Tuesday - June 18, 2024
Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday February 18, 2024 ( 37 items )  

ACLU ARIZ.: IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS ADVOCATES RELEASE NEW REPORT DETAILING BORDER PATROL'S INHUMANE CONFISCATIONS OF MIGRANTS' PERSONAL BELONGINGS
PHOENIX, Arizona, Feb. 13 (TNSres) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona issued the following news release on Feb. 12, 2024: Today, the ACLU of Arizona released From Hope to Heartbreak, a report detailing how inhumane and ineffective policies are allowing widespread confiscation and trashing of migrants' personal belongings by the U.S. Border Patrol. The report was co-authored with The Kino Border Initiative, ProtectAZ Health, the Sikh Coalition, the ACLU, and the ACLUs of New Mexico  more

American Association for Respiratory Care: Meet Lisa - New Director of Media & Engagement
IRVING, Texas, Feb. 14 -- The American Association for Respiratory Care issued the following news: In the bustling halls of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), a new figure emerges, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a passion for engagement. Lisa Weisenberger, with her dynamic background in marketing and communications, steps into the role of Director of Engagement and Media, igniting excitement and anticipation among the AARC community. Having previously served as  more

CCIA Files Supreme Court Reply Briefs Showing How Florida, Texas Social Media Laws Violate the First Amendment
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 [Category: Computer Technology] -- The Computer and Communications Industry Association issued the following news: On February 26, the Supreme Court will hear cases challenging the constitutionality of Florida and Texas social media laws, which seek more government control over what content is displayed online. Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association and its co-plaintiff NetChoice filed reply briefs in their challenges to the Florida and Texas laws, explaini  more

Century of progress sets stage for future scientific advances in cardiovascular health
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 12 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Embargoed until 4 a.m. CT/5 a.m. ET Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 DALLAS, Feb. 12, 2024 -- Dramatic advances in the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular diseases have saved millions of lives in the 100 years since the founding in 1924 of the American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health for all. As heart disease and stro  more

Civil Rights Groups React to Federal Court Preliminary Injunction Hearing for Texas Senate Bill 4
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 16 -- 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 Feb. 15, 2024: The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas heard arguments today regarding a motion for a preliminary injunction to block Texas Senate Bill 4 (88-4). If allowed to take effect, the law permits local and state law enforceme  more

Clean Fuels Alliance America Conference Emphasizes a New Era of Industry Growth
FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 17 -- Clean Fuels Alliance America issued the following news release: Clean Fuels Alliance America welcomed nearly 850 attendees from over 20 countries to connect with key players from the biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel industries at the Clean Fuels Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference encompassed a week's worth of expert sessions, exhibits and showcases highlighting an era of growth in the clean fuels markets for land, sea and sky.   more

CRES Applauds Passage of Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 -- Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, an organization that engages Republican policymakers and the public in solutions to address the nation's energy, economic and environmental security, issued the following news release on Feb. 15, 2024: Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) today applauded the U.S. House passage of H.R. 7176, the Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act of 2024, by a bipartisan vote of 224-200. Led by Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas), the   more

CREW Network Adds Mexico City and Sarasota/Manatee Chapters
LAWRENCE, Kansas, Feb. 16 -- Commercial Real Estate Women Network issued the following news release: CREW Network has added a chapter in Mexico City (Mexico), and Sarasota, Florida (United States) expanding the organization's presence to 81 chapters and more than 14,000 members globally. Delegates representing CREW Network chapters unanimously voted to add CREW Mexico City and CREW Sarasota/Manatee on Feb. 9 at the 2024 CREW Network Winter Leadership Summit in Fort Worth, Texas. The new chapter  more

Department of Energy Selects RTI International to Lead Large-Scale Carbon Capture Pilot Project
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Feb. 14 -- RTI International issued the following news release: * * * The first-of-its-kind project is a collaboration among RTI, International Paper, SLB and Amazon * * * The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) announced up to $304 million in funding for four projects to pilot transformational technologies designed to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) in Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas and Wyoming. Nonprofit research i  more

