Texas http://kut.org en Report: New Law Led to Statewide Drop in Abortions http://kut.org/post/report-new-law-led-statewide-drop-abortions <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;">The number&nbsp;of abortions in Texas decreased by about&nbsp;13 percent statewide and 21 percent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley following the passage of strict abortion regulations that went into effect last November, according to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001078241400568X" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">report</a>&nbsp;that academic researchers released Wednesday.& Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:38:41 +0000 Gilad Edelman, Texas Tribune 10847 at http://kut.org Report: New Law Led to Statewide Drop in Abortions 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 Denton Council Punts Fracking Ban Proposal To Voters http://kut.org/post/denton-council-punts-fracking-ban-proposal-voters <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;"><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/16/denton-council-punts-fracking-ban-proposal-voters/">From The Texas Tribune</a>:</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;">DENTON – Voters will decide whether this North Texas college town will become the state's first city to ban hydraulic fracturing.&nbsp;</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;">After a public hearing Tuesday night that stretched into Wednesday morning, the Denton City Council rejected a proposal to ban the method of oil and gas extraction inside the city, which sits on the edge of the gas-rich Barnett Shale. The 5-2 vote kicked the question to the city’s November ballot, the next step in a high-profile property rights clash that will likely be resolved outside of Denton. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:01:57 +0000 Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune 10797 at http://kut.org Denton Council Punts Fracking Ban Proposal To Voters Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide? http://kut.org/post/will-you-ride-worlds-tallest-water-slide <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG-uY2wze2Y</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o2kGw0GbA0</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:47:36 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10743 at http://kut.org Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide? Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts http://kut.org/post/influx-children-creates-new-strain-beleaguered-immigration-courts President Obama said over the weekend that he is seeking to fast-track deportations of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who cross into the United States.<p>More than 52,000 have been caught in South Texas since October, and hundreds more arrive daily, overwhelming Border Patrol stations and overflowing temporary shelters.<p>But once they get here, what happens? Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:09:00 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 10716 at http://kut.org Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle http://kut.org/post/meet-newest-american-running-mate-rifle <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P2b8cJNdQw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTjkgE6OTGY</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:48:59 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 10702 at http://kut.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle Democrats Say Texas Values Align With Their Party Platform http://kut.org/post/democrats-say-texas-values-align-their-party-platform <p>Texas Democrats support immigration reform – so it came as no surprise that the issue arose on at the party's convention of Saturday. But at the start of the day, <a href="http://www.dallascounty.org/department/comcrt/cjenkins.php" target="_blank">Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins</a> made an unexpected announcement regarding the surge of unaccompanied minors in Texas from Central America:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the county is locating facilities to take in roughly 2,000 unaccompanied minors.&nbsp;</span></p><p>"We had a lot of the elected officials here, all of whom stand for the proposition that it is the right thing to do to be compassionate to children," Jenkins said, when asked why he made the announcement at the convention. "If [the state] would open up facilities to the federal government and work with them instead of working against them, then we could move these children from cages on the border to compassionate care." <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The move is expected to take place by late July; &nbsp;the average stay of children will be about 21 days. After that, the children would be taken to relatives' homes.</span></p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:56:52 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10700 at http://kut.org Democrats Say Texas Values Align With Their Party Platform Listen: A World Cup Translation for Texans http://kut.org/post/listen-world-cup-translation-texans <p>Been following the World Cup? &nbsp;If so, you can stop right here. &nbsp;</p><p>This one's for the rest of us.&nbsp;</p><p>Sonny Carl Davis (you know, that guy from "Bernie" who <a href="http://youtu.be/JREkqCvLzSo">broke Texas into five states?</a>) has been thinking about America's new love affair with what much of the rest of the world calls football. &nbsp;</p><p>Sonny's been doing so much thinking, he reckoned it high time to offer something of an explainer for fellow Texans baffled by the phenomenon. Texans like … him. Take two minutes to listen:</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:55:14 +0000 Texas Standard Staff 10694 at http://kut.org Listen: A World Cup Translation for Texans Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series http://kut.org/post/texas-politics-be-lone-star-new-hbo-series Between Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Wendy Davis, Texas politicians in recent years have lived up to their state's reputation for producing larger-than-life characters.<p>That makes the Texas political scene a natural for the Hollywood treatment.<p>HBO has given <em>God Save Texas,</em> a drama about the state's often raucous political culture, the green light for development. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:07:38 +0000 Gregory Barber 10615 at http://kut.org Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community http://kut.org/post/mental-health-group-says-reparative-therapy-stigmatises-texas-lgbt-community <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Republican Party of Texas" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kstx/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/republican_party_of_texas_elephantlogojpg.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Support and protection for reparative therapy has been included in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:24:21 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10568 at http://kut.org Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community "Inhumane" Conditions Reported At Temporary Immigrant Holding Facility In McAllen http://kut.org/post/inhumane-conditions-reported-temporary-immigrant-holding-facility-mcallen <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit U.S. Border Patrol" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kstx/files/styles/card_280/public/201302/us-border-patrol.jpeg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Overcrowding and disease at a temporary immigration detention center in McAllen has the U.S. Border Patrol themselves calling on congress for humanitarian aid.