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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday December 17, 2023 ( 45 items )  

$1,000 REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ON STOLEN SKID STEER IN TOM GREEN COUNTY
FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 14 -- The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association issued the following news release: * * * Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers lead investigation into stolen skid steer in Tom Green County * * * Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers are looking for information in relation to a stolen John Deere skid steer. Information leading to an arrest or conviction of involved parties is eligible for a cash reward. T  more

AARC Members In The News - Featured in Articles and More
IRVING, Texas, Dec. 15 -- The American Association for Respiratory Care issued the following news wrapup entitled "AARC Members In The News": AARC member Anne Brauer, CRT, was featured in an article in the Argus Observer about a donation her company made towards the building of a new nursing and allied health professions center at a local college. Read it Here AARC member Melissa Ramaekers, RRT, was featured in an article in the Midwest Medical Edition about her recent receipt of the Sheaf of   more

American Association for Cancer Research: Potentially Targetable Fusion RNAs May Be More Common in Metastatic Breast Cancer Than Previously Realized
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- The American Association for Cancer Research issued the following news release: Comprehensive profiling of fusion RNAs present in a large cohort of metastatic breast tumors revealed unique fusion mutations that may be therapeutically targetable, according to results presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held December 5-9, 2023. Fusion mutations occur when a portion of one gene becomes fused to a portion of another, which can create gene pr  more

American Association for Cancer Research: Skipping Adjuvant Radiotherapy May Not Impact Risk of Recurrence or Progression in Patients With Low-Risk DCIS
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 8 (TNSres) -- The American Association for Cancer Research issued the following news release: Patients with low-risk ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who skipped adjuvant radiotherapy after breast-conserving surgery had comparable five-year outcomes to those with high-risk DCIS who received adjuvant radiotherapy, according to results from the E4112 clinical trial presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held December 5-9, 2023. "Nearly all women with DCIS--  more

American Bird Conservancy: New Claims Filed Over SpaceX Rocket Launchpad Explosion
THE PLAINS, Virginia, Dec. 16 -- The American Bird Conservancy issued the following news release on Dec. 15, 2023: * * * Regulators Failed to Address Dangers of Boca Chica Launches * * * National and local environmental groups and the Carrizo/Comecrudo Nation of Texas, Inc., filed additional legal claims today against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Today's filing focuses on the agencies' failure to fully analyze and mitigate environment  more

CAIR: Texas Muslim Leaders Unite to Urge Political and Elected Officials to Demand Ceasefire in Gaza
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following joint statement on Dec. 13, 2023: * * * Muslim leaders from across Texas are coming together to call on political and elected officials to demand a ceasefire in the ongoing genocide in Palestine. The leaders express deep concern over the staggering human toll, with 20,000 Palestinians, including 8,000 children, senselessly killed. "Our hearts are heavy with grief for the families who have lost loved ones, es  more

CCIA: Diverse Amicus Briefs Demonstrate Broad Agreement That Florida, Texas Social Media Laws Raise First Amendment Concerns
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Computer and Communications Industry Association issued the following news on Dec. 8, 2023: At least 127 organizations and individuals filed 44 'friend of the court' briefs this week as the Supreme Court reviews Florida S.B. 7072 and Texas H.B. 20, two laws intended to regulate speech on social media and other digital services. Both statutes have been on hold awaiting a decision on the likely First Amendment violations. These "must-carry" laws would compel online se  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Texas Woman Who Needs Emergency Abortion Forced to Flee State
NEW YORK, Dec. 12 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release: After a week of legal whiplash and threats of prosecution from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Kate Cox has been forced to leave Texas to get healthcare outside of the state. Kate has been unable to get an abortion in Texas, even though her fetus has a fatal condition and continuing the pregnancy threatens her future fertility. Last week, a state court ruled in Kate's favor, but within hours, the Texas  more