Earthjustice: Corpus Christi Civil Rights and Fair Housing Complaint Referred to U.S. Department of Justice
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Feb. 13 (TNSres) -- Earthjustice issued the following news release: A complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act against the City of Corpus Christi, Texas, for the proposed development of a desalination plant in a historically Black neighborhood was referred to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in a letter to city officials last week. The referral of the complaint to DOJ, which will also continue to be investigated by the U.S. Department   more

Everytown for Gun Safety: Two Injured In Shooting at Lakewood Church in Houston
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 13 (TNSres) -- Everytown for Gun Safety issued the following news release on Feb. 12, 2024: * * * Everytown, 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 yesterday at Lakewood Church outside of Houston. While details are still emerging, reports (https://apnews.com/article/c  more

First Liberty Institute: Breaking - Court Rules SEALs Lawsuit Against DOD Can Continue, Cites Navy's "sham" Religious Accommodation Process
FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 16 -- The First Liberty Institute issued the following news release on Feb. 15, 2024: Yesterday, a federal district court issued an order stating a class action lawsuit initially filed by several Navy SEALs and other Naval Special Warfare personnel against the Navy for punishing servicemembers who had religious objections to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate is not moot and can continue. The court stated that although Congress rescinded the vaccine mandate, the Navy's "sham"   more

Greater Granbury Chapter Supports Local Veterans' Retreat
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 [Category: National Defense] -- The Military Officers Association of America issued the following news: In late April, veterans with PTSD and their partners will attend a free weeklong retreat in Wichita Falls, Texas. This will be the 14th Veterans Freedom Retreat (VFR) since October 2016. The program focuses on a holistic approach, treating the body, mind, and soul through experiential education, counseling, and alternative modalities. The program has prevented 11 suicides  more

HACU visits Dominican Republic to host HACU on the Road
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 13 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities President and CEO Antonio R. Flores and staff were in the Dominican Republic on February 13, 2024, as part of its HACU on the Road tour. Universidad Iberoamericana hosted the event on their campus for invited participants. The event brought together approximately 50 participants, including members of t  more

HACU visits Puerto Rico to host HACU on the Road
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 15 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities President and CEO Antonio R. Flores and staff were in Puerto Rico on February 15, 2024, as part of its HACU on the Road tour. The University of Puerto Rico hosted the event on their campus for invited participants. The event brought together members of the University of Puerto Rico community, leaders o  more

Heart disease risk factors in women highlight need for increased awareness, prevention
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 12 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Statement Highlights: The new scientific statement highlights heart disease as the leading cause of death for women and emerging evidence that has identified several gender-specific risk factors for heart disease in women, including complications during pregnancy and premature menopause. Compared to men, women also have different symptoms of heart disease, are less likely to rec  more

Immigration Reform Law Institute: 47 Members of Congress Go to Bat for Texas's Border Law
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 -- The Immigration Reform Law Institute issued the following news release: Last evening, on behalf of Congressman Jodey Arrington of the 19th District of Texas and forty-six other members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas and seventeen other states, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) filed a brief (https://irli.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/W.D.Tex_._1_24-cv-00008-DAE_31_1-Copy.pdf) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas opposing  more

Institute for Justice: Fifth Circuit Declines to Rehear Innocent Woman's Case Seeking Compensation After SWAT Team Destroyed House
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, Feb. 16 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release on Feb. 15, 2024: * * * Woman Will Petition Supreme Court * * * On Wednesday, the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to rehear the case of an innocent woman who is seeking compensation after a SWAT team destroyed her McKinney, Texas home while pursuing a fugitive in 2020. Vicki Baker, represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ), will now file a petition with the United States Supreme  more

Institute for Justice: Full Fifth Circuit Will Re-Hear Texas Woman's Prosecutorial Accountability Case
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Feb. 15 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release: 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, seeking account  more

