Government

Abortion in Texas
1:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

North Texas Hospital Settles Suit, Restores Doctors' Admitting Privileges

In an -out-of-court settlement, University General Hospital in Dallas has restored the admitting privileges of two area doctors after they were revoked because the doctors perform abortions.

In April, Dr. Lamar Robinson and Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia filed suit against the hospital for revoking their admitting privileges, which are now required for doctors performing abortions under House Bill 2, which was passed last summer.

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Texas GOP Convention
12:07 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

GOP Latinos, Business Leaders Disappointed At Removal Of Guest Worker Program

Will the removal of a guest worker program from the Texas GOP platform have an affect the November election?
Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

What will be the effect of the Republican Party of Texas' removal of a resolution that calls for a guest worker program? Some Moderate Republicans say they are troubled by this trend that has extended beyond the Republican primaries.

The removal of the Texas Solution, a state-centric guest worker program, from the party platform seems to have firmed up some Republicans' position on the matter. State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said he thinks the party missed an opportunity.

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Texas GOP Convention
10:13 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Support and protection for reparative therapy has been included in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. But a leading mental health organization said this further stigmatizes and shames the Texas LGBT community.

The reparative therapy platform was introduced by Cathie Adams, executive director of the Texas Eagle Forum and adopted without any changes:

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Texas GOP Convention
4:38 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Texas GOP Advances Platform Supporting "Conversion Therapy" For Gays & Lesbians

The Log Cabin Republicans, who were denied a booth at the 2014 Republican State Convention, are hoping to block a final vote on the resolution on the final day of the convention.
Credit Log Cabin Republicans

The Republican Party of Texas has advanced a plank of the party’s platform that supports “reparative therapy” for homosexuals. Gay Republican groups are outraged.

Reparative therapy, sometimes called "conversion therapy,"  is intense psychological counseling for men and women in an attempt to change their sexual orientation.

Cathie Adams is the executive director of Texas Eagle Forum, a tea party group that advanced the resolution that opposes any effort to ban reparative therapy, which has been done in other states.

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City Government
12:06 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

City Offices Flooded With Letters About Proposed Bag Ban, Most Of Them In Support

City council and the mayor's office are being filled with letters and emails, most of them in support, of a proposed plastic bag ban.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

There are strong opinions in the debate over a proposed plastic bag ban. The idea has bounced back and forth between committee meetings so far, and according to staff members it will go before the full San Antonio City Council this month.

In the meantime, the 10 council members and mayor have received plenty of responses from the public. Their offices report they've received about 1,400 emails and letters, and an overwhelming number have been favorable toward a ban. Only five, they say, were opposed.

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State Health & Human Services
5:23 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Push To Close Texas State-Suported Living Centers

The Boatwright family.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Recently the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission released a report that was highly critical of the Texas state-supported living centers. The system of institutions has a proven track record of providing substandard care and the report says they cost too much money to maintain.

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Texas Politics
4:18 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Straw Poll At Texas GOP Convention Pits Perry Against Cruz In GOP Presidential Run

Credit Republican Party of Texas

The Republican Party of Texas chairman and a political expert predict that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will win the convention's presidential straw poll being conducted this week in Fort Worth.

Perry spoke today at the 2014 Republican State Convention, which was streamed online via the Texas Tribune.

"We need to set the stage for 2016, when we will win the White House and we will rebuild the American dream,” Perry said to the crowd.

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State Health & Human Services
8:09 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Death Of Sean Yates Raises Questions Of Neglect At Texas State-Supported Living Centers

Ashley Yates holding up a photo of her older brother Sean Yates who died after running away from the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas state-supported living centers are under a tremendous amount of pressure and scrutiny as state leaders consider where they will fit in the state’s future. And as questions are raised about the substandard quality of medical care that the residents receive at the centers, a recent tragedy in Corpus Christi exposes the issue of neglect.

To hear Ashley Yates talk about her brother Sean – he certainly sounded like one of a kind.

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Texas Energy Capacity
3:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

It's Not The Biggest, But Coal Is A Large Piece Of Texas Energy Production

Find this graphic and more at: http://www.ercot.com/content/news/presentations/2014/ERCOT_Quick_Facts_052014.pdf
Credit ERCOT

The largest type of energy source in the state comes from natural gas, but business leaders, state officials and electric companies are still concerned about the proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), natural gas has the highest percentage of electric power capacity in Texas in 2014.

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State Health & Human Services
4:49 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Five Years Later, Texas State-Supported Living Centers Are Not Meeting Standards

Resident at the San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Five years ago the state of Texas settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over the way the state housed and treated some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

The DOJ unearthed conditions at Texas state-supported living centers where mentally disabled residents were found to be neglected, beaten, sexually assaulted and even killed by staff members.

Some are calling for the centers to be finally shut down, but others say that despite their flaws, the centers are needed.

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