Tuesday - June 18, 2024
Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday March 03, 2024 ( 78 items )  

A Better Balance Fiercely Opposes Judge's Ruling to Block Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Enforcement for Texas State Employees
NEW YORK, Feb. 29 -- A Better Balance, a legal advocacy organization, issued the following statement on Feb. 28, 2024: * * * The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, or PWFA, gives workers across the country the right to receive reasonable accommodations so they can stay healthy and on the job. A federal judge in Texas yesterday issued a ruling that eliminates the ability of state employees to exercise their rights under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The following is a statement from A Better  more

ACLU-TEXAS: Court Halts Latest Effort by Texas Attorney General to Persecute Texas Families With Transgender Youth
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas issued the following news release on March 1, 2024: A Travis County District Court today blocked the latest effort by the Texas Attorney General's Office to persecute Texas families with transgender youth, temporarily halting the attorney general's demand that PFLAG, Inc. turn over information and documents about its support of families in Texas seeking gender-affirming medical care for their transgender youth. The American   more

ACLU-TEXAS: Federal Court Blocks Extreme Texas Legislation S.B. 4 That Would Overstep Federal Immigration Law
AUSTIN, Texas, March 1 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas issued the following news release on Feb. 29, 2024: The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas today granted a motion for preliminary injunction to block Texas Senate Bill 4 (88-4), which would permit local and state law enforcement to arrest, detain, and remove people they suspect to have entered Texas from another country without federal authorization. The legislation is one of the most extreme anti-  more

ACLU-TEXAS: PFLAG National Asks Court to Block Texas Attorney General's Latest Targeting of Texan Families With Transgender Youth
AUSTIN, Texas, March 1 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas issued the following news release on Feb. 29, 2024: PFLAG National filed a lawsuit Wednesday night to stop an outrageous and unconstitutional demand from the Texas Attorney General's Office that PFLAG National turn over information and documents about its support of families in Texas seeking gender-affirming medical care for their transgender youth. "This mean-spirited demand from the Attorney General's Office is petty and i  more

AIF: SB 814 Language is Key to Protecting Florida From Chinese Land Buying While Maintaining State's Competitive Edge in Economic Growth Over Texas
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Feb. 29 -- The Associated Industries of Florida issued the following news release on Feb. 28, 2024: The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following statement attributed to its President & CEO Brewster Bevis applauding legislative support for key language in Senate Bill 814 , relating to Real Property Ownership, which further tightens restrictions on Chinese land buying in Florida while maintaining the state's edge in economic development over other   more

Air & Space Forces Association's Seidel Chapter Rebrands to 'Sam Johnson' Chapter
ARLINGTON, Virginia, March 1 -- The Air and Space Forces Association issued the following news release: By Patrick Nugent AFA's Seidel Chapter in Dallas, Texas, was renamed the Sam Johnson Chapter during a February 29 ceremony at the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas. The new name pays tribute to Col. Sam Johnson, a distinguished Air Force veteran and public servant who passed away in 2020. Johnson spent 29 years in uniform, including time as a Korean and Vietnam War veteran. He surviv  more

American Association for Respiratory Care: Congress Takes Action to Reform Oxygen Payment for Medicare Beneficiaries
IRVING, Texas, March 1 -- The American Association for Respiratory Care issued the following news: The challenges that more than 1.5 million people across the U.S. face in accessing oxygen are largely caused by an inadequate Medicare reimbursement system and a lack of access to the skills respiratory therapists can provide to oxygen-dependent patients. After nearly two years of concentrated work and advocacy, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and the Oxygen Reform Coalition a  more

American Heart Association: Latest research redefines neurodevelopmental risks, outcomes for congenital heart disease
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 22 [Category: Health Care] (TNSres) -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: * * * New American Heart Association scientific statement offers the latest knowledge and guidance about the neurodevelopmental outcomes in people of all ages with congenital heart disease * * * Statement Highlights: * A new American Heart Association scientific statement updates more than a decade of research identifying, managing and preventing neurodevelopmental d  more

American Immigration Council: New Report Shows Immigrants in Houston Paid Over 16 Billion in Taxes and Exceeded 50 Billion in Spending Power in 2021
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 27 (TNSres) -- The American Immigration Council issued the following news release: A new research report, New Americans in Houston, released today by the American Immigration Council, underscores the crucial role immigrants play in the Houston area's economy. The report was prepared in partnership with Texans for Economic Growth, a statewide 145+ member business coalition powered by the American Immigration Council, the American Leadership Forum, the Center for Houston's Fu  more

