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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday January 28, 2024 ( 45 items )  

$7,000 USPOULTRY Foundation Student Recruiting Grant Awarded to Sam Houston State University
TUCKER, Georgia, Jan. 25 -- The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association Foundation issued the following news release: The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a $7,000 student recruiting grant to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Sam Houston State University's agriculture program engages in student recruitment, retention, promotion and support, both on and off campus. High school students and community college transfers are well-served in this program, showing higher retention rates than aver  more

AAJ Reacts to Texas Two-Step Developments
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 -- The American Association for Justice issued the following statement on Jan. 25, 2024: * * * The following are statements from American Association for Justice President on recent developments regarding the Texas Two-Step legal trick to escape accountability: BACKGROUND: After two failed attempts to declare bankruptcy in New Jersey, Johnson & Johnson is reportedly planning to attempt the legal trick for a third time, this time trying their luck in Texas. Despite news rep  more

ADF to 5th Circuit: Stop Dangerous Trend of Chilling Speech on Campus
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan. 25 -- The Alliance Defending Freedom issued the following statement on Jan. 24, 2024: * * * The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Travis Barham regarding a friend-of-the-court brief filed Tuesday in Speech First v. McCall with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit challenging an illegal speech policy at Texas State University that penalizes constitutionally protected speech on and off campus: "College students have  more

Advocates for Hispanic-Serving institutions to head to Washington D.C. for HACUas 29th Annual National Capitol Forum, April 9-10, 2024
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 23 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: Advocates for Hispanic-Serving institutions to head to Washington D.C. for HACU's 29th Annual National Capitol Forum, April 9-10, 2024 The largest advocacy gathering for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is expected to bring together 400 higher education leaders and supporters to advocate on issues impacting Hispanic-Serving Instituti  more

American Heart Association: More than half of U.S. adults don't know heart disease is leading cause of death, despite 100-year reign
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 24 [Category: Health Care] (TNSres) -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Highlights: More than half (51%) of respondents in a 2023 Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of the American Heart Association did not identify heart disease as the leading cause of death in the U.S. According to the 2024 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics: A Report of U.S. and Global Data From the American Heart Association, heart disease has been the leading caus  more

American Heart Association: Targeted Scientific Research Projects to Demonstrate Effectiveness of Food is Medicine' in Health Care
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 24 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: In an effort to identify effective food is medicine approaches for incorporating healthy food into health care delivery, the American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health research, now celebrating 100 years of lifesaving work, today announced grants totaling $7.8 million to 19 research projects nationwide as part of its He  more

American Sociological Association: Global Illiberalism Impacts Academic Freedom - New Study
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (TNSres) -- The American Sociological Association issued the following news release: In the United States and across the world, new challenges to academic freedom have emerged. From Florida and Texas to Turkey and China, governments at the state and national levels are adopting restrictions on what can be taught and researched. Looking at the long historical narrative of academic freedom can help us better understand these current challenges. In the past 60 years, academic   more

Childhood relationships, experiences may have good and bad effects on adult heart health
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 23 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Research Highlights: Positive, warm relationships between caregiver and child were associated with higher odds of attaining ideal heart health at multiple points across a 20-year span of adulthood. Meanwhile, experiencing childhood adversity such as abuse was associated with a lower chance of reaching optimal cardiovascular health in adulthood. Lower annual income as an adult -  more

Construction Employment Increases In 35 States Between December 2022 & December 2023, While 32 States Add Construction Jobs Last Month
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Jan. 23 [Category: Construction] -- Associated General Contractors of America issued the following news release: South Dakota and Texas Leads Top Rankings of Year-over-Year Increases, While New York Lags; South Dakota and New Jersey Lead in Monthly Gains, While D.C. and Ohio Experience Largest Declines Construction employment increased in 35 states in December from a year earlier, while 32 states added construction jobs between November and December, according to a new ana  more

Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi is PRH's New Board Chair
NEW YORK, Jan. 25 -- Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following news release: We are honored to announce that Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi, ob/gyn in Texas, abortion provider, and founder of Pegasus Health Justice Center, now holds the position of Board Chair for Physicians for Reproductive Health. Dr. Moayedi's term as Board Chair will last for three years, ending in November of 2026. Dr. Moayedi has been dedicated to PRH's community for many years as a member of the Leadership Training   more

Emergency cardiovascular care impact goal outlines 3 target needs
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 22 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Statement Highlights: Despite significant advances in research, education, clinical practice and community-based programs, survival from cardiac arrest remains low. Significant disparities also exist in cardiac arrest outcomes. This scientific statement specifically identifies impact goals to achieve or exceed by 2030 to improve cardiac arrest for all people. * Only 10% of pe  more

