Carlos Uresti http://tpr.org en Lawmakers Taking Another Look At Foster Care Following Budget Cuts And Deaths http://tpr.org/post/lawmakers-taking-another-look-foster-care-following-budget-cuts-and-deaths <p>The deaths of eight foster kids over the past year have sparked concerns and lawmakers are now being asked to review the <a href="http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Adoption_and_Foster_Care/About_Foster_Care/" target="_blank">Texas foster care system</a>. Some child advocates say the blame lies with the legislature and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked lawmakers to take another look at the issue.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:38:57 +0000 Ryan Poppe 22658 at http://tpr.org Lawmakers Taking Another Look At Foster Care Following Budget Cuts And Deaths Possible Solution To TxDOT's South Texas Gravel Road Proposal http://tpr.org/post/possible-solution-txdots-south-texas-gravel-road-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A special committee in the Texas Senate may have found a solution to the hundreds of miles of roads in South Texas and the Permian Basin that were slated to be converted into gravel.</span></p><p>The Texas Department of Transportation announcement near the end of the summer surprised members of the legislature and as the discussions wore on, the number of miles that were up for conversion grew into the hundreds.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:59:37 +0000 Ryan Poppe 19988 at http://tpr.org Possible Solution To TxDOT's South Texas Gravel Road Proposal Another San Antonio Democrat Considering Statewide Office http://tpr.org/post/another-san-antonio-democrat-considering-statewide-office <p>This time it's state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who said he is mulling a run for the attorney general's office in 2014 and considers himself a perfect fit for the job.</p><p>"With my experience as an attorney of 20 years, my experience as a legislator of 16 years -- including my experience as officer in the Marine Corps -- I think gives me some of the skills to fill that position," he said.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:56:38 +0000 Ryan Poppe 19064 at http://tpr.org Another San Antonio Democrat Considering Statewide Office New Law Keeps Parents From Overmedicating Foster Children http://tpr.org/post/new-law-keeps-parents-overmedicating-foster-children <p>According to <a href="http://texascasa.org/" target="_blank">Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)</a>, foster parents in Texas are 53 times more likely to overmedicate children in their care than parents with non-foster children, but a law passed during the last legislative session will stop the practice.</p><p>The law regulates how many psychotropic drugs children in foster care can be given in an attempt to make a difference on the high number of children given five or more medications at one time.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:27:02 +0000 Ryan Poppe 19036 at http://tpr.org New Law Keeps Parents From Overmedicating Foster Children The Source: Uresti On Foster Care Changes | ACA Navigators Work Through Regulations http://tpr.org/post/source-uresti-foster-care-changes-aca-navigators-work-through-regulations <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:23:09 +0000 Paul Flahive 18709 at http://tpr.org The Source: Uresti On Foster Care Changes | ACA Navigators Work Through Regulations Clock Ticking For Options In South Texas Gravel Road Conversion Plan http://tpr.org/post/clock-ticking-options-south-texas-gravel-road-conversion-plan <p>Stakeholders met with oil company officials to discuss a solution to the South Texas gravel road conversion proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation.</p><p>Both sides aired out their frustrations against TxDOT’s plan to quickly convert the crumbling roads in South Texas to gravel or have counties take over the maintenance for these state roads.</p><p>Marathon Oil’s Hugo Gutierrez said his company is willing to shoulder some of the transportation cost, but that becomes complicated:</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:03:38 +0000 Ryan Poppe 18029 at http://tpr.org Clock Ticking For Options In South Texas Gravel Road Conversion Plan TxDOT Considering Gravel Roads In South Texas As Cost-Saving Measure http://tpr.org/post/txdot-considering-gravel-roads-south-texas-cost-saving-measure <p>Roads are being worn down with the high volume of heavy-load trucks passing in and out of the Eagle Ford Shale area, causing TxDOT to balance the need for frequent repairs with cost saving measures in their budget.</p><p>A paved road costs the agency about $500,000 per mile to maintain, but gravel roads cost about $10,000, so TxDOT wants to convert 83 miles of roadway into gravel, a decision that is being met with opposition from county officials.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:21:56 +0000 Joey Palacios 17051 at http://tpr.org TxDOT Considering Gravel Roads In South Texas As Cost-Saving Measure State Sen. Uresti Looking To Get More People Involved In Child Abuse Prevention http://tpr.org/post/state-sen-uresti-looking-get-more-people-involved-child-abuse-prevention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">April is <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/" target="_blank">Child Abuse Awareness month</a>, and San Antonio Sen. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carlos </span>Uresti <span style="line-height: 1.5;">is calling for more volunteers to help increase the local message of saving children's lives.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Uresti said </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bexar County showed an increase in the number of cases of child abuse in 2012.</span></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:55:33 +0000 Eileen Pace 8916 at http://tpr.org State Sen. Uresti Looking To Get More People Involved In Child Abuse Prevention New Bill Seeks To Raise Legal Smoking Age To 21 http://tpr.org/post/new-bill-seeks-raise-legal-smoking-age-21 <p>State Senator Carlos Uresti’s proposed <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/SB00313I.pdf">SB313</a> would change the legal smoking age in Texas from 18 to 21. Uresti said his bill is about saving lives and saving money.</p><p>"On average, over 24,500 Texas die every year from smoking related illnesses," the senator said, referring to a fact sheet provided by the<a href="http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/facts_issues/toll_us/texas"> Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids</a>.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:54:33 +0000 Joey Palacios 5723 at http://tpr.org New Bill Seeks To Raise Legal Smoking Age To 21