American Lighting Association: 2024 Integrated Home Competition Seeks Entries
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 27 -- The American Lighting Association issued the following news release: A long-time sponsor of the Integrated Home Competition (IHC) hosted by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), the American Lighting Association (ALA) would like to encourage our manufacturer members to submit their new innovative energy-saving products in the Lighting. Lighting Controls, and Ceiling Fan categories for consideration. "Entering the IHC continues to be a path for our ALA members t  more

Animal Legal Defense Fund Urges USDA to Revoke AWA License From Convicted Wildlife Trafficker
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- The Animal Legal Defense Fund issued the following news release on Feb. 27, 2024: Today, the Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted a complaint urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to investigate and revoke, or refuse to renew, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) exhibitor license for Jason Clay, who is doing business in Texas as two entities, Franklin Drive Thru Safari and East Texas Zoo & Gator Park. In December 2023  more

Animal Legal Defense Fund: Tentative Settlement Reached in Texas Endangered Species Act Lawsuit
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 29 -- The Animal Legal Defense Fund issued the following news release: The Animal Legal Defense Fund and National Foundation for Rescued Animals, an animal exhibitor doing business as Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary, have tentatively reached a settlement, pending the dismissal of the Endangered Species Act lawsuit filed in March 2022. The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed the complaint over concerns for the welfare of the tigers, lions, and ring-tailed lemurs based on photos, fir  more

Avondale Elementary School District Surprised With Prestigious NIET District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness and $50,000 Grand Prize
DALLAS, Texas, March 2 -- The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching issued the following news release on March 1, 2024: The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) announced today that Avondale Elementary School District, Arizona, won the District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness. The award celebrates Avondale's focus on educator excellence and student success and includes a $50,000 prize. NIET Founder and Chairman Lowell Milken and Chief Executive Officer Dr.  more

Baylor Scott & White Health: FDA-Approved Cellular Therapy for Metastatic Melanoma Now Available at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 22 -- Baylor Scott and White Health issued the following news release: After more than 18 months of working to meet the criteria to become an authorized treatment center, Baylor University Medical Center is poised to be one of the first in the nation to offer a newly FDA-approved tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) cellular therapy treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma. This novel therapy is now available to eligible patients. It is the first and only FDA-approve  more

Cannabis use linked to increase in heart attack and stroke risk
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 28 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Research Highlights: An analysis of survey data for 430,000 adults in the U.S. found that using cannabis has a significant association with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, independent of tobacco use, with higher odds among the adults with more frequent use (more days of use per month). The most common method of cannabis use was smoking, followed by eating or vaporiz  more

Competitive Enterprise Institute: Supreme Court Today Hears Lawsuits Centered on Social Media Companies' Property/Speech Rights
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The Competitive Enterprise Institute issued the following news release on Feb. 26, 2024: Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Moody v. NetChoice & CCIA and NetChoice & CCIA v. Paxton. Jessica Melugin, director of CEI's Center for Technology and Innovation emphasizes the fact that companies own their own platforms and have the right to make their own content decisions. "The Texas and Florida laws are touted by their supporters as a free speech protection f  more

Equal Rights Advocates: Statement From Noreen Farrell Opposing Ruling Blocking the Enforcement of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 1 -- Equal Rights Advocates issued the following statement on Feb. 29, 2024: * * * The following is a statement from ERA Executive Director Noreen Farrell: "Equal Rights Advocates vehemently condemns the recent Texas federal court ruling that strips state employees of their rights under the recently enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) signed into law in December 2023. The Court's enjoinment of PWFA's enforcement against the State of Texas and its agen  more

Esta es su senal de alerta: El horario de verano puede afectar la salud del corazon de los hispanos
DALLAS, Texas, March 1 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: DALLAS, 1 de marzo de 2024 - Es posible que perder una hora extra de sueno no sea lo peor que podria pasar cuando se "adelanten los relojes" al comienzo del horario de verano. Segun la American Heart Association (la Asociacion Americana del Corazon), que celebra su centenario como la organizacion sin fines de lucro lider en el mundo dedicada a la salud del corazon y el cerebro par  more

