Carlos Uresti

Texas Foster Care
12:38 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lawmakers Taking Another Look At Foster Care Following Budget Cuts And Deaths

Eileen Pace TPR News

The deaths of eight foster kids over the past year have sparked concerns and lawmakers are now being asked to review the Texas foster care system. 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.

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Texas Roads
12:59 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Possible Solution To TxDOT's South Texas Gravel Road Proposal

Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

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.

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2014 Election
4:56 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Another San Antonio Democrat Considering Statewide Office

State Sen. Carlos Uresti is considering a run for attorney general.
carlosuresti.com

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.

"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.

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Texas Foster Care
10:27 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Law Keeps Parents From Overmedicating Foster Children

Flickr user Gianfranco Puccio cc

According to Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), 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.

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.

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The Source - September 18, 2013
11:23 am
Wed September 18, 2013

The Source: Uresti On Foster Care Changes | ACA Navigators Work Through Regulations

On May 29, 2013 Gov. Perry signed House Bills 915 and 1227, which help improve the care children receive in Texas’ foster care system. The governor was joined by Representative Dawnna Dukes and other officials.
Governor's Office

In the first segment:

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Transportation
1:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Clock Ticking For Options In South Texas Gravel Road Conversion Plan

At least 83 miles of roads in South Texas could be converted to gravel in a TxDOT proposal.
Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Stakeholders met with oil company officials to discuss a solution to the South Texas gravel road conversion proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

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.

Marathon Oil’s Hugo Gutierrez said his company is willing to shoulder some of the transportation cost, but that becomes complicated:

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Eagle Ford Shale
12:21 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

TxDOT Considering Gravel Roads In South Texas As Cost-Saving Measure

Roads in counties located in the Eagle Ford Shale area are getting heavy traffic from the oil and gas boom.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

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.

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.

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Child Abuse Awareness Month
3:55 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

State Sen. Uresti Looking To Get More People Involved In Child Abuse Prevention

CASA planted 6,205 pinwheels for each child who suffered abuse in 2012. Twenty of them were white, representing those who died.
Childsafe

April is Child Abuse Awareness month, and San Antonio Sen. Carlos Uresti is calling for more volunteers to help increase the local message of saving children's lives.

Uresti said Bexar County showed an increase in the number of cases of child abuse in 2012.

"Sadly, last year we had 6,205 confirmed cases of child abuse just in Bexar County," Uresti said, adding that 20 of those children died from their injuries.

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Texas Legislature
8:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Raise Legal Smoking Age To 21

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Senator Carlos Uresti’s proposed SB313 would change the legal smoking age in Texas from 18 to 21. Uresti said his bill is about saving lives and saving money.

"On average, over 24,500 Texas die every year from smoking related illnesses," the senator said, referring to a fact sheet provided by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

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