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Inauguration Highlights and Shadows
The atmosphere in City Council chambers was festive Friday evening, beginning with the full house, the Austin Police Department’s bagpipe-and-drum corps, a presentation of colors, and a formal performance of the National Anthem. Yet there remained an undertone of seriousness, not entirely tied to the evening’s purpose.

9:00AM Mon. Jan. 9, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Texas Bathroom Bill Battle Officially Begins
As predicted, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has his bathroom bill. Senate Bill 6, labeled the “Texas Privacy Act,” was filed Thursday, Jan. 5 by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham. The bill is both sexist and transphobic and hides behind the guise of privacy protection.

4:45PM Thu. Jan. 5, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

Judge Sparks Critical of State's Defense of Fetal Burial Rule
During the second day of hearings to challenge a state health department rule that would force women to bury or cremate their fetal and embryonic remains after an abortion, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy (regardless of gestation period), the court heard from state witnesses, who often failed to ensure their ability and capacity to handle the new rule.

11:35AM Thu. Jan. 5, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

State Offers No Evidence of Health Benefit During Fetal Burial Rule Hearing
A federal hearing challenging a proposed state health department rule that would force women to bury or cremate their fetal and embryonic remains after an abortion, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy (regardless of gestation period) began in U.S. Judge Sam Sparks’ downtown courtroom on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

8:30AM Wed. Jan. 4, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Travis County Catches a Judicial Break
“Anybody need a courthouse?” was not exactly the question posed by the U.S. General Services Administration, but the U.S. government's (technically, the National Park Service) disused 1936 courthouse just happened to match the pressing needs of the Travis County justice system. This morning, the transfer was completed.

1:45PM Thu. Dec. 29, 2016, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Wish List: Meals on Wheels Requests Deliverers
Meals on Wheels Central Texas ensures the delivery of approximately 2,000 meals a day with one goal in mind: keeping Austin residents in their homes.

3:30PM Thu. Dec. 22, 2016, Montinique Monroe Read More | Comment »

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Texas Sends Final Notice to Kick Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid
Texas officials have followed through with their months-long promise to boot Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid.

8:25PM Tue. Dec. 20, 2016, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Wish List: TENT Needs Community Engagement
Those looking for an opportunity to make a difference this holiday season have the perfect chance to do so by supporting the statewide advocacy group Transgender Education Network of Texas.

11:50AM Tue. Dec. 20, 2016, Montinique Monroe Read More | Comment »

Hoping for an Electoral College Miracle
The Texas State Capitol will be awash with rallies Monday when the state’s 38 representatives of the Electoral College arrive in town to cast their votes for the country’s 45th president. At least a half dozen demonstrations are planned for the Capitol grounds on Sunday (Dec. 18) and Monday (Dec. 19) in anticipation of the vote.

9:20AM Fri. Dec. 16, 2016, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

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