&#160;</span><p>Because of the McAllen facility's temporary status, capacity is about 300. Tue, 27 May 2014 17:27:09 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10500 at http://kut.org "Inhumane" Conditions Reported At Temporary Immigrant Holding Facility In McAllen From Mary To Sophia (And Sofia): Texas' Most Popular Baby Names Through The Years http://kut.org/post/mary-sophia-and-sofia-texas-most-popular-baby-names-through-years What are Texans naming their babies these days? And how does that compare to Lone Star babies from 50 years ago?<p>Sophia was the most popular baby girl name in Texas in 2013. For the boys, Jacob was No. 1 in Texas.<p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:33:22 +0000 Eric Aasen 10426 at http://kut.org From Mary To Sophia (And Sofia): Texas' Most Popular Baby Names Through The Years Texas' Biggest Power Company Files For Bankruptcy http://kut.org/post/texas-biggest-power-company-files-bankruptcy As they say: Everything is bigger in Texas.<p>Today, the state's biggest power company filed for one of the biggest Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in corporate history.<p>The filing also marks the colossal collapse of a heavily-leveraged $45 billion bet taken by Wall Street private equity firms.<a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/04/29/big-texas-utility-files-for-bankruptcy/?_php=true&_type=blogs&hp&_r=0"> As <em>The New York Times</em> reports</a>, back in 2007 firms including "Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, TPG Capital and the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs" took Energy Future Holdings, Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:48:50 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10321 at http://kut.org Texas' Biggest Power Company Files For Bankruptcy Snakes or No Snakes, Safety Tips for Texas Bluebonnet Pictures http://kut.org/post/snakes-or-no-snakes-safety-tips-texas-bluebonnet-pictures <p>With spring in full swing, it's time for wildflower pictures – including photos among Texas' iconic state flower, the bluebonnet.</p><p>But something's taking the bloom off this wildflower season: images of snakes among the flowers.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:54:22 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Trey Shaar 10142 at http://kut.org Snakes or No Snakes, Safety Tips for Texas Bluebonnet Pictures The Artist Formerly Known As President George W. Bush Unleashes His Inner Rembrandt http://kut.org/post/artist-formerly-known-president-george-w-bush-unveils-new-portraits-today Since he left office, former President George W. Bush has devoted part of his free time to painting – everything from his dog Barney to self-portraits. A year after a hacker revealed some of his works-in-progress, Bush had his first real art show Friday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.<p>The exhibit, titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," opens to the public Saturday. It features portraits of 24 world leaders, including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.<p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:29:27 +0000 Eric Aasen 10121 at http://kut.org The Artist Formerly Known As President George W. Bush Unleashes His Inner Rembrandt Texas Facing 'Judicial Vacancy Crisis,' Report Claims http://kut.org/post/texas-facing-judicial-vacancy-crisis-report-claims <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas is in a judicial vacancy crisis </span><a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/TexasJudges-brief.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">according to a report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> released today by the liberal</span><a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Center for American Progress</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Washington and Austin-based </span><a href="http://progresstexas.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Progress Texas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The report shows Texas has the most vacant federal judge seats of any state, with 10 spots open as of March 19. The report warns those 10 vacancies could grow to 13 if no action is taken, since three more seats are set to open up next year.</p><p></p><p>Those 10 vacant seats translate into backlogged cases, with especially high caseloads along the U.S.-Mexico border, the report notes. The majority of current and future vacancies also happen to be concentrated in the southern and western parts of the state.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:04:50 +0000 Kelly Krupa 10088 at http://kut.org Texas Facing 'Judicial Vacancy Crisis,' Report Claims No More Cheap Margaritas? Why Lime Prices Are On the Rise http://kut.org/post/no-more-cheap-margaritas-why-lime-prices-are-rise <p>These days restaurants are spending obscene amounts of money on limes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Think about what that means for Mexican food alone: limes are used in practically everything, from margaritas to </span>ceviche<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to guacamole.</span></p><p>Last week, the rising price of limes became personal for this reporter.</p><p>I stopped by La Moreliana, a small eatery in southeast Austin that serves up authentic tacos. The food was great – but the tacos were missing the citrusy, acidic bite only lime juice can add.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141297149&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:25:46 +0000 Joy Diaz 10027 at http://kut.org No More Cheap Margaritas? Why Lime Prices Are On the Rise After Oil Spill, Coast Guard Prepares To Open Houston Ship Channel http://kut.org/post/after-oil-spill-coast-guard-prepares-open-houston-ship-channel As the Coast Guard prepares to open the Houston Ship Channel after an oil spill over the weekend, environmentalists were trying assess the damage to a sensitive ecological system.<p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/oil-spill-cleanup-impedes-major-texas-ship-channel/2014/03/24/736b73be-b30b-11e3-bab2-b9602293021d_story.html?tid=sm_fb">The Associated Press reports</a> the Coast Guard is hoping to reopen "one of the nation's busiest seaports Monday."<p>The AP adds:<p><blockquote><p>"Authorities are still trying to determine how much oil spilled Saturday, when a barge carrying about Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:19:35 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10024 at http://kut.org After Oil Spill, Coast Guard Prepares To Open Houston Ship Channel Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits http://kut.org/post/awash-cash-drug-cartels-rely-big-banks-launder-profits The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico's northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The<a href="http://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2013/vol2/204066.htm" target="_blank"> State Department</a> reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines on the streets of American cities. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:55:53 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 10011 at http://kut.org Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway http://kut.org/post/big-hoss-world-s-biggest-hd-tv-screen-debuts-texas-motor-speedway Oh, those boys and their video toys.<p>Move over, Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth says it has the bigger and better video screen. And it's way bigger than whatever fancy screen you have in your living room.<p>The speedway on Wednesday night unveiled its giant high-definition video board. TMS says it’s the world’s biggest HD screen at a sporting venue.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:36:50 +0000 Eric Aasen 10009 at http://kut.org Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway