Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages http://kut.org/post/patrick-van-de-putte-hone-their-immigration-messages <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">As the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/27/undocumented-immigrants-learn-possible-deportation/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">recent surge</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;of Central Americans entering the country illegally through Texas’ border with Mexico has drawn national attention, it has also become a major talking point for the 2014 candidates for lieutenant governor.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">And while state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/dan-patrick/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dan Patrick</a>, R-Houston, and state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Leticia Van de Putte</a>, D-San Antonio, have distinct differences on immigration and border security, political observers say they each have advantages as the issue remains at the forefront.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Van de Putte has&nbsp;</span><a href="http://leticiavandeputte.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Immigration-Policy-FINAL.pdf" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">indicated</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">&nbsp;that the state should secure the border by providing local law enforcement with ample resources to ensure&nbsp;"that troopers can focus on catching criminals, not kids” while calling for immigration reform at the federal level to get to the root of illegal immigration.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:50:04 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 10806 at http://kut.org Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages GOP Approves Hardline Immigration Stance in Party Platform http://kut.org/post/gop-approves-hardline-immigration-stance-party-platform <p>FORT WORTH —&nbsp;After several hours of debate Saturday, the final day of the biennial state GOP convention, Republican delegates voted to remove the "Texas Solution" from the party’s official platform, reverting to a more hardline stance on immigration.</p><p dir="ltr"><span>About 8,000 delegates gathered to consider the party platform and eventually rejected a proposed immigration plank that included language calling for a provisional visa program for immigrants. In its place, they adopted a plank that echoes the party’s 2010 platform. It does not call for a guest-worker program and instead&nbsp;<span>calls for ending in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and prohibiting sanctuary cities — municipalities that do not enforce immigration laws.</span></span></p><p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 01:05:48 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 10558 at http://kut.org GOP Approves Hardline Immigration Stance in Party Platform Draft of State GOP Platform Cuts Guest-Worker Language http://kut.org/post/draft-state-gop-platform-cuts-guest-worker-language <p>As Texas Republicans prepare to convene Thursday in Fort Worth for their three-day state party convention, an early draft of the party's platform shows that language,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2012/06/09/gop-platform/" target="_blank">approved two years ago</a>,supporting a guest-worker program&nbsp;could be removed.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1182339/temporary-platform-committee-report.pdf">The draft</a>, which was obtained by the Texas Tribune, shows that the language calling for a guest-worker program has been replaced with language to support the enactment of a provisional visa program. The guest-worker program language in 2012 was an </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">unprecedented change</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to the official state party platform. It called for a national temporary worker program, which would allow foreign nationals to come to the U.S. when jobs are available but citizens are unavailable.</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:17:27 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 10542 at http://kut.org Draft of State GOP Platform Cuts Guest-Worker Language Cost of Hepatitis Drug Raises Questions About Access http://kut.org/post/cost-hepatitis-drug-raises-questions-about-access <p class="body" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">A new treatment for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/hepatitis-c/overview.html?action=click&amp;module=Search&amp;region=searchResults&amp;mabReward=relbias&amp;%2337;3Ar&amp;url=http&amp;%2337;3A&amp;%2337;2F&amp;%2337;2Fquery.nytimes.com&amp;%2337;2Fsearch&amp;%2337;2Fsitesearch&amp;%2337;2F&amp;%2337;3Faction&amp;%2337;3Dclick&amp;%2337;26region&amp;%2337;3DMasthead&amp;%2337;26pgtype&amp;%2337;3DHomepage&amp;%2337;26module&amp;%2337;3DSearchSubmit&amp;%2337;26contentCollection&amp;%2337;3DHomepage&amp;%2337;26t&amp;%2337;3Dqry126&amp;%2337;23&amp;%2337;2Fhepatitis&amp;%2337;2520C" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="Times Health Guide page.">hepatitis C</a>&nbsp;is considered a breakthrough for people with the liver disease. But the high cost of the drug — about $1,000 a pill — has complicated efforts to get the medication to Texans who receive government-subsidized health care.</p><p class="body" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The state’s prison system and the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program, which covers poor children and people with disabilities, are trying to determine who qualifies for the drug, which is 80 to 90 percent effective but&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/business/treatment-cost-could-influence-doctors-advice.html?hpw&amp;rref=health" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="Times analysis.">can cost $84,000</a>&nbsp;for a 12-week regimen.</p><p class="body" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">In Texas, where roughly 300,000 people have chronic hepatitis C and many more may carry the virus, the treatment has raised ethical questions about who gets the drug.</p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 18:42:38 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 10495 at http://kut.org Cost of Hepatitis Drug Raises Questions About Access Governor Candidates Sparring Over 'Third World' Remark http://kut.org/post/governor-candidates-sparring-over-third-world-remark <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">The latest debate between the major candidates for governor is taking place in the letters to the editor section of McAllen's newspaper,&nbsp;<em style="box-sizing: border-box;">The Monitor</em>. The sparring began after remarks about the border made by Attorney General&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, in which he compared public corruption in South Texas to “third-world country practices.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Abbott made the comment during a campaign stop in Dallas last week. Democrats immediately took issue with his comparison. His expected Democratic opponent, state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>, joined them with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/letters/article_e2746da2-9104-11e3-b380-0017a43b2370.html" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); line-height: 1.35;">a letter</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The Monitor&nbsp;</em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">on Sunday. She called on Abbott to apologize for his remarks, disputing his comparison and calling it hurtful to the state and harmful to economic development in border communities.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:24:03 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9748 at http://kut.org Governor Candidates Sparring Over 'Third World' Remark Texas Supreme Court to Consider Online Defamation Case http://kut.org/post/texas-supreme-court-consider-online-defamation-case-0 <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Robert Kinney says his former boss wrote false and defamatory things about him online, and he wants the state's highest civil court to order the remarks be deleted.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:54:56 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9501 at http://kut.org Texas Supreme Court to Consider Online Defamation Case Beyond Perry, Future of Deal-Closing Fund Uncertain http://kut.org/post/beyond-perry-future-deal-closing-fund-uncertain <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">When Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;steps down at the end of this year, he will have awarded more than $508 million&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">from the taxpayer-financed Texas Enterprise Fund&nbsp;</span>to businesses looking to relocate to the state or expand existing operations here.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">But the future of the fund, which critics call corporate welfare, is unclear. The two front-runners to replace Perry, Republican Attorney General&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>&nbsp;and Democratic state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>, have offered mixed messages on the economic development fund in the past, leaving questions about whether it will extend beyond Perry's tenure.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:29:12 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9471 at http://kut.org Beyond Perry, Future of Deal-Closing Fund Uncertain Ken Anderson to Serve 9 Days in Jail http://kut.org/post/ken-anderson-serve-9-days-jail <p>GEORGETOWN — Former Williamson County State District Judge Ken Anderson, who oversaw the wrongful murder conviction of Michael Morton as a prosecutor, was sentenced to nine days in jail on Friday and will surrender his law license as part of a deal to resolve criminal charges and a civil lawsuit.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Anderson entered into a comprehensive settlement involving all matters before the court. Those include a charge of criminal contempt tied to an accusation of failing to disclose evidence during Morton's 1987 trial, and the State Bar of Texas’ disciplinary case against Anderson over prosecutorial misconduct allegations. Charges of tampering with evidence were also dropped as part of the settlement.</div><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:01:12 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9145 at http://kut.org Ken Anderson to Serve 9 Days in Jail