Texas http://kut.org en Mental Health Support for Texas Inmates on Lawmakers' Agenda http://kut.org/post/mental-health-support-texas-inmates-lawmakers-agenda <p>Texas lawmakers are looking into whether more should be done to provide mental health services for inmates at state prisons.</p><p>Prison officials say inmates already have access to medication and individual or group counseling for mental illness. <a href="http://tdcj.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Texas Department of Criminal Justice</a>&nbsp;Executive Director Brad Livingston says the legislature has provided enough mental health funding in recent years for prisoners and parolees. And, he says, it shows.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:22:23 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10276 at http://kut.org Mental Health Support for Texas Inmates on Lawmakers' Agenda With New Cottages, Dallas' Homeless Getting Keys To A Better Future http://kut.org/post/new-cottages-dallas-homeless-getting-keys-better-future Chronic homelessness can seem unsolvable. People bounce around from the street to jail to hospitals and back to the street. On Thursday, ground was broken on an $8 million effort to stop that cycle in southern Dallas. It's called the <a href="http://www.contects.com/projects/cottages-hickory-crossing?bc=list">Cottages at Hickory Crossing</a>.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2014/04/Homeless_Housing_Mixdown_1.mp3" class="asset-audio">The KERA radio story</a><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:13:26 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 10264 at http://kut.org With New Cottages, Dallas' Homeless Getting Keys To A Better Future Report: Central Texas Home to Some of the State's Most Established Gangs http://kut.org/post/report-central-texas-home-some-states-most-established-gangs <p>The Texas Department of Public Safety released its annual report on criminal gang activity in Texas this week.</p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/2014/pr041714.htm" target="_blank"><em>Texas Gang Threat Assessment </em></a>found that gangs continue to pose a substantial threat to public safety. Central Texas is home to some of the most established gangs in the state. The report estimates that with more than 4,600 gangs, overall gang membership in this state is more than 100,000.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Trey Shaar & Maria Roque 10249 at http://kut.org Report: Central Texas Home to Some of the State's Most Established Gangs Year Since West Fertilizer Plant Explosion is One 'Full of Questioning' http://kut.org/post/year-west-fertilizer-plant-explosion-one-full-questioning <p>It’s been one year since a fertilizer plant exploded in the town of West, Texas – just north of Waco.<br />15 people were killed and more than 150 were injured.&nbsp;Dozens of buildings were also destroyed in the blast.</p><p>A year later there are many signs of recovery and rebuilding in the small town.<br />But,&nbsp;for some, the rebuilding process has been difficult.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">West resident Loretta </span>Volcik<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says overall, the past year has been filled with one thing: Questioning.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145217851&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:09:29 +0000 Kate McGee 10246 at http://kut.org Year Since West Fertilizer Plant Explosion is One 'Full of Questioning' Abortion Doctors File Lawsuit Against Dallas Hospital For Revoking Privileges http://kut.org/post/abortion-doctors-file-lawsuit-against-dallas-hospital-revoking-privileges <p>Two Texas doctors that offer abortions are challenging a hospital for revoking their admitting privileges.<br /><br />Read <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1115261-stamped-ughd-original-petition-pdf.html" target="_blank">the petition here</a>.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:14:35 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10245 at http://kut.org Abortion Doctors File Lawsuit Against Dallas Hospital For Revoking Privileges Federal Judge Expects Texas Abortion Lawsuit to Reach Supreme Court http://kut.org/post/federal-judge-expects-texas-abortion-lawsuit-reach-supreme-court <p>On Wednesday, a federal judge in Austin turned down a request to temporarily block a requirement of Texas' controversial new abortion law for clinics in El Paso and McAllen. But the judge is allowing the lawsuit to move forward – and predicts it will ultimately travel all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:59:47 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10242 at http://kut.org Federal Judge Expects Texas Abortion Lawsuit to Reach Supreme Court What's Being Done To Prevent Another Fertilizer Plant Explosion? http://kut.org/post/whats-being-done-prevent-another-fertilizer-plant-explosion A year ago today, a deadly blast tore through the small community of West, Texas, killing 15 people and injuring hundreds. Homes and schools were destroyed.<p>The explosion at the West fertilizer plant was one of the worst industrial accidents in Texas history. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:18:32 +0000 10241 at http://kut.org What's Being Done To Prevent Another Fertilizer Plant Explosion? Texas Group Part Of $50 Million Bloomberg Gun Regulation Effort http://kut.org/post/texas-group-part-50-million-bloomberg-gun-regulation-effort <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that he is bringing his existing gun-regulation groups under one umbrella organization </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to widen each group's reach.</span><p>Bloomberg has provided $50 million to establish Every Town Demands Action, a nationwide effort to advocate for gun control. One of those groups is <a href="https://momsdemandaction.org/" target="_blank">Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America</a>. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:11:02 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10239 at http://kut.org Texas Group Part Of $50 Million Bloomberg Gun Regulation Effort West Gets $4.8 Million to Fix Water System http://kut.org/post/west-gets-48-million-fix-water-system <p>The Texas town of <a href="http://www.cityofwest.com/">West</a> is getting <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/19588/">$4.85 million more</a> to help recover from the fertilizer plant explosion that happened one year ago this week. Fifteen people were killed and hundreds injured in the blast on April 17, 2013.