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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday January 14, 2024 ( 43 items )  

#AAJA24 Updates: Pitch Form Open, Join the Programming Committee!
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Jan. 10 -- The Asian American Journalists Association issued the following news release: AAJA Family, we know it's early in the year, but we're already excited for #AAJA24 in August! As we ramp up our preparations, we invite you to share ideas with us -- from speakers to sessions or even getting involved with our Convention Programming Committee. Pitch speakers and programs Gathering in Austin will be an opportunity to engage with hot-button issues shaping Texas, w  more

'Unhealthy' Brownsvillians Warned to Be Wary of Dairy in Bus Blitz, Courtesy of PETA
BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 13 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: Residents of the town recently designated as the "unhealthiest city" in the U.S.--in a state that holds the record for the most Dairy Queen locations--will get some serious food for thought as PETA launches a messaging blitz on city buses urging residents to steer clear of cow's milk, which is chock-full of cholesterol and cruelty. "Dairy is laden with cholesterol and fat, which is fin  more

100 years of lifesaving work and counting: Happy Birthday to the American Heart Association
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 8 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Embargoed until 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET Monday, Jan. 8, 2024 DALLAS, Jan. 8, 2024 -- From humble beginnings as a small professional health society formed by six cardiologists in Chicago in 1924, the American Heart Association has emerged as the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Uniting more than 35 million volunteers and  more

ACLU of Texas, Partners File Preliminary Injunction to Block Texas' Anti-Immigrant Law S.B. 4 From Taking Effect
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 13 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas issued the following news release on Jan. 12, 2024: The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the ACLU, and the Texas Civil Rights Project today filed a preliminary injunction (https://www.aclutx.org/sites/default/files/sb_4_pi_motion.pdf) in federal court to block Texas' state immigration enforcement law Senate Bill 4 (88-4) from taking effect March 5. This legal action comes just weeks after the civil rights organizatio  more

Alliance Defending Freedom: District Court Grants States' Request to Hold FDA Accountable for Removing Critical Safety Standards for Women and Girls
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan. 13 -- The Alliance Defending Freedom issued the following statement on Jan. 12, 2024: * * * The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Erin Hawley, vice president of the ADF Center for Life and Center for Regulatory Practice, regarding the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granting a motion to intervene that Missouri, Kansas, and Idaho filed last November in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. U.S. Food and  more

American Jewish Committee: Majority of American Jews Feel Less Safe After October 7 Hamas Terror Attack
NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (TNSres) -- American Jewish Committee issued the following news release on Jan. 11, 2024: American Jewish Committee (AJC) today released new data showing how Hamas' October 7 terror attack on Israel (https://www.ajc.org/IsraelHamasWar) is affecting American Jews - they are feeling less safe. These data come as the world prepares to mark 100 days since the October 7 Hamas massacre on January 14, 2024. Monday, January 15 also marks two years since the hostage situation at a syna  more

American Nuclear Society: Next-Gen Workforce Development for Nuclear Waste Disposal Research & Development
LA GRANGE PARK, Illinois, Jan. 12 -- The American Nuclear Society issued the following news: The Department of Energy, in conjunction with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University, will conduct a biweekly webinar series aimed at providing a broad overview of nuclear waste management and disposal in the United States as well as the latest research activities. The target audience is undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering, policy, sociotechnical, and soci  more

Center for a Humane Economy: Modest Surge in American Horses Exported to Mexico for Slaughter Underscores Urgent Need for Congress to Ban Trafficking of Our Equids for Meat
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (TNSres) -- The Center for a Humane Economy issued the following news release: * * * Animal welfare groups condemn uptick in slaughter, call for action on Farm bill * * * USDA export data reveals that kill buyers shipped 17,997 horses from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to slaughter plants in Mexico in 2023. This was the most significant annual percentage increase of live exports since 2012. Final numbers are not yet available for live exports to Canada. The jump in expor  more

Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Board Member Additions
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 9 -- Consumer Energy Alliance issued the following news release on Jan. 8, 2024: Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) welcomed two noteworthy energy experts to its growing board of directors, CEA President David Holt announced today. One of CEA's new directors is Michelle Michot Foss, Ph.D., a fellow in energy, minerals and materials at Rice University's Baker Institute. She brings a wealth of energy, minerals and supply chain research expertise to CEA, as well as over 45 years  more

Consumer Reports Commends New Jersey Legislature for Approving a Comprehensive Privacy Bill
TRENTON, New Jersey, Jan. 10 -- Consumer Reports issued the following news release on Jan. 9, 2024: Yesterday, the New Jersey Legislature advanced a new comprehensive privacy bill. If the bill is signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey would become the 13th state, after California, Utah, Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, Montana, Oregon, Texas, and Delaware to extend baseline privacy rights to consumers, including the right to access, delete, and stop certai  more

