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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday December 10, 2023 ( 79 items )  

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES SUBMISSIONS & VOTING TIMELINE FOR 2024 ACM AWARDS
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Dec. 4 -- The Academy of Country Music issued the following news release: The Academy of Country Music(R) announced today the submissions and ballot timeline for professional membership voting for the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards(TM), coming in May 2024. The Academy also announced changes and additions within numerous Awards categories. The 59th Academy of Country Music Awards(TM) is produced by Dick Clark Productions and will stream exclusively on Prime Video for   more

ACLU & RCFP Urge Supreme Court to Block Two State Laws That Would Allow the Government to Regulate Editorial Discretion on Social Media
NEW YORK, Dec. 6 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, an organization that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release on Dec. 5, 2023: The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Texas, and ACLU of Florida today joined a friend-of-the-court brief led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press urging the Supreme Court to block two laws from Texas and Florida that would regulate  more

ACLU Fla. & RCFP Urge Supreme Court to Block Two State Laws That Would Allow the Government to Regulate Editorial Discretion on Social Media
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Texas, and ACLU of Florida yesterday joined a friend-of-the-court brief led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press urging the Supreme Court to block two laws from Texas and Florida that would regulate how large social media companies like Facebook and YouTube curate content posted on their sites. The brief was filed in two cases currentl  more

Agricultural Community to the International Trade Commission: Tariffs on Moroccan Fertilizers Hampering Family Farms
LUBBOCK, Texas, Dec. 8 (TNScapv) -- Texas Corn Producers issued the following news release: Texas Corn Producers Association, along with the National Corn Growers Association and 56 other agriculture organizations, urged the U.S. International Trade Commission today to consider the impacts that tariffs on Moroccan shipments of fertilizers are having on family farms. The concerns were expressed in a letter that comes after the ITC was ordered by the U.S. Court of International Trade to reconsid  more

America First Legal Secures First Amendment Victory in Lawsuit Defending Americans' Rights to Religious Liberty and Acknowledging Biblical Marriage and Biological Sex
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- The America First Legal, a civil rights organization, issued the following statement on Dec. 5, 2023: * * * Today, America First Legal (AFL) secured a final judgment upholding its historic victory against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) attempt to erode both the First Amendment and the reality of biological sex in the name of so-called "gender identity." The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas rejected the Biden Administration  more

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Improved Air Leak Detection Reduces Chest Tube Duration
ALISO VIEJO, California, Dec. 6 (TNSres) -- The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses issued the following news release: * * * Article in Critical Care Nurse describes how a practice improvement project at a Texas hospital led to decreases in chest tube duration, hospital length of stay and readmissions for patients with lung cancer who had a pulmonary lobectomy * * * An initiative at a Texas hospital contributed to reductions in chest tube duration, hospital length of stay and readm  more

Americans for Tax Reform: Top Conservative Achievement in Austin in 2023 is the Texas Regulatory Consistency Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 -- Americans for Tax Reform issued the following news release: After the recent failure of school choice legislation in the Texas House of Representatives, it's now clear that the top conservative achievement of 2023 in Texas is the enactment of HB 2127, preemption legislation that will protect Texans from the imposition of costly local regulations. The purpose of HB 2127, as explained in the bill's text, is to "provide statewide consistency by returning sovereign regulatory  more

Apply Now for the 2024 NALAC Leadership Institute
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 1 -- The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures issued the following news: The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces the 2024 NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) open call for applications. The institute is a week-long fellowship that brings non-profit arts administrators and cultural workers together from across the nation for intensive training in leadership and management capacity. "We are thrilled to welcome our next cohort of NL  more

ASH to Recognize Guideline Implementation Champions at 65th Annual Meeting
SAN DIEGO, California, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- The American Society of Hematology issued the following news release: * * * Guidelines Champions are implementing evidence-based ASH Guidelines at their institutions * * * The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will honor Gabriella Nguyen, MD at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Christina Ruiz, MD at University of California San Diego School of Medicine as its 2023 Guideline Implementation Champions. Guideline Implementation Cham  more

Berry Wins Texas Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Contest
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Passion, dedication and commitment earned Cody Berry recognition as the winner of the 2023 Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Excellence in Agriculture competition. Berry is an agricultural science teacher and FFA advisor at Hudson ISD. He helps students learn through hands-on activities in the shop and through livestock projects, ag mechanics and FFA contests. "Texas Farm Bureau is proud to recognize Cody for his dedication t  more

