Drilling Waste Site Roils Tiny Nordheim

Paul Baumann's property, owned by his family for generations, is directly next to a proposed drilling waste dump in the small town of Nordheim. He, along with other concerned citizens, are protesting the dump as they fear it will pollute and ruin their way of life.
Paul Baumann's property, owned by his family for generations, is directly next to a proposed drilling waste dump in the small town of Nordheim. He, along with other concerned citizens, are protesting the dump as they fear it will pollute and ruin their way of life.

Nordheim, population 307, is the site of one of the first organized protests in the heart of the Eagle Ford. Many of its residents are fighting to keep out a massive disposal facility for oil and gas waste — a sight that could become more common as energy producers search for places to dispose of their leftovers.

 

Austin City Council is Primed for a Shift in November

Jay Wiley, a candidate for Austin City Council, block walked on Saturday with campaign team member Corey Rose, back, and Wiley's family: wife, Sally, and sons Anders, 7, and Dyson, 8.
Jay Wiley, a candidate for Austin City Council, block walked on Saturday with campaign team member Corey Rose, back, and Wiley's family: wife, Sally, and sons Anders, 7, and Dyson, 8.

On Nov. 4, Austin will undergo a major change in how it elects its city council. Voters will now elect council members from 10 districts, plus a mayor citywide, possibly opening the door for a more racially and ideologically diverse board.

 

Top HHSC Lawyer Questions DWI Arrest in Court

Jack Stick, a lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He has fought a drunken-driving charge that has gone relatively unnoticed.
Jack Stick, a lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He has fought a drunken-driving charge that has gone relatively unnoticed.

Jack Stick, the top lawyer for the Health and Human Services Commission, asked an Austin judge on Thursday to suppress evidence in his DWI case, while prosecutors said blood test results proved his arrest two years ago was proper.

Court: Texas Can Enforce Strict Abortion Rules for Now

A large crowd of abortion rights advocates gathered Thursday at the Texas capitol to protest strict abortion regulations lawmakers that approved in the 2013 special session and the lingering affects of 2011 cuts to family planning services, Feb. 20, 2014.
A large crowd of abortion rights advocates gathered Thursday at the Texas capitol to protest strict abortion regulations lawmakers that approved in the 2013 special session and the lingering affects of 2011 cuts to family planning services, Feb. 20, 2014.

As it hears arguments in an appeal of a federal judge’s decision overturning new requirements for Texas abortion facilities, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Texas could enforce the requirements in the meantime. 

 

 

Texas Officials' Ebola Contact Investigation Expands

Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

Texas health officials have expanded to 100 their list of people who may have had contact with a man in the Dallas area confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus. Eighteen people are already under observation.

 

Younger Barbara Bush Looks to Global Health

Barbara Pierce Bush speaks at a fundraising lunch on Wednesday in Dallas for Alley's House, which provides mentoring, education and support to teen mothers.
Barbara Pierce Bush speaks at a fundraising lunch on Wednesday in Dallas for Alley's House, which provides mentoring, education and support to teen mothers.

Six years after her father left the White House, Barbara Pierce Bush says that she is happy where she is now — heading a nonprofit she co-founded in 2008 called Global Health Corps — and that she has no plans to run for office.

Judge Throws a Wrench in Border Coal Project

If Dos Republicas is able to mine substandard coal in Maverick County, it will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas - Saturday, February 4, 2012
If Dos Republicas is able to mine substandard coal in Maverick County, it will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas - Saturday, February 4, 2012

For several years, residents in Maverick County have waged a war against a company that wants to mine low-grade coal on 6,300 acres of land in this impoverished borderland. A recent twist in the saga is giving them new hope.  

In Dallas Neighborhood Where Ebola Victim Visited, Worries Over Stigma

Residents of Vickery Meadow neighborhood, where patient with Ebola is said to have visited.
Residents of Vickery Meadow neighborhood, where patient with Ebola is said to have visited.

Ebola was the talk of Vickery Meadow in northeast Dallas on Wednesday. The refugee-rich neighborhood has a significant West African population — and it’s where a man was visiting before he became the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola.