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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday May 09, 2021 ( 80 items )  

31 Nexstar Media Inc. Television Stations Win 47 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Outstanding Journalism and Exceptional Locally Produced News Programming
IRVING, Texas, May 7 (TNSAwa) -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on May 6, 2021: The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) today announced the regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards, with the local news operations of the broadcasting division of Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), receiving a total of 47 regional awards, including recognition for "Overall Excelle  more

Andrea Valdez Joining The Atlantic's Senior Leadership Team as SVP of Audience Strategy
WASHINGTON, May 6 (TNSPer) -- The Atlantic issued the following news release: The Atlantic's CEO Nick Thompson announced that Andrea Valdez is joining his senior leadership team as senior vice president of audience strategy later this month. Valdez is the founding editor in chief of the nonprofit, independent news organization The 19th, and was previously an editor at The Texas Observer, Wired, and Texas Monthly. "Andrea is one of the most talented people I've ever worked with," Thompson said.  more

Apple Awards an Additional $410 Million From Its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to II-VI
CUPERTINO, California, May 6 -- Apple, a provider of consumer electronics, computer software and online services, issued the following news release on May 5, 2021: Apple today announced a new $410 million award from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund for II-VI, a leading manufacturer of optical technology. Today's award builds on an initial $390 million awarded from Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund in 2017. The expansion of the company's long-standing relationship with II-VI will create additio  more

Chickasaw Fine Arts Student Discovers New Path Working Through Pandemic
ADA, Oklahoma, May 7 -- The Chickasaw Nation, a federally-recognized Native American tribe, issued the following news release: Chickasaw citizen Olivia Parker is utilizing her fine arts education and skills to highlight common pandemic experiences and raise awareness about related mental health challenges. "The first step in destigmatizing mental health is talking about it, sharing experiences and letting people know that they aren't alone," Miss Parker said. Miss Parker, 21, is currently pur  more

Dashboard Developed at Rice Will Help Texas Schools Open Safely Amid Pandemic
HOUSTON, Texas, May 6 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: A new dashboard developed by public health researchers at Rice University's Texas Policy Lab (TPL) will help school districts in Texas and parents of school-age students make better and more informed decisions about COVID-19 mitigation amid the pandemic. The Texas School District COVID-19 Monitoring dashboard tracks a number of different indicators for counties and school districts across the state, including   more

Largest Podcast Publisher IHeartMedia Launches First-of-Its-Kind Private Podcast Marketplace for Brands
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 6 (TNSOps) -- iHeartMedia issued the following news release: iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) today announced the launch of a new, first-of-its-kind Private Marketplace. The new Private Marketplace will provide advertisers with programmatic buying access to distribute their marketing to audiences across the most diverse and comprehensive library of shows in the world from the iHeartPodcast Network - the No. 1 podcast publisher globally - which has more than 30 million US month  more

Mechanical Engineering Team Nabs Grand Prize at Lamar University Engineering Senior Design Symposium
BEAUMONT, Texas, May 7 (TNSSAwa) -- Lamar University issued the following news: The College of Engineering hosted its annual Senior Design Symposium on April 30. Senior Design Symposium (SDS) is the culmination of a year of planning, designing, and building that all LU engineering students undertake as their final capstone projects before graduation. SDS acts as a link to the public to promote interest in STEM and increase awareness of the successes of the College of Engineering and its student  more

New Agreement Leverages Texas Advanced Computing Center Resources for Research at University of North Texas
DENTON, Texas, May 7 (TNSRes) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: To support the increasing demands of advanced computing in scientific research, the University of North Texas System and the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide access to enhanced cyberinfrastructure resources for UNT researchers. "This new collaboration will have extraordinary long-term impacts for research at UNT,"   more

Nexstar Media Group Reports Record First Quarter Net Revenue of $1,113.9 Million
IRVING, Texas, May 5 (TNSOps) -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on May 4, 2021: Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) ("Nexstar" or "the Company") today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021 as summarized below: CEO Comment Perry A. Sook, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Media Group commented, "Nexstar generated record first quarter financial results across key financial and cash flow   more

