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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday February 21, 2021 ( 46 items )  

Baylor Board of Regents Accepts Independent Report From Commission on Historic Campus Representations
WACO, Texas, Feb. 20 (TNSRes) -- Baylor University issued the following news: At its quarterly meeting held virtually, the Baylor University Board of Regents officially accepted the final report of the Commission on Historic Campus Representations, passing a resolution that expressed its gratitude to the 26 members of the Commission and sets a path forward for the University Administration to develop an action plan of the Commission's recommendations for Board consideration. "The Board of Rege  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Lateral Meniscus Posterior Root Tears Found in Revision ACL Surgery
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 20 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear can be devastating for athletes, but other injuries can accompany ACL tears and may worsen knee instability. A sports medicine expert at Baylor College of Medicine says there is a secondary injury orthopedic surgeons should look for, especially in revision ACL surgery, which is when a previously reconstructed ACL re-tears and requires additional surgery.  more

Baylor College of Medicine: SRC-3 - Novel Regulator of T Regulatory Cells
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 20 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: The team discovered that SRC-3 also regulates human immune T regulatory cells (Tregs), which contribute to the regulation of the body's immunological activity by suppressing the function of other immune cells, including those involved in fighting cancer. The study, which appears in the journal Scientific Reports, shows that Tregs whose SRC-3 function was eliminated failed to suppress the activi  more

CenterPoint Energy Appoints New Board Member Wendy Montoya Cloonan
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 20 -- CenterPoint Energy issued the following news release on Feb. 19, 2021: CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced the appointment of Wendy Montoya Cloonan, an accomplished attorney and civic and community leader, to its Board of Directors, effective today. Wendy is an experienced attorney having recently started her own law firm specializing in public finance and public law. She practiced in the fields of public finance and public law for over a decade havi  more

CenterPoint Energy: Electric Reliability Council of Texas Declares Statewide Power Generation Emergency
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 15 -- CenterPoint Energy issued the following news release: Due to extreme cold temperatures, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which is responsible for scheduling power and ensuring the reliability of the electrical network in Texas, has declared a statewide power generation shortfall emergency. As a result, immediately following ERCOT's directive to curtail delivery of power to customers, CenterPoint Energy started controlled rotating outages in its servi  more

Eckman Appointed Associate Dean of Texas A&M VMTH Operations
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 20 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: Dr. Stacy Eckman, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS), has been appointed associate dean of hospital operations for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' (CVMBS) Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). In this position, Eckman will work closely with VM  more

Entergy Texas Forced to Begin Periodic Power Outages to Customers Across Southeast Texas
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, Feb. 16 -- Entergy issued the following news release on Feb. 15, 2021: Entergy Texas has started periodic power outages for its customers across southeast Texas. The company is taking this action as directed by our reliability coordinator, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, as a last resort and in order to prevent a more extensive, prolonged power outage that could severely affect the reliability of the power grid. Crews have taken proactive steps to prepare   more

Florida Agriculture Dept.: Commissioner Nikki Fried Approves Deployment of Florida Forest Service Personnel to Texas
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Feb. 20 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried authorized the deployment of 30 Florida Forest Service (FFS) personnel to assist the citizens of Texas during the ongoing crippling winter weather event. The FFS Green Incident Management Team (IMT) is currently mobilizing and will deploy tomorrow morning to the Randolph Air Force Base Auxiliary east of San Antonio, Texas. J  more

For the 21st Time, Texas Democrats Call on Ted Cruz to Resign or Be Expelled From Office
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 19 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: In the middle of one of the worst crises in Texas history, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz jetted off to Cancun, Mexico. His constituents in Texas remain trapped in the cold, without clean water, heat, or warm food. 37 of them have died. This is what we've come to expect from Texas Republican leadership. They are self-serving, inept, corrupt politicians who think that being in office entitles them to do whatever   more

Green Party Says Texas Energy Crisis Due to Overreliance on Fossil Fuels
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 -- The Green Party issued the following news release: The Green Party of the United States has blasted attempts to deflect blame for the energy crisis in Texas away from the state's overreliance on fossil fuels and desire to prioritize energy industry profits ahead of the needs and safety of residents. "This is just the latest example of how our government's neglect of basic responsibilities can have lethal consequences -- especially in emergencies," said Green Party Co-Cha  more

Increased Access to Medicaid Coverage Helps Keep Criminals From Returning to Prison, Grand Valley State University Researcher Finds
ALLENDALE, Michigan, Feb. 19 (TNSRes) -- Grand Valley State University issued the following news: Former prisoners who qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are more likely to receive treatment for addiction and are less likely to return to prison, said a Grand Valley researcher. Erkmen Aslim, assistant professor of economics in the Seidman College of Business, along with colleagues from Texas A&M University and Dalton State College, studied the implication  more

