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Judge Sparks Critical of State's Defense of Fetal Burial Rule
Anti-choice rule will not go into effect until Jan. 27
DAILY News  January 5, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

State Blackmail Over Health Care Funding?
Is women's health funding in jeopardy?
DAILY News  June 20, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...For Fran Hagerty, CEO of the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, which earlier this year won the right to grant millions in federal family planning funding, there have been both good and not so good consequences of winning access to those Title X funds – funds that had previously been granted directly to the state for allocation...."

Texas State’s First Year in Big-Time Football
Good news and bad
DAILY Sports  December 14, 2012, by Joe O'Connell
"...My grand experiment: Watch/listen to every game this season as the Texas State Bobcats embarked on FBS (Big-Time Football!) in an expanded stadium with new/old coach Dennis Franchione in a dying Western Athletic Conference. Do you want the good news or the bad news?..."

Transgender Students and Parents Say the State Is Putting Children in Danger
Is Texas' refusal to implement a national mandate state-sponsored bullying?
News Story  September 8, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...The Texas Attorney General and his anti-LGBTQ legal team have mounted an aggressive, taxpayer-funded effort to allow schools to discriminate against transgender youth. In May, AG Ken Paxton, citing a threat to student safety and privacy, filed suit on behalf of 13 states to block guidelines issued by the Obama administration that encourage school districts to let transgender students use the restroom or locker facility that aligns with their gender identity..."

State Cuts Medicaid for Planned Parenthood
State claims "misconduct" in undercover, dubious sting videos
DAILY News  October 19, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...This morning, Governor Greg Abbott announced the state will end Medicaid enrollment for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers...."

Senate Votes to Close Austin State Supported Living Center
Despite guardian opposition, Senate passes bill to close Austin SSLC
DAILY News  April 14, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Against the wishes of dozens of family members of the intellectually and physically disabled, the Texas Senate passed legislation that would allow for the closure of the Austin State Supported Living Center yesterday, April 13...."

State Cannot Ban Planned Parenthood and Keep Federal Funds for Women's Health Program
State-funded WHP set to begin Jan. 1
DAILY News  December 22, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...A federal court in Waco Friday denied the state an injunction that would allow it to receive Medicaid dollars to fund the healthcare providers it believes should be a part of the Women's Health Program, and to deny funds to Planned Parenthood if it so chooses...."

Texas State to San Jose State: You’re Fired
Opposing coaches dust off résumés
DAILY Sports  October 26, 2012, by Joe O'Connell
"...Want to get fired as a football coach? Play Texas State...."

Coleman: Perry Slow on State Schools
Legislative Study Group chair asks why governor has left fixing state residential facilities to legislature
DAILY News  February 5, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Gov. Rick Perry got plaudits yesterday for asking legislators to fast-track reform of the state school system (it's a misnomer: It's actually the residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities run by the Department of Aging and Disability Services.)..."

State’s Teen Pregnancy Booklet Riddled With Anti-Choice Propaganda
Pregnant minors in foster care given medically inaccurate literature
DAILY News  April 19, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...If pregnant teenagers in Texas are hoping to get the facts about their abortion rights from the state, they’re out of luck. A new version of the little-known pamphlet “So, You’re Pregnant, Now What?” is rife with factual errors, inflammatory language, and anti-abortion bias...."

Eckhardt: The State of the County Is ...
Thursday address slams Lege, props up local entities
DAILY News  February 12, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s State of the County address last Thursday evening may well have been called a State of the County Within the State...."

Lege Lines: State Level Bullying Reaches New Plateau
Local reps’ mission this session? Keep the state GOP away from Austin.
News Story  January 26, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...The old Texas legislative sport of picking on the capital city. Such a production can vary: lawmakers giving city staff a tough time in committee hearings; aggressive legislative intervention in local affairs; resting the state school finance system on the backs of Austin's property owners..."

Belt-Tightening Season for State Agencies
State leaders announce budget cuts
News Story  July 7, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus sent a message to all state agencies: Expect to see your funding cut by 4% in the upcoming biennium, and prepare your draft budgets accordingly...."

State and Local Elections
No new taxes!
News Story  November 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker and Michael King
"...State Constitutional Amendment Results..."

