Texas http://kut.org en Federal Judge Strikes Down Provisions of Texas Abortion Law http://kut.org/post/federal-judge-strikes-down-provisions-texas-abortion-law <p>A federal judge in Austin has struck down several parts of House Bill 2, the controversial abortion law passed by the Texas Legislature last year.</p><p>The provisions were set to go into effect on Monday.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:02:04 +0000 Matt Largey 11122 at http://kut.org Federal Judge Strikes Down Provisions of Texas Abortion Law Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Differ Most on Education, Wendy Davis Says http://kut.org/post/texas-gubernatorial-candidates-differ-most-education-wendy-davis-says <p>State <a href="http://www.davis.senate.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Sen. Wendy Davis</a>, the Fort Worth Democrat running for Texas governor, talked education in Austin today. She offered few specifics on what she would do, but instead tried to highlight differences between her and her opponent.</p><p>Sen. Davis says she and <a href="https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/" target="_blank">Attorney General</a> Greg Abbott couldn’t be any more different on how they view education in Texas.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:25:44 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 11104 at http://kut.org Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Differ Most on Education, Wendy Davis Says Is ISIS a Real Threat to the Texas Border? http://kut.org/post/isis-real-threat-texas-border <p>Texans are still talking about Gov. Rick Perry's statements this week on the growing threat posed by the Islamic State terror group, known by the acronym&nbsp;ISIS.</p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Perry told an audience at the conservative Heritage Foundation that "ISIS or other terrorists" could have crossed into the U.S. through the Mexican border. "I think there is a very real possibility that they may have already used that," Perry said.&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164322372&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></div><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:12:13 +0000 Emily Donahue, David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 11077 at http://kut.org Is ISIS a Real Threat to the Texas Border? As Austin's South Asian Community Swells, Seniors Seek More Interaction http://kut.org/post/austins-south-asian-community-swells-seniors-seek-more-interaction <p>South Asian Indians make up the largest portion of Asian Americans in Austin, and within that group, seniors need meals and social interaction as much as anyone else. Many are isolated at home, however, and say free meal delivery programs don’t follow dietary restrictions.</p><p>As a result, a growing group of seniors of South Asian descent want a community kitchen to help meet their needs.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164211524&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:39:55 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 11067 at http://kut.org As Austin's South Asian Community Swells, Seniors Seek More Interaction Rick Perry's Attorneys Dismiss Claim Veto Had Link to Cancer Agency Probe http://kut.org/post/rick-perrys-attorneys-dismiss-claim-veto-had-link-cancer-agency-probe <p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry's legal team is fighting back against allegations from his political opponents, who have suggested the reason Perry vetoed funding for a legal unit that investigates public corruption was because it was investigating him.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:09:53 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 11066 at http://kut.org Rick Perry's Attorneys Dismiss Claim Veto Had Link to Cancer Agency Probe Would You Eat an Energy Bar Made of Crickets? http://kut.org/post/would-you-eat-energy-bar-made-crickets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wake up, make yourself some coffee … and eat an energy bar made out of crickets?</span></p><p>One Austin company is betting that you'll change your habits, just as long as you don't mind eating bugs. John Tucker is the owner of <a href="http://www.hopperatx.com/">Hopper Foods</a>, which makes a protein-rich, gluten-free energy bar made out of cricket flour.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164124993&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:31:49 +0000 Brenda Salinas & David Brown 11056 at http://kut.org Would You Eat an Energy Bar Made of Crickets? Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges http://kut.org/post/perry-pleads-not-guilty-felony-charges <p>Gov. Rick Perry has pled not guilty to charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, both felonies. The charges stem from Perry's threat to veto funding for the Travis County District Attorney's anti-corruption unit, unless DA Rosemary Lehmberg resigned.</p><p>The governor and his lawyers decided to waive Friday's scheduled arraignment at the Travis County courthouse. Perry's private lawyer David Botsford submitted the waiver of arraignment to the court yesterday when he was booked at the Travis County Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:15:37 +0000 KUT Staff 11054 at http://kut.org Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges Governor Perry Booked on Two Felony Counts http://kut.org/post/governor-perry-booked-two-felony-counts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Governor Rick Perry has been booked at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Complex in Austin&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on two felony counts:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Abuse of Official Capacity and Coercion of a Public Servant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perry was fingerprinted and photographed and then left the courthouse.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The charges stem from Perry’s threat to veto state funding for a Travis County based investigative unit with jurisdiction over state officials, unless District Attorney Rosemary </span>Lehmberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> resigned in the wake of a </span>DWI<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> conviction. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking at the courthouse today, Perry called his indictment a political witch hunt.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163969803&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:00:15 +0000 KUT Staff 11049 at http://kut.org Governor Perry Booked on Two Felony Counts Perry's Lawyers Say His Veto Aimed to Uphold the "Rule of Law" http://kut.org/post/perrys-lawyers-say-his-veto-aimed-uphold-rule-law <p>Gov. Rick Perry's legal team made their debut yesterday in a press conference. The collective of high-profile lawyers – which includes alums of the 2000 Bush-Gore recount lawsuit, a multi-jurisdictional workers’ rights case against BP and a former Texas Supreme Court Justice – came out defending the governor’s veto of funding to the state’s Public Integrity Unit.</p><p>The team also continued to focus attention away from <a href="http://kut.org/post/governor-rick-perry-indicted-two-felony-charges">the two felony charges</a> he faces, insisting that Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg deserved to be removed from office <a href="http://kut.org/post/judge-allows-lehmberg-stay-district-attorney">after her arrest</a> and conviction on drunken driving charges, and that the governor was acting in the state’s best interest.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163809644&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:51:10 +0000 Ben Philpott 11046 at http://kut.org Perry's Lawyers Say His Veto Aimed to Uphold the "Rule of Law" What Exactly is Governor Rick Perry Charged With? http://kut.org/post/what-exactly-governor-rick-perry-charged <p>Scandals involving governors usually have a bit more meat to them than the one going down in Texas right now.</p><p>In Illinois in 2010, former Governor Rod Blagojevich was caught on wiretaps trying to use a vacant U.S. Senate seat for personal gain. He’s now serving a 14-year sentence in federal prison. Right now in Virginia, former Governor Bob McDonnell is facing federal charges of corruption for allegedly taking illegal gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company. But with the felony charges against Texas Governor Rick Perry, there’s very little the public knows yet, and that’s led to some confusion. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:13:31 +0000 Terrence Henry 11040 at http://kut.org What Exactly is Governor Rick Perry Charged With? Texas Mineral Water So 'Crazy' it Comes in Different Strengths http://kut.org/post/texas-mineral-water-so-crazy-it-comes-different-strengths <p>Anytime people talk about Texas and food, the usual suspects come up. (Brisket anyone?)&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/topic/coming-soon-texas-standard" style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Standard</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is taking the road less traveled, in search of some uniquely Texas provisions worth discovering.</span></p><p>Bryan Black is our guide. Each month he shares something new from the pantries of the <a href="http://www.texasagriculture.gov/">Texas Department of Agriculture</a> with the Standard. This month: <a href="http://drinkcrazywater.com/cw/">Crazy Water</a>, bottled in the town of Mineral Wells, where the water is renowned for its rich, naturally-occurring mineral deposits.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163175600&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:49:02 +0000 David Brown 11039 at http://kut.org Texas Mineral Water So 'Crazy' it Comes in Different Strengths Here's What You Need to Know About Gov. Perry's Indictment http://kut.org/post/heres-what-you-need-know-about-gov-perrys-indictment <p>On Friday, special prosecutor Michael McCrum announced a Travis County grand jury decided to indict the Texas’ longest serving governor, with two felonies – one charge of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.</p><p>When Gov. Rick Perry makes his first appearance in court (at a date to be determined) he will have the charges read to him, but likely won’t face booking in the Travis County Jail, fingerprinting or a mugshot.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:15:04 +0000 KUT Staff 11037 at http://kut.org Here's What You Need to Know About Gov. Perry's Indictment Meet James "Pa" Ferguson, the First Texas Governor to Face an Indictment http://kut.org/post/meet-james-pa-ferguson-first-texas-governor-face-indictment <p><a href="http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffe05" style="line-height: 1.5;">James “Pa” Ferguson</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was the </span>26th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> governor of Texas. He was the first and, for 97 years, was the only sitting Texas governor to have charges brought before him.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://kut.org/post/governor-rick-perry-indicted-two-felony-charges">indictment of Gov. Rick Perry </a>on two felony counts has many invoking Pa Ferguson’s name and, while there are similarities in the accusations leveled against them – both were accused of withholding state money for political reasons – that’s where most of the similarities end.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUT’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jennifer&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stayton</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;spoke with Executive Director of the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Briscoe</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Center for American History at U.T.-Austin Don Carleton about Ferguson’s indictment, his demeanor as governor and the similarities and differences in the charges faced by both governors.