Center for Sportfishing Policy: U.S. Representatives Peltola, Gonzalez, Cuellar and Boyle Ask NOAA to Suspend NorthAtlantic Right Whale Vessel Speed Rule
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Dec. 15 -- The Center for Sportfishing Policy (formerly the Center for Coastal Conservation) issued the following news release on Dec. 14, 2023: This week, U.S. Representatives Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) wrote NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Janet Coit urging her to suspend further action on proposed changes to the North Atlantic right whale vessel speed rule. The proposed federal   more

Competitive Enterprise Institute: Home Distillers Challenge Federal Ban on At-Home Distilling as Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- The Competitive Enterprise Institute issued the following news release on Dec. 15, 2023: The Hobby Distillers Association - represented by the attorneys of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) - recently filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas against the federal government. The HDA suit argues that the federal government's prohibition of at-home distilling is illegal and unconstitutional. Under the U.S. Constitution, we live under a f  more

Conservation Fund: Texas's Neches River National Wildlife Refuge Expands By 40 Percent
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Dec. 16 -- The Conservation Fund issued the following news release: Today, The Conservation Fund, with support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), announced the addition of over 3,000 acres to the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in eastern Texas, thanks to funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund (MCBF) and other state and private sources. Today's addition will bring the total protected are  more

Deaths from heart valve infections drop across U.S. overall, but surged among young adults
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 13 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Research Highlights: An analysis of death certificate data from 1999 to 2020 showed a decline in deaths related to infective endocarditis throughout most of the United States yet found an alarming increase of 2%-5% among adults ages 25-44. There was a notable increase in the diagnosis of substance use disorder among the young adults with infective endocarditis listed as the unde  more

First Liberty Institute: Statement From Military Religious Liberty Expert Mike Berry Regarding Religious Liberty Protections in NDAA
PLANO, Texas, Dec. 15 -- The First Liberty Institute issued the following statement on Dec. 14, 2023: * * * Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, including a provision that protects religious expression on military installations. * * * The following statement may be attributed to Mike Berry, Director of Military Affairs for First Liberty Institute: Section 1049 creates a new procedure for the DoD to process complaints or requests 'regarding publi  more

HACU announces Call for Presentations for 38th Annual Conference on Hispanic higher education
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 11 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has announced the Call for Presentations for its 38th Annual Conference, Nov. 1-3, 2024, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado. Speaker proposals will be accepted through March 8, 2024. HACU's Annual Conference provides a unique forum for the sharing of information and   more

HACU recognizes students with USAA scholarships in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 14 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities held a luncheon event to recognize college students receiving scholarships on December 14, 2023. A total of six students were awarded $5,000 scholarships as part of a financial education program supported by the United Services Automobile Association program (USAA).  HACU President and CEO Antonio R.  more

HACU, Ford Motor Company Fund award two hundred Ford Economic Mobility Grants
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 14 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: HACU, Ford Motor Company Fund award two hundred Ford Economic Mobility Grants The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Ford Motor Company Fund have announced the 200 recipients of the Ford Economic Mobility Grants. Students from HACU-member institutions submitted essays explaining their resilience and strength in the face of crisis. The  more

Heart attack deaths spike during the winter holidays
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 13 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: The winter holidays can turn deadly as research shows that more people die from heart attacks during the last week of December than at any other time of the year. While being aware of the signs of a heart attack and taking steps to reduce your risk are important all year long, the American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain hea  more

Hispanic Access Foundations Welcomes New Grants and Contracts Manager
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 -- The Hispanic Access Foundation issued the following news release: Hispanic Access Foundation is thrilled to announce the addition of Dorian Sanchez-Sackley as the Grants and Contracts Manager. She has vast experience in the public service sector. Before joining Hispanic Access Foundation, Sanchez-Sackley worked in local government in various capacities over the last six years. The cities she worked in include Avondale and Gilbert in Arizona, and most recently, the city o  more

ILRC Launches Travel Advisory Map in Texas Showing Which Counties Have Implemented Anti-Immigrant Policies
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 14 -- The Immigrant Legal Resource Center issued the following news release: The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has launched a travel advisory map with the goal of protecting all Texans by showing which counties have implemented anti-immigrant policies and actions, particularly under Gov. Greg Abbott's unconstitutional and racist Operation Lone Star (OLS). "Unfortunately Texas has become a state with a strong pro-incarceration and anti-immigrant stance. Immigra  more

