The White house has formally responded to a petition requesting that Texas secede from the Union. Although the petition gained signatures quickly, there will be no division initiatives supported the White House anytime soon.
Texas Matters: State revenue numbers look good for this session of the legislature; there is even a surplus. Gov. Rick Perry suggests that the extra money be used to cut taxes, while others want to restore funding to education and health programs that took cuts in the last legislative session. Gun owners in Texas stand their ground as the federal government comes up with its next move to cut down on gun violence.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:50 am
A new study by the Pew Center on the States gave Texas a D for its pediatric dental health, as a leading state legislator says the state of Texas spent more Medicaid money on orthodontia for children than all the other states combined.
The Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact unit wondered about that.
And KUT’s Emily Donahue spoke with Gardner Selby of the Statesman’s PolitiFact Texas to get the scoop.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 11:44 am
Can you put a price tag on man’s best friend?
The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday morning in a case that could answer that question. An animal shelter employee is appealing a lower court’s ruling that found her accidental euthanasia of a family dog gave the pet’s owners grounds to recover damages related to the dog’s “sentimental or intrinsic value.”
Texas' Women's Health Program began on January 1st with no federal money. KUT's Ben Philpott spoke to John Hockenberry on PRI's "The Takeaway" this week about how the program is in the "middle of a strident political debate" over health services for low-income women.
In 2011, the Texas legislature voted to ban medical providers affiliated with organizations that perform abortions from participating in the state-run Women's Health Program, even if the providers did not perform abortions themselves.
Remember the cell phone video taken of a vandal spray painting over Picasso's "Woman in a Red Armchair" in a Houston Gallery? The man suspected of vandalizing the 1929 painting, Uriel Landeros, has turned himself in to authorities.
Man Accused of Vandalizing 1929 Picasso Surrenders January 9, 2013 Uriel Landeros, of Houston, turned himself over to marshals at the international bridge near McAllen, Texas. He told KPRC-TV that he has no regrets for the action.
It was a rough 2012 for Armstrong: He saw his wins vacated once he stopped fighting doping charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last summer. USADA then issued a scathing report detailing alleged doping throughout Armstrong’s career. The fallout lead to Armstrong’s formal separation from the cancer organization he founded, Livestrong.
After the last of his challengers dropped out Tuesday, San Antonio Republican Joe Straus was elected to a third term as speaker of the Texas House. That last challenger, Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, never found enough support to threaten the incumbent. An earlier challenger, Rep.
Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:00 am
As the state legislature prepares to open its session Tuesday, lawmakers are hearing a word not spoken in the capitol for a long time. It’s ‘surplus.’ Unlike two years ago, when they faced a massive deficit and cut $15 billion from the budget, there’s talk of an increase in money for state programs and a growing Rainy Day fund. The state comptroller will release the official budget estimate this morning, but the debate over whether and how to spend the Rainy Day money has already begun.