Calhoun County Couple Named 'Outstanding' Farmers by Texas Farm Bureau
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Raising champions and paving the way for the next generation has one couple bringing home more than just banners and ribbons. Cassidy and Hailey Hayes were named the winners of Texas Farm Bureau's (TFB) 2023 Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Award at the organization's 90th Annual Meeting in Frisco. "Young farmers and ranchers like Cassidy and Hailey are cultivating a bright future for agriculture and for   more

CCRKBA BLASTS BIDEN'S BRAZEN 'BAIT & SWITCH' BAN DEMAND
BELLEVUE, Washington, Dec. 8 -- The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued the following news release: Anti-gun-rights President Joe Biden has once again taken advantage of two high-profile shooting incidents this week in Texas and Nevada to push for a ban on so-called "assault weapons" when published reports indicate such firearms were not used in either case. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says Biden is "remaining true to form, dishing out t  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Texas Court Rules in Favor of Pregnant Woman Seeking an Emergency Abortion
NEW YORK, Dec. 8 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release on Dec. 7, 2023: Today, a Texas state court has granted the request of a woman with severe pregnancy complications, Kate Cox, to have an abortion to protect her life, health and future fertility. Kate had been unable to get an abortion in Texas due to the state's extreme abortion bans. Judge Maya Guerra Gamble ruled from the bench today, saying: "The idea that Ms. Cox wants so desperately to be a parent an  more

Complications from flu largely preventable with annual flu vaccine
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 4 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: ARLINGTON, Va., BETHESDA, Md., CHICAGO and DALLAS, Dec. 4, 2023 -- During National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 4-8, 2023), leading public health organizations are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot if they have not already done so. The flu is more than an inconvenience: it can lead to hospitalization, worsening of chronic medical conditions or even death. An annual flu  more

Council of Graduate Schools: Mark J.T. Smith Receives Debra W. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Council of Graduate Schools issued the following news release: Mark J.T. Smith, Dean of the Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), received the Debra W. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education during an award ceremony at the Council of Graduate Schools' (CGS) 63rd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Created in 2016 by the CGS Board of Directors, this award recognizes outstandin  more

Delay of lifesaving tobacco rules will jeopardize the health of communities
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 6 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: WASHINGTON, D.C., December 6, 2023 -- Lifesaving final rules to prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes and all flavored cigars will be further delayed, according to the Biden administration's Fall 2023 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions released today. Nancy Brown, chief executive of the American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary organization focu  more

Dr. Rafal Holubowicz From University of California Awarded $90,000 Knights Templar Eye Foundation Grant for Gene Based Vision Restoration Research
FLOWER MOUND, Texas, Dec. 4 (TNSres) -- Knights Templar Eye Foundation issued the following news: Dr. Rafal Holubowicz from the University of California, Irvine was awarded a $90,000 grant for his research entitled: Restoration of MFRP rd6 mutation using prime editor ribonucleoprotein delivery. Genetic mutations are a leading cause of vision loss in young people. Although scientists are working hard to understand why and how it happens, addressing early onset blindness with conventional drugs   more

Ducks Unlimited: NOAA, NFWF Allocate $8.3 Million for Connecticut's Hammock River
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Dec. 6 -- Ducks Unlimited issued the following news release: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) along with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently approved $144 million to support coastal resilience projects in 31states and U.S. territories. A total of 109 grants were awarded and will generate more than $97 million in matching funds with an expected conservation impact of $242 million. Ducks Unlimited (DU) received around $15 millio  more

Earthjustice: Texas District Court Reverses Air Permit on Max Midstream Oil Export Facility
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 7 (TNSres) -- Earthjustice issued the following news release on Dec. 6, 2023: A Texas district court reversed Max Midstream's air permit for a massive oil export terminal, sending the permit back to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to include public hearings. The court found that TCEQ arbitrarily denied requests for a hearing on the air permits from community members who live, work, and enjoy fishing and boating in the area that would be impacted by the   more

Earthworks: Texas District Court Reverses Air Permit on Max Midstream Oil Export Facility
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 8 -- Earthworks issued the following news release: A Texas district court reversed Max Midstream's air permit for a massive oil export terminal, sending the permit back to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to include public hearings. The court found that TCEQ arbitrarily denied requests for a hearing on the air permits from community members who live, work, and enjoy fishing and boating in the area that would be impacted by the terminal. The district cour  more

