Filipa Rodrigues

Intern for KUT News

Texas Education
10:35 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Texas Senate Considers School 'Voucher' Bills Despite House Ban

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:59 pm

UPDATE 5:59 The Senate Committee on Education heard SB 1575 this afternoon from educators and parents supporting the so-called voucher program that would give parents money to move their children from public to private schools. 

The bill’s author Senator Donna Campbell of New Braunfels said that parents and students should have a choice in schooling and claim that failing public schools set back children across the state.

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Texas Legislature
3:36 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Proposed Bills Would Shutter Gas Chamber For Texas Pets And Strays

I-Hwa Chang for KUT News

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 12:11 pm

More than 100,000  cats and dogs are euthanized every year in Texas shelters. Euthanasia by carbon monoxide – essentially a gas chamber –  is still common practice in nearly 30 shelters.  

Within the last five years, almost 30 Texas cities banned gas chambers, switching from carbon monoxide to lethal injection. Pennsylvania and Louisiana banned gas chambers statewide last year.Description: --break->

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Texas Legislature
11:42 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Texas Lawmakers Renew Push On Statewide Texting And Driving Ban

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Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:59 am

Texas lawmakers are trying again to pass a statewide law banning texting while driving. A similar measure passed in the Texas House and Senate last legislative session, but was vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry.

Today, Texas Rep. Tom Craddick’s House Bill 63 is getting its first public hearing. The bill is going before the House Committee on Transportation.

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The Poverty Line
2:37 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

New Study Shows Half Of All Texans Have No Savings

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Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 12:39 pm

State leaders routinely hail the "Texas Miracle" that's created one of the strongest economies in the country. 

Everyone mentions the growth and job opportunities across the Lone Star State, but a recent study by the Corporation for Enterprise Development shows that many Texans are striving on the edge of poverty.

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Food Recall
11:01 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Whole Foods Salmon Recalled

Whole Foods

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:30 am

Whole Foods is recalling two lots of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon because it may be contaminated with Listeria—a bacteria that can lead to fatal infections in young children, elderly people and people with weakened immune systems.

The second lot, with code 7425A2297A printed on the back of the package, on the upper left side, was sold in Texas stores.

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Texas Education
9:38 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Texas High School Graduation Above National Average

National Center for Education Statistics

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 8:39 am

A new study shows Texas' four-year high school graduation rate rose to 78.9 percent in 2009-2010, putting the Lone Star State above the national average of 78.2 percent.

A federal study released by the National Center of Education Statistics shows that Texas' four-year graduation rate increased from its previous study, from 73.1 percent in the 2006-2007 school year to 78.9 percent in 2009-2010.

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