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Texas GOP Convention
4:38 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Texas GOP Advances Platform Supporting "Conversion Therapy" For Gays & Lesbians

The Log Cabin Republicans, who were denied a booth at the 2014 Republican State Convention, are hoping to block a final vote on the resolution on the final day of the convention.
Credit Log Cabin Republicans

The Republican Party of Texas has advanced a plank of the party’s platform that supports “reparative therapy” for homosexuals. Gay Republican groups are outraged.

Reparative therapy, sometimes called "conversion therapy,"  is intense psychological counseling for men and women in an attempt to change their sexual orientation.

Cathie Adams is the executive director of Texas Eagle Forum, a tea party group that advanced the resolution that opposes any effort to ban reparative therapy, which has been done in other states.

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Border & Immigration
1:39 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

U.S. Officials Open Doors To Lackland Barracks Housing Immigrant Children

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

On Thursday the military oversaw a media tour of the Air Force barracks at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where 1,200 immigrant children who came to the U.S. without adults are being temporarily sheltered in San Antonio.

Situated in the midst of dozens of identical military barracks where young men and women go through Air Force basic training, one building is now filled with children.

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City Government
12:06 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

City Offices Flooded With Letters About Proposed Bag Ban, Most Of Them In Support

City council and the mayor's office are being filled with letters and emails, most of them in support, of a proposed plastic bag ban.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

There are strong opinions in the debate over a proposed plastic bag ban. The idea has bounced back and forth between committee meetings so far, and according to staff members it will go before the full San Antonio City Council this month.

In the meantime, the 10 council members and mayor have received plenty of responses from the public. Their offices report they've received about 1,400 emails and letters, and an overwhelming number have been favorable toward a ban. Only five, they say, were opposed.

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State Health & Human Services
5:23 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Push To Close Texas State-Suported Living Centers

The Boatwright family.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Recently the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission released a report that was highly critical of the Texas state-supported living centers. The system of institutions has a proven track record of providing substandard care and the report says they cost too much money to maintain.

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Texas Politics
4:18 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Straw Poll At Texas GOP Convention Pits Perry Against Cruz In GOP Presidential Run

Credit Republican Party of Texas

The Republican Party of Texas chairman and a political expert predict that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will win the convention's presidential straw poll being conducted this week in Fort Worth.

Perry spoke today at the 2014 Republican State Convention, which was streamed online via the Texas Tribune.

"We need to set the stage for 2016, when we will win the White House and we will rebuild the American dream,” Perry said to the crowd.

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Fort Hood Article 32 Hearing
12:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Article 32 Hearing Wraps In Case Of Fort Hood Sgt. Accused Of Running Prostitution Ring

Fort Hood headquarters and main flag pole.
Credit U.S. Army - Fort Hood

An Article 32 hearing, the military version of a grand jury, has completed its investigation of a Fort Hood staff sergeant accused of running an on-base prostitution ring with female soldiers.

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School Discipline
10:24 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Two Laws Lead To Significant Drop In Student Ticketing At Texas Schools

Credit Flickr user Bill Selak / cc

Two new laws aimed at reducing the number of tickets students receive for things like disrupting class seem to be having a profound effect at Texas public schools. The Texas Tribune reports that in one year the number of misdemeanor tickets issued to students dropped by 71 percent.

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State Health & Human Services
8:09 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Death Of Sean Yates Raises Questions Of Neglect At Texas State-Supported Living Centers

Ashley Yates holding up a photo of her older brother Sean Yates who died after running away from the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas state-supported living centers are under a tremendous amount of pressure and scrutiny as state leaders consider where they will fit in the state’s future. And as questions are raised about the substandard quality of medical care that the residents receive at the centers, a recent tragedy in Corpus Christi exposes the issue of neglect.

To hear Ashley Yates talk about her brother Sean – he certainly sounded like one of a kind.

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Pre-K 4 SA
3:59 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

First Pre-K 4 SA Students Graduate From Program

71 of the South Side Education center's 309 students received completion certificates Wednesday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The first graduating class from the city's Pre-K 4 SA program have officially been promoted.

Wednesday morning about 71 students from the South Side Education Center received certificates of completion. The rest of the center's 309 students each received certificates at their own ceremonies over the past week. The city reports that there are 333 students at the North Education center who also graduated.

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Texas Energy Capacity
3:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

It's Not The Biggest, But Coal Is A Large Piece Of Texas Energy Production

Find this graphic and more at: http://www.ercot.com/content/news/presentations/2014/ERCOT_Quick_Facts_052014.pdf
Credit ERCOT

The largest type of energy source in the state comes from natural gas, but business leaders, state officials and electric companies are still concerned about the proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), natural gas has the highest percentage of electric power capacity in Texas in 2014.

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