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Texas Health
7:49 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Abortion law goes to federal appeals court

The law, which passed during a 2013 special session of the Texas Legislature, was the topic of many protests at the capitol in opposition to, and in support of, the measure.
NPR

A federal appeals court today will review the recently passed Texas law regulating abortion providers.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is set to hear arguments over a ruling declaring parts of the 2013 law unconstitutional.

A coalition of Texas abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, has sued to block two provisions. One requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges near where the abortion is performed. The other restricts how doctors administer abortion-inducing drugs.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
5:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Environmental, funding concerns stifled Red River project

Striped bass, which like their water just a tiny bit salty, are big fishing in Lake Texoma. Studies in Texas and Oklahoma found that the fish could endure reduced chloride levels in the Red River.
NPR

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers efforts to control high salt levels in the Red River were successful at first. But the project was put on hold while studies weighed the impact of salinity reduction on striped bass populations. Then, federal funding for the project slowed to a trickle before drying up entirely.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Jim Ainsworth: Texas not perfect, but better than most

Jim Ainsworth

Certified public accountant, certified financial planner and author Jim Ainsworth, one of our commentators on the political scene, says if a recent Time magazine article, "Why Texas Is Our Future," is correct, it's probably a good thing for the country.

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Texas Traditions
8:28 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The 16 rules for the Christmas family tamaleada

NPR

Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides of San Antonio describes the joys and tribulations of the Christmas tamaleada. It's a labor of love and female bonding, but like any family event, there are unwritten rules.

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A&M-Commerce
7:52 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Tyler Junior College partnership announced

Tyler Junior College President Mike Metke, Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dan R. Jones and Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs Adolfo Benavides affirm partnership between institutions.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce and Tyler Junior College have formally announced their partnership to simplify the transfer process for students transitioning from associate degree programs at Tyler Junior College into bachelor’s degree programs at A&M-Commerce. The statement came on Dec. 19.

The three-year partnership goes into effect Dec. 20, 2013, and will allow Tyler Junior College students to complete their four-year degrees through A&M-Commerce via online courses, on-campus classes or a combination of the two.

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Texas Crime and Courts
3:31 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

'Restorative justice' presented as option for offenses

The State of Texas Supreme Court building in Austin.
State of Texas

Could restorative justice - also known as victim/offender mediation - work as an option for punishment of low-level crimes? The Texas Public Policy Foundation's recent report "Reviving Restorative Justice: A Blueprint for Texas" suggests yes. Derek Cohen explains and discusses the reasoning behind an approach that emphasizes the offender's debt to the victim rather than the offender's debt to the state.

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Lamar County
8:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Anglin describes decision, challenges at PJC

Paris Junior College

Paris Junior College president Pamela Anglin will be at the school for the forseeable future - but it didn't look that way one month ago.

In October, Anglin announced her decision to leave to go work for Blinn College in Brenham. But just last week, Anglin announced that she had decided to stay.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
2:45 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New boating rules to combat zebra mussel spread

Lake Texoma, Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lewisville have been infested by the mussels.
http://stateimpact.npr.org/

If you're boating in one of 17 North Texas counties - including Collin, Fannin, Kaufman and Rockwall - there are some new rules on the way.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulations are aimed at halting the spread of invasive zebra mussels. Boaters must drain and dry vehicles and other equipment before leaving the lake. KETR spoke with a TPWD staffer, Ken Kurzawski, about the new guidelines

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Texas Water
2:52 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Lake Fork role in Dallas water plans to increase

Lake Fork, at center, is about 90 miles east of Dallas.
google maps

Lake Fork, which sits about 90 miles east of Dallas, will play an increasing role in meeting the water needs of the city and its thirsty, rapidly growing suburbs.

A report in the Nov. 19 Rains County Leader details the short-term and long-term plans to use Lake Fork water in the metro Dallas area, which were discussed at a meeting Of the lake Fork Sportsman Association on Nov. 12 in Emory.

20K acre-feet withdrawal pending pump completion

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:51 am
Mon November 18, 2013

New lake would cost $3.4 billion, flood 70K acres

The proposed reservoir would be mostly in Red River County.
sulphurriver.net

The proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir would flood 70,000 acres of bottom land, including hardwood forests that have been identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as "high value" habitat. A report published last week by Austin-based Environment Texas opposes the project, which it says would harm Northeast Texas so as to supply water for Dallas - a city with comparatively poor water conservation practices. 

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