Environmental Integrity Project: Texas District Court Reverses Air Permit on Max Midstream Oil Export Facility
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 7 -- The Environmental Integrity Project issued the following news release on Dec. 6, 2023: A Texas district court reversed Max Midstream's air permit for a massive oil export terminal, sending the permit back to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to include public hearings. The court found that TCEQ arbitrarily denied requests for a hearing on the air permits from community members who live, work, and enjoy fishing and boating in the area that would be im  more

Everytown for Gun Safety: Texas Gunman With Previous Aggravated Assault Charge Kills Four Family Members, Including a Toddler in Dallas
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 5 -- Everytown for Gun Safety issued the following news release: * * * Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Respond * * * The Texas chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots network, released the following statements in response to a shooting in southeast Dallas on Sunday where a gunman, who had previously been convicted of aggravated assault, opened fire at a neighbor's house killing four family m  more

Exercise May Boost Quality of Life for Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- The American Association for Cancer Research posted the following news release: * * * Treatment for metastatic disease may last indefinitely, amplifying the need for effective interventions * * * Among patients with metastatic breast cancer, those who took part in a nine-month structured exercise program reported less fatigue and an improved quality of life compared to those who did not undergo the exercise program, according to results from the PREFERA  more

Farmworker Justice and AT&T Announce a Collaboration to Enhance Digital Literacy in Farmworker Communities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Farmworker Justice issued the following news release on Dec. 7, 2023: Farmworker Justice received a $500,000 contribution from AT&T to help narrow the digital literacy gap in farmworker communities. In collaboration with the Identification and Recruitment Consortium and the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office at FHI 360, over 20,000 farmworker parents and students will receive instruction and individual support on AT&T resources to develop and enh  more

First Liberty Institute: Addison City Council Unanimously Approves Special Use Permit for African-American Church Founded by Freed Slaves
ADDISON, Texas, Dec. 6 -- The First Liberty Institute issued the following news release on Dec. 5, 2023: The City Council of Addison (TX) last night unanimously approved a zoning application for White Rock Chapel, a historic church founded by freed slaves in 1884. The Texas Historical Commission designated the chapel a historic site in 2000. "This small, African-American church is a reminder to everyone in Addison that unity, diversity, and religious freedom are core values that strengthen all  more

First Liberty Institute: Agreement Reached Requiring City of Houston to Restore Power to Small Jewish Synagogue
HOUSTON, Texas, Dec. 2 -- The First Liberty Institute issued the following news release: A district court judge was instrumental in obtaining an agreement from the City of Houston that it would remove the obstacles to restoring power to a small Orthodox Jewish synagogue, Heimish of Houston, after an immediate inspection of the property, which the synagogue passed this afternoon. First Liberty Institute and the Burke Law Group PLLC filed for a temporary restraining order after city officials ref  more

George W. Bush Presidential Center: Statement by President George W. Bush on Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 1 -- The George W. Bush Presidential Center issued the following statement by President George W. Bush on the ex Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor: * * * Laura and I are saddened by the passing of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. It was fitting that Sandra became the first female appointed to our highest court, because she was a pioneer who lived by the code of the west. She was determined and honest, modest and considerate, dependable and self-re  more

George W. Bush Presidential Center: Statement by President George W. Bush on Secretary Henry Kissinger
DALLAS, Texas, Nov. 29 -- The George W. Bush Presidential Center issued the following statement by President George W. Bush on Secretary Henry Kissinger: * * * "America has lost one of the most dependable and distinctive voices on foreign affairs with the passing of Henry Kissinger. "I have long admired the man who fled the Nazis as a young boy from a Jewish family, then fought them in the United States Army. When he later became Secretary of State, his appointment as a former refugee said as  more

HACU and the United Health Foundation announce student recipients of the Diversity in Health Care Scholarship
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 6 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: HACU and the United Health Foundation announce student recipients of the Diversity in Health Care Scholarship The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, in partnership with the United Health Foundation, awarded the Diversity in Health Care Scholarship. A total of 95 students from HACU-member institutions will receieve a renewable scholarship i  more

HACU announces USTA Future Leaders in Sport Scholarship recipients
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and The United States Tennis Association have announced the recipients of the USTA Future Leaders in Sport Scholarship. Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 were awarded to the following students working toward a degree in sports management and enrolled at a HACU-member institution: Dakota B. - Arizona  more

