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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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CPRIT Investigation
3:02 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Travis County DA Investigating State Cancer Institute

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 2:55 pm

There’s more trouble for the state’s embattled cancer-fighting agency.

The Travis County District Attorney’s office is now investigating the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, better known as CPRIT.

Gregg Cox is the head of the Public Integrity Unit in the Travis County DA’s office. He says they’ll be looking at how contracts were awarded.

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Texas News Roundup
3:02 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

What's Happening Across The State: News From Texas NPR Affilitates For Dec. 10

National Public Radio

Take a quick look at a few of the top stories from around the state from the latest Houston economic numbers to hunting for Christmas trees in Marfa, and more...

From High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo:

Oh By Gosh By Golly: Growing Holly in Texas

"It's time for mistletoe and holly, but here on the High Plains, the only place you are likely to see this traditional holiday plant is on cards and wrapping paper."

From KUT News in Austin:

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10:57 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Midland Veterans Day Parade Crash: City Won't File Charges On Parade Float Driver

Lead in text: 
A preliminary report was released on Wednesday of last week by the National Transportation Safety Board that outlines the details of the deadly crash. The one-page document is the first of what will be thousands of pages released over the course of the investigation; a spokesperson for NTSB said he expects the investigation to last over a year.
While it is unclear if anyone has interviewed the driver involved in the Nov. 15 crash between the train and the parade float, the city announced Wednesday that charges will not be filed against him.
Texas Matters
11:21 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Firsthand Looks At Central American Migrants And Working Poor In Texas

The stabilizing of the unauthorized immigrant population number follows a two-year decline from 2007-2009.
Pew Research Center

The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. has been declining since 2007; however, there has been an increase in migrants from other Central American countries, most of whom are teenagers. Being poor in Texas: Government assistance documentary, and a firsthand payday loan experience. Renewable energy continues to push forward as the Texas Renewable Energy Conference hits Austin next week.

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Texas News Roundup
11:38 am
Thu December 6, 2012

What's Happening Across The State: News From Texas NPR Affilitates

National Public Radio

Take a quick look at some of the top stories across Texas, from a High Plains history lesson to Special Olympics training in Austin, and more...

From High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo and the Panhandle:

"A major U.S. Highway that runs through Western Kansas (U.S. Hwy. 83) began as a rough trail that connected various boomtowns who were waiting for the railroads that ultimately passed them by."

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Linguistics
3:47 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Texas Twang Fixin' To Ride Off Into The Sunset

Lyndon Johnson, then the vice president-elect, with a prize-winning Hereford bull on his ranch near Johnson City, Texas, in 1960. Linguists say the twang that has long been synonymous with Texans is fading.
AP

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 7:25 pm

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Immigration Reform
10:23 am
Wed December 5, 2012

George W. Bush: 'Benevolent Spirit' Can Guide Debate

Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 3:03 pm

DALLAS — During his opening remarks Tuesday at a daylong conference on immigration and the economy, former President George W. Bush urged the nation’s leaders to debate immigration reform with compassion and kindness.

In a brief appearance at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Bush did not advocate for a specific solution. But his statements indicated he supports policies similar to those he championed during his presidency, when immigration reform was last debated in Congress.

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Texas Legislature
4:34 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Villarreal Files Bill To Prohibit Sexual Orientation Job Discrimination

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

Democratic State Rep. Mike Villarreal filed legislation HB 238, which if passed would amend the Texas Labor Code to provide equal employment protections for gay and transgender employees.

"My question is," said Villareal: "Is this person showing up on time and doing their job? If they are, then they should be treated no differently than anybody else. Unfortunately, the LBGT community doesn't have the same protections in the state of Texas that they enjoy in other states."

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