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2014 Governor's Race
4:44 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas?

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a rally in Haltom City on Oct. 3.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 7:44 pm

In 2014, Texas voters might just see something they haven't experienced in two decades — a competitive race for governor.

Current Republican Gov. Rick Perry isn't running for re-election, so it's an open race, with new faces and new optimism for Texas Democrats.

Earlier this year, the Democrats were once again facing the prospect of scrambling to find someone to run as their candidate. Then, on June 25, state Sen. Wendy Davis came to the Capitol in Austin wearing running shoes and ready to block a restrictive abortion bill.

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2014 Election
8:13 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Wendy Davis Announces Run For Governor

Ben Philpott, KUT News

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 5:46 pm

Update: Our reporting partners at the Texas Tribune have a recap of Davis' announcement:  

Davis promised to be an advocate for those who feel they no longer have a voice in the halls of the Texas Capitol, to fight for more education dollars and to take on Republicans leaders who she said are listening to their campaign contributors instead of average Texans.
 
"In Austin today, our current leadership thinks promises are just something you make to the people who write big checks," she said, according to remarks distributed before she delivered them. "But the promise I’m talking about is bigger than that. It’s the promise of a better tomorrow for everyone. Texas deserves a leader who will protect this promise. Texas deserves a leader who will keep it."

It’s a long campaign ahead. Republican opponent Greg Abbott has a head-start in fundraising; the Davis campaign is said to need to raise about $40 million to be competitive.

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Affordable Care Act
3:33 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Ted Cruz Ends Filibuster-Style Senate Speech Against 'Obamacare' (Update)

Ben Philpott for KUT News

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 3:02 pm

Update: Sen. Cruz's remarks have ended. For a recap, see: With A Call For Prayer, Cruz Wraps Up Protest Against Obamacare.

Original Post (Sept. 24): Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz seems to be taking a play from another Texas politico: Wendy Davis.

On the floor of the U.S. Senate moments ago, Sen. Cruz announced he will deliver extended, filibuster-style remarks on his support for defunding President Obama’s signature package of health care reforms, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Texas Universities
12:47 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

UT Engineering School Graduates Record Number of Minorities

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Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 12:15 pm

The Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas has been ranked third in the country for graduation rates among minorities, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In 2012, 41 percent of the school’s graduates, or 441 students, were minorities.

Efforts by the Equal Opportunity in Engineering program at UT contributed to the gain. Program director Enrique Dominguez cites the organization’s close involvement in the academic progress of minority students. 

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Abortion In Texas
11:47 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Women's Clinic Closed in Wake of Texas Law Offered More Than Abortions

Ben Philpott for KUT News

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:37 am

A handful of clinics in Texas have closed, or are planning to, just weeks after a controversial bill restricting abortions passed the state legislature.

Planned Parenthood says the closures will hurt the women who came to the clinics for general healthcare services. Anti-abortion groups say there are other doctors for the women to go to. So who's right?

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Texas Health Care
11:23 am
Fri September 13, 2013

What Texans Need to Know About the Health Insurance Marketplace

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius promoted the health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act during an Austin visit on Aug. 8, 2013.
Veronica Zaragovia, KUT News

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 8:30 am

About half of Americans say they don’t know how they and their families will be affected by the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll done last month.

So what exactly do Texans need to know about the health insurance marketplace that launches next month?

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Texas Business
3:08 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Dell Shareholders OK Buyout Offer (Update)

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Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 9:37 am

Update: Dell stockholders approved Michael Dell's buyout offer this morning, according to a preliminary vote tally.

“I am pleased with this outcome and am energized to continue building Dell into the industry’s leading provider of scalable, end-to-end technology solutions,” Michael Dell said in a press release announcing the vote.  You can read that release here

Original post (9:06 a.m.): Dell shareholders are set to vote this morning on a nearly $25 billion buyout offer from founder Michael Dell. After several postponements, this time, the deal is expected to pass.

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U.S. History
11:48 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Teaching 9/11 to Texas Students Who Don't Remember - Or Weren't Yet Born That Day

Maira Kalman

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 11:05 am

Remembering the events of September 11th is easy for most Americans. It's a fresh, sometimes painful memory for some. 

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Texas
9:18 am
Fri September 6, 2013

San Antonio Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Tyler Pratt/KUT News

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:39 pm

A citywide debate over whether lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals should be included in San Antonio’s non-discrimination policy came to a fiery end on Thursday.

Before a crowd of hundreds at City Hall, the San Antonio City Council adopted an ordinance aimed at preventing discrimination against people because of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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2014 Election
10:09 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Wendy Davis' Father Dies; Speculation Builds Over Run for Governor

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 12:09 pm

Jerry Russell, the father of State Sen. Wendy Davis, died Thursday at 77. The news sparks more anticipation for those waiting to hear whether Davis will announce a run for governor in 2014.

Russell has been in critical condition at a Fort Worth hospital since August after complications developed from abdominal surgery. Davis was expected to make an announcement about whether she would run for governor in early September, but postponed the news to take care of her father.

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