Dr. Archana Jalligampala From University of Louisville Awarded $90,000 Knights Templar Eye Foundation Grant for Retinitis Pigmentosa Research
FLOWER MOUND, Texas, Jan. 12 -- Knights Templar Eye Foundation issued the following news: Dr. Archana Jalligampala from the University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky was awarded a $90,000 grant to study: Therapeutic efficacy of a novel stereopure antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) - Wave1, to treat P23H autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa. Humans navigate the world primarily using vision. Imagine a parent learning that their child has a disorder that will lead to impa  more

Food & Water Watch: 50+ NYC Activists Call on Gov. Hochul, Legislature to Ban CO2 Fracking
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 -- The Food and Water Watch issued the following news release on Jan. 11, 2024: On Thursday, 50+ activists organized by Food & Water Watch rallied outside Governor Hochul's Manhattan office to protest a proposal by Southern Tier Solutions to evade New York's long standing fracking ban with a dangerous CO2 fracking scam. The newly formed Texas company's plans to drill thousands of wells and construct a dozen gas-burning power plants in the Southern Tier pose serious threats t  more

HACU accepting applications for the 2024 Enlace Mid-Level Leadership Program
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 11 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has announced applications are being accepted for the Enlace Mid-Level Leadership Program. The program is a six-month development experience offered in a cohort format and consisting of webinars and two in person sessions. Academic leaders or non-academic support personnel serving around the mid-level   more

HARC Releases Mitsubishi-Funded Report on Improving Tree Equity
THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Jan. 10 (TNSres) -- Houston Advanced Research Center issued the following agency statement on Jan. 9, 2024: * * * HARC is pleased to announce the release of our report A Case for Cool Trees: Advancing Houston's Tree Equity. Funded by the Mitsubishi Corporation, this report provides guidance on how to plan and conduct urban tree plantings equitably to reduce climate and health risks, and makes the evidence-based case for increasing tree canopy and improving tree equity in   more

HFTP Announces 2024 HITEC Dubai Advisory Council
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 9 (TNSres) -- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals issued the following news release: Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(R)), producers of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(R)), is pleased to announce the industry experts that global exhibition powerhouse dmg events has put together to serve on the advisory council for HITEC Dubai 2024. Co-located with The Hotel Show Dubai, the event will be held 4-6 June  more

IADA Adds New Accredited Dealers
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 9 -- The International Aircraft Dealers Association the following news release: The Board of Directors of the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) voted to add three new preowned aircraft dealers, all accredited by the organization. The new dealer members are Jetsetter Business Jets, Jones Aviation Group (JAG) and Oshman Aviation. Jetsetter Business Jets Jetsetter Business Jets handles business aircraft sales, acquisitions and management. The company was found  more

IFMA Releases Statement on AI and FM
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 9 -- The International Facility Management Association issued the following statement on Jan. 8, 2024: * * * IFMA has released the following statement on artificial intelligence (AI) with respect to the facility management (FM) industry and the association's efforts to present FM professionals with useful, well-grounded insights and resources: Within the facility management (FM) industry, there is both interest and apprehension surrounding artificial intelligence (AI). IF  more

IRLI Asks Supreme Court to Keep Texas's Border Up
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 -- The Immigration Reform Law Institute issued the following news release: The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has filed a brief (https://irli.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/IRLI-Texas-Wire-Amicus_FINAL.pdf) with the Supreme Court opposing an emergency application of the Biden Administration to vacate an injunction the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued to prevent border patrol from cutting Texas's razor-wire border barriers while that appellate court consider  more

Jonestown Becomes Texas's Ninth International Dark Sky Community
JONESTOWN, Texas, Jan. 9 -- DarkSky International issued the following news release: The City of Jonestown, Texas, USA, has been officially designated as an International Dark Sky Community by DarkSky International. Jonestown now joins more than 210 certified International Dark Sky Places worldwide that have demonstrated strong community support for dark sky advocacy and strive to protect the night from light pollution. Jonestown is located in Travis County on the north shore of Lake Travis (3  more

Manhattan Institute Issues Commentary to New York Post: Adams' Lame Lawsuit Against Bus Firms Ignores the Migrant Crisis' Real Roots
NEW YORK, Jan. 7 -- The Manhattan Institute issued the following excerpts of a commentary to the New York Post: * * * Adams' Lame Lawsuit against Bus Firms Ignores the Migrant Crisis' Real Roots By Nicole Gelinas New year, old mayor. January's first week brought fresh evidence Mayor Adams still has no idea how to manage the nearly two-year-old migrant crisis. His latest gimmick is to sue bus companies bringing migrants from Texas. In announcing the lawsuit Thursday, Adams slammed what he c  more

MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers' Heavy Duty Manufacturers Representatives Council to Present 'Chasing the Aftermarket' Ahead of HDAD '24
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Jan. 9 -- The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association issued the following news: The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Representatives Council (HDMRC), a council within MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers, part of MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association (MEMA) will present Chasing the Aftermarket: Efficiently Executing Sales in a Rapidly Changing Industry on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The free and in  more

MetroHealth Names Director of Cancer Institute
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan. 12 -- The MetroHealth System issued the following news release: The MetroHealth System has appointed Rakhshanda Rahman, MBBS, MD, FCPS, FRCS (Ed & Glasg), FACS, as Director of the Cancer Institute. Dr. Rahman joins MetroHealth from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas, where she served as Medical Director of the UMC Cancer Center, Director of Breast Center of Excellence and Vice Chair of Cancer Research and Development. She is nationally recogniz  more

Mike Norvell named 2023 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 11 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: HOUSTON, January 10, 2024 - Mike Norvell, head coach at Florida State University, was named college football Coach of the Year at the American Heart Association's Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards, presented by Marathon Oil. The 38th annual awards program benefits the American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier live  more

MISMO Honors Annual Award Recipients at 2024 Winter Summit
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 11 -- MISMO, a subsidiary of the Mortgage Bankers Association, issued the following news: MISMO(R), the real estate finance industry's standards organization, announced the recipients of its MISMO Awards program during a ceremony at its 2024 Winter Summit. The MISMO Awards program recognizes the volunteer contributors for their efforts to advance MISMO standards, increase participation, and support the organization. "We are grateful to all of our volunteers who work with M  more

MISMO Introduces New Certification Opportunities at 2024 Winter Summit
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 9 -- MISMO, a subsidiary of the Mortgage Bankers Association, issued the following news on Jan. 8, 2024: MISMO(R), the real estate finance industry's standards organization, today introduced new certification opportunities at its 2024 Winter Summit. The new certification offerings include MISMO's Certified Consultant program, MISMO's e-Vault System Certification, and MISMO's SMART Doc(R) Validation Rules Certifications. These three new certifications bring MISMO's total ind  more

MISMO Releases 2023 Annual Report at Winter Summit
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 12 (TNSres) -- MISMO, a subsidiary of the Mortgage Bankers Association, issued the following news: MISMO(R), the real estate finance industry's standards organization, today released its 2023 Annual Report at its 2024 Winter Summit. The MISMO Annual Report outlines the organization's progress toward creating essential standards designed to solve key business challenges. View the full report online to learn more about MISMO's impact, achievements, certifications, growth, and  more

Molly Clayton Joins Arnold Ventures as Vice President of Contraceptive Access
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 9 -- Arnold Ventures (formerly the Laura and John Arnold Foundation) issued the following news release: Veteran policy strategist Molly Clayton has joined Arnold Ventures as its vice president of contraceptive choice and access, effective immediately. Clayton's hiring - and the creation of this new position- underscores Arnold Ventures' ongoing commitment to ensuring that all Americans can access, afford, and have the freedom to choose the birth control method best for them  more

NFF Announces Star-Studded 2024 College Football Hall of Fame Class
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 9 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release on Jan. 8, 2024: The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the 2024 College Football Hall of Fame Class during ESPN's "Championship Drive Presented by Allstate." 2024 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS PLAYERS: * Justin Blackmon - WR, Oklahoma State (2009-11) * Paul Cameron - TB, UCLA (1951-53) * Tim Couch - QB, Kentucky (1996-98) * Warr  more

NFF Presents Divisional Championship Trophies at AFCA Convention
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 10 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release: In front of more than 1,500 coaches at the 2024 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame presented the NFF divisional national championship trophies to the coaches of the 2023 winning teams on Jan. 8. "Each year at the AFCA convention, the NFF presents the championship   more

Nurse Practitioners Sweep Three U.S. News & World Report Best Jobs Rankings
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 12 -- The American Association of Nurse Practitioners issued the following news: The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) applauds the recognition of nurse practitioners (NPs) in U.S News & World Report's "Best Jobs" rankings for 2024, which lists the profession first in three categories. In its recently released rankings, the NP profession is the number one career in the 100 Best Jobs, Best Health Care Jobs and Best STEM Jobs lists. "The NP profession is thri  more

Snow shoveling, cold temperatures combine for perfect storm of heart health hazards
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 11 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Weather forecasters may call it 'white fluffy stuff,' however, snow can be a bigger danger than many people may realize. According to the American Heart Association, celebrating its Centennial birthday as the world's leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, research shows that the exertion of shoveling snow may lead to an increased risk of a heart   more

