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University of Texas
1:26 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Committee Weighs Impeaching UT Regent: How We Got Here and What's Next

flickr.com/jasonunbound

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:01 pm

Update: The Texas House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met Monday to discuss an investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings against a University of Texas System Regent.

The committee is tasked with deciding which articles for impeachment it could possibly bring against Wallace Hall. But at a committee hearing, lawmakers found there's little historic precedent to guide the process. According to Jeff Archer with the Texas Legislative Counsel, there have been few attempts to impeach a public official in Texas and there’s no definition or standard for what’s considered an impeachable offense. 

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Politics
9:39 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Abbott Announces Gubernatorial Candidacy

Attorney General Greg Abbott announces his candidacy for governor
Eileen Pace TPR News

Under a hot San Antonio afternoon sky, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his gubernatorial candidacy Sunday at historic La Villita.

A crowd of about 200 supporters waited in 100-degree temperatures through a theatrical production of more than an hour for their candidate to appear on stage at historic La Villita in downtown San Antonio.

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Texas Matters
2:27 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Who Will Benefit Most From The Abortion Momentum In 2014?

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, but what does that mean for her political future?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Texas Matters: Abortion legislation gets nearer to Gov. Rick Perry's desk as I type this sentence, but Texas Democrats are still rallying against the bill behind new star Wendy Davis. The fight over abortion in the state is far from over -- even after the bill is signed -- but the debate has now galvanized both Republicans and Democrats in the state as candidates are beginning to announce intent for the 2014 mid-term election. Rick Perry announced he will not run for another term, which is shaking things up across the board.

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Texas
3:09 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Why Austin's the Reason 7-Eleven Stays Open Around the Clock

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 2:55 pm

If you're heading to 7-Eleven today for a free Slurpee, raise your glass to the city of Austin and her Texas Longhorns: After all, it was here in Austin the convenience store giant first went 24/7.

In its corporate history, the Dallas-based chain writes that in 1963 “one 7-Eleven store in Austin, Texas, located close to the University of Texas, stayed so busy after a football game, it couldn’t close. The store just remained open.” That night’s success kept the store open 24 hours from there on out - inspiring other locations to do the same.

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Texas
2:43 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Bush: Immigrants Deserve 'Benevolent Spirit'

BJ Austin KERA News

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 4:00 pm

Former President George W. Bush welcomed 20 immigrants from 12 countries as U.S. citizens this morning, hailing the historic contributions of newcomers and calling for a "benevolent spirit" in the debate over immigration reform.

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Texas Legislature
10:14 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Senate Committee Wraps Testimony on Texas Abortion Bill

Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 8:33 am

Update: The Senate Health & Human Services Committee public hearing on Senate Bill 1 wrapped up just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. Senators did not vote on the bill.

Original Story (July 8, 10 a.m.): The Senate Health & Human Services Committee is holding a public hearing today on a bill that would limit access to abortions in Texas.

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Texas Matters
12:57 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

A Literary Trifecta: Austin, Redistricting And Desperation

"Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas" by Jeffrey Stuart Kerr.

Texas Matters: This week's show is literally a literary lament (in one way or another). First, an interview with author Jeffrey Stuart Kerr about how Austin came to become the capitol. Crying foul over redistricting in Texas isn't exclusive to the Democratic party, as it is today, the story of the Republican party's go of it is covered in a new book edited by Gary Keith. Finally, Tom Walker, a writer based in San Antonio, talks about "Signed Confessions," a collection of short stories based on themes of guilt and desperation.

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Texas Legislature - Special Session
1:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Storify: Following The Abortion Protests At The Texas Capitol

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 8:40 am

To keep you up-to-date on all the action going on at the Capitol today, we've created a Storify to monitor the protests on the first day of the special session. Click below to see the timeline.

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Texas Matters
1:56 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The War Of The Worlds On The Texas Senate Floor

State Senator Leticia Van De Putte in the KSTX studio.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters: The battle over abortion hit a boiling point in Texas this week and it all started  with a 13-hour filibuster attempt by Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, which was cut short, continued with Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio challenging the Republican (male) dominance of the floor, which finally pushed the room into a frenzy with one ruckus crowd of supporters. This did not sit well with the governor.

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Texas Matters
3:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Texas Matters: The State Of Abortion In Texas

Office of the Governor

Republican efforts to greatly restrict a woman’s right to an abortion in Texas failed in the regular legislative session. But in a special session, things move faster, and it’s more difficult for the minority party to derail legislation.

Despite efforts by Democrats to slow down the anti-abortion bills Thursday night by filling a house committee hearing, causing the session to run until almost four in the morning, the bills appear to be on their way to eventual passage and becoming law.

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