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Texas Matters
10:13 am
Fri December 28, 2012

How Premont ISD Beat The Odds And The TEA To Stay Open

Premont ISD has struggled with attendance, academic performance and mismanaged finances for years, and are now under strict TEA monitoring to get the district back on track and keep the doors open.
David Martin Davies TPR

Premont ISD has struggled with low attendance, low test scores and poor finances for years, but when a letter from the TEA came threatening to close the school, everyone knew that something must be done.

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State Government Employees
2:15 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

For Texas, Fewer State Layoffs In 2012

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 12:54 pm

The number of state employees let go this year was down dramatically compared to 2011, according to a report from the State Auditor's Office. But that’s mainly because so many people lost their jobs last year, after lawmakers slashed the two-year state budget by $14 billion. 

Those cuts led to a round of government layoffs: 1,225 people lost their jobs last year as the result of a "reduction in force," the bureaucratic term used to label job cuts caused by budget reductions. This year, that number was 96. A lot of people were fired for other reasons, but the number of state employees "involuntarily" laid off still dropped by more than 15 percent compared to last year.

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Texas Matters
11:25 am
Fri December 21, 2012

How The Newtown Shooting Is Affecting School Safety In Texas

School districts in Texas are required by law to conduct and report a safety audit to prepare for emergency situations on campus. The Newtown shootings have given these preparations a greater sense of urgency.
Texas School Safety Center

Texas Matters: After reviewing school district safety audits, the attorney general's office found that 78 Texas school districts were not compliant with the law. The Newtown tragedy is also having an effect in San Antonio school districts, where two students who were making jokes about bomb threats and shootings on their own campuses were arrested. Texas Monthly crowns its 2012 Bum Steer of the Year: Lance Armstrong.

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8:04 am
Fri December 21, 2012

83rd Texas Legislature Gets Ready For The New Session To Begin

Lead in text: 
With federal spending cuts looming, cases working their way through the courts questioning state funding of education and gun control control at the front of public debate, Texas lawmakers have their work cut out for them this session.
The 83rd Texas Legislative Session Begins on January 8th December 20, 2012 There's no doubt about it. Federal dollars pay for a lot of things in Texas. This year's state budget included $33 billion in federal money. Overall federal spending in Texas totaled more than $220 billion in 2010.
4:53 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Visually Impaired Girl Gets Early Christmas Gift: The Ability To Read

Lead in text: 
Seven-year-old Kaitlyn Brown has a very limited field of vision, but thanks to a new machine that magnifies images, she will be able to see things she never could before -- like the color of her favorite toy's eyes.
Christmas came early for one local visually impaired 7-year old. Kaitlyn Brown is the lucky recipient of a machine from nonprofit sight savers and The University of Texas Health Science Center. The machine can magnify objects up to 79 times which allows her to read and learn like other kids her age.
Texas Giving
11:21 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Dollhouse Maker Builds Happiness For The Holidays

Courtney Collins KERA News

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 11:43 am

Ken and Cecilia Christopherson are channeling Saint Nick in a very real way.  Part treasure hunter, part master craftsman, Ken builds dollhouses from scratch. Each one takes 100 hours to construct, and each one goes to a very sick child stuck in the hospital for the holidays.

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The Source
3:17 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Lionel Sosa On How the Mexican Revolution Changed America

"The Children of the Revolución" chronicles the journey Mexican-Americans families during and after the revolution in Mexico.
Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

The Mexican revolution drove people into the United States and those that settled in South Texas helped shape the cultural and economic landscape of the area. This is especially notable as the Hispanic population continues to increase in the United States, and the country -- as Mayor Julián Castro put it --  begins to look like San Antonio. The last part of the show highlights a performance of Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker," a production that is a holiday tradition in San Antonio and the U.S.

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Texas Legislature
2:33 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Funding Mental Health Care In Texas: State Is Last In The Nation

justicetalking.org

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 6:36 pm

Mental health care has become a topic of discussion after last week’s school shootings. Two North Texans working in the field are calling for a new attitude and more money.

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Texas Matters
12:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Gov. Perry's Push To Ban Abortion Takes Another Step

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks at the Source Pregnancy Center in Houston.
Office of the Governor

Gov. Perry's announcement this week of the "fetal pain" bill is the latest in his attempts at restricting abortion in Texas; pro-life groups applaud the announcement and pro-choice groups are kicking their opposition into high gear. The governor made his announcement at a pregnancy crisis center, but what exactly is a pregnancy crisis center, and where do they get their funding? Freelance reporter Carolyn Jones investigates. Finally, problems with state-funded CPRIT continue to surface, the latest being an $11 million grant that was not reviewed before it was handed out.

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Texas Legislature
7:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Perry Pushing For 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Ban At 20 Weeks

State Senator-elect Donna Campbell is already off to a strong start in backing legislation proposed by Governor Perry to strengthen the states ban on abortion.
Office of the Governor

Governor Rick Perry announced that he’s backing a tougher state law against abortion. Perry is pushing for a so-called “fetal pain” law to be passed in the upcoming legislative session. 

Joined by state Senator-elect Donna Campbell (R), Perry called for the new Texas law that would tighten the state’s restrictions on abortions by banning abortion after 20 weeks, which is when Perry said a fetus can feel pain.

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