Nexstar Media Group: Veteran Journalist Leland Vittert Joins NewsNation as Anchor / Correspondent
IRVING, Texas, May 6 (TNSPer) -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release: NewsNation, Nexstar Media Inc.'s wholly-owned cable network reaching 75 million U.S. television households, today announced that veteran journalist Leland Vittert is joining the network as an anchor/correspondent, effective May 17, 2021. Mr. Vittert will initially cover national affairs and deliver special reports across the network's prime-time weeknight newscasts. Later   more

Nexstar Media Inc. Promotes Andrew Alford to President of Broadcasting Division, Effective June 1
IRVING, Texas, May 5 (TNSPer) -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on May 3, 2021: Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST), today announced that Andrew (Andy) Alford will be promoted to President of Broadcasting and will assume oversight responsibility for the long-term strategy and day-to-day operations of Nexstar's 198 owned and operated television stations across the country and their re  more

Okla. State Senate: Governor Signs Bill Designating the Historic Jefferson Highway
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 5 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The governor has given final approval to Senate Bill 8, which will officially designate the route that largely follows State Highway 69 as the "Historic Jefferson Highway Route," named after former President Thomas Jefferson. The measure was authored by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair. The Jefferson Highway is the oldest highway to pass through Oklahoma, spanning from the Kansas to Texas borders. Nat  more

Pamela Lockwood-Cooke Named West Texas's First Clair Mayes Professor in Mathematics
CANYON, Texas, May 5 (TNSPer) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: A new professorship named for a legendary Amarillo coach and teacher will be filled by longtime West Texas A&M University mathematics professor Dr. Pamela Lockwood-Cooke. The Clair Mayes Professorship in Mathematics is the first such endowed professorship in the mathematics department, part of the University's College of Engineering. "I am so proud that mathematics would receive its first professorship, but   more

Rice Adds Master of Engineering Management and Leadership Degree
HOUSTON, Texas, May 6 (TNSPro) -- Rice University issued the following news release on May 5, 2021: The Rice University Faculty Senate has approved the creation of a new professional master's degree in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Master of Engineering Management and Leadership (MEML), to become available to students beginning in the fall. The degree will be administered by the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) in both online and in-person formats. Admissions stan  more

Rice University: Black and White Soldiers' Death Rates in Korean War Were Similar Regardless of Segregation, Study Finds
HOUSTON, Texas, May 7 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: The landmark Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson upheld the doctrine of "separate but equal," but for many decades after that segregation was enforced in virtually all aspects of life, including the military. "Segregation, Integration, and Death: Evidence from the Korean War," a new study from Rice University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), examines whether segregation or integration led to une  more

Rice University: Flatfish Got Weird Fast Due to Evolutionary Cascade
HOUSTON, Texas, May 4 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Ever look at a flatfish like a flounder or sole, with two eyes on one side of its head, and think, "How did that happen?" You're in luck. Rice University biologist Kory Evans has the answer. "Flatfishes are some of the weirdest vertebrates on the planet, and they got weird very, very fast by changing multiple traits at once over a short period of time," said Evans, an assistant professor of biosciences at Ric  more

Rice University: Houston Can Be Leader in Global Plastic Sustainability, Says Baker Institute Expert
HOUSTON, Texas, May 4 (TNSRep) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Houston, as the intellectual capital for the energy industry, can become a global leader in advanced plastic recycling, according to an expert from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Advanced recycling, or chemical recycling, transforms post-use plastics into their original, chemical building blocks so they can be continually reintegrated into the supply chain. Houston has the largest concent  more

Rice University: In Graphene Process, Resistance is Useful
HOUSTON, Texas, May 7 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: A Rice University laboratory has adapted its laser-induced graphene technique to make high-resolution, micron-scale patterns of the conductive material for consumer electronics and other applications. Laser-induced graphene (LIG), introduced in 2014 by Rice chemist James Tour, involves burning away everything that isn't carbon from polymers or other materials, leaving the carbon atoms to reconfigure themselves  more

