The federal trial started today over the Texas abortion clinic restrictions that passed during this summer’s special session. Both sides have agreed to a bench trial, making the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, the final decision maker.
Lawyers from Planned Parenthood are trying to block the law from taking effect, saying portions of the law make access to abortion services for women in South and West Texas impossible.
A group of nonprofits and healthcare advocates are holding a large statewide outreach and education program with a goal of getting Texans signed up in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
The Texas Organizing Project is holding a weekly event that kicks off this week in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.
"We really talk about what are the benefits of the affordable care act, what options they have, what options their family might have, is there financial assistance, and a little bit of health insurance 101," said Tiffany Hogue with the Texas Organizing Project.
The Texas Department of Transportation says they hope shaming toll road violators will lead to the collection millions of dollars in unpaid toll violations.
“It’s no secret Texas has a fundraising challenge when it comes to funding transportation,” says TxDOT spokeswoman Veronica Beyer. “The goal is to get [violators] to call us and get on some type of payment plan. Again there’s 27-million dollars worth of unpaid tolls out there. That’s money that could be used to pay [state] debt, [or] to bond the operation of these toll roads.”
The San Antonio City Council will accept the resignation of District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan at Thursday's council meeting.
Starting Monday, Oct. 21, and running through Friday, Nov. 1, the city clerk will be accepting applications of those interested in an appointment to represent District 9. A special election will be held next May so that constituents can pick a council person who will remain in the seat until the 2015 city council elections.
The city council will review the applications on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and vote to fill the vacancy the next day.
New numbers out today show Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was able to turn his 21-hour overnight denunciation of Obamacare into just under $800,000 in contributions for the Ted Cruz Victory Committee, his political action committee.
Austin-based GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak said it’s not abnormal for politicians to use an event like Cruz’s filibuster-like speech to raise campaign dollars.