HACU National Internship Program accepting applications for summer session
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 7 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is accepting applications from college students for the summer 2024 session of the HACU National Internship Program. The summer internship program dates are June 3 - Aug. 9, 2024. The online application deadline is Feb. 2, 2024. Click here to apply. The spring internship session is for 10-weeks with pl  more

HACU National Internship Program bids farewell to fall interns with virtual ceremony
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities bid farewell to its 2023 fall interns with a virtual ceremony on Dec. 8, 2023. The participants were undergraduate and graduate students who served internships with federal agencies across the country, as part of the HACU National Internship Program. Executive Director of HNIP Diana Vasquez welcomed an  more

HARC Remembers Dr. Jurgen Schmandt
THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Dec. 9 -- Houston Advanced Research Center issued the following news release: It is with a heavy heart that HARC announces the passing of Dr. Jurgen Schmandt, the former director of the Mitchell Center for Sustainable Development at HARC, and a HARC Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Schmandt was often referred to as a force to be reckoned with by his family, students, and colleagues, and was indeed a driving force behind the success of a number of initiatives throughout his lifet  more

Harte Research Institute: GeoRED Mapping Tool Now Available for Public Use
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Dec. 7 -- Harte Research Institute issued the following news release: The Geospatial Resilient Economic Development (GeoRED) platform, a geographic information system, is now available for public use. The Regional Resilience Partnership (RRP) - a formal partnership of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) and the Coastal Bend Council of Governments (COG) - created the platform and its tools to provide  more

In Amicus Brief, PEN America Argues Laws Restricting Content Moderation Online Are Unconstitutional
NEW YORK, Dec. 9 -- PEN America issued the following news release on Dec. 8, 2023: PEN America announced today it has filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Moody v. NetChoice. LLC challenging Florida's S.B. 7072. In Moody v. NetChoice, LLC and NetChoice, LLC v. Paxton, the Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of a pair of laws from Florida and Texas that restrict social media platforms' content moderation policies. The free expression and   more

In Landmark Battle Over Free Speech, EFF Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down Texas and Florida Laws That Let States Dictate What Speech Social Media Sites Must Publish
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- The Electronic Frontier Foundation issued the following news release on Dec. 7, 2023: * * * Laws Violate First Amendment Protections that Help Create Diverse Forums for Users' Free Expression * * * The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and five organizations defending free speech today urged the Supreme Court to strike down laws in Florida and Texas that let the states dictate certain speech social media sites must carry, violating the sites' First Amendment  more

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Files Brief in Support of Responsible Social Media Moderation to Curb Harassment and Hate Speech
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following news release on Dec. 7, 2023: Today, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed an amicus brief in Netchoice, LLC v. Paxton and Moody v. NetChoice, LLC, the Supreme Court cases concerning Texas House Bill 20 and Florida Senate Bill 7072, laws that would vitiate the ability of online businesses to remove content spewing hate and disinformation on their platforms. The Lawyers' Committee argue  more

LULAC SALUTES TRINI GARZA, A LATINO TRAILBLAZER AND CHAMPION FOR ADVANCING HIS COMMUNITY
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, issued the following news release on Dec. 3, 2023: In a heartfelt tribute, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) commemorates the life and legacy of Trini Garza, a true Latino trailblazer and constant advocate for the advancement of his community. Born on September 22, 1931, in Stockdale, Texas, to Gabriel and Carmen Garza, Trini's journey epitomizes resilience, determination, and an unshakeable commitment  more

Marburg Vaccine Tested at Texas Biomed Moves to Phase 2 Clinical Trials
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- Texas Biomedical Research Institute issued the following news: A Marburg virus vaccine tested at Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) is progressing in clinical trials, moving a step closer towards becoming the world's first vaccine against the deadly virus. The Sabin Vaccine Institute recently announced it launched Phase 2 clinical trials of its Marburg virus vaccine, which will initially enroll 125 healthy volunteers in Uganda and Kenya. E  more

McLennan County Teacher Recognized by Texas Farm Bureau
WACO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: One Texas teacher's passion for agriculture has earned her recognition from the state's largest general farm and ranch organization. Melissa Houchin was named Texas Farm Bureau's (TFB) 2023 Agriculture in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher Award winner. Houchin was recognized during TFB's 90th annual meeting Dec. 2 in Frisco. Houchin teaches first grade ELAR, math, science and social studies at McGregor Primary School.  more