First Free ALA Member Forum Focuses on Showroom Success
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 27 -- The American Lighting Association issued the following news release: One of the new ALA member benefits being launched this year, Live Member Forums feature guest speakers who will offer expertise targeted to your business category (manufacturer, showroom, or representative). Each live session is FREE to ALA members and is divided into two parts: a 20- to 30-minute presentation, followed by questions and discussion from attendees. The Member Forums will also be recorde  more

First Liberty Institute: Hulu Quickly Reverses Course, Approves Church Ad Promoting Worship Service
FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 29 -- The First Liberty Institute issued the following news release on Feb. 28, 2024: First Liberty Institute today announced that Hulu has reversed itself and accepted a Fort Worth, Texas church's advertisement promoting its new weeknight church services. "We are grateful to Hulu for its quick response to our demand letter and for accepting Hulen Street Church's ad," remarked Jeremy Dys, Senior Counsel at First Liberty Institute. "In the future, Hulu--and others in Big  more

Free Press: In Supreme Court, Texas and Florida's Argument Against Big Tech Content Moderation Runs Afoul of First Amendment
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- Free Press, an advocacy group that is part of the media reform or media democracy movement, issued the following news release on Feb. 26, 2024: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over state governments' role in dictating how Big Tech companies like Google and Meta moderate speech on their social-media platforms. The cases before the court (NetChoice, LLC v. Paxton and Moody v. NetChoice, LLC) are in response to Republican-led Texas and Florida state laws th  more

Friends of the Earth: Texas Environmental Agency Opens Pathway for Formosa Plastics Expansion
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- Friends of the Earth issued the following news release: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued a draft permit for the Lavaca Navidad River Authority (LNRA) to construct an off-channel reservoir on the property of Formosa Plastics. This 2,500 acre reservoir will largely serve two customers: the City of Corpus Christi and Formosa Plastics, making way for a future expansion at the Point Comfort facility. Local fishing communities and environmental g  more

Greenpeace USA: Texas is on Fire While Oil Companies are Fueling the Flames of Climate Chaos
WASHINGTON, March 1 -- Greenpeace USA, an organization that says it uses protest and confrontation to expose environmental problems and promote solutions, issued the following statement on Feb. 29, 2024: * * * Reacting to the massive fires in the Texas Panhandle, the largest in Texas' history and burning through 1.1 million hectares: Ian Duff, Head of Greenpeace's Stop, Drilling Start Paying campaign said: "These fires are an unfolding tragedy. Our hearts go out to those who are experiencing  more

HACU and USDA Agricultural Export Market Challenge winning team announced
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 1 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service have announced the selection of Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla as the winning team of the Agricultural Export Market Challenge. The team finalists that presented their solutions to FAS leadership on Fe  more

HACU partners with United Health Foundation to offer Diversity in Health Care Scholarships
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 1 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has partnered with the United Health Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of UnitedHealth Group, to offer 110 Diversity in Health Care Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 per year ($2,500 per semester). Applications are currently being accepted from full-time sophomore, junior or graduate student  more

HACU salutes president and CEO Antonio R. Flores on 28 years of championing for Hispanic success in higher education
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 26 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: Since the founding of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in 1986 in San Antonio, Texas, HACU has grown from 18 charter members to more than 500 member institutions committed to the mission of championing Hispanic success in higher education. Impressively, for the past 28 years, HACU has had the leadership of Antonio R. Flores at the hel  more

Here's your wake-up call: Daylight saving time may impact your heart health
DALLAS, Texas, March 1 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Losing an extra hour of sleep may not be the worst thing that could happen when you "spring forward" at the start of daylight saving time. According to the American Heart Association, celebrating one hundred years of lifesaving service as the world's leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, scientific researchers have noticed a marked increase in h  more

Hulu Rejects Church Ad Promoting Worship Service As 'Religious Indoctrination'
FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 27 -- The First Liberty Institute issued the following news release on Feb. 26, 2024: First Liberty Institute today sent a demand letter to Hulu, urging the platform to change its policy toward religious advertising after it rejected a Fort Worth, Texas church's advertisement promoting its new weeknight church services. The demand comes as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments involving state laws in Texas and Florida that would increase transparency and accountability   more

Humane Society: The University of Texas Reaches Major Milestone With Half of All Meals Served Being Plant Based
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 -- The Humane Society of the United States issued the following news release: The University of Texas at Austin has set a precedent in sustainable campus dining by becoming the first institution in the nation to fulfill the Forward Food pledge (https://www.forwardfood.org/pledge/) with the Humane Society of the United States. UT Austin now offers 50% plant-based meals on campus, with delicious and innovative recipes catering to a variety of dietary preferences. This miles  more

