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Texas to begin construction this year on new seven new psychiatric hospital projects

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 15:37:16 -0500

The construction begins after lawmakers have allocated $2.5 billion to modernize and increase access to inpatient psychiatric care in Texas.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16720893/texas-hospitals-mental-health

In South Texas, one woman is leading an agricultural renaissance

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 13:00:00 -0500

Texas is losing an estimated 1,000 acres of farm land a day, mostly to other industries. The Rio Grande Valley is losing land at a faster clip.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16720809/south-texas-farming

Casino magnate Miriam Adelson gives pro-Ted Cruz super PAC $1 million

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 12:29:53 -0500

The donation from Adelson, also the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was the largest single contribution in May to the Truth and Courage PAC, a super PAC supporting Cruz’s reelection.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16720810/miriam-adelson-ted-cruz-senate

U.S. Supreme Court sides with Texas woman who claims she was arrested out of political retribution

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 10:40:00 -0500

Sylvia Gonzalez alleged the city of Castle Hills had arrested her on a minor charge in retaliation for criticizing the city manager.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16720744/gonzalez-trevino-supreme-court-political-retribution

Ted Cruz leads Colin Allred by double digits in latest UT poll

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 06:30:00 -0500

The poll also showed House Speaker Dade Phelan with low approval rating among Texans after a heated primary battle.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16720604/ted-cruz-colin-allred-ut-poll-dade-phelan

Texas electricity demand could nearly double in six years, grid operator predicts

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 05:00:00 -0500

The prediction by ERCOT reflects a new way of counting future demand and a spike in requests to connect to the grid from large power users.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16720561/texas-electricity-demand-forecast-ercot

Texas court finds Kerry Max Cook innocent of 1977 murder, ending decades-long quest for exoneration

Wed, 19 Jun 2024 10:40:44 -0500

The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals cited stunning allegations of prosecutorial misconduct that led to Cook spending 20 years on death row.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16719753/kerry-max-cook-innocent-texas-court

An East Texas town wants to revolutionize how the state cares for people living with memory loss

Wed, 19 Jun 2024 05:00:00 -0500

The ambitious project has won a federal grant. But the Texas Legislature has not yet given its blessing, a crucial step to move the facility forward.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16719573/quitman-texas-memory-loss-care-center-alzehimers-dementia

Texas’ maternal mortality committee questions recent changes after anti-abortion doctor’s appointment

Tue, 18 Jun 2024 14:34:58 -0500

The committee’s chair also raised concerns about the state’s possible departure from a federal system to share data about maternal deaths.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16718893/texas-maternal-deaths-committee-changes

Texas Ethics Commission will require influencers to disclose when they’re paid for advertisement

Tue, 18 Jun 2024 13:19:41 -0500

The action comes after The Texas Tribune reported that influencers were being paid to defend impeached Attorney General Ken Paxton.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16718838/texas-ethics-commission-influencers-political-ads

Texas National Guard is shooting pepper balls to deter migrants at the border

Tue, 18 Jun 2024 05:00:00 -0500

Migrants in Mexico said they’ve been shot by the rounds, which leave bruises and disperse a chemical irritant. The state says Guard members are trained not to aim directly at people.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16718339/texas-national-guard-border-migrants-pepper-ball-guns

Biden to unveil new protections for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens, DACA recipients

Tue, 18 Jun 2024 04:00:00 -0500

Texas has more than 95,000 DACA recipients and about 1.6 million undocumented residents overall.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16718267/biden-DACA-undocumented-spouses

As disabled Texans wait for services, low caregiver wages worsen staffing shortages

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 16:46:04 -0500

Caregivers got a raise from state lawmakers last year but many still leave for other higher-paying state jobs.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16717483/texas-disabled-caregivers-wages

Join us for a July 11 conversation with Dallas lawmakers

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 15:23:05 -0500

We’ll discuss their priorities for the 2025 legislative session and what it all means for Dallas residents.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16717410/inside-the-interim-with-dallas-lawmakers

Judge weighing whether to close El Paso shelter that aids undocumented immigrants

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 13:32:36 -0500

Texas argues that Annunciation House is breaking state law by harboring undocumented immigrants, something the shelter's lawyers called "utter nonsense."

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16717371/texas-el-paso-migrant-shelter-hearing-annunciation-house

With too few mental health providers, more patients turn to primary care

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 05:00:00 -0500

While primary care is experiencing its own workforce shortage, the profession is shouldering more mental health screenings to help bridge the behavioral health provider gap.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16716784/texas-mental-health-primary-care

Paul Pressler, a former Southern Baptist leader accused of sexual abuse, dead at 94

Sat, 15 Jun 2024 18:40:13 -0500

One of the most influential evangelical figures of the last half-century, Pressler died about six months after he settled a high-profile lawsuit with a former member of his youth group.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16715756/paul-pressler-dead-southern-baptist-convention

Texas students’ STAAR scores decline in math and science

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 12:47:49 -0500

The latest results in math are a setback after two years of modest progress toward recovering from the pandemic.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16714685/texas-staar-scores-math-science

Supreme Court overturns federal bump stock ban, siding with Austin gun dealer

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 11:20:58 -0500

Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works, sued over the ban. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with him in a 6-3 decision Friday.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16714654/michael-cargill-bump-stock-ban-texas

Texas Supreme Court rejects case that could have imperiled IVF access

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 10:38:05 -0500

The justices allowed a lower court’s opinion to stand, and, for now, sidestepped the question of whether a frozen embryo has the same rights as a living child.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16714637/texas-supreme-court-ivf