MISO Ends Load Reductions for Entergy Texas
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, Feb. 17 -- Entergy issued the following news release: Entergy's reliability coordinator, MISO, has cancelled its order for power outages in the Entergy Texas region. Shortly, after this, Entergy Texas began restoring customers who were affected by these outages back to service. However, winter weather in the forecast could cause additional outages over the next few days. "We know how challenging these past couple of days have been for our customers and communities," sai  more

Nexstar Inc. Promotes KRON-TV's Chris McDonnell to Vice President and General Manager of Its New York City Operations
IRVING, Texas, Feb. 17 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on Feb. 17, 2021: Nexstar Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), today announced that Chris McDonnell has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of its New York City operations, overseeing WPIX-TV (CW) and PIX11.com under the terms of a local programming and marketing agreement between Nexstar and WPIX's owner, Mission Broadcastin  more

Northeastern University: Texas Chose to Go It Alone for Electricity. Now, It's Facing Rolling Blackouts
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 19 -- Northeastern University issued the following news on Feb. 18, 2021: Texas, unaccustomed to the frigid temperatures that would pass for a normal winter in other parts of the country, should consider connecting its power grid to nearby states and take better preparations for what are likely to be more extreme weather events caused by a changing climate, according to Northeastern faculty experts. Texas is unique in that its grid isn't linked to the rest of the co  more

Public Utility Commission of Texas Issues Emergency Order Limiting Outage Durations
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 19 -- The Public Utility Commission of Texas issued the following news release: In an emergency open meeting, the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued an order directing transmission and distribution utilities in the ERCOT region (namely CenterPoint, Oncor, AEP and TNMP) to rotate customers that are properly subject to electricity curtailment under the current ERCOT energy emergency alert level (EEA3) in a manner that no such customer is subjected to an outage of more t  more

Public Utility Commission of Texas Issues Emergency Order on Electricity Pricing
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 17 -- The Public Utility Commission of Texas issued the following news release: In response to the weather-induced electricity crisis currently affecting Texas, the Public Utility Commission of Texas met in an emergency open meeting this evening to address concerns that certain pricing mechanisms were not generating an optimal response to the challenge. In its order, the Commission directed the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to modify pricing models to more accuratel  more

Rice University: Biden Must Act Swiftly on China Trade Policy, Baker Institute Expert Says
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 16 (TNSRep) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Competition with China is the United States' "existential challenge now and for the next three or four decades" and must be addressed by the White House immediately, according to a new report from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. "(Chinese) President Xi Jinping and the Communist party may have become further emboldened by the Trump administration's continued incompetence in addressing the  more

Rice University: Collagen Structures Get the Royal Reveal
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 16 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Collagen is the king of biological proteins, and now it has a SCEPTTr. That's the handle of an algorithm developed by Rice University scientists who study natural and synthetic versions of collagen, which accounts for about a third of the body's proteins and forms the fibrous glue in skin, bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. The program -- full name, Scoring function for Collagen-Emulating-Peptides' Temp  more

Rice University: Haotian Wang Named Sloan Research Fellow
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 18 -- Rice University issued the following news release: Chemical and biomolecular engineer Haotian Wang of Rice University's Brown School of Engineering has been selected as a 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Wang is one of 128 early career scientists and engineers at 58 U.S. and Canadian institutions "whose creativity, innovation and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of scientific leaders," according to the Sloan Foundation. The ho  more

Rice University: Luminescent Windows Generate Energy From Inside and Out
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 16 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Rice University engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) in your windows. Led by Rafael Verduzco and postdoctoral researcher and lead author Yilin Li of Rice's Brown School of Engineering, the team designed and built foot-square "windows" that sandwich a conjugated polymer between two clear acrylic panels. That thin middle laye  more

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi's Lone Star UASC Supports NASA Project
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Feb. 17 -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft System Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi played a key role in a recent test that will help NASA work to integrate drones into everyday use in the future, both for cargo and passenger transportation. LSUASC was a partner in a consortium led by the University of North Texas. In December, the UNT team and its partners succ  more

Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station: Researchers Report Fastest Purification of Astatine-211 Needed for Targeted Cancer Therapy
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 20 (TNSJou) -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news: In a recent study, Texas A&M University researchers described a new process to purify astatine-211, a promising radioactive isotope for targeted cancer treatment. Unlike other elaborate purification methods, their technique can extract astatine-211 from bismuth in minutes rather than hours, which can greatly reduce the time between production and delivery to the patie  more

Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station: Smart Algorithm Cleans Up Images By Searching for Clues Buried in Noise
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 20 (TNSJou)-- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news: In a new study published in Nature Machine Intelligence, researchers at Texas A&M University have unveiled a machine learning-based algorithm that can reduce graininess in low-resolution images and reveal new details that were otherwise buried within the noise. "Images taken with low-powered beams can be noisy, which can hide interesting and valuable visual details of  more