Immigrant Legal Resource Center: Stop Ignoring the Communities Helping Migrants at the Southern Border
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 1 -- The Immigrant Legal Resource Center issued the following news release: The double-feature of political theater coming to the southern border on Thursday starring President Biden and former President Trump means the stereotypical backdrop of law enforcement and razor-wire will be on full display, once again ignoring the humanitarian issues that border groups and communities are taking care of on a daily basis. "Where are the visits to the groups providing necessit  more

Immigrant Legal Resource Center: Texas' State Deportation Bill--SB 4--Prevented From Taking Effect
AUSTIN, Texas, March 1 -- The Immigrant Legal Resource Center issued the following news release on Feb. 29, 2024: The Immigrant Legal Resource Center applauded a federal judge's ruling today issuing a preliminary injunction preventing a Texas law allowing state law enforcement officials to arrest and remove migrants believed to have crossed into the southern border without documentation from going into effect on March 5. "Today a federal court rightly decided to block Texas from enforcing its   more

Immigration Reform Law Institute: White House Sues to Stop Texas From Fighting Cartels at the Border
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The Immigration Reform Law Institute issued the following news release on Feb. 26, 2024: On Friday, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) filed a brief (https://irli.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/IRLI-en-banc-amicus-as-filed.pdf) in the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, in a case that, for the first time in history, puts at issue a constitutional provision that allows states to go to war if they have been invaded. A state of war exists in Texas  more

Inaugural HFTP Digital Horizons 360 Event Brings European Hospitality to the Forefront
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28 -- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals issued the following news release: Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(R)) is pleased to announce the success of its first Digital Horizons 360 Symposium, held 20-21 February at the Palau de Congressos de Palma in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Celebrating innovation means not just embracing change but driving it forward, said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. Digital Horizons 360 is a testament to the power   more

John Zimmerman to Serve as 2024 National Turkey Federation Chairman
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The National Turkey Federation issued the following news release: The National Turkey Federation (NTF) announced the 2024 officer team and Executive Committee members recently elected by the Board of Directors at the 2024 NTF Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. John Zimmerman of P&J Products, Co. was elected 2024 NTF chairman. Jay Jandrain of Butterball, LLC. will serve as vice chairman and Thierry Murad of AJC International, Inc., as secretary-treasurer. Steve Lykken, r  more

LatinoJustice Applauds Halt to Harmful Border Bill
AUSTIN, Texas, March 1 -- LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following statement on Feb. 29, 2024: * * * Federal judge David Ezra ruled against Senate Bill 4, a new state border enforcement bill that would allow state and local police to detain, arrest and deport people suspected of illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The decision comes after both the Justice Department and Immigration advocacy and civil rights groups sued the state. The lawsuits were then consolidated and heard in federal  more

LIMRA: 2024 Life Insurance & Annuity Conference to Explore Successful New Strategies Powering Industry Growth
WINDSOR, Connecticut, March 1 -- LIMRA issued the following news release: Industry leaders will gather at the 2024 Life Insurance & Annuity Conference to explore the many factors shaping the life insurance and annuity markets and how they will evolve. The event, co-hosted by LIMRA and LOMA, the Society of Actuaries (SOA), and the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), will be held on April 15 - 17, in San Antonio, Texas. "Individual life and annuity sales set new records in 2023, as consume  more

Living near pubs, bars and fast-food restaurants could be bad for heart health
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 27 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Research Highlights Closer proximity to and a higher number of ready-to-eat food outlets -- particularly pubs, bars and fast-food restaurants -- may be associated with a greater risk of developing heart failure, according to a study of half a million adults in the UK Biobank. The association between food environments and increased heart failure risk was stronger among people who  more

Louisiana's North DeSoto High School Surprised With National Institute for Excellence in Teaching's Founder's Award and $50,000 Grand Prize
DALLAS, Texas, March 1 -- The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching issued the following news release on Feb. 29, 2024: The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) announced today that North DeSoto High School in DeSoto Parish Schools, Louisiana, is the recipient of the 2024 NIET Founder's Award and its $50,000 grand prize. NIET Founder and Chairman Lowell Milken, joined by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Joshua Barnett, surprised the school during the 2024 NIET National Confer  more