Statement on ACEP Support of EMTALA & Physician Autonomy When Treating Pregnant Patients
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 11 -- The American College of Emergency Physicians issued the following agency statement on Jan. 10, 2024: * * * In June 2022, the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn of Roe v. Wade allowed states to enact or enforce laws banning abortion. In response, the Department of Health and Human Services published guidance regarding a hospital's obligations under the Emergency Medicine Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), outlining their duties to offer stabilizing care, including   more

Susan G. Komen: Introduction of Breast Imaging Legislation Will Benefit Thousands of New Hampshire Residents
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 10 (TNSres) -- 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 on Jan. 9, 2024: Susan G. Komen(R), the world's leading breast cancer organization, commends Representative Catherine Rombeau (D-Bedford) for working with Komen to eliminate financial barriers to earlier breast cancer detection by ensuring that everyone has equitable access t  more

Susan G. Komen: Legislation Introduced In Washington State Would Increase Access to Treatments for Metastatic Cancer Patients
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 13 -- 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, applauds Senator Ron Muzzall (R-Oak Harbor) and Representative Paul Harris (R-Vancouver) for introducing legislation that would prohibit the use of step therapy protocols for metastatic cancer patients. Studies have s  more

SwRI Awarded $54 Million Contract to Develop QuickSounder Weather Satellite
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 9 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: NASA and NOAA have selected Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to develop QuickSounder, the first in a new generation of NOAA low-Earth orbit environmental satellites. Under the $54 million contract, SwRI will design and build the satellite and operate it for three years. QuickSounder will kick off NOAA's Near Earth Orbit Network (NEON) program. The Near Earth Orbit Network is a collaborative mission  more

SwRI's Dr. Steve Dellenback Joins USDOT's Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 10 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: Southwest Research Institute's Dr. Steve Dellenback, vice president of the Intelligent Systems Division, will join the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee (TTAC). The USDOT recently announced the launch of the committee and its 27 members who represent a diverse spectrum of perspectives from academia, think tanks, the public sector, labor and industry. T  more

Texas Association of School Administrators: James B. Crow to Receive 2023 Golden Deeds for Education Award
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 12 -- The Texas Association of School Administrators issued the following news release: James B. Crow, who retired as executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in 2021, has been chosen to join a select group of Texans to receive the Golden Deeds Award, a coveted award for distinguished service to education in the state. Crow will be presented with the award at the 2024 TASA Midwinter Conference January 29 in Austin. TASA and the Texas A&M Universit  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Recognizes Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Month
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 9 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following statement on Jan. 8, 2024: * * * Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation recognizes Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Month, designated by Gov. Abbott. TPPF's Secure and Sovereign Frontier Policy Director Melissa Ford Maldonado issued the following statement: "Human trafficking is a growing threat to not only Texas, but to the rest of the country and the world. Texas is leading the fight to end this modern-day  more

Texas State Aquarium Prepares for Impending Cold Front With Wildlife Rescue and Facility Readiness
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Jan. 13 -- The Texas State Aquarium issued the following news release: In anticipation of the cold front set to impact Texas in the coming days, the Texas State Aquarium has initiated a comprehensive emergency response plan to safeguard both coastal wildlife and its main aquarium facilities. "We've been closely monitoring the weather forecasts," explained Jesse Gilbert, President and CEO of the Texas State Aquarium. "Advanced indications of the cold weather pattern promp  more

The NFF Salutes the College Football Playoff on 10th Anniversary
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 11 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release: The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame salutes the College Football Playoff (CFP) and its staff, led by CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock, for their exceptional efforts in staging the 10th CFP National Championship. The organization also congratulates the Houston College Football Playoff National Championship Host Committee for their hospitality in orga  more

Three researchers awarded $1 million each to study new heart disease treatments, causes
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 9 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: DALLAS, Jan. 9, 2024 -- A physician-scientist from Massachusetts researching whether chemicals naturally occurring in foods could help treat heart disease, a genetics expert from Pennsylvania exploring the molecular mechanisms of lipid metabolism and cardiovascular diseases and a California-based professor of cardiovascular medicine studying how vaping impacts the development of ab  more

U.S. heart disease deaths linked with substance use rose 4% per year between 1999-2019
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 10 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Research Highlights: Despite drops in overall cardiovascular disease deaths from 1999-2019, cardiovascular disease deaths in which substance use was cited as a contributing factor increased an average of 4% per year, with the death rate accelerating to 6.2% from 2012-2019. Prominent increases in cardiovascular deaths associated with substance use were most notable among women, A  more

University of Michigan Recognized as 2023 NFF MacArthur Bowl Recipient
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 10 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release on Jan. 9, 2024: The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame today recognized No. 1 Michigan (15-0) as the recipient of the 2023 NFF MacArthur Bowl National Championship Trophy following the team's 34-13 victory over No. 2 Washington (14-1) yesterday in the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship Presented by AT&T before a sellout crowd of 72,808 f  more