GOVERNMENT: State Agencies

In preliminary vote, State Board of Education keeps controversial evolution standards

State Board of Education member Barbara Cargill attends a meeting of the board on Feb. 1, 2017 in Austin.
State Board of Education member Barbara Cargill attends a meeting of the board on Feb. 1, 2017 in Austin.

A day after hearing from scientists begging them to remove controversial language from science standards that some say opens the door to creationism, State Board of Education members took a preliminary vote Wednesday to do the opposite.

Texas lawmakers fired up about state CPS and foster care woes

Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman testifies July 12, 2016, to the House Committee on Human Services about his plans to reform the agency.
Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman testifies July 12, 2016, to the House Committee on Human Services about his plans to reform the agency.

On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee scrutinized Department of Family and Protective Services budget requests while the House Workgroup on Child Protective Services floated a proposal to make the department a standalone agency. 

Texas dispute with feds leaves Corpus Christi neighborhood in housing limbo

A refinery at the end of a residential street in Corpus Christi's Hillcrest neighborhood on January 24, 2017.
A refinery at the end of a residential street in Corpus Christi's Hillcrest neighborhood on January 24, 2017.

More than a year after Texas and the federal government settled a civil rights complaint from residents of the Corpus Christi neighborhood of Hillcrest, both sides are at an impasse, potentially leaving hundreds in the lurch. 

Trump, women's health, child welfare top Texas news in 2016

Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013. With Donald Trump's election to the White House, the health law faces an uncertain future.
Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013. With Donald Trump's election to the White House, the health law faces an uncertain future.

Here’s a look at the top health and human services storylines The Texas Tribune tracked this year.

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