Institute for Justice: Texas Woman Subjected to Prosecutorial Misconduct Will Seek Further Appellate Review
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Dec. 15 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release on Dec. 14, 2023: For nearly two decades, Midland County, Texas employed Ralph Petty as both a prosecutor and the righthand advisor to the judges hearing his own criminal cases. Erma Wilson is one of hundreds of people whose prosecutions were impacted by that clear conflict of interest--resulting in a false drug conviction that upended her lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse. But when she sued,  more

Insurance Certificate Obtained by FOIA Challenges Companies' Climate Commitments
BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Dec. 14 -- Rainforest Action Network issued the following news release: A recent Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Chubb, Liberty Mutual, and Sompo are the insurers behind the Rio Grande LNG project, a proposed methane gas export terminal on the Texas Gulf Coast that would annually emit the equivalent to 44 coal plants. This revelation questions their ability to protect the climate and their business model. Environmental groups say that Chubb's climate commit  more

Intercultural Development Research Association: Texas School Counselors Raise Concerns About College Advising
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 14 (TNSres) -- The Intercultural Development Research Association issued the following news release on Dec. 12, 2023: A decade after Texas policymakers weakened graduation requirements, middle school counselors struggle with their new role of college and career advising under the 2013 House Bill 5. IDRA today released a study, School Counselors on College Advising Constraints, about the impact of the law on their work and on students. The Texas Legislature ended the pr  more

KFF: Who Decides When a Patient Qualifies for an Abortion Ban Exception? Doctors Vs. the Courts
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Dec. 16 -- KFF, an organization that says it focuses on health policy, issued the following news release on Dec. 14, 2023: Earlier this week, the Texas Supreme Court overturned a lower court order that would have allowed a Texas woman--who was more than 20 weeks pregnant carrying a fetus diagnosed with a fatal condition--to get an abortion in the state. The woman has reportedly travelled out of Texas to obtain an abortion. A new KFF brief (https://www.kff.org/policy-  more

Know Diabetes by Heart(tm) collaborative awards funding for community education
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 11 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: ARLINGTON, VA and DALLAS, December 11, 2023 -- The American Diabetes Association(r) and the American Heart Association(r) have awarded grants to 10 community organizations to help people living with Type 2 diabetes lower their risk for cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, heart failure and stroke. The community grants are part of the leading health non-profits' joint Know   more

La iniciativa de colaboracion Know Diabetes by Heart(tm) concede fondos para la educacion comunitaria
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 11 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA y DALLAS, 11 de diciembre de 2023 -- La American Diabetes Association(r) y la American Heart Association(r) han concedido subvenciones a 10 organizaciones comunitarias para ayudar a las personas con diabetes de tipo 2 a reducir el riesgo de enfermedades cardiovasculares como el infarto de miocardio, la insuficiencia cardiaca y el ataque o derrame cerebral.   more

Las muertes por ataques cardiacos aumentan durante la temporada de Fiestas en invierno
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 13 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: DALLAS, 13 de diciembre de 2023 -- La temporada de Fiestas en invierno puede volverse peligrosa, ya que las investigaciones revelan que mueren mas personas a causa de ataques cardiacos durante la ultima semana de diciembre que en cualquier otro momento del ano. Si bien ser consciente de los signos de un ataque cardiaco y tomar medidas para reducir el riesgo es importante durante t  more

LCV Action Fund Announces U.S. House Endorsements in Texas
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 -- The League of Conservation Voters issued the following news release: The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect pro-environment candidates, announced new endorsements of three Texas candidates in the 2024 election cycle for the U.S. House -- including incumbents Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Jasmine Crockett (TX-30), in addition to Michelle Vallejo (TX-15). "LCV Action Fund is thrilled to support environmental leaders in Texas who will fight   more

League of Conservation Voters and Chispa Texas Statements on OCED's Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Announcement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- The League of Conservation Voters issued the following statement: * * * In response to the close of the the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations' (OCED) Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Announcement, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Chispa Texas issued the following statements: "Today's announcement from the Biden-Harris administration lacks the carbon capture projects critical in industrial, hard to decarbonize sectors -- which could help build the fut  more

NALAC Selected for National Arts Research Initiative by The Wallace Foundation
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 16 -- The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures issued the following news on Dec. 15, 2023: The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), along with ten other selected organizations, have been awarded a total of $2.8 million to conduct research on issues relevant to the well-being of arts organizations of color and the communities they serve. Other partners included in this round of research awards include Camden FireWorks, Chinese Culture Ce  more

NAR Forecasts 4.71 Million Existing-Home Sales, Improved Outlook for Home Buyers in 2024
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (TNSres) -- The National Association of Realtors issued the following news release on Dec. 13, 2023: * * * Austin, Texas named top real estate market with most pent-up housing demand next year Key Highlights NAR predicts 4.71 million existing-home sales in 2024, up 13.5% from 4.1 million anticipated in 2023. Annual median home prices are expected to remain largely unchanged at the national level in 2024, for the second straight year, modestly improving affordability from  more

NCOIL ELECTS HISTORIC NEW OFFICER TEAM
BELMAR, New Jersey, Dec. 7 -- The National Conference of Insurance Legislators issued the following news release: The National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) recently met and elected its lineup of officers for the upcoming year. For the first time ever, a majority-diverse group will lead NCOIL. The organization elected Texas Representative Tom Oliverson, M.D. as President; New York Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter as Vice President; Minnesota Senator Paul Utke as Treasurer; and Louisiana   more

NetChoice Thanks 127 Groups & Individuals for Filing Supportive Briefs to the Supreme Court in Our Landmark Online Speech Cases
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (TNScapv) -- NetChoice, a coalition of trade associations, eCommerce businesses and online consumers, all of whom share the goal of promoting convenience, choice and commerce on the Net, issued the following news on Dec. 8, 2023: Yesterday was the deadline for interested parties to submit amicus curiae briefs in support of our landmark Supreme Court cases against the states of Florida and Texas, Moody v. NetChoice & CCIA and NetChoice & CCIA v. Paxton. NetChoice would like   more

NFWF Announces $1.1 Million in Grants to Support Bird Conservation Along the Central Flyway
HOUSTON, Texas, Dec. 12 -- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation issued the following news release: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with ConocoPhillips and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, today announced $1.1 million in grants that will identify, restore and protect key bird habitats across five states. The grants will leverage $1.5 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $2.6 million. The six projects announced today will c  more

NOW: Texas Supreme Court Continues Its Campaign to Endanger and Control Women's Bodies
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- The National Organization for Women issued the following statement on Dec. 12, 2023: * * * Christian F. Nunes, National Organization for Women (NOW) National President, issued the following statement in response to last night's decision by the Texas Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling that would have allowed a pregnant woman to obtain an abortion as her fetus was diagnosed with a fatal condition: "Once again, instead of protecting women's lives, the Texas S  more

NSP Announces 2023 Sorghum Yield Contest Winners
LUBBOCK, Texas, Dec. 13 -- The National Sorghum Producers issued the following news release: National Sorghum Producers is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 National Sorghum Yield Contest, including Bin Buster awardee Chris Santini from Stewartsville, New Jersey, securing the contest's highest yield at 221.75 bushels per acre. "The winners of the 2023 sorghum yield contest are extended warm congratulations by National Sorghum Producers," NSP Board of Directors Chairman Craig Meeker s  more

Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards 2023 Coach of the Year Finalists named
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 14 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: HOUSTON, December 14, 2023 - Eight active college football coaches make up the American Heart Association's 2023 class of Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award finalists. The award is given each January to a college football coach for contributions that make the sport better for athletes and fans alike by demonstrating grit, integrity and a winning approach to coaching and li  more