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163650602&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:04:57 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 11036 at http://kut.org Meet James "Pa" Ferguson, the First Texas Governor to Face an Indictment More People Getting Access to Mental Health Care After Boost in State Spending http://kut.org/post/more-people-getting-access-mental-health-care-after-boost-state-spending <p>Texas is spending more money on mental health now than it has in more than a decade, and today, state lawmakers got to hear about what that <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&amp;ItemID=8589990636" target="_blank">money is accomplishing</a>.</p><p>Some of the numbers on mental health services in Texas have lawmakers patting themselves on the back.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:26:45 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 11024 at http://kut.org More People Getting Access to Mental Health Care After Boost in State Spending Texas National Guard Troops Have Arrived in the Rio Grande Valley http://kut.org/post/texas-national-guard-troops-have-arrived-rio-grande-valley <p>Almost four weeks after Gov. Rick Perry said he was deploying the <a href="http://kut.org/post/perry-will-activate-1000-guard-troops">National Guard to the border</a>, the first wave of soldiers has started setting up at observation posts. Several guardsmen were seen Thursday afternoon manning an observation tower along the busy road leading to the <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mc+Allen-Hidalgo+International+Bridge/@26.1493368,-98.312795,12z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x866509207fec812d:0xd5eaf325157286c9">Hidalgo International Bridge</a>, which connects McAllen and Reynosa, in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico near Matamoros.</p><p>Perry announced in July he would send up to 1,000 members of the National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border, on top of extra state troopers he already ordered there from the <a href="http://www.dps.texas.gov/">Texas Department of Public Safety</a>. Perry says the National Guard will serve as extra eyes, reporting suspicious activity to authorities. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:34:44 +0000 Nathan Bernier 11016 at http://kut.org Texas National Guard Troops Have Arrived in the Rio Grande Valley Although Texas Leaders Aren't Expanding Medicaid, Enrollment Numbers Slated to Jump http://kut.org/post/although-texas-leaders-arent-expanding-medicaid-enrollment-numbers-slated-jump <p>Ahead of the next legislative session, state senators are talking about one of the most politically divisive federal programs – Medicaid. Or more specifically, how to avoid expanding Medicaid eligibility in Texas and still get more people insured.</p><p>Under the Affordable Care Act, Texas has at least two options for insuring more people. One is expanding Medicaid eligibility in Texas. The state’s Republican leadership doesn’t support that option.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 03:46:58 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 11015 at http://kut.org Although Texas Leaders Aren't Expanding Medicaid, Enrollment Numbers Slated to Jump Gov. Perry Visits National Guard Troops Ahead of Border Deployment http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-visits-national-guard-troops-ahead-border-deployment <p>Gov. Rick Perry visited Camp Swift yesterday ahead of his deployment of National Guard troops and Department of Public Safety troopers to the border.</p><p>The aim of the operation – dubbed “Operation Strong Safety” – is to use troops to supplement border patrols, prevent illegal border crossings and assist federal and state authorities struggling to process an influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Central American countries.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:49:43 +0000 Ben Philpott 11012 at http://kut.org Gov. Perry Visits National Guard Troops Ahead of Border Deployment Texas Lawmakers Push to Close the Austin State Supported Living Center http://kut.org/post/texas-lawmakers-push-close-austin-state-supported-living-center <p>Yesterday, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recommended closure for the Austin State Supported Living Center and five other similar centers among the 13 across the state that care for physically and cognitively disabled Texans.</p><p>While some residents have lived in these homes for decades and know no other home, lawmakers cite a history of abuse and neglect, waning enrollment numbers and a statewide shift to community-supported models in arguments to shutter the homes.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163025558&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:16:53 +0000 Joy Diaz 11006 at http://kut.org Texas Lawmakers Push to Close the Austin State Supported Living Center After Closing Arguments in Case Against Texas' Abortion Law, Parties Await Ruling http://kut.org/post/after-closing-arguments-case-against-texas-abortion-law-parties-await-ruling <p>Abortion clinics in Texas have until Sept. 1 to meet the standards of hospital-style surgical centers. Providers say that will force all but a handful of clinics in Texas to close down. Today, a federal judge in Austin heard closing arguments for and against certain provisions in the state's newest abortion law.<br /> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:30:49 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 11007 at http://kut.org After Closing Arguments in Case Against Texas' Abortion Law, Parties Await Ruling Texas Accounts For 16 Percent of Children Seeking Asylum Under Controversial Law http://kut.org/post/texas-accounts-16-percent-children-seeking-asylum-under-controversial-law <p>Two years ago, the Obama administration implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.</p><p>It provides temporary legal status to young people brought to the U.S. illegally, but two years in, some estimates say only about half of people eligible for the program have applied. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:59:19 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 11005 at http://kut.org Texas Accounts For 16 Percent of Children Seeking Asylum Under Controversial Law