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Texas Economy
9:08 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Latinos May Need More Than a 'Miracle' to Prosper in Texas

Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 10:54 am

Story as it aired on KUT 90.5 FM

President Obama brought a message of economic recovery when he visited Austin yesterday, the first stop in his “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour.” Latinos in the U.S., however, are trailing behind the national average in unemployment. So how are they’re doing when it comes to finding work in the home of the “Texas miracle?"

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Texas Constitution
10:49 am
Wed May 1, 2013

AG Greg Abbott: City & ISD Domestic Partner Benefits Unconstitutional (Update)

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:59 am

Update: More signs from the City of Austin that Attorney General Greg Abbott's opinion won't mean any changes for now: a memo from City Manager Marc Ott on the matter. It reads, in part: 

While we will continue to evaluate the Attorney General’s opinion, it continues to be our belief that the City’s domestic partner group benefits program is not prohibited by the Texas Marriage Amendment, and that the Texas Legislature did not intend the Amendment to have that effect when it was placed before the voters in 2005.

The Attorney General’s opinion does not require the City to take any specific action, and we do not intend to change domestic partner eligibility for our benefits program at this time. 

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Texas Water
9:58 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Hays Seeks Alternative Groundwater Sources, Could Affect San Antonio

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:36 pm

Hays County is looking for alternative groundwater supplies. An open Request for Proposals seeks to pipe in water from aquifers that could be tapped to supplement water from the Edwards and Trinity aquifers.

County Commissioner Ray Whisenant (R-Precinct 4) says the existing supply of water appears to be unsustainable with the county's current growth rate.

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Texas Legislature
9:38 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Agenda Texas: Looming Legislative Deadlines

Calendar by Texas Legislative Council

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 5:31 pm

Over 6,000 bills were filed in the 2013 legislative session. And historically speaking, only about 20 percent of them will be signed into law.

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Texas Legislature
11:09 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Committee Debates Extended Family Right To Sue Parents/Child

flickr.com/bowtoo

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 12:39 pm

At the Capitol, House Judiciary Committee members will debate a bill that would increase the number of people who have a say over how a child is raised in Texas.

The bill sparking debate is HB 393, filed by State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston.  Thompson’s bill would expand the number of people who can sue for visitation rights if they believe a child is being raised in a way that puts his or her well-being at risk. 

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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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CPRIT Investigation
12:02 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

CPRIT Foundation to Close in 60 Days

Texas Tribune

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 7:46 pm

This story as it aired on KUT

  The private foundation that’s given financial support to the state’s troubled cancer-fighting agency says it’s shutting down.

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas – known as CPRIT – has its own problems. The agency is being investigated for its handling of some taxpayer-funded grants.

On Tuesday, though, it was the private foundation formed to supplement the salaries of CPRIT’s top executives that brought the wrath of state lawmakers.

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Texas Legislature
9:02 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Agenda Texas: The Week Ahead

Filipa Rodrigues

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 11:42 am

It’ll be another busy week for the Texas Legislature. With a take on what to watch for this week, here's Texas Tribune executive editor, Ross Ramsey.

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University of Texas
11:04 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Report: Gov. Perry Pressuring UT-Austin President Powers to Resign

Bob Daemmrich / Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 10:07 am

Simmering tensions between University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers and the UT Board of Regents keep rising: An article in the Houston Chronicle claims Gov. Rick Perry – who appoints the regents – “has communicated through emissaries that Powers should resign to avoid an embarrassing regents vote to fire him.”

Chronicle reporter Patricia Kilday Hart spoke with Texas Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. Sen. Zaffirini argues that recent several actions by the Board of Regents – a special-called meeting to discuss a sexual encounter between assistant football coach Major Applewhite and an adult student, a sweeping open records request, and the controversial decision to re-investigate financial arrangements at the UT Law School foundation – are designed to “make life miserable” for Powers and lead to his resignation.

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Texas Legislature
6:47 am
Tue March 12, 2013

State Lawmaker Says Expanded Newborn Testing Will Save Lives

Office of Rep. Myra Crownover

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:44 pm

On Wednesday state lawmakers on the House Public Health Committee will consider screening newborns for congenital heart defects. The bill filed by Denton Republican Myra Crownover continues her efforts to expand genetic testing for babies.

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