn’t been set.



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Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn’s ‘judgment issues’

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President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Trump’s chief of staff asked days later if Flynn’s communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant, according to memos maintained by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press.