Judge orders sweeping changes in foster-care system

A judge on Friday ordered Texas to make sweeping changes to its foster-care system, two years after she found it unconstitutionally broken.

U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack told the state that the overhaul must include improvements in record keeping, caseworker visits and where children are placed. The changes were based on recommendations from two experts the judge appointed to help craft a plan to improve the lives of children in long-term foster care.

The judge appointed the experts after ruling in December 2015 that people labeled permanent wards of the state "almost uniformly leave state custody more damaged than when they entered." The state has fought Jack's oversight and objected to previous recommendations made by the experts.

The state quickly filed a notice of appeal Friday after Jack's latest ruling. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said the judge's "unfunded and unrealistic mandates" were misguided, and he noted legislation last year that funds improvements to the system.

— Associated Press

Sotomayor treated for low blood sugar

Paramedics treated Justice Sonia Sotomayor at her home Friday morning for symptoms brought on by low blood sugar, but she went to work at the Supreme Court as usual, a court spokeswoman said.

"She was treated by D.C. Emergency Medical Services and is doing fine," court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement. "She came to work, followed her usual schedule, and will be participating in planned activities over the weekend."

Sotomayor was not hospitalized as a result of the episode, which was first reported by Politico. The court met in its private conference and decided it would hear later this term a challenge to President Trump's entry ban.

Sotomayor, 63, has had diabetes since childhood.

— Robert Barnes

Prep school settles sexual assault lawsuit

A New Hampshire prep school has settled a lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect a girl who was sexually assaulted by a fellow student as part of a conquest ritual.

Chessy Prout was a 15-year-old freshman at St. Paul's School in Concord when she accused senior Owen Labrie of sexually assaulting her in 2014. Her parents sued in 2016, and a settlement was finalized this week.

Prout says she hopes the settlement motivates the school to create a culture where student well-being comes first. The school, which denied the lawsuit's claims, called the settlement a "welcomed outcome."

The AP typically does not identify victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, as Prout did.

— Associated Press

Conyers relative seeks vacant House seat

Democratic state Sen. Ian Conyers said Friday that he is running for the Michigan congressional seat long held by his granduncle, John Conyers.

Democrat John Conyers Jr., 88, was facing sexual harassment allegations and cited health reasons when he resigned in December from the 13th Congressional District seat he held since 1964.

A special election to fill the seat will be held during regular primary and general elections in August and November.

Democratic state Sen. Coleman Young II and lawyer Michael Gilmore already have joined the race. John Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to succeed him. John Conyers III has not said whether he will run.

— Associated Press

State observes holiday linked to Confederacy

Texas on Friday again observed Confederate Heroes Day as a state holiday after recent failed attempts to change the name and avoid occasional calendar conflicts with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It was the 45th anniversary of Texas's observing the holiday, and at least eight other states have similar holidays that remember Confederate soldiers. But this year follows heightened protests and criticism across the country over Confederate symbols.

— Associated Press