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Massive Health Data Warehouse Delayed Again, A Decade After Texas Pitched It

Charles Smith, executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, testified August 15, 2016, before the House State Affairs Committee on contracting procedures.
Charles Smith, executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, testified August 15, 2016, before the House State Affairs Committee on contracting procedures.

Texas health regulators are starting from scratch in designing a project to store massive amounts of data — after spending millions of dollars trying to roll out a version that’s now been scrapped.

 

Large quantities of radioactive materials stored in a single location, like these at an oil well-logging storage site, are particularly vulnerable to theft for use in a dirty bomb, the Department of Energy and the Government Accountability Office determined in 2014, yet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission still allows the practice.
Large quantities of radioactive materials stored in a single location, like these at an oil well-logging storage site, are particularly vulnerable to theft for use in a dirty bomb, the Department of Energy and the Government Accountability Office determined in 2014, yet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission still allows the practice.

In Dirty Bomb Prevention, Texas Fails a Crucial Test

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An investigation in Texas has exposed gaping holes in state and federal regulations that undermine the nation's claim to be the best in the world at blocking this potential terrorist threat.

Demonstrators celebrated at the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27, 2016, after the court struck down a Texas law imposing strict abortion regulations.
Demonstrators celebrated at the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27, 2016, after the court struck down a Texas law imposing strict abortion regulations.

Analysis: Abortion Stats Reveal Texas Lawmakers' True Intentions

State lawmakers' 2013 abortion regulations — an effort to circumvent what was spelled out over time by the U.S. Supreme Court — would have been easier to defend with some evidence. But that wasn’t part of the sales pitch.

 

The Austin State Hospital is shown on April 29, 2016. Despite an infusion of funding from lawmakers for the state’s mental health care system, Texas struggles to provide psychiatric care for all patients who need it.
The Austin State Hospital is shown on April 29, 2016. Despite an infusion of funding from lawmakers for the state’s mental health care system, Texas struggles to provide psychiatric care for all patients who need it.

State Spending More on Mental Health Care, but Waitlist for Beds Grows

Texas lawmakers tout recent improvements to the state’s mental health safety net, citing new funding and program expansions. But the state still struggles to provide psychiatric care for all patients who need it.

Animal control officers in Conroe, Texas captured a young female tiger wandering the streets on April 21 after widespread flooding in the Houston area.
Animal control officers in Conroe, Texas captured a young female tiger wandering the streets on April 21 after widespread flooding in the Houston area.

Across Texas, Dangerous Animals Aren't Widely Tracked

A tiger left roaming the streets of Conroe after last week's floods has unearthed a unique complication: There are few statewide regulations regarding dangerous wild animals in Texas.

Under a sign warning about Zika virus, Josseline Lopez, 22, gets an ultrasound from technician Ivonne Murillo at Legacy Community Health Clinic in Houston on Feb. 25, 2016.
Under a sign warning about Zika virus, Josseline Lopez, 22, gets an ultrasound from technician Ivonne Murillo at Legacy Community Health Clinic in Houston on Feb. 25, 2016.

Texas Relying on Nonprofit Clinics for Zika Defense

Access to preventive health care in heavily uninsured Texas is challenging for its poorest residents, so the state is relying on nonprofit community clinics to be the front line of public health defense.

A report released Tuesday by the Vera Institute of Justice offers several policy recommendations for law enforcement agencies that emphasize treatment and diversion for sex workers and individuals with mental illnesses and addictions.
A report released Tuesday by the Vera Institute of Justice offers several policy recommendations for law enforcement agencies that emphasize treatment and diversion for sex workers and individuals with mental illnesses and addictions.

Report Recommends Police Reform Mental Health Policies

Holding up San Antonio as an example, a report released Tuesday by the Vera Institute of Justice recommends law enforcement agencies change their practices regarding mental illness, sex workers and addiction.