GOVERNMENT: State Agencies

Texas Not Budging on Rule Requiring Burial or Cremation of Fetal Remains

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

Despite intense outcry from the medical community and reproductive rights advocates, Texas isn't budging on a proposed rule to require the cremation or burial of fetal remains.

Hearings Will Address Criminal Justice Reforms in Sandra Bland's Name

Ayana Flewellen speaks to a large crowd assembled at The Texas Capitol for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Sandra Bland on Thursday July 23, 2015.
Ayana Flewellen speaks to a large crowd assembled at The Texas Capitol for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Sandra Bland on Thursday July 23, 2015.

Texas lawmakers will meet Tuesday to discuss the push for reforms in Texas jail standards, police training and care for mentally ill inmates in the wake of Sandra Bland's death in the Waller County Jail.

 

Trump, in Houston, Blasts Clinton on Illegal Immigration

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up signs during a rally in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016.
Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up signs during a rally in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used a Saturday trip to Houston to address families of victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants — and blast Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as unsympathetic to their concerns.

Growing Zika Threat Prompts New Calls for Medicaid Expansion in Texas

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas.

Advocates for the uninsured are hoping the threat of Zika will spur Republican leaders to consider a massive expansion of subsidized health care to the low-income Texans they say are most vulnerable to the disease.

Anti-Abortion Advocate's Group Receives Large Women's Health Grant

One of the six exam rooms at Haven Health Clinics in downtown Amarillo Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The clinic provides services for women in the 26 county region of the Texas panhandle.
One of the six exam rooms at Haven Health Clinics in downtown Amarillo Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The clinic provides services for women in the 26 county region of the Texas panhandle.

A group led by an anti-abortion advocate received $1.6 million in state funding from a program recently created to help women find health care services paid for by the state.

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