McLennan County Teacher Recognized by Texas Farm Bureau
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: One Texas teacher's passion for agriculture has earned her recognition from the state's largest general farm and ranch organization. Melissa Houchin was named Texas Farm Bureau's (TFB) 2023 Agriculture in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher Award winner. Houchin was recognized during TFB's 90th annual meeting Dec. 2 in Frisco. Houchin teaches first grade ELAR, math, science and social studies at McGregor Primary Schoo  more

Methodist Named Top Health System in North Texas
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 8 -- Methodist Health System issued the following news release: Methodist Health System stole the show at last week's D CEO Excellence in Healthcare Awards, earning the top honor as this year's Outstanding Health System. Chief Executive Officer James C. Scoggin, Jr., accepted the award on behalf of the health system, he has led since 2019. Speaking to colleagues from healthcare organizations across Dallas-Fort Worth, he credited Methodist's resilience over the past year, a  more

Military Officers Association: Lawmakers Aim to Retain More Military Spouses in Federal Employment
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 -- The Military Officers Association of America issued the following news: On the heels of an executive order aimed at improving economic opportunity for military and veteran spouses, caregivers, and survivors, House lawmakers have set their sights on easing the burden for active duty military spouses employed by federal agencies. Reps. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.) recently introduced the Resilient Employment and Authorization Determination to Increase t  more

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Statement by Nation's Criminal Defense Bar on Texas Attorney General's Response to Court Order Allowing Emergency Abortion
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers issued the following statement on Dec. 7, 2023 : * * * In response to a Travis County, Texas, judge's emergency order allowing a pregnant woman to receive an abortion due to fatal fetal abnormalities and a high risk of life-threatening complications, Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted a letter and issued a statement defying the court's decision by threatening prosecution of anyone involved in the abortion. "The overre  more

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy May Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Skip Regional Nodal Irradiation
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- The American Association for Cancer Research posted the following news release: * * * Treatment de-escalation may be an option for patients whose lymph nodes become cancer free after neoadjuvant treatment * * * For patients whose breast cancer converted from lymph node-positive to lymph node-negative disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy, skipping adjuvant regional nodal irradiation (RNI) did not increase the risk of disease recurrence or death five ye  more

New certification applies proven science to tobacco cessation treatment
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 7 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: The Tobacco Endgame -- the path to ending tobacco use and nicotine addiction in the U.S. -- is within sight, but there has been a sharp increase in electronic cigarette use among high school students, from 1.5% in 2011 to about 27.4% in 2019.[1] The American Heart Association, the world's leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is collaborating wi  more

New study finds many couples around the world may share high blood pressure
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 6 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Research Highlights: A study of married or partnered, middle-aged and older heterosexual couples in the U.S., England, China and India found that in 20% to 47% of the couples, both spouses/partners had high blood pressure. The prevalence of both spouses/partners having high blood pressure was highest in England and the U.S., however, spouses/partners whose spouses/partners had hi  more

Next-Gen Opportunities Unlocked! UNCF and Fidelity Investments Announce the Fidelity Scholars Program is Now Available in Seven States
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- The United Negro College Fund issued the following news release on Dec. 4, 2023: UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and Fidelity Investments today announced the Fidelity Scholars Program is expanding to Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico and Washington, DC, in addition to its current presence in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Texas. In January, UNCF received its largest philanthropic corporate gift in its 78-year history from Fidelity Investments Fidelity donated $190 milli  more

Organizations Across Texas Stress the Damaging Impact of Senate Bill 4 on Vulnerable Populations and Communities
HOUSTON, Texas, Dec. 6 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas issued the following news release: Ahead of Governor Abbott's signing of Senate Bill 4, a group of legal experts, advocates, and faith-based organizations across Texas met with national and local press Tuesday, to discuss the legal implications of S.B. 4 and how the bill will affect thousands of individuals, families, and children seeking refuge and asylum, as well as communities of color across Texas and New Mexico. During   more

Patients With HR-Positive Breast Cancer May Use Fertility Preservation and Assisted Reproductive Technologies Without Increased Risk of Recurrence
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- The American Association for Cancer Research posted the following news release: * * * Study examined pregnancy and cancer outcomes among patients who paused endocrine therapy to conceive * * * Using fertility preservation and/or assisted reproductive technologies (ART) did not adversely impact three-year cancer recurrence rates among patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive breast cancer who paused endocrine therapy to become pregnant, according to   more

