Government http://tpr.org en North Texas Abortion Doctors Sue Hospital Over Revoked Admitting Privileges http://tpr.org/post/north-texas-abortion-doctors-sue-hospital-over-revoked-admitting-privileges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two North Texas doctors have sued University General Hospital Dallas after receiving a letter that announced their admitting privileges were revoked because they perform abortions at a separate facility.</span></p><p>Dr. Lamar Robinson and another doctor not wanting to be identified filed a lawsuit in a Dallas County courtroom after the public hospital, University General Hospital Dallas, sent a letter to the two physicians&nbsp; stating that they were revoking their admitting rights.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:00:50 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30252 at http://tpr.org City Council Pushes Plastic Bag Ban Discussion To May http://tpr.org/post/city-council-pushes-plastic-bag-ban-discussion-may <p>A plastic bag ban is getting closer to becoming reality in San Antonio. Wednesday, the City Council's Governance Committee forwarded the item to a full city council briefing session in May.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:33:52 +0000 Ryan Loyd 30203 at http://tpr.org City Council Pushes Plastic Bag Ban Discussion To May Texas Group Part Of $50 Million Bloomberg Gun Regulation Effort http://tpr.org/post/texas-group-part-50-million-bloomberg-gun-regulation-effort <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that he is bringing his existing gun-regulation groups under one umbrella organization </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to widen each group's reach.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:18 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30171 at http://tpr.org Texas Group Part Of $50 Million Bloomberg Gun Regulation Effort Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration, Build Political Capital For The Future http://tpr.org/post/castro-and-patrick-spar-over-immigration-build-political-capital-future <p>While Congress is showing no signs of moving forward on passing comprehensive immigration reform, the complicated issue was spotlighted Tuesday night in a heated debate between state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.</p><p>Patrick and Castro aren’t running against each other for political office; Castro isn’t running for anything right now.</p><p></p><p>Patrick is running for what many call the most powerful job in Texas, lieutenant governor, and he’s doing it with ads like this:</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:14:52 +0000 David Martin Davies 30137 at http://tpr.org Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration, Build Political Capital For The Future Grand Jury Named In Perry Coercion Trial http://tpr.org/post/grand-jury-named-perry-coercion-trial <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strike>Texas Court of Criminal Appeals</strike> Senior State Judge Bert Richardson from San Antonio has helped select 12 jurors in Travis County and two alternates to preside over a special grand jury tasked with determining whether to indict Gov. Rick Perry on criminal charges.&nbsp; </span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:17:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30081 at http://tpr.org One Year After West Explosion, State Still Has Dozens Of "At-Risk" Plants Operating http://tpr.org/post/one-year-after-west-explosion-state-still-has-dozens-risk-plants-operating <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House lawmakers charged with investigating what went wrong during the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas heard from state officials this week that 46 <span style="line-height: 1.5;">“at-risk” </span>chemical facilities similar to the one in West are still operating.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:22:08 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30029 at http://tpr.org One Year After West Explosion, State Still Has Dozens Of "At-Risk" Plants Operating Attorney In Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Looks For Signs In Utah Case http://tpr.org/post/attorney-texas-same-sex-marriage-challenge-looks-signs-utah-case <p>Late last week attorneys for same-sex couples and the State of Utah delivered oral arguments in the case challenging a Utah law that bans same-sex marriage.</p><p>Here in Texas, San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents two couples challenging the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, watched the proceedings and said one of the turning points was a concession made by the Utah attorney general’s office.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:01:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30027 at http://tpr.org Attorney In Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Looks For Signs In Utah Case SBOE Takes Next Step In Creating Mexican-American Studies Class http://tpr.org/post/sboe-takes-next-step-creating-mexican-american-studies-class <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last Thursday, April 10, the Texas State Board of Education approved the creation of a new state elective course, which includes a class in Mexican-American studies.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> The board is now calling on book publishers to submit new textbooks for these courses.</span></p><p>School districts already had permission to create these special interest courses, but many districts wanted to give these courses some teeth.</p><p>Marisa Perez, an SBOE member from San Antonio, said that started with the creation of course standards.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:55:56 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30010 at http://tpr.org George W. Bush Closes Civil Rights Summit With Speech About Inequality In Education http://tpr.org/post/george-w-bush-closes-civil-rights-summit-speech-about-inequality-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President George W. Bush closed the Civil Rights Summit in Austin by focusing on how education and access to higher education can be the great equalizer for many people. Bush</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said he feared the soft bigotry of low expectations is returning</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:50:32 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29902 at http://tpr.org Abortion Rights Group Asks Full 5th Circuit To Hear Case Against Texas Abortion Law http://tpr.org/post/abortion-rights-group-asks-full-5th-circuit-hear-case-against-texas-abortion-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group of abortion rights and civil rights advocates that were defeated in their first challenge to the Texas hospital admitting rights component of the 2013 abortion law has </span>re-filed<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a petition with the US </span>5<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the entire court to hear the merits of their challenge to the law.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:08:37 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29893 at http://tpr.org Abortion Rights Group Asks Full 5th Circuit To Hear Case Against Texas Abortion Law