Evaluation Shows Students of TFA-Affiliated Teachers As Likely or More Likely to Pass Texas STAAR Assessment Than Students of Comparable Non-TFA-Affiliated Teachers
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 23 (TNSres) -- Teach For America issued the following news release: * * * Results from Southern Methodist University's Center on Research and Evaluation Consistent with Previous Assessments * * * Southern Methodist University's Center on Research and Evaluation released an independent evaluation of the impact of Teach For America (TFA) affiliated teachers across Texas (Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio) showing that students of TFA-aff  more

First Liberty Institute: Babylon Bee, Not the Bee Urge SCOTUS to Uphold Florida, Texas Laws That Prevent Social Media Censorship
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 -- The First Liberty Institute issued the following news release: First Liberty Institute and the law firm Consovoy McCarthy PLLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief at the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of the Babylon Bee LLC and Not the Bee LLC in Ashley Moody, Attorney General of Florida, et. al., v NetChoice LLC, et. al., and NetChoice LLC, et al. v. Attorney General of Texas, et al. In these cases, the Court will review state laws that prohibit social media   more

First Liberty Institute: Statement Regarding Allegations Against Dad's Place by the City of Bryan, Ohio
PLANO, Texas, Jan. 19 -- The First Liberty Institute issued the following statement: * * * The following statement may be attributed to Jeremy Dys, Senior Counsel for First Liberty: "The latest statement by the City of Bryan--filled with half-truths and malicious innuendo designed to vilify the most desperate and downtrodden in their community--is simply the latest in a long line of aggressive actions by the City to bully this church into submission. Instead of supporting a church that is try  more

Greater Austin Chamber Board Issues Resolution to Support Pay and Benefits for Austin Police Department
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 27 -- The Austin Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release on Jan. 25, 2024: * * * Today, the Austin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved a resolution that advocates for the passage of Ordinance No. 20230223-061, which extends certain pay and benefits for Austin Police Department officers, increased field training pay, maintained base pay and continued cadet incentive programs. WHEREAS the Chamber Board of Directors desires to strengthen public safet  more

HACU accepting applications for Leader-in-Residence Program for undergraduate students
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 26 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: HACU accepting applications for Leader-in-Residence Program for undergraduate students The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has announced applications are being accepted for the HACU Leader-in-Residence Program, a competitive eight-month program where 50 students from HACU-member institutions across the U.S. and Puerto Rico receive leade  more

HACU and Territorium launch Avanza Initiative to transform student career success in a skills-oriented economy
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 25 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: From recruitment to careers, LifeJourney offers an innovative and future-ready solution to connect learners with careers using verified skills SAN ANTONIO - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced a new collaboration initiative called Avanza with edtech provider Territorium to transform the educational and employability  more

HACU on the Road visits Monterrey, Mexico
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 26 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: HACU on the Road visits Monterrey, Mexico The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities hosted an event in Mexico as part of its HACU on the Road visits. HACU has visited national and international campuses for over 10 years to speak to education and community leaders about important issues in higher education, and to highlight HACU's programs an  more

HACU Webinar: Redesigning Dual Enrollment Programs as an On-Ramp to High-Opportunity College and Career Pathways for Underserved Students
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 23 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: HACU Webinar: Redesigning Dual Enrollment Programs as an On-Ramp to High-Opportunity College and Career Pathways for Underserved Students The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is hosting a webinar "Redesigning Dual Enrollment Programs as an On-Ramp to High-Opportunity College and Career Pathways for Underserved Students," on Jan. 31 at 12  more

HFTP Announces Program, Entrepreneur 20X Participants for Digital Horizons 360
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 25 -- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals issued the following news release: Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(R)) has announced the planned roundtable discussion topics set to be considered at its inaugural Digital Horizons 360 (DH360) Symposium next month in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. An invitation-only, non-sales event, DH360 will bring together dozens of hospitality leaders for roundtable discussions on the technologies set to have t  more

Immigrant Legal Resource Center: Supreme Court Rules Border Patrol Agents Can Remove Deadly Razor Wire Installed by Texas Governor
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 -- The Immigrant Legal Resource Center issued the following news release: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott must stand back and let U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents remove or cut the razor wire at the southern border after the Supreme Court overruled the Fifth Circuit's order blocking them from doing so. "At Abbott's insistence, the razor wire installed along the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass was yet another hateful example of his anti-immigrant and anti-Texas agenda," said   more

Jed Foundation: Amid High Levels of Stress, Anxiety, 2024 Thriving College Student Index Reveals Ways Students Stay on Top of Mental Wellness
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 22 -- The Jed Foundation issued the following news release on Jan. 21, 2024: The second annual Thriving College Student Index Report was released today on Hi, How Are You Day and at a time when half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14 and suicide is the second cause of death in young adults.* This second annual report summarizes the results of a survey, fielded in the U.S. in October 2023 by world leader in research, Ipsos, of nearly 25,000 college students residing in   more