International Crane Foundation: Recently Installed Powerline Diverters May Help Mitigate Bird Collisions
ROCKPORT, Texas, Feb. 14 -- The International Crane Foundation issued the following news release: * * * International Crane Foundation and AEP Texas Partner to Save Cranes * * * A year since an Endangered Whooping Crane was killed after colliding with a powerline near the Big Tree in Lamar, Tx., this area is now safer for these iconic birds. In the months following the collision, the International Crane Foundation worked in partnership with staff at AEP Texas and the local community to help   more

IRLI's Attorneys' Group Defends Texas Border Law
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 -- The Immigration Reform Law Institute issued the following news release: Attorneys United for a Secure America (AUSA), a project of the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), has filed a brief (https://irli.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/USA-v.-State-of-Texas-1-24-cv-00008-DAE-AVIAC-amicus-brief.pdf) in a Texas federal district court defending a new Texas border law from twin lawsuits brought by ACLU-represented activists and the Biden administration. AUSA filed the brie  more

La financiacion de Social Impact ayuda a los empresarios de Brooklyn y Queens a abordar las barreras de la equidad en salud
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 13 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: NUEVA YORK, 13 de febrero de 2024 - En Nueva York, los residentes de East Harlem pueden esperar vivir un promedio de 19 anos menos que aquellos que viven a solo dos millas de distancia, en el Upper East Side.[1]. Esta brecha es casi equivalente a la diferencia en la expectativa de vida entre los paises de bajos y altos ingresos. Segun nos indica la ciencia, las condiciones fisicas  more

League of Conservation Voters and Chispa Texas Statement on Introduction of the Connect the Grid Act
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 -- The League of Conservation Voters issued the following statement on Feb. 14, 2024: * * * In response to today's House introduction of the Connect the Grid Act, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Chispa Texas released the following statements: "We applaud the members of Congress who are leading the charge to help all communities have access to more reliable, clean affordable power, especially in historically excluded communities of color and communities with lo  more

NACWA Honors 2024 National Environmental Achievement Award Winners
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 16 -- The National Association of Clean Water Agencies issued the following news release: The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) 2024 National Environmental Achievement Awards (NEAA) winners will be honored this evening during the Association's Winter Conference in Austin, Texas. The NEAA program recognizes individual and public clean water agency initiatives that have made a remarkable impact on environmental protection, the advancement of the water sector  more

New TAB Study Illustrates Growing Impact of Tech Industry on Texas Economy
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 16 (TNSres) -- The Texas Association of Business issued the following on Feb. 15, 2024: This week, the Texas Association of Business (TAB) released a new economic impact study illustrating the growing impact of the technology industry on the Texas economy. The study, conducted by economist Jon Hockenyos at TXP, finds that technology has emerged as a driving force behind economic growth, job creation and enhanced productivity throughout the Lone Star State. As Texas continues  more

Public Citizen: FERC Approves Methane Export Pipeline, Part of Massive Buildout Aimed at Sending LNG to Mexico's Pacific Coast To Supply China
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 -- Public Citizen issued the following news release on Feb. 15, 2024: In a split decision handed down today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Presidential Permit and granted authorization to allow Oklahoma-based Oneok Inc. to build the Saguaro natural gas export Pipeline. FERC's order exposes Americans to higher domestic energy prices, will increase greenhouse gas emissions and financially benefit China by exporting fracked natural gas from the Texas   more

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility: Texas Farms Poisoned by PFAS-Laden Biosolid Fertilizers
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 -- Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility issued the following news release: Toxic chemicals in fertilizers made from sewage sludge are linked to dead livestock and fouled groundwater on farms in Johnson County, Texas, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The County has opened a criminal investigation into these events, and, while the investigation is ongoing, they are holding public hearings to warn residents so they can take pro  more

RAJ KAPOOR RETURNS AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE 59TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ALONG WITH CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PATRICK MENTON
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Feb. 15 -- The Academy of Country Music issued the following news release on Feb. 14, 2024, with Dick Clark Productions: The Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Dick Clark Productions (DCP) today announced that Raj Kapoor will return as executive producer and showrunner, with Patrick Menton as co-executive producer for the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards, coming off of their success working on this year's GRAMMY Awards. The ACM Awards are set for May 2024 from Ford Cen  more

