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Texas slashes underperforming anti-abortion group’s contract

August 22, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — An anti-abortion group awarded nearly $7 million to boost women’s health and family planning after the state cut off Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers is falling short and will receive far less money as a result, Texas officials said Monday.

The decision comes a year after Texas hired the Heidi Group to help strengthen small clinics that specialize in women’s health like Planned Parenthood but don’t offer abortions.…

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Trump vows continued fight in Afghanistan; reversing stance

August 22, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring U.S. troops must “fight to win.” He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America’s longest war.

In a prime-time address to unveil his new Afghanistan strategy, Trump said Monday the U.S.…

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Legislature approves $560M for schools, teacher retirement

August 17, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Legislature has approved about $560 million in extra funding for schools and retired teachers.

The state House originally sought to spend an additional $1.8 billion, but the Senate balked. House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty said Tuesday, “To say I’m disappointed is an understatement,” but urged supporting the scaled-back version.…

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Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

August 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.”

In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication that the U.S.…

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Trump increasingly isolated as business panels dismantled

August 17, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils, an attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both.…

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US: War would be ‘horrific’ but NKorea nukes ‘unimaginable’

August 17, 2017

BEIJING (AP) — A military solution to the North Korean missile threat would be “horrific” but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is “unimaginable,” the top U.S. military officer said Thursday in Beijing.

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen.…

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‘Bathroom bill’ dies again in Texas as session abruptly ends

August 16, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season.

It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Abbott gave no indication he would order weary lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again — which would risk a third failure over what has erupted into one of the most high-profile bills in any U.S.…

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Area Democrats Introduce Themselves, Platforms in Tuesday Forum

August 3, 2017

The Democratic Party has been a whisper in the West Texas wind over the years, especially when discussing and participating in local level politics such as county governments and area state-level positions.

Some area Democrats are hoping to change that, as two U.S. District 19 Congressional and one Texas House Dist.…

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TT: Here are 5 takeaways from the first half of the special session

August 1, 2017

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott kicked off his first special session two weeks ago. That puts the Legislature at the halfway point if they choose to take the maximum 30 days they are permitted to meet — and given Abbott’s ambitious agenda, it’s looking like they may need all the time they can get.…

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Texas lawmakers try again to address rising pregnancy deaths

August 1, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Criticized over failing earlier to address skyrocketing pregnancy-related deaths, Texas lawmakers Monday pushed with renewed urgency efforts to examine why the state’s maternal mortality rate is what researchers say is not only the highest in the U.S., but the developed world.

A University of Maryland-led study last year found that the state’s maternal mortality rate doubled between 2010 and 2012.…

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