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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday January 03, 2021 ( 18 items )  

Buckeye Partners Announces Completion of Second Deepwater Dockat South Texas Gateway
HOUSTON, Texas, Dec. 31 -- Buckeye Partners issued the following news release on Dec. 30: Buckeye Partners, L.P. ("Buckeye") announced today that crude oil export operations have commenced at the second deepwater dock at South Texas Gateway ("STG"), a new state-of-the-art terminal constructed at the mouth of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel in Ingleside, Texas. The completion of this dock enables Buckeye to accommodate the berthing and loading of two vessels simultaneously, further facilitating   more

Genomic Assessment of Cancer-Predisposition Landscape of Pediatric Rhabdomyosarcoma
HOUSTON, Texas, Dec. 30 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is a highly malignant tumor and the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children. In spite of its clinical significance, less is known about genetic susceptibility to this malignancy compared to other pediatric cancers. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine led the largest genomic assessment of children with RMS to determine the prevalence of genetic changes that resul  more

Penn State: Complex Mystery of Membranes
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, Jan. 1 (TNSJou) -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news on Dec. 31: A desalination membrane acts as a filter for salty water: Push the water through the membrane, get clean water suitable for agriculture, energy production and even drinking. The process seems simple enough, but it contains complex intricacies that have baffled scientists for decades -- until now. Researchers from Penn State, The University of Texas at Austin, Iowa State Univers  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Calls on Texas Supreme Court to Halt Unlawful City of Austin and Travis County Shutdown Orders
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 1 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on Jan. 1: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will be asking for an emergency stay with the Supreme Court of Texas later today, urging the court to halt enforcement of Austin Mayor Steve Adler's and Travis County Judge Andy Brown's illegal local orders, which impose a four-day shutdown of dine-in food and beverage services from 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., December 31 through January 3. "The city and county  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Joins Amicus Urging Supreme Court to Recognize Jurisdiction in Interstate Disputes as Mandatory
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 29 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a ten-state amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to recognize the mandatory nature of its exclusive jurisdiction to try cases between states, as conferred by the United States Constitution. In this brief, states argue that the Supreme Court's current approach--observing "permissive" jurisdiction rather than mandatory--denies states their right of  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Sues City of Austin, Mayor of Austin, Travis County, and County Judge for Imposing Unlawful Shutdown Orders
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 31 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on Dec. 30: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a petition for temporary injunction and temporary restraining order in Travis County District Court to halt enforcement of Austin Mayor Steve Adler's and Travis County Judge Andy Brown's orders, which impose a four-day shutdown of dine-in food and beverage services from 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., December 31 through January 3. The city and count  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Additional Extension of Community Based COVID-19 Testing Sites in Houston, Harris County
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 30 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Dec. 30: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has secured an extension of four Community Based Testing Sites (CBTS) in Houston and Harris County through January 31, 2021 or until the sites reach maximum capacity of conducting 50,000 COVID-19 tests. The current round of CBTS testing began for both Harris County and the City of Houston in August. "Thes  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Batch to Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 30 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Brandon Batch to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) for a term set to expire on January 31, 2021. TDHCA is responsible for promoting and preserving homeownership, financing the development of affordable rental housing, supporting community and energy assistance programs, and other functions. Brandon Batch of Midland is a business development ma  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Shrode to 358th Judicial District Court
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 30 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed John Shrode as Judge of the 358th Judicial District Court in Ector County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. John F. Shrode of Odessa is an attorney in private practice, and previously served as a prosecutor for the Ector County District Attorney's Office. Prior to his service in Ector County he serv  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Rosters State Resources Ahead of Significant Winter Weather, Flash Flood Threats Across Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 30 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Dec. 29: Governor Greg Abbott today placed numerous resources on standby ahead of significant winter weather and potential flash flooding that is expected to impact Texas. As the storm system moves across the state Wednesday and Thursday, West Texas is anticipated to receive heavy snowfall and a wintry mix of precipitation, while central and eastern portions of the state will see severe storms with the pot  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Sets Special Election for Texas House District 68
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 29 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Dec. 28: Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing Saturday, January 23, 2021, as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District 68 seat recently vacated by Senator-elect Drew Springer. Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, Janua  more

Texas Gov. Abbott to Appoint Alley to Eighth Court of Appeals
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 1 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott will appoint Jeff Alley to the Eighth Court of Appeals for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. The Eighth Court of Appeals in El Paso serves Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler counties. Jeff Alley of El Pa  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, DSHS Encourage Nursing Facilities to Take Advantage Of COVID-19 Treatments
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 29 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are alerting nursing facilities to the availability of monoclonal antibody therapies that can be used to treat residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. "These live-saving monoclonal antibody therapies play a critical role in our fight against COVID-19, and I urge nursing facilities across the state to take advantage of the  more

Two University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Social Work Graduate Students Join CWSE Minority Fellowship Program
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas, Dec. 30 (TNSPer) -- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley issued the following news release: UTRGV social work graduate students Zuni Ortega and Simon Rios recently were accepted to be part of the Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program (CSWE MFP) 2020-2021 cohort. The fellowship program is designed to enhance the training on full-time, master's-level, direct practice-focused social work students in their final year at a CSWE-accredited instit  more

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Professor Researching Effects of Nuclear War on Fisheries
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas, Dec. 30 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley issued the following news release: Smoke clogs the air. The outcome is grim. This research is not for the faint of heart. Dr. Cheryl Harrison, assistant professor in the School of Earth Environmental, and Marine Sciences, is part of a research project that simulates the environmental and human impacts of a nuclear war. Harrison, who specializes in biophysical modelling, is leading the ocean impacts studie  more

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Receives First Shipment of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines in Mercedes and Harlingen
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas, Dec. 30 -- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley issued the following news release: Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine - the second vaccine granted emergency authorization by the federal government - arrived Monday at the UT Health RGV/Knapp Family Health Center in Mercedes and the UTRGV Clinical Education Building in Harlingen. UT Health RGV received a total of 900 doses, of which 500 will go to Harlingen and also be administered in Brownsville, and 400 for Mercedes. VA  more

University of Texas: Desalination Breakthrough Could Lead to Cheaper Water Filtration
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 1 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on Dec. 31: Producing clean water at a lower cost could be on the horizon after researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and Penn State solved a complex problem that had baffled scientists for decades, until now. Desalination membranes remove salt and other chemicals from water, a process critical to the health of society, cleaning billions of gallons of water for agriculture, energy productio  more

Wayland Baptist University Announces Alumni Awards for Homecoming 2021
PLAINVIEW, Texas, Dec. 29 -- Wayland Baptist University issued the following news release: The Wayland Baptist University Alumni Association has selected six individuals to be honored during Homecoming 2021. The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented on Feb. 19, 2021, in an online release since the homecoming celebration had to go to a virtual format given the continuation of COVID precautions. Awardees from 2020 will include the following: * Mike Davis, BA w/honors '87, Distinguished   more