PEN America Endorses 'Fight Book Bans Act' Introduced in Congress to Help School Districts With Financial Burden of Book Bans
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- PEN America issued the following news release on Dec. 5, 2023: PEN America today joined with members of Congress Maxwell Frost (FL-10), Jamie Raskin (MD-8), and Frederica Wilson (FL-24) for a press conference to mark introduction of the Fight Book Bans Act, which would provide federal grants to reimburse school districts that spend valuable resources on book challenges and review processes. PEN America has endorsed the bill, along with Florida Freedom to Read Project, Stu  more

Public Knowledge Urges Supreme Court To Strike Down Unconstitutional State Social Media Law
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Public Knowledge issued the following news release on Dec. 7, 2023: Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in two cases challenging unconstitutional state laws: Moody v. NetChoice (Florida) and NetChoice v. Paxton (Texas). (As the two cases raise similar issues, the Supreme Court is having them argued together.) The brief demonstrates that social media platforms cannot be designated as "common carriers" as a way for politicians in those states to promote the  more

Sierra Club: EPA Finalizes New Methane Rule That Will Cut Oil and Gas Pollution in Texas
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release on Dec. 3, 2023: Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized critical Clean Air Act protections against methane and other harmful pollution from the oil and gas industry, a major win for the climate and public health in Texas. These safeguards--which include first-ever standards for existing equipment while also strengthening standards for new equipment--are the culmination of years of advocacy by Sierra Club  more

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Awards Presented To Exceptional Breast Cancer Physician Scientists And Research Advocate
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 7 -- Susan G. Komen, an organization that says it addresses breast cancer on fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives, issued the following news: Susan G. Komen(R), the world's leading breast cancer organization, will present awards to four dedicated physician scientists and a pioneering research advocate for their work to drive discoveries and improve breast cancer patient outcomes. They will be recognized tonight at the Susan  more

TASA Names Recipients of 2024 Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 6 -- The Texas Association of School Administrators issued the following news release: TASA has named the 2024 recipients of its Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship, which the organization has awarded annually since 2014 to outstanding doctoral students pursuing careers in educational leadership, with particular emphasis on the superintendency. The recipients were selected from among a pool of applicants by the TASA Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship Committee, a group of Texas school  more

Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association: $1,000 Reward Offered for Information on 10 Stolen SimAngus Heifers in Hughes County
FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 7 -- The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association issued the following news release: * * * Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers lead investigation into 10 stolen SimAngus heifers in Hughes County * * * Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers are looking for information in relation to 10 stolen heifers. Information leading to an arrest or conviction of involved parties is eligible for a cash reward. The heife  more

Texas Association of School Boards: Friesenhahn Elected to State Association Board
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 8 -- The Texas Association of School Boards issued the following news release: The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors has elected Ginger Friesenhahn of East Central ISD to an interim position on the TASB Board, representing TASB Region 20, Position A. Friesenhahn joined the East Central ISD Board in 2021. She is a native to the area, having graduated from East Central High School in 1994. Professionally, Friesenhahn has focused on early child deve  more

Texas Association of School Boards: Sena Elected to State Association Board
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 8 -- The Texas Association of School Boards issued the following news release: The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors has elected Rich Sena of Boerne ISD to an interim position on the TASB Board, representing TASB Region 20, Position D. In 2014, Sena was elected to the Boerne ISD Board of Trustees. During his tenure, he has served on various committees and in officer positions, including president, vice-president, and secretary. He is currently on   more

Texas Association of School Business Officials Launches Strategic Partnership With BondLink to Strengthen Access to Capital for Texas Schools
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 7 -- Texas Association of School Business Officials issued the following joint news release with BondLink on Dec. 6, 2023: By Tom Greer, CAE The Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) today announced a strategic partnership with BondLink, the leading provider of investor relations and debt management solutions for municipal bond issuers. This partnership will empower TASBO's network of over 1,000 member schools with enhanced access to BondLink's cutting-edge  more

