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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/30/12

Aguilar on the House District 77 primary, Batheja on the HD-101 and SD-9 primaries, Galbraith on the GOP candidates for two Railroad Commission slots, Grissom on the latest in the Kerry Max Cook case, Hamilton on Texas A&M's new accountability website, Murphy and M. Smith on how much superintendents make, Ramsey interviews a would-be Democratic Party chair, Root on that nice Ted Nugent, M. Smith on the resignation of the state's education commissioner and Tan on the continuing court fight over Planned Parenthood: The best of our best content from April 30 to May 4, 2012.

Court: Texas Must Include Planned Parenthood in WHP

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the emergency stay it granted to the state of Texas on Tuesday, meaning the Health and Human Services Commisssion may not begin excluding Planned Parenthood clinics from the Women's Health Program while a lawsuit on the matter is pending in district court.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 130

On this week's podcast, Ross, Emily, Morgan and Ben weigh the recent resignation of Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott and the back and forth court rulings on Planned Parenthood and the Women's Health Program. Our reporting quartet also looks ahead to this weekend's Tea Party rally in Austin, an event headlined by Ron and Rand Paul. 

La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.
La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.

Judge Gives State OK to Exclude Planned Parenthood

A federal judge's ruling this morning means that the state may begin removing Planned Parenthood and other so-called abortion "affiliates" from the Women's Health Program, despite a district judge's Monday ruling to the contrary.

Planned Parenthood leaders Ken Lambrecht and Leslie MacLean photographed in the Planned Parenthood waiting room in Addison, Texas.
Planned Parenthood leaders Ken Lambrecht and Leslie MacLean photographed in the Planned Parenthood waiting room in Addison, Texas.

Planned Parenthood Merger About Efficiency, Advocacy

The Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas merger announced this week makes the organization leaner and more efficient, advocates say. But they also hope it will help them defend their branches from intensifying anti-abortion legislation and better harness their fundraising power.

Weekend Insider: Planned Parenthood Unites, Ted Cruz

Texas Planned Parenthood advocates have been outspoken about the hits they’ve taken from Republican state lawmakers in the last year — from massive cuts to family planning financing to a new abortion sonogram law, and being excluded from a Medicaid health program for poor women. One way they're fighting back? A long-awaited merger of three regional Planned Parenthood branches into one 26-clinic mega-organization. 

Ross Ramsey explains the dangers of high expectations. In the case of U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, the popular belief is that he will perform well in November. If he doesn't, will that help or hurt his chances in future races?

Find these stories and more in this weekend's editions of the The New York Times and at texastribune.org.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 128

Ben, Evan, Ross and Emily talk about races to watch in the fast-approaching primary, Gov. Rick Perry's budget compact announcement and the Planned Parenthood merger. And Evan hears from some special birthday guests.

Planned Parenthood supporters rally at the Capitol on Tuesday morning.
Planned Parenthood supporters rally at the Capitol on Tuesday morning.

Planned Parenthood Branches Vote to Merge

UPDATED: The boards of three regional Planned Parenthood branches — North TexasCentral Texas and the Capital Region — have voted to merge, forming a $29 million-per-year mega-organization with 26 clinics up and down the Interstate 35 corridor. It is the eighth-largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the nation. 

La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.
La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.

Texas Outlines Future Plans for Women's Health Program

Texas health officials have delivered their plans for taking over the Women's Health Program from the federal government. Taking over responsibility in November would let the state "conduct robust outreach to clients and providers,” an official said.

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Tribweek 04092012

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/9/12

Aaronson maps Medicaid patients' access to pharmacies, Aguilar on Mexicans in exile, Batheja on an unlikely threat to a veteran lawmaker's re-election, Galbraith and Murphy interactively track reservoir levels around the state, Grissom on the ringleaders who rule the state's largest youth lockup, Hamilton on how much Texas professors are paid, Ramsey on who's conservative, Ramshaw and Tan on the latest Planned Parenthood kerfuffle, Root on what Santorum's exit means for the Texas primary, and parts 4 (by M. Smith) and 5 (by Tan and Dehn) of our series on school district closures: The best of our best content from April 9-13, 2012.

March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the  the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers
March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers

Planned Parenthood Sues to Halt Exclusion From Program

Planned Parenthood branches in Texas have filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to block their exclusion from the state's Women's Health Program.

Tribweek Friday, April 6th.
Tribweek Friday, April 6th.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/2/12

The first two parts of M. Smith's series on failing school districts (plus Murphy and Seger's interactive on how districts' characteristics relate to ratings), Root on lagging GOP candidates for president trying to shore things up in Texas, Ramshaw on a "fiscal switcheroo" to get federal money for women's health programs, Galbraith talks to a West Texas farmer about crop insurance and climate change and Aguilar on the money behind a lawsuit on long rifle sales: The best of our best content from April 2 to 6, 2012.

La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.
La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.

Texas Could Use Feds' Grants to Free Up Women's Health Money

In a fiscal switcheroo, Texas could free up state dollars to fund the embattled Women's Health Program by seeking federal block grants for other programs, the state's health commissioner wrote in a letter to House Democrats on Tuesday. 

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with supporters at the Bonnie Ruth's Cafe in suburban Frisco, TX during a campaign stop for the Republican nomination for Texas governor.
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with supporters at the Bonnie Ruth's Cafe in suburban Frisco, TX during a campaign stop for the Republican nomination for Texas governor.

Hutchison Urges Perry to Reconsider Health Program

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison appeared on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown to defend Planned Parenthood and urge Gov. Rick Perry to re-consider federal funding for the Women's Health Program. "We can't keep turning back federal funds that every state gets and then try to find money in our budget which is already being cut in key areas like education," she said.

Woman at Texas Capitol protests Republican lawmakers decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program
Woman at Texas Capitol protests Republican lawmakers decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program

Abbott Sues Feds Over Women's Health Program

Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed yet another lawsuit against the federal government, this one, no surprise, over the Women's Health Program. He argues that the feds' decision to cut off funding is unconstitutional, and that they are trying to force states "into awarding taxpayer subsidies to elective abortion providers."

Rebecca Rankin, a family nurse practitioner, is the lead clinician at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Edinburg.  Rankin has worked with Planned Parenthood for 15 years.
Rebecca Rankin, a family nurse practitioner, is the lead clinician at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Edinburg. Rankin has worked with Planned Parenthood for 15 years.

Feds to Halt Funding for Women's Health Program

Federal health officials announced Thursday what state leaders have predicted for weeks: that they are halting funding for Texas' Women's Health Program. 

Storify Timeline on the Texas Women's Health Program

Over the last year, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists have made it clear that they are dissatisfied with the largest beneficiary of the Texas Women's Health Program: Planned Parenthood. Federal funding for the program is poised to end because the state wants to exclude Planned Parenthood. Our Storify timeline shows coverage of this topic.