Physicians for Reproductive Health: Texan Forced Out of State
NEW YORK, Dec. 12 -- Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement on Dec. 11, 2023: * * * Over the last week, pregnant Texan Kate Cox was repeatedly denied abortion care by various legal threats. Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health and ob/gyn in Texas Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi responds: "The story of Kate Cox is the story of far too many pregnant people across the country and a daily reality for Texans. Pregnancy is both a natural human process and a medical cond  more

Scholars named for research leadership program to increase diversity in clinical trials
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 11 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: The American Heart Association -- the world's leading voluntary organization dedicated to a world of longer, healthier lives for all -- continues its commitment to address the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in clinical trials for medical research with the selection of two early-career scientists for the inaugural Robert A. Winn Clinical Investigator Leadership Award in Ca  more

Southwest Business Offers Flight Discounts for the ASTA Travel Advisor Conference
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Dec. 14 -- The American Society of Travel Advisors issued the following news release: In collaboration with Southwest Business, the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) is excited to announce an exclusive discount on Southwest Airlines flights for attendees traveling to The ASTA Travel Advisor Conference, which will be held May 29 - 31, 2024, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. This offer will enhance the travel experience for those attending the recently rebrand  more

TEXAS & SOUTHWESTERN CATTLE RAISERS ASSOCIATION: FORMER SMITH COUNTY RANCH MANAGER SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON
FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 14 -- The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association issued the following news release on Dec. 12, 2023: Former Lindale ranch manager, Jesus Sergio Perez-Sanchez, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft of livestock Dec. 8 in Smith County. The convictions are the result of a lengthy investigation led by Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers Larry Hand, Bo Fox and Darrel Bobbitt. Perez-Sanchez was arrested in March 2022 for theft of livestoc  more

Texas Association of School Boards: Clark, Perkins Appointed to National Purchasing Cooperative Board
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 15 -- The Texas Association of School Boards issued the following news release: Chris Clark of the Folsom Cordova USD in Rancho Cordova, Calif., and Bob Perkins of Ada County in Idaho, have been appointed to the National Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard(R)) Board of Directors. The BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative is governed by a nine-member board of directors composed of officials and employees of Cooperative members and employees and appointees of sponsoring and a  more

Texas Corn Producers: Scientific Advisory Panel Report Reaffirms Flawed Science in Atrazine Assessment
LUBBOCK, Texas, Dec. 14 (TNSres) -- Texas Corn Producers issued the following news release: A 2023 Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) report (https://www.regulations.gov/document/EPA-HQ-OPP-2023-0154-0046) echoes corn grower comments in calling for the removal of several low-quality studies used in the atrazine reregistration process. The Texas Corn Producers Association and the Triazine Network, a national coalition of farm organizations representing well over 30 crops in 40 states, credits stron  more

Texas Farm Bureau Issues Commentary: There Is No Room for the UN on Our Dinner Plate
WACO, Texas, Dec. 13 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following commentary on Dec. 12, 2023: * * * There Is No Room for the UN on Our Dinner Plate By Russell Boening, Texas Farm Bureau President There Is No Room for the UN on Our Dinner Plate You have likely heard the expression, "Stay in your lane." It means stick to what you know. Do what you are supposed to do. But do not stray too far. The expression is especially fitting for the United Nations (UN) and its Food and Agriculture Organiz  more

TPPF Recommends the State Board of Education Approve HB 900 Library Standards
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 12 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Dec. 11, 2023: Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation recommended that the State Board of Education (SBOE) approve the proposed library standard in order to implement HB 900, the READER Act. "This spring, Rep. Patterson and Sen. Paxton authored, and Gov. Abbott signed, the READER Act to refocus libraries on educational content, empower parents, and remove obscene books. As the law says clearly,  more

U.S. Representatives Peltola, Gonzalez, Cuellar and Boyle Ask NOAA to Suspend North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Speed Rule
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Dec. 15 -- The American Sportfishing Association issued the following news release on Dec. 14, 2023: This week, U.S. Representatives Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) wrote NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Janet Coit urging her to suspend further action on proposed changes to the North Atlantic right whale vessel speed rule. The proposed federal regulations - now in the final rule making sta  more