Texas A&M: Autonomous Vehicle Researchers Write for National Academy of Engineering Anniversary Magazine
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 20 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Even as autonomous vehicles continue to hold a growing role in modern transportation, the role of human judgment remains critical for implementation. An article written by Drs. James Hubbard Jr. and Srikanth Saripalli was featured in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 50th-anniversary issue of The Bridge magazine, highlighting their work in the area of autonomous system  more

Texas A&M: Graduate Student Finds Silver Lining of Lockdown, Adapts Research Plan
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 20 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Jim Tronolone, a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, develops USB-sized devices that can help test drugs outside of the body. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic complications, Tronolone made the most of the situation by reassessing his work and publishing a review paper. Tronolone works in Dr. Abhishek Jain's lab at Texas A&M University. He focus  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: DHS and ICE Must Continue Removing Illegal Aliens With Prior Sexual Offense Convictions
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 20 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate letter to the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) protesting the decision to cancel Operation Talon. The long-planned enforcement operation focused on arresting and removing illegal aliens with prior convictions for sexual offenses. "The decision to cancel this vital operation directly   more

Texas Democratic Party: Between Do-Nothing Response to COVID-19 Pandemic and Historic Winter Blackouts, Experts Ask - Do Greg Abbott, Texas Republicans Even Know What They Are Doing?
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 18 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * A new article published in the Texas Tribune begs the question: Do state Republicans, who have had a hands-off approach to slowing down the COVID-19 pandemic, who have botched the state's vaccine distribution, and who have left millions in the dark during deadly winter weather, really know at all what they are doing? Texas Democratic Party Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: "For twenty y  more

Texas Democratic Party: Energy Experts Blame Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans for Blackouts During Deadliest Storm to Hit Texas in More Than 30 Years
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 18 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Much like their "hands-off, do-nothing" approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans are to blame for failing to keep millions of Texas households warm and safe during a deadly wave of icy cold conditions to hit the Lone Star State. Abbott on Monday said private energy companies were to blame for the power shortages and the need for "rolling blackouts", but experts say the cause   more

Texas Democratic Party: No-Accountability - Greg Abbott, Texas GOP Distracts and Shifts Blame as Texans Continue to Battle Dangerous Conditions Without Power
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 18 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * As millions of Texans continue to battle this storm without any power, Greg Abbott and Texas Republican Party leaders are attempting to distract the public while blaming anything and everything they can, like ERCOT and others. Make no mistake. This is a lack of leadership and the fault of Greg Abbott and countless other Republican leaders. Hold them accountable. Don't let them get away with it. Texas D  more

Texas Democratic Party: Over 2.7 Million Texans Remain Without Power While Greg Abbott Relaxes and Waits
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 16 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Like much of the country, Texas is experiencing unusually bone-chilling temperatures as a polar vortex brought freezing rain that caused road closures across the state. Unlike many of the other states in the country, Texas, led by Republican Governor Greg Abbott, didn't adequately prepare despite knowing these temperatures would lead to unusual cold and power outages across the state. Data shows that at least 2.7 m  more

Texas Democratic Party: Texans Outraged Over Senator Cruz & Governor Abbott's Failed Leadership
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 20 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Texans from both parties have criticized Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Greg Abbott, and Republican leaders in Texas for their failed leadership during a deadly crisis. Instead of helping Texans, Senator Cruz abandoned his state for a vacation and Governor Abbott has been lying to try to point fingers and score political points. Texas Democrats blasted Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Greg Abbott and Republican leadership fo  more

Texas Democrats Julian Castro, Joaquin Castro, Marc Veasey, Sheila Jackson Lee, Sylvia Garcia, Gilberto Hinojosa and Texans Affected
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 20 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on Feb. 19, 2021: * * * by This Crisis Host Virtual Press Conference Admonishing Failed Republican Leadership Past 20 Years, Crisis We See in Texas Right Now * * * Earlier today, Texas Democrats hosted a press conference assailing Republican leadership that has led Texas into the crisis that we see today. Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott is the worst Governor in modern Texas history. Whether it's Hurricane H  more

Texas Democrats on Abbott's Weak Press Conference Where He Once Again Refused to Take Any Responsibility for Texans Suffering
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 18 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: "Crisis after crisis, Greg Abbott has failed and passed off blame to somebody else. Texas is in dire straits. Texans are dying. Homes are being destroyed, people are cold and hungry, and we have no idea when things will begin to return to normal because our state government continues to fail. Millions of Texans are without po  more