Social impact funding helps Brooklyn, Queens entrepreneurs tackle health equity barriers
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 13 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: NEW YORK, February 13, 2024 - In New York, people who live in East Harlem can expect to live an average of 19 years less than those who live just two miles away in the Upper East Side[1]. This life expectancy gap is nearly equivalent to the difference in life expectancy between low-income and high-income countries. The science tells us that physical conditions in which people live  more

State Bar of Texas: Texas Young Lawyers Association Announces 2024-2025 President-Elect Candidates
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 17 -- The State Bar of Texas issued the following news release: Texas attorneys new to the practice of law will choose between Michael Hanson of Richardson and Alyson A. Martinez of Laredo for the next president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). TYLA members will cast ballots from April 1 to April 30, and election results will be announced April 30. The winner will serve as TYLA president from June 2025 until June 2026. TYLA is the public service arm of   more

Susan G. Komen: Introduction of Breast Imaging Legislation Will Benefit Thousands of Rhode Islanders
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 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 commends Senator Samuel D. Zurier (D-Providence) for working with Komen to eliminate financial barriers to earlier breast cancer detection by ensuring that everyone has equitable access to diagnostic and supplemental b  more

SWRI SCIENTISTS FIND EVIDENCE OF GEOTHERMAL ACTIVITY WITHIN ICY DWARF PLANETS
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 16 (TNSres) -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: A team co-led by Southwest Research Institute found evidence for hydrothermal or metamorphic activity within the icy dwarf planets Eris and Makemake, located in the Kuiper Belt. Methane detected on their surfaces has the tell-tale signs of warm or even hot geochemistry in their rocky cores, which is markedly different than the signature of methane from a comet. "We see some interesting signs  more

SwRI Scientists Identify Water Molecules on Asteroids for the First Time
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 13 (TNSres) -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: Using data from the retired Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) -- a joint project of NASA and the German Space Agency at DLR -- Southwest Research Institute scientists have discovered, for the first time, water molecules on the surface of an asteroid. Scientists looked at four silicate-rich asteroids using the FORCAST instrument to isolate the mid-infrared spectral signa  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Announces Top Priorities for the Texas Legislative Session
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 14 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release: The Texas Public Policy Foundation released its top ten priorities for the 2025 89th Texas Legislative Session. Among the top reforms for TPPF are creating a strong border force, eliminating property taxes, empowering parents with new educational options for their children, and prohibiting local governments from using tax dollars to pay lobbyists. The foundation will also work to make the state power  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Statement on the Standing Up to the Executive Branch for Immigration Enforcement Act
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 16 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following statement on Feb. 15, 2024: * * * Congressmen Dan Bishop and Chip Roy introduced the Standing Up to the Executive Branch for Immigration Enforcement Act (The SUE for Immigration Enforcement Act), which the Judiciary Committee with mark up today. Following the release of the bill, TPPF's Joshua Trevino issued the following statement: "The bill is a direct response to the Supreme Court's decision in United States   more

Texas Public Policy Foundation: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to Speak at Texas Policy Summit
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 15 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Feb. 14, 2024: Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation announced Sen. Ted Cruz as the closing keynote speaker during the Friday, March 22nd session of the Texas Policy Summit. Ahead of a potentially historic election year, Sen. Cruz will share his thoughts on the pressing topics top of mind for many Americans, including border security, education, and the economy. "TPPF is thrilled to have Sen.   more

Un siglo de progreso sienta las bases para futuros avances cientificos en la salud cardiovascular
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 12 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Prohibida su divulgacion hasta las 4 a.m. CT/5 a. m. ET del lunes, 12 de febrero de 2024 DALLAS, 12 de febrero de 2024 -- Notables avances en la comprension y tratamiento de las enfermedades cardiovasculares han salvado millones de vidas en los 100 anos desde la fundacion en 1924 de la American Heart Association (la Asociacion Americana del Corazon), la principal organizacion vol  more