Texas

The Source
3:44 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

The Source: Not Enough Water (And Books) To Go Around

Concept art for the inside of the now approved Bibliotech all-digital library.
Bexar County

Bexar County brings the future to the present with approval for an all-digital library called BiblioTech. So are people ready for it? The Medina Lake water level continues to drop, so how close is it to becoming a big dry hole?

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Texas Legislature
9:20 am
Wed January 23, 2013

For Lawmakers, A Slow Start And A Quickening Pace

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 11:08 am

Texas lawmakers were back at work Wednesday, after nearly a week off. 

They have about 125 days left in their 140 day session. While a vacation right off the bat might seem like a lazy start to their every-other-year meeting, it’s all part of the plan: In musical terms, each session has it's own rhythm and tempo. 

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Roe v. Wade
12:28 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

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Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:19 am

Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. But in some states, access to facilities that perform abortions remains limited.

In part, that stems from another Supreme Court ruling from 20 years ago that let states impose regulations that don't cause an "undue burden" on a woman's abortion rights.

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Texas Education
9:38 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Texas High School Graduation Above National Average

National Center for Education Statistics

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 8:39 am

A new study shows Texas' four-year high school graduation rate rose to 78.9 percent in 2009-2010, putting the Lone Star State above the national average of 78.2 percent.

A federal study released by the National Center of Education Statistics shows that Texas' four-year graduation rate increased from its previous study, from 73.1 percent in the 2006-2007 school year to 78.9 percent in 2009-2010.

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Texas Matters
1:15 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Standardized Tests - Behind The Scenes & Calls For Reform

Arlington High School student Taylor Griffin and mother Nikki Griffin say new state testing standards are stressful for students.
Shelley Kofler KERA-Dallas

Standardized testing in Texas: Are changes on the way? And what happens to the test papers when students have filled in the last bubble? How do you teach the bible in public schools without promoting a religious viewpoint? The Texas Legislature tries to figure out education funding (again), and now that the president has been re-elected for a second term, Latinos are asking about immigration reform.

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Texas Healthcare
11:32 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Does Texas Rank Last In Mental Health Spending?

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Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:55 am

Politifact: Does Texas Rank Last in Mental Health Spending?

Today President Obama is expected to release details of proposals from a gun violence task force convened in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.

In the days following Sandy Hook, many experts and pundits spoke of the need for better mental health care and screening.

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Will Texas Secede?
12:39 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

White House To Secessionists: Our States Remain United

Protesters with the Texas Nationalist movement voiced their complaints outside the opening of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 9
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

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.

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Texas Matters
12:44 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Texas Legislature: What Should We Do With All This Money?

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
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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.

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Texas Healthcare
9:23 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Checking Numbers On Texas Medicaid Orthodontics Spending

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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.

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Texas Supreme Court
4:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

It's a Dog's Life: Texas Court Considers Pets' Sentimental Value

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

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.”

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