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From Texas Standard:

Cold War animosity has thawed between the United States and Cuba, and President Barack Obama has planned a March 21 trip to the Havana to further positive ties between the two countries.

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From the Texas Tribune: Almost half of the state’s voters support banning non-U.S. Muslims from entering the country, and more than half support immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants now living in the United States, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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This morning the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed the second and final felony charge of abuse of power against former Gov. Rick Perry.

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In Texas, warm days in January and February have a lot of people wondering what happened to winter. The weather has made for a lot more nice days outdoors, but it’s having other impacts as well.

If you live in Austin you usually notice bats flitting around Lady Bird Lake in the summertime. But they’re out now. On warm nights you can see and hear them. If you stand close enough to their home under the Ann Richards Bridge, you also can smell them.


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The state's top criminal appeals court has dismissed the felony abuse of power charges against former Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The charges stemmed from Perry's 2013 threat to veto funding for the Travis County District Attorney's Public Integrity Unit, which investigates and prosecutes state corruption cases. A grand jury indicted Perry on charges that he coerced a public official and abused his office when he threatened to veto the funds if Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign, following a drunk driving conviction.

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From Texas Standard:

The Syrian Civil War has left hundreds of thousands dead and displaced millions of people from their homes. It has bred controversies in countries where the war’s refugees are asking to be let in, a ripple effect that's been called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

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The state's track record for its Child Protective Services is a tumultuous one. A couple of months ago, a series of stories were circulating around a massive federal lawsuit filed against the state's Department of Family and Protective Services, which oversees foster care, adoption and daycare licensing in Texas.

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The Executive Office for Immigration Review, an office of the U.S. Department of Justice, is responsible for deciding immigration cases. But these days, the decisions are taking longer and longer.

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An exhibit chronicling Barbara Jordan’s childhood, political career and teaching years opened this week at the Texas Capitol. The exhibit showcases Jordan’s influences on society on the occasion of what would have been her 80th birthday.

Jordan was the first African-American to serve in the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, was the first woman elected to Congress to represent Texas. 

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From Texas Standard:

In 2015 the Texas legislature passed an $800 million, two-year plan to add nearly 300 state troopers to help patrol along the Texas-Mexico border. Many cited fears that undocumented immigrants were bringing crime and cartel violence into the state.

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This month two male students filed separate lawsuits against the University of Texas at Austin. The men claim they were unfairly treated after allegations of sexual assault were made against them. Authorities never charged either student, but university officials have moved to expel both of them. The plaintiffs say the university is using them as scapegoats to demonstrate the school is tough on sexual assault.

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Merily Keller’s youngest son died by suicide in 2000, while she was working on a Master’s Degree in Public Health at UT Austin. Since then, she has worked in suicide prevention. She’s the program director for Mental Health America of Texas' Suicide Project.

KUT put the question to Keller: How does the suicide prevention community see itself fitting into the recent discussions nationally and in Texas about gun regulation?


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Immigration is one subject of debate that is certainly not new in the political arena. Take, for instance, an ad featuring a quote from Barbara Jordan that has been airing during recent presidential debates:

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There's a new acronym Texans may want to memorize – PEI, or Prevention and Early Intervention. Instead of sending kids into foster care, the state is now aiming to prevent abuse and neglect altogether.

All the parents listening in: have you ever felt like you're not doing a good job?

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Falling gas prices is great news for us as consumers, yet some are panicking about the state's economy. But the future of Texas may not be so gloomy after all.

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From Texas Standard:

There’s a lot we don’t understand about the human brain. We’re still learning more about what happens when people start to experience dementia or other memory loss. There’s no cure for something like Alzheimer’s right now, so when there’s a chance to improve the lives of people with dementia, caregivers like Debra Maddox are eager to give it a shot.


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It's been said that if you want an introduction to Texas barbecue, you should hit the Texas barbecue trail. It's a track that takes you from Taylor to Elgin to Lockhart, and finally ends in Luling.

But really, that's just central Texas. As most of you know, there's a whole lot more of Texas to taste – like the southeast corner of Texas, where beef links trump brisket.

 


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Leaders at Texas A&M University continue to deal with the fallout over an incident last week, when a group of around 60 juniors from Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas visited the A&M campus. The students were there to learn about college. Instead, they were said to be the target of racial slurs and shouts of "go back to where you came from."

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Save for some narrow exceptions, guns will be allowed in classrooms but not in dorms at the University of Texas at Austin next school year under guidelines issued by university President Greg Fenves on Wednesday.

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From Texas Standard:

Traffic, congestion, delayed drive times – problems Texans know all too well.

The state's population boom has lawmakers and transportation officials scrambling to alleviate traffic issues. Last session the Legislature passed a constitutional amendment diverting millions from Texas' Rainy Day Fund into transportation projects. While one easy answer to our transportation woes is to build more roads, not everyone agrees.

 


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