Texas Farm Bureau Highlights Successes, Thanks County Farm Bureaus and Members
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: The grassroots of Farm Bureau were the engine that powered the passage of Proposition 1 on the November ballot to protect the right to farm and ranch in Texas, according to Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) President Russell Boening. Boening, a full-time farmer and rancher from Wilson County, highlighted the 79% support by voters of the constitutional amendment during his annual address to about 1,000 farmers and ranchers gath  more

Texas Farm Bureau Honors 2023 Media Award Winners
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Two media members earned recognition from Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) for telling the story of Texas farmers and ranchers and highlighting the issues rural communities face. Each year, superior agricultural journalism is recognized by the largest general farm and ranch organization in Texas. This year, awards were given in two categories: Excellence in Journalism for markets less than 50,000 and Excellence in Agricultura  more

Texas Farm Bureau Honors 2023 Media Award Winners
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Two media members earned recognition from Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) for telling the story of Texas farmers and ranchers and highlighting the issues rural communities face. Each year, superior agricultural journalism is recognized by the largest general farm and ranch organization in Texas. This year, awards were given in two categories: Excellence in Journalism for markets less than 50,000 and Excellence in Agricultura  more

Texas Farm Bureau Members Graduate From AgLead XV Program
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release on Dec. 2, 2023: Eleven Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) members completed an intensive leadership development program and were recognized during the organization's 90th Annual Meeting today in Frisco. The two-year leadership development program, AgLead XV, takes participants across Texas, the country and the world to discover agriculture and leadership from a new perspective. "AgLead is designed to cultivate and enhance skil  more

Texas Farm Bureau Recognizes Burns for Legislative Efforts to Protect Agriculture
WACO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) recognized State Rep. DeWayne Burns of Cleburne for being a strong champion for Texas agriculture in the Texas Legislature. Burns received the S.M. True Agricultural Champion Award in a special presentation during TFB's 90th Annual Meeting today in Frisco. "Rep. Burns worked to protect the future of agriculture by enshrining the right to farm and ranch in the Texas Constitution," TFB President   more

Texas Farm Bureau: County Farm Bureaus Show Membership Growth in 2023
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: County Farm Bureaus across Texas were recognized for membership achievements during Texas Farm Bureau's (TFB) 90th Annual Meeting. "Texas Farm Bureau is the state's largest general farm and ranch organization, and we continuously work together to represent agriculture throughout the Lone Star State," TFB President Russell Boening said. "Without our members, we wouldn't--and couldn't--be the Voice of Texas Agriculture  more

Texas Farm Bureau: County Farm Bureaus Show Membership Growth in 2023
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: County Farm Bureaus across Texas were recognized for membership achievements during Texas Farm Bureau's (TFB) 90th Annual Meeting. "Texas Farm Bureau is the state's largest general farm and ranch organization, and we continuously work together to represent agriculture throughout the Lone Star State," TFB President Russell Boening said. "Without our members, we wouldn't--and couldn't--be the Voice of Texas Agricult  more

Texas Farm Bureau: Farmers, Ranchers Establish Policy Goals During 90th Annual Meeting
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 7 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Texas farmers and ranchers established policy to help guide the agricultural advocacy efforts of Texas Farm Bureau (TFB), the state's largest general farm and ranch organization. Policies regarding water, rail transportation challenges and natural resources were among those approved by the nearly 800 voting delegates gathered at the organization's 90th annual meeting business session Dec. 3 in Frisco. "Farm Bureau l  more

Texas Farm Bureau: Montgomery County Farm Bureau Wins Golden Buckle Award
FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 4 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Passion for agricultural advocacy, dedication to the community and a growing membership earned Montgomery County Farm Bureau one of the most coveted awards given by Texas Farm Bureau (TFB). The group received the 2023 Golden Buckle Award at TFB's 90th Annual Meeting in Frisco. It took the county organization working together to win the recognition. Throughout the year, Montgomery County Farm Bureau hosted community  more

Texas, Florida Online Speech Codes Violate First Amendment, TechFreedom Tells SCOTUS
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- TechFreedom, a technology policy think tank, issued the following news release on Dec. 7, 2023: Today, TechFreedom filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that HB20 and SB7072, Texas's and Florida's social media speech codes, violate the First Amendment. These laws require social media websites to carry and promote speech against their will--including hate speech, spam, foreign propaganda, and hardcore pornography--and to comply with punitive disclosure  more

