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Austin's Planned Parenthood Loses State Funding
As predicted, a host of family planning providers – including Planned Parenthood – have lost all state funding as a result of lawmakers' draconian cuts to the budget traditionally used to provide low-income and uninsured women with access to basic reproductive health care.

5:02PM Fri. Aug. 26, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

The Totally Awesome Auschron Newscast Splits
More downloadable sonic pleasure from Newsdesk: Lee Nichols talks congressional redistricting, Wells Dunbar goes over all the recent city settlements, and Richard Whittaker pulls on the wild wires coming out of the Perry campaign.

4:24PM Fri. Aug. 26, 2011, Lee Nichols, Wells Dunbar and Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

TDH: 8/25/11
If it's Thursday, that must mean the Hustle is down at City Hall, live tweeting the week's council goodness. Follow along on our Twitter page, and see this week's preview and column for an idea of what's about to happen.

10:22AM Thu. Aug. 25, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Texas Under Power Warning
Today Central Texas reached its 70th day of triple-digit temperatures, and the resultant strain on the electric grid has caused the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to issue a Power Warning. They are asking everyone to cut electricity consumption until 7pm. This is serious: If things get worse, we could be looking at rolling blackouts.

3:44PM Wed. Aug. 24, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Sparks Strikes Again in Abortion Case
Just when you thought federal District Judge Sam Sparks might have some time to work on his first opinion related to the state's new ultrasound-before-abortion bill, he's had to stop and take time out, once again, to fend off the attempts of political grandstanders wanting to intervene and tell him what's what. He ain't havin' it.

5:32PM Tue. Aug. 23, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

ERCOT Energy Emergency Again
As the weather continues to crack 100 degrees, the state's power system continues to suffer, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas are once again asking Texans to reduce electricity usage until 7pm.

4:30PM Tue. Aug. 23, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Women's Health Program Saves Money
A report by the Health and Human Services Commission released this week reveals that the Women's Health Program saved the state $20 million in state expenditures in 2009, and reduced unplanned, Medicaid-paid births by 6,721.

4:25PM Tue. Aug. 23, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

TDH: 8/23/11
City Council's agenda for Thursday is a densely-packed thing, including hearings on the city budget, discussion of the City Manager's performance, unique zoning cases and more. But it's the returning $750,000 settlement with the family of Nathaniel Sanders II that will likely spark the most discussion.

12:22PM Tue. Aug. 23, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Haunted by Coultergeist
First Salon, then Huffington Post, then the Washington Post all weighed in on the famous Rick Perry/"Hotties" ad that ran in our pages (if you missed all the hubbub, see page 14 of the ereader edition) Now it seems that Ann Coulter has decided to explore the merits of digging for Perry dirt.

6:00AM Tue. Aug. 23, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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