Texas Democrats Party on Cruz and Cornyn's Vote to Acquit Trump
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 15 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on Feb. 13, 2021: * * * Texas Republician Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn yet again put their subservience to Trump over defending our Constitution and the American people. Their votes, acquitting Donald Trump of his seditious actions that led to the most violent insurrection to take place at the US Capitol in more than 200 years, are not a surprise. Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Approval of Federal Emergency Declaration for Severe Winter Weather
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 15 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 14, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the White House has issued a Federal Emergency Declaration for Texas in response to the severe winter weather throughout the state. The Governor submitted a request for this declaration on Saturday to assist the State in response efforts related to the storm. This Federal Emergency Declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to p  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Declares ERCOT Reform an Emergency Item
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 17 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 16, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today declared the reform of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) an emergency item this legislative session. In declaring this item an emergency, the Governor is calling on the legislature to investigate ERCOT and ensure Texans never again experience power outages on the scale they have seen over the past several days. "The Electric Reliability Council of   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Holds Call With Representatives From Oil and Gas Refinery Industry
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 20 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott today held a call with oil and gas refinery organizations to discuss efforts to support refineries following the severe winter weather and water and power outages. The Governor was joined for the call by refinery representatives who explained the challenges and needs facing their industry as they work to get their operations up and running to provide gasoline for Texas families and busin  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Sends Additional Resources to Local Officials Throughout Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 16 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 15, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas is deploying maximum resources to local officials throughout the state to respond to severe winter weather and to restore power to our communities. State agencies are sending resources and personnel to help local officials clear roadways and to assist essential workers, such as healthcare professionals and power grid workers, in ca  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Waives Certain Regulations to Help Deliver Resources to Texas Families
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 19 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 18, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today temporarily waived certain regulations from the Department of Motor Vehicles to aid in the response to winter weather and power outages throughout the state. The waivers issued by the Governor will allow commercial vehicles conducting responsive activities to travel in Texas as long as the vehicle is registered elsewhere. They will also allow commercial vehicles   more

Texas Gov. Abbott, DSHS Suspend Regulations to Help Provide Meals to Texas Families
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 20 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has issued waivers suspending certain regulations to help facilitate the preparation and delivery of food for Texans in the aftermath of power and water outages caused by the severe winter weather. Under these waivers, individuals and groups will be allowed to use unlicensed kitchens to prepare meals to donate to Texans so long as they follow the Department of State Health Services' gu  more

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: May Cancer Center Urges Emphasis on Cancer Patients, Survivors for COVID-19 Vaccination
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 18 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release on Feb. 17, 2021: The Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, is one of 130 groups that co-signed a letter urging the Biden administration and state health departments to prioritize cancer patients and survivors in COVID-19 vaccination plans. "There is mounting evidence that patients with cancer are at increased risk of severe illness and  more

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Study - Screen Surgery Patients for Frailty
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 19 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release: Patients should be assessed for frailty before having many types of surgery, even if the surgery is considered low risk, a review of two national patient databases shows. Frailty is a clinical syndrome marked by slow walking speed, weak grip, poor balance, exhaustion and low physical activity. It is an important risk factor for death after surgery, although th  more

University of Texas Health Science Center: $6 Million CPRIT Award to Bring Veteran Cancer Researcher Mazin From Drexel
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 18 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release: UT Health San Antonio and its Mays Cancer Center will receive a $6 million award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to recruit Alexander Mazin, PhD, a senior, highly accomplished biochemist and cancer biologist currently at Drexel University College of Medicine. CPRIT announced the grant Feb. 17. It is the third CPRIT Recruitmen  more

University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer: Neoadjuvant Combination Immunotherapy Improves Outcomes for Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 19 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on Feb. 18, 2021: The first randomized Phase II clinical trial to report on single and combined neoadjuvant immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy in stage I-III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) found combination therapy produced a significant clinical benefit, as assessed by major pathologic response (MPR) rate, as well as enhanced tumor immune cell infiltration and immunolo  more

Wayland Baptist University: 3 Great Things About Eastman Counting System
PLAINVIEW, Texas, Feb. 19 -- Wayland Baptist University issued the following news release: For Dr. Scott Strovas, finding the right counting system is an essential step in conceptualizing a piece of music. Developing a strong understanding of the rhythm of a measure can lead a musician to be more confident in how he or she performs the composition. In a recent Music in Minutes lesson Strovas takes us through the Eastman Counting System, where he outlines its effectiveness, focusing on three ke  more

West Texas A&M University Bateman Team Launches Civil Discourse Campaign
CANYON, Texas, Feb. 19 -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: A group of West Texas A&M University students is working to increase civility in public discourse. Four WT students are actively finding ways to turn the temperature down in potentially contentious conversations through their "Hear Me Out" campaign, part of the 2021 Public Relations Student Society of America Bateman Competition. The Bateman Competition is PRSSA's national case study competition where students crea  more