LULAC PRAISES THE DECISION BY FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKING TEXAS' SB4 AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
WASHINGTON, March 2 -- LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, issued the following news release on March 1, 2024: LULAC welcomes the decisive action taken by Federal Judge David Ezra Thursday to halt the implementation of Senate Bill 4 (SB4). This egregious law, which would have granted Texas police the authority to arrest individuals suspected of crossing the Texas-Mexico border unlawfully, represents a grave threat to our nation's core values and constitutional principles. "Gov  more

MALDEF SUES LOAN REFINANCE COMPANY FOR DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES
PHOENIX, Arizona, March 1 -- The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund issued the following news release: A Latino civil rights organization filed a federal class-action lawsuit Wednesday against a Texas auto-loan aggregator for unlawfully denying service to a recipient of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) based on immigration status. MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and Arizona attorney Daniel Ortega of Ortega Law Firm filed the suit on beha  more

MomsRising: Ruling Denying TX Workers Protections Against Pregnancy Discrimination Is An Outrage That Must Not Stand
BELLEVUE, Washington, March 1 -- MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families, issued the following statement on Feb. 29, 2024: * * * Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO of MomsRising, the online and on-the-ground organization of more than one million mothers and their families, on Tuesday's federal court ruling in Texas rendering the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act unenforceable for Texas state employees: "T  more

MORE THAN 125 BORDER AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS DEMAND BIDEN ADMINISTRATION REFUSE SUPPORT FOR TEXAS' OPERATION LONE STAR AND REJECT SB 602 AGREEMENTS
SAN DIEGO, California, Feb. 29 -- The Southern Border Communities Coalition, a program of Alliance San Diego, issued the following joint news release on Feb. 28, 2024, with 127 organizations: On the eve of President Biden's visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, 128 advocacy organizations from across the southern border region and the country issued a joint letter today demanding President Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Mayorkas refuse to sign any agreements with t  more

More Than 125 Border and National Organizations Demand Biden Administration Refuse Support for Texas' Operation Lone Star and Reject SB 602 Agreements
NEW YORK, Feb. 29 -- LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following joint news release on Feb. 28, 2024, with 127 organizations: On the eve of President Biden's visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, 128 advocacy organizations from across the southern border region and the country issued a joint letter today demanding President Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Mayorkas refuse to sign any agreements with the state under TX SB 602, new Operation Lone Star legislation now in  more

NALCAB Announces 2024 Fellowship Class of National Latino Leadership Program
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 2 -- The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders news release: The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) has selected the 2024 Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship class. The cohort of 22 up-and-coming professionals is the largest in the program's history. Since its inception in 2010, the Fellowship has been a beacon of empowerment, designed to equip emerging Latino leaders with the practical, personal, and  more

National Domestic Workers Alliance: Harris County Issues Resolution on Dorothy Bolden, Honoring Domestic Workers Movement's Past and Present
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 29 -- The National Domestic Workers Alliance issued the following news release on Feb. 28, 2024: On Tuesday, February 27, the National Domestic Workers Alliance's (NDWA) We Dream in Black (WeDiB) Houston Chapter accepted a resolution from Harris County, Texas, honoring Dorothy Bolden, the pioneer of the domestic workers movement, and NDWA for their commitment to securing social and economic rights for domestic workers. The resolution is a tribute to the indomitable spirit a  more

National Partnership Calls Out Texas Federal Judge's Attempts to Dismantle Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
WASHINGTON, March 1 -- The National Partnership for Women and Families issued the following statement on Feb. 29, 2024, by President Jocelyn Frye: * * * Yesterday, a far-right extremist judge in Texas issued a ruling that undermines the democratic process and prevents state employees from exercising their rights under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The National Partnership for Women & Families helped lead the decade-long, bipartisan fight to sign the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (P  more

National Wildlife Federation: Polls Across Four States Show Broad Support for Clean Energy, Carbon Removal
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- The National Wildlife Federation issued the following news release: Voters across four states show strong support for investments in clean energy and carbon removal technologies, according to a new poll from the National Wildlife Federation and Data for Progress. The poll, which surveyed voters in Colorado, Louisiana, Texas, and Wyoming, found broad support for clean energy technologies, particularly solar power. The poll also revealed that voters hold favorable views of   more