LULAC Affirms the Supreme Court in Calling for the Removal of Razor Wire Along US-Mexico Border
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 -- LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, issued the following news release on Jan. 22, 2024: LULAC stands with the Supreme Court's ruling that paves the way for the removal of razor wire along the US-Mexico border. The nation's oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization affirms that this ruling is appropriate until the legal questions surrounding the matter are resolved in court. "LULAC today supports the Supreme Court ruling that only the federal go  more

Mercy Corps and USAID Expand Internship Opportunities for Students at Minority-Serving Institutions
PORTLAND, Oregon, Jan. 24 -- The Mercy Corps issued the following statement on Jan. 23, 2024: * * * The global humanitarian and development organization Mercy Corps is partnering with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand internship opportunities in international development for students at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). MSIs are focused on serving minority populations and comprise more than 400 institutions across the United States, including Historic  more

Model of SwRI-Built Spacecraft to Be Displayed in Smithsonian
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 24 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release on Jan. 23, 2024: A model of a Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) microsatellite has been delivered to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. for an upcoming display. The CYGNSS mission is to improve tropical storm and hurricane forecasting. The constellation of eight microsatellites was designed, built and operated by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) for  more

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Launches National Ambassador Program to Combat the Skyrocketing Surge in Impaired Driving
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving issued the following news release: Mothers Against Drunk Driving(R) (MADD) is responding to a staggering 35% surge in drunk driving over the past decade by launching a National Ambassador Program that will significantly expand its grassroots effort to reach more high-risk audiences and local communities nationwide. Impaired driving has increased by 14% two years in a row and has caused 13,000 deaths for the first time since 2007. Every 79   more

National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame: NCAA Division I Football Officials Gather in Irving to Discuss the Rules of the Game
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 23 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release on Jan. 22, 2024: The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that the annual winter meeting of Division I conference coordinators for football officials is taking place Jan. 23-24 for the 11th year at NFF Headquarters in Irving, Texas. The meeting is being led by College Football Officiating (CFO) National Coordinator Steve Shaw. NFF President   more

National retailers support heart and stroke health through annual Life is Why(tm) campaign
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 25 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: This February, during American Heart Month and the American Heart Association's Centennial year, the Association is devoted to a world of healthier lives for all by teaming up with retailers and brands around the country for Life is Why(tm), a cause marketing campaign supporting the Association's life-saving heart and brain health mission. Life is Why inspires consumers to celebra  more

President George W. Bush Discusses the State of American Democracy in an Exclusive Interview for the Bush Institute's Quarterly Publication, The Catalyst
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 25 (TNSres) -- The George W. Bush Presidential Center issued the following news release on Jan. 24, 2024: In the Winter 2024 edition of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute, contributors examine the evolution of American democracy and its current state. President George W. Bush weighs-in on the state of the union and why Americans should remain hopeful. Former Utah Senator Mitt Romney discusses the importance of generational leadership and Kansas Governor  more

Proposed Pardon & Parole Changes Narrow and Limit Commutation in Oklahoma: Right On Crime Calls the Changes Unwarranted Restrictions
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 23 -- Right on Crime, a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that supports conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders and lowering taxpayer costs, issued the following news release: Right On Crime, a national criminal justice campaign, cautions members of Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board against narrowing eligibility for commutation relief and limiting the Governor's commutation power. Urging they reconsider the pro  more

Right On Crime Supports And Endorses The Recommendations of Oklahoma's MODERN Justice Taskforce
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 25 -- Right on Crime, a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that supports conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders and lowering taxpayer costs, issued the following news release: Right On Crime, a national criminal justice campaign and dedicated advocate for crime reduction through conservative initiatives, commends the recent report from the MODERN Justice Taskforce in Oklahoma. This collaborative effort, comprisi  more

Sierra Club Urges Texas Parks Department to Delay Vote on SpaceX Land Swap
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 25 -- The Sierra Club issued the following statement on Jan. 24, 2024: * * * Yesterday, the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club urged the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to delay its Jan. 25 meeting where the agency plans to vote on a proposed land exchange involving SpaceX. In a letter from Conservation Director Cyrus Reed, the Lone Star Chapter emphasized the rushed and non-inclusive process that has unfolded regarding a proposal to take 43 acres in Boca Chica State   more

Six NFF National Scholar-Athletes Move Closer to Super Bowl Dreams
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 25 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release on Jan. 24, 2024: The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame highlighted today that six former NFF National Scholar-Athletes, including Campell Trophy(R) recipients Jack Campbell and Charlie Kolar, will play this weekend in the AFC and NFC Championship Games: * #65 Jake Brendel (UCLA) - San Francisco 49ers, OL, National Scholar-Athlete Class of 2015 * #66 Mi  more

Six students awarded Palo Alto Networks Cyber Scholars Program Scholarships
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 22 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: Six students awarded Palo Alto Networks Cyber Scholars Program Scholarships The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Palo Alto Networks have announced the six recipients of the Palo Alto Networks Cyber Scholars scholarships of $5,000. Undergraduate and graduate students from HACU-member institutions who are majoring in cybersecurity, inf  more

SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE: STEP DEMO PILOT PLANT MAKES NEW BREAKTHROUGH FOR SCO2 POWER GENERATION
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 23 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: The Supercritical Transformational Electric Power (STEP) Demo pilot plant, a $169 million, 10-megawatt supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) test facility at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, has achieved an industry first during commissioning by firing its natural gas heater and operating its turbine up to an intermediate speed of 18,000 rpm. "Operating the integrated system is a not  more

Stop Promoting Christian Nationalism, FFRF Demands of West Texas A&M
MADISON, Wisconsin, Jan. 24 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: Quit propounding religious sectarianism, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the West Texas A&M University leadership. A concerned student reported that West Texas A&M University has started the Hill Institute, a conservative think tank. The institute is designed to promote "Texas Panhandle Values." Among these is the "The Free And Open Exercise Of Faith: in recognition of natural   more

Susan G. Komen: Introduction of Breast Imaging Legislation Will Benefit Thousands of South Dakotans
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 24 -- 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, commends Representative Erin Healy (D-Sioux Falls) for working with Komen to eliminate financial barriers to earlier breast cancer detection by ensuring that everyone has equitable access to diagnostic and supplementa  more

Texas Association of School Business Officials: 32 Districts Earn Award of Excellence in Financial Management
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 (TNSres) -- Texas Association of School Business Officials issued the following news release Jan. 25, 2024: TASBO has announced the 2024 winners of the Award of Excellence in Financial Management. The awards program is sponsored by Frontline Education. We are proud to recognize educational organizations across the state who have earned the prestigious Award of Excellence in Financial Management. Established in 2020, the award is given to Texas school districts, open-enro  more

Texas Biomed Creates New Education Program to Support Young Scientists
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 24 -- Texas Biomedical Research Institute issued the following news: Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) is launching a new science education program with funding provided by Valero. The program will provide San Antonio high school students with hands-on biomedical research experience. Valero's support for the "Valero Young Scientist Program" at Texas Biomed will help inspire local students to be part of the next generation of scientists and provide them  more

Texas Biomedical Research Institute: Researchers Pinpoint Most Likely Source of HIV Rebound Infection
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 23 (TNSres) -- Texas Biomedical Research Institute issued the following news: In findings that have implications for potential new HIV therapies, researchers from Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) used genetic sequencing techniques on the nonhuman primate version of the virus to identify that lymph nodes in the abdomen are the leading source of rebound infection after the first week of stopping antiretroviral treatment. The study regarding simian immun  more

Texas Farm Bureau Successfully Promotes National Policy Resolutions
WACO, Texas, Jan. 24 -- Texas Farm Bureau issued the following news release on Jan. 23, 2024: Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) voting delegates secured passage of a wide range of national policy resolutions from Texas as new policy positions of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) at the AFBF annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 22. TFB was represented at the AFBF business session by 29 voting delegates, the third largest delegation among the 50 state Farm Bureaus and Puerto Rico. There a  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Applauds Governor Abbott's Statement Affirming Texas' Constitutional Authority to Defend Itself
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release: The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) commends Governor Greg Abbott for affirming Texas' authority and responsibility to defend its people and secure its border, even in the face of federal inaction and opposition. "Texas has been at the forefront of an invasion from Mexican cartels and their allies in the Mexican state -- and their allies in the Biden regime. Thanks to Governor Abbott, Texas ha  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Statement on Border Patrol Being Allowed to Resume Cutting Texas Concertina Wire
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 24 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Jan. 23, 2024: Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the administrative stay by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit allowing the U.S. Border Patrol to resume cutting concertina wire installed by the state of Texas to deter and prevent illegal crossings. The case represents one of the many ways the federal government has over the past three years attempted to undermine Texas' effort   more

Texas Upstream Employment, Permian Production and Energy Infrastructure Expand
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 24 -- Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association issued the following news release: Citing the latest Current Employment Statistics (CES) report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) today highlighted new employment figures showing an increase in upstream employment for the month of December 2023. According to TIPRO's analysis, direct Texas upstream employment for December totale  more

TPPF's Mark P. Mills Denounces Biden Administration's Halt on LNG Exports
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 27 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Jan. 26, 2024: Today, in a partisan move aimed at shoring up President Joe Biden's support from climate activists, the Biden administration announced a halt to the permitting of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals. Mark P. Mills, Distinguished Senior Fellow for energy policy with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, released the following statement on the Biden administration's temporary ba  more