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Information packets for those seeking help with substance abuse treatment at The Council on Recovery, formerly Austin Recovery, on July 24, 2015.
Information packets for those seeking help with substance abuse treatment at The Council on Recovery, formerly Austin Recovery, on July 24, 2015.

More Texans Seeking Treatment for Meth Abuse

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A growing number of Texans are seeking treatment for methamphetamine addiction, reversing a downward trend in abuse in the state since a 2006 federal law banned over-the-counter sales of medicine containing the synthetic drug pseudoephedrine.  

Money for Teen Pregnancy Prevention on Chopping Block

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Nearly $9 million in federal money is headed to seven nonprofit groups in Texas to help prevent teen pregnancies, but continued funding for the programs is in jeopardy. Committees in the U.S. House and Senate have proposed cutting funding from the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. 

A couple arranges a marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office on June 26, 2015.
A couple arranges a marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office on June 26, 2015.

Spouses of Gay Public Employees Eligible for Benefits

As of Wednesday, public employers including Texas agencies and universities will allow current and retired gay and lesbian employees to enroll their same-sex spouses in the same benefit programs and services available to opposite-sex couples.

Village Health Partners in Plano, Texas uses an iPad to screen for mood disorders.
Village Health Partners in Plano, Texas uses an iPad to screen for mood disorders.

Teladoc Scores Victory in Clash With Medical Board

A hotly contested rule governing telemedicine in Texas won't immediately take effect, a federal court ruled late Friday. That spelled an early victory for Dallas-based Teladoc, a company that connects patients and doctors over the telephone and Internet.

State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, are shepherding legislation to tighten the requirements on "judicial bypass," abortions.
State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, are shepherding legislation to tighten the requirements on "judicial bypass," abortions.

Restrictions on Minors Seeking Abortions Head to Abbott

Far-reaching restrictions on when and how minors seeking abortions in Texas without parental consent can seek help from the courts are headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

Sen.Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, continues debate with Sen. Kirk Watson on HB3994 an abortion reform measure on May 25, 2015.
Sen.Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, continues debate with Sen. Kirk Watson on HB3994 an abortion reform measure on May 25, 2015.

Senate Clears Bill Restricting Minors Seeking Abortions

After four hours of debate and more than a dozen failed amendments by Democrats, the Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to far-reaching restrictions on minors seeking abortions in Texas without parental consent.

State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, are shepherding legislation to tighten the requirements on "judicial bypass," abortions.
State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, are shepherding legislation to tighten the requirements on "judicial bypass," abortions.

Senate Won't Include "Abortion ID" Provision

The sponsor of a bill meant to impose additional restrictions on minors seeking abortions without parental consent will not pursue a controversial provision that would have required women to show a form of identification.