NFPA Offers Resources for Reporting on Texas and Oklahoma Wildfires
QUINCY, Massachusetts, March 1 -- The National Fire Protection Association issued the following news release on Feb. 29, 2024: In response to the ongoing wildfires affecting Texas and Oklahoma, the National Fire Protection Association(R) (NFPA(R)) is providing resources for reporters covering these fires. NFPA is committed to ensuring that media have access to relevant safety information, expert insights, and data necessary to inform the public and those directly involved in the emergency respo  more

NWLC Reacts to Federal Court Decision Undercutting Enforcement of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) for Texas State Employees
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 -- The National Women's Law Center issued the following statement on Feb. 28, 2024: * * * "Yesterday, a Trump judge left pregnant workers employed by the state of Texas with no clear path to enforcing their right to a workplace accommodation under the newly passed Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. "This is just the latest attempt to strip us of control over our lives and turn back the clock on progress for gender justice. Coming on the heels of the Alabama IVF decision, this  more

PEN America: Calls by Lawmakers to Disband LGBTQ Studies and Remove 'Critical Race Theory' at Texas A & M
NEW YORK, March 1 -- PEN America issued the following news release: A member of Congress and a state lawmaker in Texas have separately called on Texas A&M to remove "critical race theory" from their 4-H program and to disband their minor in LGBTQ Studies. U.S. Rep. Chip Roy wrote a letter this week demanding Texas A&M remove a course from their Agrilife 4-H program that he described as "Critical Race Theory (CRT) infused." Earlier in February, State Rep. Brian Harrison wrote on X that he wou  more

PEN America: Social Media Content Moderation Laws 'Strike at the Heart of the First Amendment'
NEW YORK, Feb. 27 -- PEN America issued the following news release on Feb. 26, 2024: The government does not have the right to force private social media companies to carry content they would otherwise not allow on their sites. A pair of laws from Florida and Texas would do just that. In Moody v. NetChoice, LLC and NetChoice, LLC v. Paxton, the Supreme Court today considered the constitutionality of a pair of laws from Florida and Texas that restrict social media platforms' content moderation   more

PETA: Newest Virtual Reality Experience From Peta2 Promises Close Encounters at Lamar University
BEAUMONT, Texas, March 1 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: To encourage empathy for animals suffering in university laboratories, peta2--part of PETA's youth division--is visiting Lamar University today and tomorrow with Abduction, a unique virtual reality experience landing on college campuses across the country. In this eerie experience, visitors will enter a mysterious truck containing a mobile virtual reality studio. The students will find the  more

PFLAG National Asks Court to Block the Texas Attorney General's Latest Targeting of Texan Families With Transgender Youth
AUSTIN, Texas, March 1 -- PFLAG, an organization that says it is dedicated to supporting, educating and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families, issued the following news: PFLAG National filed a lawsuit Wednesday night to stop an outrageous and unconstitutional demand from the Texas Attorney General's Office that PFLAG National turn over information and documents about its support of families in Texas seeking gender-affirming medical care for their transgender youth. "This mean-spirite  more

PFLAG: Court Halts Latest Effort by Texas Attorney General to Persecute Texas Families With Transgender Youth
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 -- PFLAG, an organization that says it is dedicated to supporting, educating and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families, issued the following news: Travis County District Court Judge Maria Cantu Hexsel today blocked the latest effort by the Texas Attorney General's Office to persecute Texas families with transgender youth, temporarily halting the Attorney General's demand that PFLAG, Inc. turn over information and documents about its support of families in Texas   more

Research adds to knowledge about heart disease and stroke in women of all ages
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 27 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Research Highlights: Women's heart disease and stroke risks and outcomes differ throughout life in comparison to men. A special Journal of the American Heart Association "spotlight" issue features a collection of the latest research about sex differences in cardiovascular disease and their implications for gender-specific care. Among the topics in this issue: the impact of sede  more

San Antonio to Host CattleCon 2025
CENTENNIAL, Colorado, Feb. 26 [Category: Agriculture] -- The National Cattlemen's Beef Association issued the following news release: Annual Convention is "Where the Beef Industry Meets" CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Feb. 26, 2024) - San Antonio, Texas, will host CattleCon 2025, the largest cattle industry event in the country, Feb. 4-6, 2025. Thousands of cattlemen and women will gather to learn, conduct business, network and have fun. San Antonio is known for adventure, a city rich in history, culture  more