Rice University: Past Immigration Policy Can Guide Future Policy, Say Trio of Baker Institute Papers
HOUSTON, Texas, May 7 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: With President Joe Biden's proposed immigration reforms facing scrutiny from both sides of the aisle, the authors of three papers on the topic from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy are available to discuss how the past can inform future policy. Previous attempts at immigration reform are the best predictor of the success of the proposed U.S. Citizenship Act, according to Daniel Tichenor, Kni  more

Rice University: Study Explores How Private Equity Acquisitions Impact Hospitals
HOUSTON, Texas, May 5 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Private equity investment in hospitals has grown substantially in the 21st century, and it accelerated in the years leading up the COVID-19 pandemic. Now a new study of short-term acute care hospitals acquired by private equity firms finds they not only have higher markups and profit margins, they're also slower to expand their staffs. In a study published in Health Affairs, a multi-institutional team of inves  more

Sam Houston State University Achieves Record Breaking Year in USDA Grant Funding
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 6 (TNSGra) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news on May 5, 2021: Several Sam Houston State University researchers received grants totaling more than $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service through its Plant Protection Act (Section 7721). This new cycle of 2021 awards represent continued federal grant funding success for the university, which has seen a steady increase in USDA awards in recent years  more

Sam Houston State University Names Michael T. Stephenson as Provost
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 7 (TNSPer) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news: Michael T. Stephenson has been named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Sam Houston State University. He will assume his position on July 1, 2021. Remarking on the appointment, Stephenson stated, "I am deeply honored to serve as SHSU's next provost and senior vice president. I am commited to working closely with the members of the campus community to build a shared vision of acad  more

Sam Houston State University Partners With Raising Texas Teachers Initiative to Offer New Scholarship
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 4 (TNSPar) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news: Sam Houston State University's College of Education has been preparing educators since becoming the first teacher training institution in the state of Texas in 1879. Thanks to a new partnership with the Raising Texas Teachers initiative, there has never been a better time to become a teacher in the state of Texas. SHSU is now officially a partner university of Raise Your Hand Texas, which makes an incr  more

Stanford Scientists Map Local Earthquake Risks From Eagle Ford Fracking
STANFORD, California, May 4 (TNSJou) -- Stanford University issued the following news release: By Josie Garthwaite Hydraulic fracturing to extract trapped fossil fuels can trigger earthquakes. Most are so small or far from homes and infrastructure that they may go unnoticed; others can rattle windows, sway light fixtures and jolt people from sleep; some have damaged buildings. Stanford University geophysicists have simulated and mapped the risk of noticeable shaking and possible building dama  more

Susan Holmes Named Chief Corporate Relations and Government Affairs Officer at University of North Texas
DENTON, Texas, May 5 (TNSPer) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: Susan Holmes, an experienced leader in nonprofit management with 17 years of experience, will oversee corporate and community relations at the University of North Texas, a Tier One public research university on the rise. Her efforts in this area are critical as UNT seeks to build additional strategic partnerships with elected officials, corporate partners and other key stakeholders in Frisco and ac  more

Tarleton Employees Honored at Awards Banquet
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 4 (TNSAwa) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: Tarleton State University's Staff Awards Banquet, recognizing the outstanding efforts of university employees, recently honored winners of eight individual awards for both 2020 and 2021. Honorees from last year were noted at the 2021 event since the banquet was canceled last year due to the pandemic. The recipients: 2020 Horizon Award -- Callie Fender The Horizon Award recognizes a staff membe  more

Tarleton, Dallas College Partnership Rewards Transfer Students
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 7 (TNSPar) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: One of the fastest growing regional universities in the country and one of the largest community college systems in Texas cemented an agreement this afternoon as a national prototype to boost educational opportunities for transfer students who graduate from two-year schools. As part of its Distinguished College Partnership, Tarleton State University will provide annual scholarships, from $500 to  more

