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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.