Texas Tops Iowa State
Longhorns win in a tornado against the Cyclones
DAILY Sports  October 4, 2013, by Russ Espinoza
"...All hail Texas’ two-game winning-streak, but let’s not get carried away. The Longhorns put up 31 points in a nerve-wracking 31-30 victory at Iowa State Thursday night, scoring absolutely zero points on style...."

Bill of the Week: Laying Pipe Across the State
Texas spending money on infrastructure? Not impossible.
DAILY News  January 19, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...No, it's not a dream, not a hoax, not some parallel dimension. A Texas Republican is not only spending money on new infrastructure investment, but he's suggesting that the state use the Rainy Day Fund to pay for it..."

Texas State Bobcats Play Pesky
Refuse to roll over and play dead
DAILY Sports  November 2, 2012, by Joe O'Connell
"...Texas State has officially joined the ranks of the “pesky.”..."

Texas State Makes the Leap to Big-Time Football
Bobcats enter FBS
DAILY Sports  August 30, 2012, by Joe O'Connell
"...The stadium has been expanded to 30,000 seats. The Texas State Bobcats will compete at the Football Bowl Subdivision for the first time this Saturday, putting them at a semi-even playing field with those big shots at the University of Texas...."

State of the City Address
As delivered by Mayor Lee Leffingwell today
DAILY News  February 2, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Mayor Lee Leffingwell delivered his State of the City Address before the Real Estate Council of Austin today. Reprinted below is the full text...."

Sunshine (State) on My Shoulder, Part 1
A deeper look at the work of Florida's ragtag art collective, The Highwaymen.
DAILY Design  December 17, 2007, by Kate X Messer
"...Recently, I immersed in a few coffeetable books covering subjects relating to my home state, Florida. In the intro of the review, I said, "In the post-Postmodern re-embrace of Modernism, few rearview mirrors serve as well as Florida..."

The Hottest State
Ethan Hawke writes and directs this story based on his own novel about a lovesick narcissist in New York City.
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Film Review  September 21, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A less personally absorbed sensibility might have defused some of the film’s narcissistic tone and brightened some of the script. As a story about the first heartbreak of a 20-year-old actor who is at the start of his career in New York City, The Hottest State is destined to a certain degree of self-absorption by the very nature of its subject matter..."

Enemy of the State
Love him or hate him, Tony Scott only steals from the best. Enemy of the State is littered with echoes of previous thrillers -- everything from The Conversation to The...
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Film Review  November 20, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Love him or hate him, Tony Scott only steals from the best. Enemy of the State is littered with echoes of previous thrillers -- everything from The Conversation to The Parallax View and from The In-Laws to Scott's own True Romance..."

Anti-Choice Group Hit With State, Criminal Complaints
Heidi Group accused of misappropriating taxpayer funds, more
DAILY News  September 26, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...A government watchdog is taking aim at an anti-choice group that won millions from state coffers...."

State Offers No Evidence of Health Benefit During Fetal Burial Rule Hearing
Austin abortion provider calls rule “cruel” to patients
DAILY News  January 4, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Texas Publishes State-Mandated Anti-Choice "Propaganda" Booklet
Updated pamphlet still rife with medical errors, health advocates say
DAILY News  December 7, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Despite thousands of objections from the medical community and pro-choice advocates, the Texas Department of State Health Services this week finalized an error-riddled booklet required for abortion-seeking women...."

After Cutting Medicaid, State Raids Planned Parenthood
Provider may seek legal recourse
DAILY News  October 23, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Just three days after state officials cavalierly announced they would cut off Planned Parenthood from Medicaid enrollment, representatives of the inspector general’s office at the Health and Human Services Commission stormed affiliate clinics in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Brownsville unannounced, demanding thousands of documents...."

State Witnesses Continue to Show AG's Influence on HB 2 Testimony
Attorney General's office paid Rue $42,000 to assist witnesses
DAILY News  August 7, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...In the fourth day of trial in the suit to block sections of Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2, the state continued to offer witness testimony in U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel’s Austin federal courtroom on Thursday that has been aided and edited by national anti-abortion figure, Dr..."

Texas State’s History in the Making
Fill Bobcat stadium and get the bowl game – starting Saturday
DAILY Sports  November 22, 2013, by Joe O'Connell
"...The big prize has Texas State salivating. There have been wins this season – six in all..."