TEGNA Names Elliott Moore President and General Manager at KYTX in Tyler, Texas
TYSONS, Virginia, May 7 (TNSPer) -- TEGNA, a broadcast, digital media and marketing services company, issued the following news release on May 6, 2021: TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) today announced that Elliott Longoria Moore has been named president and general manager of KYTX, the company's CBS affiliate in Tyler, Texas, effective June 7. Moore will be responsible for overseeing the station's content, sales, brand, and operations across all platforms, as well as defining and executing the station's  more

Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences: Newest Team VERO Member to Study Bovine Respiratory Disease in Texas Panhandle
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 6 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: As the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' (CVMBS) Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) program's newest assistant professor of microbial ecology and infectious disease, Dr. Matthew Scott is on a mission to prevent infectious disease in cattle living in high-risk settings, such as feedlot facilities.   more

Texas A&M University's Commerce Teams Up With North Texas Universities to Provide Cross-Institutional Learning
COMMERCE, Texas, May 5 (TNSPar) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news on May 4, 2021: A 50-year partnership among three North Texas universities provides impactful cross-institutional learning opportunities for graduate students. The Federation of North Texas Area Universities brings together Texas Woman's University (TWU), the University of North Texas (UNT) and Texas A&M University-Commerce. The consortium was created in 1968 by the Texas Legislature, with the h  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: Study Finds Relationship Between Stranded Motorist Injuries, Deaths and Risk Factors
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 6 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: When a victim of a traffic accident is brought to an emergency department, the details surrounding their injuries are documented from the perspective of treatment, but details of how the injury occurred usually are not. In looking at injury and death data related to vehicle crashes or auto-pedestrian incidents, an interprofessional team of researchers found that those involving stra  more

Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team Unveils New Evacuation Trailer Donated By Banfield Foundation
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 5 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) has a new vehicle in its fleet that will expand the team's capabilities by allowing it to evacuate animals from areas most heavily impacted by disaster. The 28-foot trailer is a donation from the Banfield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is the second vehicle the group has dona  more

Texas A&M: Chemical Engineering Alumna Named National Academy of Inventors Senior Member
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 5 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Kaitlyn Patterson Texas A&M University former student and current Florida International University (FIU) associate professor Dr. Anuradha Godavarty '03 has been named a National Academy of Inventors senior member for her research and innovations in optical imaging technologies. National Academy of Inventors senior members are current faculty, scientists and administrators who   more

Texas A&M: Guo Receives International Paper Award for Traffic Research
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 7 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news on May 6, 2021: By Alyson Chapman On the roads, you will find all kinds of vehicles. Some feature automated driving technology to steer, accelerate or brake and connected technology that provides turn-by-turn directions and even Wi-Fi hotspots. Yet, some still require you to roll up the windows manually. With this mix of vehicles on the road, Xiaoyu "Sky" Guo, a doctoral student i  more

Texas A&M: New Machine-Learning Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 5 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Stephanie Jones Every day, billions of photos and videos are posted to various social media applications. The problem with standard images taken by a smartphone or digital camera is that they only capture a scene from a specific point of view. But looking at it in reality, we can move around and observe it from different viewpoints. Computer scientists are working to provide an  more

Texas A&M: Nuclear Engineering Graduate Thrives at Company Dedicated to Helping Cancer Patients
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 4 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Michelle Revels Alexander Maslowski '08 is providing an essential service to hospitals around the world in an unconventional way. As a senior manager at Varian Medical Systems, he is committed to researching algorithms and developing tools that aid in the fight against cancer. Maslowski graduated from the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, and began wo  more

