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Abortion in Texas
1:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Abortion Rights Group Asks Full 5th Circuit To Hear Case Against Texas Abortion Law

The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Credit Photo taken by Bobak Ha'Eri, on May 31, 2007 / cc

The group of abortion rights and civil rights advocates that were defeated in their first challenge to the Texas hospital admitting rights component of the 2013 abortion law has re-filed a petition with the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the entire court to hear the merits of their challenge to the law.

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Community
12:18 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Houston Judge To Hear Taxi Drivers Case Against Ride-Sharing Companies

Ryan Loyd TPR News

A U.S. District Judge in Houston has been assigned the case of cab drivers against two so-called ride sharing programs. The case stems from a lawsuit filed on behalf taxi drivers in San Antonio and Houston earlier in the week.

The Houston attorney representing the taxi drivers, Martyn Hill, who practices corporate law, said Thursday he would like to hear the companies, Lyft and Uber, tell the court what he said their services really are: vehicles for hire.

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Civil Rights Summit
11:47 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Group Protests President’s Deportation Record At Civil Rights Summit

The group United We Stand protests on the UT campus, heading to the area where President Obama spoke during the Civil Rights Summit in Austin.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

On Thursday an immigration rights group marched across the University of Texas at Austin campus and took up post in the front of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library, voicing their protest for the rate of deportation during President Barack Obama’s presidency.

United We Stand, a collection of undocumented immigrants, students and religious leaders, walked the length of the UT campus in Austin to the area where the president was to speak. Javier Huamani, who was with the group, said throughout Obama's administration, two million immigrants have been deported.

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Civil Rights Act
11:25 am
Fri April 11, 2014

President Obama Honors The Memory Of LBJ And Signing Of Civil Rights Act

President Barack Obama speaks in Austin at the LBJ Presidential Library.
White House Press Office

Speaking to select crowd at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin on Thursday, President Barack Obama honored the life of the former president and detailed the progressive effects of Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Obama told the crowd the change sparked by Johnson has been progressively powerful at changing how the world identified and enforced civil rights.

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Bexar County
9:18 am
Thu April 10, 2014

County Gains Valuable Space With Acquisition Of Federal Reserve Bank Building

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas occupied this building from 1956 to present. The bank is moving three blocks south and Bexar County is poised to purchase this building at 126 E. Nueva.
Credit Eileen Pace

Bexar County commissioners have approved an agreement to purchase the Federal Reserve Bank building downtown. 

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Immigration
1:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Mayor Castro Talks Immigration At Civil Rights Summit

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro joined former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour this week to kick off the Civil Rights Summit in Austin and to discuss the topic of immigration as a civil rights issue.   

Castro told the crowd that a reform of the United States immigration system will enhance civil rights by bringing people out of the shadows, creating situations where immigrants aren’t afraid to report crimes, send their kids to school and get the care they need for their families.

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Environment
9:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Oil Cleanup Moves Carefully On Matagorda & Padre Island

Padre Island National Seashore on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Padre Island National Seashore has reopened its beaches after cleanup of the oil spill that made its way from Galveston to the southern coastline.

But farther up the coast, government agencies and volunteers are still struggling to clean up the oil that settled in at Matagorda Island, while protecting its wildlife.

It’s been more than two weeks since a barge in the Houston Ship Channel spilled 168,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay. It took a while for the oil to drift southward to the pristine beaches that draw more than 300 bird species each spring. 

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Civil Rights
3:31 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Celebrating 50 Years Of Progress, Civil Rights Summit Begins In Austin

LBJ Presidential Library
Charles Bogel U.S. National Archive

This week the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin is celebrating the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There will be discussions about the progress of civil rights issues through the course of the week and those discussions begin with gay rights.

From the original 1964 Civil Rights Act signing, President Lyndon Baines Johnson said:

“My fellow Americans, I’m about to sign into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I want to talk to you about what that law means to every American.” -- LBJ

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Cyber Security
9:51 am
Tue April 8, 2014

BBB Warns Of Scammers Promising Latest News On Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

Google malware warning.

The Better Business Bureau is cautioning consumers about a new scam designed to capture the attention of those following the developing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 story.

The BBB reports the scam is turning up on social media, mainly Facebook and Twitter, and requires the user to click on a link to get the latest on the missing plane.

Cesar Alvarado in San Antonio, the regional public relations director for the BBB, said the process is known as “clickjacking” – using compelling information to get a user to click on something they otherwise might ignore.

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Border Security
9:27 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Leaders At DPS And Texas National Guard Say Border Crime Is Getting Worse

 A select number of Texas senators heard from groups operating along the Texas-Mexico border this week. This group of lawmakers is looking ahead of the 2015 legislative session for the possibility of increasing the state budget for border security.

Lawmakers seated on the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security heard from Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, about their operations along the border. 

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