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Perry authorized the funding a day before a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the disaster. West Mayor Tommy Muska didn't question the timing of the grant.</p><p>"It shows a lot of cooperation between local, state and federal that we can come together and secure these funds within one day of the anniversary and move forward," Muska told KUT.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:43:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10236 at http://kut.org West Gets $4.8 Million to Fix Water System Before the West Explosion, There Was Texas City http://kut.org/post/west-explosion-there-was-texas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">April&nbsp;17&nbsp;marks exactly a year since one of the biggest industrial disasters in American history: the </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/officials-15-dead-200-injured-west-texas-explosion" style="line-height: 1.5;">explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that left 15 people dead, more than 150 injured, and large parts of the town flattened and destroyed.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Shocking as it was, the West explosion is not the worst industrial disaster in American history. That&nbsp;anniversary is&nbsp;today, April&nbsp;16 – marking 67 years since the Gulf Coast town of Texas City was razed.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145022210&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:35:42 +0000 David Brown 10234 at http://kut.org Before the West Explosion, There Was Texas City Fighting Stigma of Mental Illness Goal of New Texas Nonprofit http://kut.org/post/fighting-stigma-mental-illness-goal-new-texas-nonprofit <p>Improving mental health practices for Texas and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness is the goal of a new statewide institute. Its focus will be on children, veterans and criminal justice policies.</p><p>The <a href="http://mfi.org/MFI2012_MentalHealthInstituteSurvey.pdf" target="_blank">Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute</a> opened its doors today. Tom Luce, its chief executive officer, says the nonprofit will do research to improve access to mental health care in Texas –&nbsp;and not just after emergencies like the recent Fort Hood shooting.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:32 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10232 at http://kut.org Fighting Stigma of Mental Illness Goal of New Texas Nonprofit A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast http://kut.org/post/roller-coaster-year-texas-town-rocked-blast When firetrucks blew through the small town of West, Texas, on the evening of April 17, 2013, sirens screaming, naturally everybody was curious. People got in their cars and went to see the fire at the West fertilizer plant. For 10 minutes, they watched from cars and backyards as the fire grew ever bigger. A few moved as close as they could because they were filming on their smartphones. At no time did it occur to anybody that they might be in danger.<p>And then — a massive explosion. The men fighting the fire at the plant never had a chance. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:41:23 +0000 Wade Goodwyn, NPR 10215 at http://kut.org A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast Abortion Rights Groups Ask Appeals Court to Reverse Ruling on Texas Law http://kut.org/post/abortion-rights-groups-ask-appeals-court-reverse-ruling-texas-law <p>Abortion rights <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1107663-petition-hospital-admitting-privileges-april-10.html" target="_blank">advocates have filed a petition asking</a> a federal appeals court to reconsider its stance on a part of Texas' new abortion law.</p><p>The groups that filed the petition include the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights. They’re asking the full Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider whether it’s constitutional to require abortion doctors to receive admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:07:50 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10194 at http://kut.org Abortion Rights Groups Ask Appeals Court to Reverse Ruling on Texas Law China's Embrace of Tequila Affects TX, Mexican Markets http://kut.org/post/chinas-embrace-tequila-affects-tx-mexican-markets <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;">SHANGHAI — A whiff of tequila may conjure images of blue-green agave fields in the Mexican countryside, a raucous Texas dance hall or even a college frat house after a homecoming game.</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;">But there’s a new tequila haven emerging across the globe, and it’s the most populous city in the world — Shanghai.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">China is already the largest and fastest-growing market for alcohol of all kinds, but pure tequila was banned until June, when Chinese President Xi </span>Jinping<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;"> signed a deal with Mexican President Enrique </span>Peña<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;"> </span>Nieto<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;"> that reconciled a decade-long tension&nbsp;between the two countries. They signed several deals on trade, energy, mining, intellectual property and, of course, tequila, the latter of which opened up a promising new market.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:57:13 +0000 Victor Hugo Michel & Cathaleen Qiao Chen 10193 at http://kut.org China's Embrace of Tequila Affects TX, Mexican Markets Update on Mexican-American Studies Course in Texas Public Schools http://kut.org/post/update-mexican-american-studies-course-texas-public-schools <p><strong>Update: </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">High schools in Texas are one step closer to getting state-funded materials to teach courses in Mexican-American studies after a vote today by the Texas State Board of Education.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:49:56 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia & Nathan Bernier 10172 at http://kut.org Update on Mexican-American Studies Course in Texas Public Schools