Texas A&M: Researchers Analyze More Efficient Machine-Learning Alternative
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 4 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Alleynah Veatch Cofas A team of Texas A&M University researchers is analyzing how a network of localized nodes can implement machine-learning applications, such as object recognition, in a distributed fashion. The research team includes Dr. Alfredo Garcia, professor in the Wm Michael Barnes '64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Dr. Jeff Huang, associate prof  more

Texas A&M: Researchers Develop New Metal-Free, Recyclable Polypeptide Battery That Degrades on Demand
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 6 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Drew Thompson The introduction of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries has revolutionized technology as a whole, leading to major advances in consumer goods across nearly all sectors. Battery-powered devices have become ubiquitous across the world. While the availability of technology is generally a good thing, the rapid growth has led directly to several key ethical and environmenta  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Intervenes in CDC's Shut-Down of the Cruise Industry
AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on May 6, 2021: Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a motion to intervene in Florida's case against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their series of unlawful orders that brought the cruise industry to a halt. The CDC issued a series of "no-sailing" or "conditional-sailing" orders that crippled the Texas passenger cruise industr  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Joins Amicus Defending Parental-Notice for Minors Seeking Abortions
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a 19-state coalition defending parental-consent statutes for minors seeking an abortion. This friend-of-the-court brief was filed in the United States Supreme Court after the Chicago-based Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit blocked a law requiring parents to receive notice when their child decides to have an abortion without parental consent. "As the Supreme Co  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Sues Biden Administration Over Dictating Texas Tax Policy in Federal COVID-19 Relief Law
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration over a provision in the federal government's American Rescue Plan Act. Though the Act generally assists Texans recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, one provision--the Tax Mandate--specifically demands that Texas not use funds received through the Act to "directly or indirectly" offset tax revenue reduction caused by changes i  more

Texas A.G. Paxton's Law Enforcement Round Up
AUSTIN, Texas, May 4 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week. In Harris County, Christopher Michael Roth was arrested in Houston on April 28. Roth, who was on parole for two separate convictions of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in 2008 and 2011, violated the terms of parole and a corresponding Parole Violation warrant was issued by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In Dall  more

Texas Democratic Party: Democrats and Advocates Fighting Republicans' Anti-Texan Senate Bill 8, The Country's Most Harmful Ban on Abortion
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on May 5, 2021: Texas House Democrats are fighting alongside abortion advocates to stop the passage of Republicans' anti-Texan Senate Bill 8 (SB 8): the most extreme, harmful six-week abortion ban proposed in the country, as well as House Bill 1280 (HB 1280), which would immediately ban all abortions in the event of federal rollbacks to abortion rights. By bringing these extreme, illegal bills to the House floor for a  more

Texas Democratic Party: On Eve of House Floor Vote on Anti-Voter Bills, Advocates Join Democrats to Discuss State of Voting Rights in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: On the eve of a House floor vote on anti-voter bill House Bill 6 (and likely Senate Bill 7), advocates and Democrats discussed the state of the fight for voting rights in Texas and the effects Republicans' anti-voter legislation will have on Texans, particularly voters of color, if passed. Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Vice President of Litigation Nina Perales and Texas Civil Rights Project Staff  more

Texas Democrats Condemn Hypocrisy of Texas GOP Chair, Call for Texas GOP to Finally Take Action Against Racism
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on extreme-right Texas GOP Chair Allen West's hypocritical decision to only call out racism when convenient for Republicans: "Texas Republican Party Chair Allen West continues to show massive hypocrisy. He ignored years of hate, racism, and violent rhetoric by Donald Trump and other prominent members of his party -- which have l  more

Texas Democrats Congratulate Deborah Peoples on Advancing to Runoff Election for Fort Worth Mayor
AUSTIN, Texas, May 2 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement congratulating Deborah Peoples on winning the most votes and advancing to the runoff election for Fort Worth mayor: "I send my warmest congratulations to Deborah Peoples on her first-place victory in Fort Worth's mayoral election today. Fort Worth could not choose a better leader to represent this great city, and I look forward to su  more