Horns Lose Finale at Kansas State 42-24, Surprising No One
Texas led midway through third quarter, but fizzled in fourth
DAILY Sports  December 1, 2012, by Michael Corcoran
"...The Longhorns played No. 6 Kansas State tough on the road, leading 17-14 in the third quarter, thanks to the play of QB Case McCoy and speed around the edges..."

Texas State Bobcats Remain Invisible
Host Nevada Wolf Pack
DAILY Sports  September 28, 2012, by Joe O'Connell
"...Just ask the Texas State Bobcats. For much of the past 30 years they’ve been a footnote at best in what should be expected to be home television markets in Austin and San Antonio..."

XXX: State of the Union
A nonstop orgy of bullets, bombs, and booty that aims low and hits the bull’s-eye with enough firepower to sink the Bismarck.
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Film Review  April 29, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...This film has attitude problems, too, chief among them being a penchant for over-the-top action set-pieces that come so fast and so furious that it’s a wonder you don’t have whiplash by film’s end. Normally I’d say that’s a good thing, but XXX: State of the Union just doesn’t know when to kick things down a notch, and so you exit the theatre suspecting you’ve just watched one of the slyest action parodies in ages..."

Garden State
A mash note to love that speaks to Generation Y as powerfully as The Graduate did to the Boomers.
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Film Review  August 20, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm, Jean Smart and Method Man. "I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images, and when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned." That snippet of lyricism from indie-pop heartbreakers the Postal Service is quoted to enormous emotional effect in a tender acoustic cover version by Iron and Wine in Zach Braff’s debut feature, Garden State, a zealously dreamy tale of love, loss, and ecstasy among twentysomething misfits in the brackish wilds of modern New Jersey..."

Head of State
On stage, Chris Rock is a force to be reckoned with, a shrewd and sharp-tongued stand-up comic with real balls. So why does he come off so castrated in the...
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Film Review  April 4, 2003, by Steve Davis
"...On stage, Chris Rock is a force to be reckoned with, a shrewd and sharp-tongued stand-up comic with real balls. So why does he come off so castrated in the ineptly made Head of State, a fumbling comedy about a black Washington, D.C., alderman chosen by the Democratic Party as its unlikely candidate for president? There’s only the faintest glimmer of Rock’s talent for piercingly funny humor here, a shortcoming for which the comic can only blame himself, given that he also produced and directed the movie..."

Austin to Fed Judge: Dismiss State’s SB 4 Suit
City attorneys question the timing of the state's pre-emptive strike
News Story  June 1, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...In a motion addressed to U.S. Judge Sam Sparks, city attorneys point out that Austin couldn't have possibly violated the law or caused the state harm because ....."

ACLU to State Health Department: Stop Hiding Abortion Data
ACLU of Texas sharply accused the state health department of shielding valuable statistics on the state's abortion rates from the public
News Story  June 23, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Against the backdrop of a looming U.S. Supreme Court decision on Texas' abortion restrictive House Bill 2, the ACLU of Texas sharply accused the state health department of shielding valuable statistics on the state's abortion rates from the public...."

Day Trips: San Angelo State Park
Desert playground is home to state bison and longhorn herds
Columns  January 7, 2016, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...San Angelo State Park receives around 20.5 inches of rain in an average year. That's just enough to keep the desert plants alive...."

Day Trips: DuPont State Forest
How a Texas governor tried to help save a forest in North Carolina
DAILY Travel  October 28, 2015, by Gerald McLeod
"...In western North Carolina, about an hour south of Asheville, DuPont State Recreational Forest is an island of public land with majestic waterfalls and 100 miles of multi-use trails. The 10,300-acre nature preserve has a surprising Texas connection...."

All State Props Pass
Nine new amendments added to state constitution
DAILY News  November 5, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...The Texas Constitution may read more like a particularly dry epic poem than a working governing document, but that didn't stop state voters today from adding nine more amendments to the 90 already listed...."

GOP Politics Only at State Water Board
Employee fired for emails about Shea campaign
DAILY News  December 18, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Diane Hyatt was stunned by the memo. She was being terminated from her job with the Texas Water Development Board after six years of employment, allegedly for violating the board’s “ethics policy” related to engaging in political activity while on state time...."

