Sunday, July 23, 2017

SAPD Finds 8 People Dead, 20 in 'Critical' Condition Inside Parked Semi Truck

Posted By on Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 2:21 PM

Update 8:30 p.m.: Thomas Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the Associate Press Sunday the group of people found in the semi Sunday were only a third of the original passengers. "Based on initial interviews with survivors of the weekend tragedy, more than 100 people may...

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Kids, Parents and Politicians Ask Senators to Rethink the "Bathroom Bill"

Posted By and on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Seven-year-old Libby Gonzales just doesn't want to be scared going to the bathroom at her public school. "I never ever want to use the boys restroom, it would be so weird," said Libby, testifying in front of the Texas Senate's Committee on State Affairs Friday. "Please keep me safe, thank...

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Senate Committee Approves Bills Limiting Health Care for Low-Income Women

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 3:12 PM

After five hours of testimony, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services passed two anti-abortion bills Friday. One, Senate Bill 4, would prohibit any federal dollars from going to a health clinic that provides abortion or any other organization that even "affiliates" with that provider. It's already illegal for any...

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Women's Health Clinics Sue Texas for Banning Safest Abortion Procedure After 13 Weeks

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 5:48 PM

Texas' top women's health care providers are suing the state over it's brand-new ban on the safest abortion procedure available to women in their second trimester of pregnancy. “Enforcement of the ban would threaten women’s bodily autonomy, health, and access to abortion in Texas, leaving physicians with no reasonable alternatives by...

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South Texas School District Allows Teachers to Hit Students with Paddles

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Teachers at Three Rivers Independent School District in South Texas will soon be allowed to hit students with paddles as a measure of punishment. According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the district's trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to allow corporal punishment in the classroom. Parents will have to turn in a...

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Federal Judge Orders Texas to Give At-Risk Prison Inmates Air Conditioning

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Richard King has given up writing letters from inside his sweltering cell at the Pack Unit prison, 30 miles south of Houston. Whenever the 71-year-old inmate tries, the sweat dripping from his face smears his writing and dampens the paper. Simple tasks, like writing a letter, become difficult during...

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nirenberg Joins 17 Other Texas Mayors in Opposing Gov. Abbott's Big-Government Priorities

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Whether its prohibiting cities from upholding tree laws or forcing public schools to keep trans kids out of bathrooms, Governor Greg Abbott has made limiting local control the focus of the Texas Legislature special session. “I’m calling for further legislation that fully pre-empts [local control],” said Abbott when he...

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Will Federal Judges Be Able to Fix Texas Voting Rights Before 2018 Elections?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 3:40 PM

While Texas lawmakers dive into an encore legislative session at the capitol this month, a few high-ranking federal judges are quietly weighing whether or not the legislature intentionally passed laws that discriminate against minorities. These decisions are based on two separate, long-brewing cases, both rooted in Texas election laws, both...

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas Retires the Power Surge this Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 12:59 PM

The Six Flags Fiesta Texas ride "Power Surge," a San Antonio favorite, will be making its final splash on July 23. The ride has been a Fiesta staple since its opening in 1992, according to the Express–News. The thrilling boat ride is known for its last drop, a steep...

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Monday, July 17, 2017

San Antonio Civil Rights Leader Jaime Martinez Dies

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 5:13 PM

San Antonio worker's rights activist Jaime Martinez died Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Perhaps best known for creating the César E. Chávez Legacy and Educational Foundation and leading the annual César E. Chávez March for Justice, Martinez played an instrumental role in keeping Chávez' fight for farm worker's rights alive...

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