Texas Democrats Congratulate Project LIFT Candidates on Local Elections Wins
AUSTIN, Texas, May 3 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on May 2, 2021: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on the Project LIFT candidates who won their local elections yesterday: "I'm delighted to congratulate our Project LIFT candidates on their wins in local elections yesterday. Through our Project LIFT program, the Texas Democratic Party helped boost these candidates as they sought to bring better representation to   more

Texas Democrats Strongly Oppose Permitless Carry Bill
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on May 5, 2021: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement on House Bill 1927 before the bill's expected vote on the Senate floor Wednesday: "Today, by allowing dangerous permitless carry legislation to move forward, disgraced Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is setting Texans up to lose more loved ones to gun violence. Texas Republicans continue to be a major threat to public safety, this ti  more

Texas Democrats' Statement on Results of the TX-06 Congressional Election
AUSTIN, Texas, May 3 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on the results of the TX-06 congressional election: "Texas Democrats fought strong campaigns to be the next member of Congress for North Texas, and I congratulate all our candidates on their hard work. With a crowded field of incredibly qualified candidates, I am delighted that so many Democrats came forward and put their hats i  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Round Rock Designated As Music Friendly Community
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 5, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Round Rock, having completed the multi-step certification process, has been designated as a Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office (TMO). The Music Friendly Community program seeks to foster music business-related economic development in Texas cities and communities. "With support from the Texas Music Office, in 2019 the Texas music industry  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Four to Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Martha Leigh Whitten and Joe Crane and has appointed Carol Freeman and Melissa Blanding to the Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. Martha Leigh Whitten of San Saba is owner and operator of Alamo Pecan & Coffee Company Whitten Real Estate and Whitten ranching operations. She served on the San Saba City Council, the   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Francis to Texas Diabetes Council
AUSTIN, Texas, May 4 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott appointed Gary Francis, M.D., Ph.D. to the Texas Diabetes Council for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. The council addresses issues affecting people with diabetes in Texas and advises the Texas Legislature on legislation that is needed to develop and maintain a statewide system of quality education services to all people with diabetes and health professionals who offer diabetes   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Geddes to Real Estate Research Advisory Committee
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Patrick Geddes to the Real Estate Research Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on January 31, 2023. The committee reviews and approves proposals submitted to the board of directors of the Texas A&M University System relating to staffing and general policies of the Real Estate Center. The committee decides the priority ranking of research studies the center conducts.  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Gore to State Board of Educator Certification
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rex Gore to the State Board of Educator Certification for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of conduct for public school teachers. Rex Gore of Austin is President of PJS of Texas and cofounder of CleanScapes. He is a former board member of Building Owners and Managers Association, Re  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Marchant to Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kenny Marchant to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for a term set to expire on January 31, 2025. The agency administers various federal funds to local residents through partnerships with cities, counties, nonprofits, private developers and public housing authorities. The funds are used for affordable housing and other low-income community services. The bo  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Scanlon to Finance Commission of Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Debbie Scanlon to the Finance Commission of Texas for a term set to expire on February 1, 2022. The commission is the governing body of the state banking, savings and loan, and consumer credit agencies. Debbie Scanlon of Missouri City is Audit Partner and Regional Industry Leader for BKD, LLP, and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to State Employee Charitable Campaign Policy Committee
AUSTIN, Texas, May 8 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Vanessa Cortez Tanner and reappointed Alicia Key Ellison to the State Employee Charitable Campaign Policy Committee for terms set to expire on September 1, 2022. Additionally, the Governor appointed Brent Connett for a term set to expire September 1, 2021. The committee helps develop rules and procedures for the State Employee Charitable Campaign, and reviews the recommended   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to the Governing Board of the Texas School for the Deaf
AUSTIN, Texas, May 4 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Erin O'Donnell and Darlene "DJ" Nobles and reappointed Dina Lynn Moore to the Governing Board of the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) for terms that will expire on January 31, 2027. The board oversees the provision of all School for the Deaf services, and is responsible for budget preparation, policy adoption and the appointment of the superintendent. Erin O'Donnell of Vernon  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Two and Names Chair of Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