State Agencies Asked for Savings
Speaker, Lt. Gov. looking to cut 2.5% from current general revenue budget
DAILY News  February 2, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus have asked all state agencies to find cuts from their current budgets so the state can slice 2.5% from General Revenue and General Revenue-Dedicated appropriations...."

Sunshine State
Having resisted the temptation to make a thoroughly mainstream film in a career spanning three decades, John Sayles is truly the dean of independent moviemakers. (Even the granddaddy renegade filmmaker...
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Film Review  August 2, 2002, by Steve Davis
"...He is the near-invisible artist, careful not to draw attention to himself, but nonetheless determined to make movies about social and political issues in which he feels personally invested. Sunshine State may be the best thing that he has done so far -- it's that good..."

Campus Hacks: Texas State University
Learn the (Texas) state of all things university with these hacks
DAILY Chronolog  August 23, 2017, by May Olvera
"...With a river running through campus and the two booming metropolises of Austin and San Antonio only a stone’s throw away, Texas State University offers students a unique backdrop for their college experience. If starting anew in one of America’s fastest growing cities seems like an intimidating task, these tips have you covered...."

State Witnesses Defend HB 2
Testimony coached by national anti-abortion figure
DAILY News  August 7, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Among the state defense witnesses who took the stand on the third day of trial against Texas’ abortion-restricting House Bill 2 were two women with overt objections to abortion and one physician whose testimony in support of abortion regulations was recently discredited by a federal court...."

State and Main
Mamet's story about a big-budget Hollywood production that steamrolls into a little Vermont town is told with a gentle smirk.
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Film Review  January 12, 2001, by Kimberley Jones
"...Most of us have at least a small, secret yearning to know what goes on behind the camera -- not the nuts-and-bolts stuff of tracking shots and best boys, of course, but rather, splashy accounts of tawdriness and temptation, bloated egos and professional backbiting. Writer-director David Mamet's State and Main delivers that splash, with the authority of an insider and the smirk of a dissident..."

Connor Clegg Impeached at Texas State
A student government showdown in San Marcos
DAILY News  April 17, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Texas State’s student government voted to impeach Student Body President Connor Clegg on Monday night, bringing to end a whirlwind five-day period at the San Marcos college. Clegg was found guilty of the six articles of impeachment brought against him, and was subsequently voted to be removed from office...."

Chronicle Endorsements: State of Texas
Senate, House, State Board of Education, and more races
News Story  October 20, 2016
"...However, we struggle to give the nod to Dukes: While we appreciate her work on the House Appropriations Com­mittee, with rumbling scandals and long-term health issues, we cannot fathom why she filed to run for another term. Now that she has confirmed she will retire at the beginning of the 2017 session, we urge voters to support her one last time so they may select a better replacement in a special election next February. State Board of Education..."

Free State of Jones
Matthew McConaughey stars in pic about little-known Civil War event
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Film Review  June 24, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Writer/director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) brings to the screen a fascinating yet little-known episode of American history in Free State of Jones. Nevertheless, this ambitious and well-researched movie often trips over its own feet while translating its knowledge into a dramatic tale, leaving little but Matthew McConaughey’s focused lead performance and Benoît Delhomme’s lovely cinematography to stir viewers’ interests...."

So What's the State of the State?
Gov. Perry gives budget speech to joint House, Senate meeting
DAILY News  January 27, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Gov. Rick Perry has just delivered his state of the state address to the gathered masses of the House and Senate..."

State's Robin Hood System Becomes Daylight Robbery
AISD will send (gulp) how much money to the state?
News Story  March 23, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Austin Independent School District will send over half a billion dollars to the state next year, and by 2019 over half of all non-construction related taxes raised by AISD will go into state coffers. According to the latest projections given to the board on Feb..."

Texas Can't Stop Oklahoma State
Big 12 title hopes fade as Longhorns struggle against Cowboys
DAILY Sports  November 18, 2013, by Russ Espinoza
"...The Longhorns returned to Earth this weekend, landing with a thud that reverberated around the Big 12. The Longhorns 38-13 defeat Oklahoma State doubled as the worst home loss in Mack Brown’s sixteen seasons, and served as precisely the kind of loss that could recharge the recently quieted discussion about Coach’s security up top...."

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