TFB Statement on Support of AM for Every Vehicle Act
WACO, Texas, Dec. 8 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following statement on Dec. 7, 2023: * * * The following statement may be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening on support of the "AM for Every Vehicle Act" and Sen. Ted Cruz's efforts to pass the bill. "Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) applauds Sen. Ted Cruz for attempting to pass the 'AM for Every Vehicle Act' on Dec. 5 in the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent. We are proud to support the Senator in his legislative effort to keep  more

TPPF Announces Support for Congress' DETERRENT Act
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 7 (TNSres) -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Dec. 6, 2023: Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation announced its support for Congress' DETERRENT Act (H.R. 5933), vital legislation that will require additional disclosure from colleges and universities concerning foreign gifts and contracts. By allowing for the restriction of contracts with foreign entities and countries of concern, requiring staff and faculty to report foreign gift  more

TPPF Releases Study on Property Tax Growth in Texas' Largest Communities
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Dec. 7, 2023: Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation released a new study that compares property tax levy growth with population and inflation increases in Texas' most populous cities, counties, and school districts. This study finds concerning fiscal trends prevalent throughout these communities. "New research suggests that many of Texas' largest cities, counties, and school districts   more

TPPF: Registration Is Now Open For The 2024 Texas Policy Summit
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 5 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Dec. 4, 2023: Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation announced that media registration is now open for the upcoming 2024 Texas Policy Summit, March 20-22 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, TX. This annual conference will convene policy experts and lawmakers to discuss the most pressing issues facing Texas and the nation. "TPPF is proud to announce the next iteration of the annual Texas Po  more

Tucatinib Plus Trastuzumab Emtansine May Benefit Patients With Advanced or Metastatic HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- The American Association for Cancer Research posted the following news release: A combination of two HER2-targeted drugs, tucatinib (Tukysa) and trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla, T-DM1), extended progression-free survival among patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer, compared with T-DM1 alone, according to results from the HER2CLIMB-02 trial presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held December 5-9  more

Una nueva certificacion aplica la ciencia comprobada al tratamiento del tabaquismo
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 7 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: DALLAS, 7 de diciembre de 2023 - El Fin del Tabaco, el camino para acabar con el consumo de tabaco y la adiccion a la nicotina en Estados Unidos, esta a la vista, pero se ha producido un fuerte aumento del consumo de cigarrillos electronicos entre los estudiantes de secundaria, que se ha incrementado del 1.5 % en 2011 a cerca del 27.4 % en 2019.[1] La American Heart Association, l  more

UnidosUS Unveils New Hispanic Electorate Data Hub and Partners With Mi Familia Vota to Release Poll on the Priorities of Texas' Hispanic Voters
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (TNSres) -- UnidosUS issued the following news release on Dec. 5, 2023: Last year, UnidosUS, the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, and Mi Familia Vota, a national civic engagement organization, announced a multi-year, multi-state national partnership to achieve a full spectrum of civic engagement, connecting electoral, policy advocacy, public opinion research, citizenship and community programs to lift Latino voices. As a part of this civic enga  more

United We Dream: We Must Be Loud About Abbott and Republicans Attack on Immigrants in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 8 -- United We Dream issued the following statement on Dec. 7, 2023: * * * Earlier this week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott's fourth special session of the 88th Texas Legislature came to an end, seeing the passage of anti-immigrant bills SB4 and SB3. SB4 turns Texas officers into immigration enforcement agents, allowing them to detain and deport people to Mexico. SB3 allocates $1.5 billion to fund a border wall and Greg Abbott's racist and murderous Operation Lone Star. Gov.   more

WLF Urges Supreme Court to Apply Correct Test For Compelled Speech In Important First Amendment Cases
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- The Washington Legal Foundation issued the following news release on Dec. 5, 2023: Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) today filed an amicus curiae brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the individualized-explanation requirements in Florida Senate Bill 7072 and Texas House Bill 20. Rather than apply strict or even intermediate scrutiny to these compelled speech provisions, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits applied the relaxed undue burden standard in Zauderer v.   more

Younger Postmenopausal Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer May Be Able to Safely Omit Adjuvant Radiotherapy
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- The American Association for Cancer Research posted the following news release: * * * Results are from a five-year follow-up; long-term study is needed * * * Almost all postmenopausal patients aged 50-69 years with stage I hormone receptor (HR)-positive breast cancer and low scores on a common genetic test who opted out of adjuvant radiotherapy were disease free five years after surgery, according to results from the IDEA clinical trial presented at the  more