AUSTIN, Texas, May 5 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Christian Alvarado and Sharla L. Omumu to the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. Additionally, Governor Abbott has named Charles Bacarisse to serve as Chair of the board. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles provides customer services that include vehicle registration, regulation of vehicle dealers, and grants to red  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Wright and Shepard to Texas Woman's University Board of Regents
AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Crystal Wright, M.D. and reappointed Janelle Shepard to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. Crystal Wright, M.D. of Houston is a Physician and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology in the Depart of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a president-elect of the Texas Society of Ane  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Delivers Remarks at Omni PGA Frisco Resort Groundbreaking
AUSTIN, Texas, May 5 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 4, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Omni PGA Frisco Resort. The groundbreaking coincided with Travel and Tourism Week in Texas, and the Governor thanked Omni Hotel & Resorts and PGA of America for playing a crucial role in promoting tourism in Texas. The Governor also spoke of the tremendous economic recovery happening in Texas as vaccines become m  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Honors Law Enforcement Officers at Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony
AUSTIN, Texas, May 4 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott last night delivered remarks at the 2021 Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony in Austin. The Texas Peace Officers' Memorial was established to honor Texas law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. Following his remarks, the Governor and First Lady Cecilia Abbott presented families of fallen officers with medals commemorating the officers' service. "Today, we gather to honor Tex  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Names Chair and Appoints Four to State Board of Dental Examiners
AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Yvonne E. Maldonado, D.D.S. and Marquita Pride and reappointed Margo Y. Melchor, Ed.D. and Robert G. "Bob" McNeill, D.D.S., M.D. to the State Board of Dental Examiners for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. Additionally, Governor Abbott names David H. Yu, D.D.S. as chair of the board. The board regulates the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in the state. Yvonne  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Leite and Orozco-Crousen to Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Ezio Leite and Emily Orozco-Crousen to the Council on Sex Offender Treatment for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The council sets standards for treatment and oversees the licensing of providers. Ezio Leite of North Richland Hills is the Executive Director and Senior Clinician of Psychotherapy Services & Yokefellows. He is a clinical member of the Texas Association  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Three to the Nueces River Authority Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas, May 5 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Eric Burnett, Karin Knolle, and Stacy Meuth to the Nueces River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board has authority to administer the control, employment, and conservation of the waters of the Nueces River Basin, forestation and reforestation, groundwater, storm water floodwater, water quality control, solid waste, and parks and  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Trevino to Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board
AUSTIN, Texas, May 4 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Judy Trevino to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board oversees the Texas Tuition Promise Fund and the Texas College Savings Plan. Judy Trevino of San Antonio is Executive Director of CCVI Ministries, Inc., an international non-profit organization. She has served on numerous foundation and nonprofit boards includi  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Renews COVID-19 Disaster Declaration for May 2021
AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas; and WHEREAS, in each subsequent month effective through today, I have issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all Texas co  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Renews Drought Conditions Disaster Declaration - May 2021
AUSTIN, Texas, May 8 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, significantly low rainfall and prolonged dry conditions continue to increase the threat of wildfire across these portions of the state; and WHEREAS, these drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy; THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby declare a state of disaster in the previo  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Renews Hurricane Harvey Disaster Declaration for May 2021
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Welcomes NRG Energy Headquarters to Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following statement on May 6, 2021: * * * Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement after NRG Energy announced that they will relocate their corporate headquarters to Houston from New Jersey: "We are proud to welcome NRG Energy's corporate headquarters to Houston as they expand their already strong presence in the Lone Star State. "With this move, NRG joins 50 other Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Texas, including 22 i  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension of Emergency SNAP Benefits for May
AUSTIN, Texas, May 5 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 4, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing approximately $246 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of May as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Thank you to the USDA for extending these crucial emergency SNAP benefits for the month of May," said  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TDEM, and TMD Launch State Vaccine Call Center to Connect Organizations, Businesses With Mobile Vaccine Teams
AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 6, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), and the Texas Military Department (TMD) today announced the launch of the State Mobile Vaccination Team Call Center. Beginning tomorrow at 8:00 AM CT, Texas businesses or civic organizations can call 844-90-TEXAS and select Option 3 to schedule a visit from a state mobile vaccine team to vaccinate employees, visitors, or me  more

Texas State Auditor: 'Audit Report on Financial Processes at Texas State Technical College'
AUSTIN, Texas, May 5 -- The office of the Texas State Auditor issued the following audit report (No. 21-017) in April 2021 entitled "Audit Report on Financial Processes at Texas State Technical College". * * * Here is the summary of the report: Texas State Technical College (College) should strengthen its processes to ensure that it accounts for and disposes of its assets in accordance with Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts (Comptroller's Office) requirements and College policy. A  more

University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing: New Application of Artificial Intelligence Just Removed One of the Biggest Roadblocks in Astrophysics
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center issued the following news release: Using a bit of machine learning magic, astrophysicists can now simulate vast, complex universes in a thousandth of the time it takes with conventional methods. The new approach will help usher in a new era in high-resolution cosmological simulations, its creators report in a study published on May 4, 2021 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   more

University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center: Laser Procedure Offers Advantages for Rare Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery
DALLAS, Texas, May 7 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center issued the following news release: Using a laser for a rare brain surgery to treat drop seizures, which cause a child with epilepsy to suddenly fall, holds some advantages over a traditional open craniotomy, including shorter hospital stays for patients, a study led by UT Southwestern researchers indicates. The findings, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, provide the first quantitative data comparing t  more

University of Texas-Arlington: New Approaches to Battlefield Brain Injuries
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 4 (TNSGra) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: The chair of the Bioengineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington is investigating whether a combination of nanoparticles and light therapy can better treat traumatic brain injuries on the battlefield. The Office of Naval Research awarded Michael Cho a three-year, $794,503 grant to determine if a combination of a non-biologic polymer and light waves is an effective t  more

University of Texas/TT Poll: Texans' Views on Biden, Immigration, Guns and the Future of Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on May 5, 2021: Texans' assessments of President Joe Biden and support of legislative proposals on guns, abortion, voting and police reform reflect continuing partisan polarization in the state, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. As Joe Biden neared the 100-day mark of his administration, the poll found 44% approving of the job he has done as president while 46% disapprove. Texans  more

University of Texas: Greater Inclusion, Equity in STEM Education for Multilingual Students is Focus of New Research
AUSTIN, Texas, May 4 (TNSGra) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on May 3, 2021: Approximately 5 million multilingual students -- the fastest-growing student group in U.S. schools -- are in classrooms today. Yet as the country continues to push to build science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) literacy for all, multilingual students face systemic barriers in accessing high-quality instruction and entering the workforce. To bridge this gap and promote gr  more

University of Texas: Our Immune Systems Blanket the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein With Antibodies
AUSTIN, Texas, May 5 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: The most complete picture yet is coming into focus of how antibodies produced in people who effectively fight off SARS-CoV-2 work to neutralize the part of the virus responsible for causing infection. In the journal Science, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin describe the finding, which represents good news for designing the next generation of vaccines to protect against variants of the vir  more

Va. Gov. Northam Announces AMPAC Fine Chemicals to Expand Petersburg Operation With $25 Million Investment, Adding 156 New Jobs
RICHMOND, Virginia, May 5 -- Gov. Ralph S. Northam, R-Virginia, issued the following news release on May 4, 2021: Governor Ralph Northam today announced that AMPAC Fine Chemicals (AFC), a leading manufacturer of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) in the United States, will invest $25 million to expand its existing operation on North Normandy Drive in the City of Petersburg. Virginia successfully competed with California and Texas for the project, which will create 156 new jobs. Governor N  more