School District Champions in Digital Innovation, Technology and Industry Partnerships Gather in Texas at AASA's Transformational Leadership Consortium Meeting
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 2 -- AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following news release: Superintendents and other school district leaders working to scale up the areas of innovation, creativity and technology are gathering in Austin, Texas, March 3-5, as part of AASA, The School Superintendents Association's Transformational Leadership Consortium. Austin, Round Rock and Pflugerville Independent School Districts are serving as host districts for AASA's spring site visit  more

Sierra Club Files Amicus Brief Addressing Data Collection of Cryptocurrency Mining Operations
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: Following a lawsuit from the cryptocurrency mining industry, Sierra Club attorneys filed an amicus brief addressing the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to collect information on the energy usage of cryptocurrency mining operations. Cryptocurrency mining operations put a severe burden on already-strained grids in Texas and across the country by increasing the electricity demand. In 2023, new cryptocurrency mining  more

Sierra Club Files Amicus Brief Addressing Data Collection of Cryptocurrency Mining Operations
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 29 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: Following a lawsuit from the cryptocurrency mining industry, Sierra Club attorneys filed an amicus brief addressing the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to collect information on the energy usage of cryptocurrency mining operations. Cryptocurrency mining operations put a severe burden on already-strained grids in Texas and across the country by increasing the electricity demand. In 2023, new cryptocurrency mining   more

Sierra Club Statement on February Wildfires
WASHINGTON, March 2 -- The Sierra Club issued the following statement on March 1, 2024: * * * A winter wildfire in the Texas panhandle has grown into the largest blaze in the state's history. The Smokehouse Creek fire has grown to more than 1,700 square miles in Texas and Oklahoma, with the vast majority burning in the Lone Star State. Firefighters have had limited success bringing the wildfire under control, which has claimed the life of one person and burned multiple homes and other structu  more

Skills, Regulation, Fuels, Technology, Data and Safety - Shipping's Net Zero Challenge Explored at Inaugural Seatrium Visiting Professorship Lecture
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 27 -- The American Bureau of Shipping issued the following news release: * * * Overwhelming Demand Sees ABS Chairman and CEO's Lecture Livestreamed to a Second Location * * * "People working together, embracing change and uncertainty, learning to make innovation their friend and managing risk decisions based on data will be the jet fuel we need to get to net zero by 2050." That was the message from Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman and CEO, as he delivered a wide-r  more

State Bar of Texas: Free Legal Assistance Available for Low-Income Individuals Affected by Wildfires in Texas Panhandle
AUSTIN, Texas, March 1 -- The State Bar of Texas issued the following news release: Free legal resources are available to low-income individuals affected by the ongoing wildfires in the Panhandle region. Disaster survivors can apply for free legal assistance through Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas at lanwt.org or by calling (817) 339-5391. Examples of legal assistance available include: * Assistance securing government benefits as they are made available to disaster victims; * Assistance with   more

Susan G. Komen Recognized for Technological Excellence in Brandon Hall Group Awards
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 29 -- 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: The 2023 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Awards(TM) are given for work in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Sales Enablement, Future of Work and Education Technology. Susan G. Komen(R), the world's leading breast cancer organization,   more

SwRI Scientists Lead Two Europa Investigation Teams
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 28 (TNSres) -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: Southwest Research Institute is leading two "Precursor Science Investigations for Europa" (PSIE) teams to understand critical topics in advance of NASA's Europa Clipper mission to the Jupiter moon. Both projects are investigating the connection between Europa's icy surface and its subsurface, which is thought to contain a potentially habitable ocean. The PSIE program funded five out of 28 pro  more

SwRI Sponsors Future Leaders Program at 2024 ITS America Conference & Expo
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 29 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and ITS Arizona are inviting college students to participate in the Future Leaders Program at this year's ITS America Conference & Expo, April 22-25, at the Phoenix Convention Center. The Future Leaders Program allows the next generation of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) leaders to attend education sessions and meet with exhibitors, sponsors and technolog  more

TAB Hosts First Working Meeting on Binational Commerce Collaboration With Top Mexican Business Partners
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 27 -- The Texas Association of Business issued the following news release: Last week, the Texas Association of Business (TAB) hosted its first Texas-Mexico Working Group meeting with leading business organizations from Mexico to discuss binational commercial collaboration between the private sectors. The two-day meeting series included TAB President and CEO Glenn Hamer, Rolando Pablos, TAB Board Member and Chair, Mexico Trade & Investment Policy Council, Shirley Temple of   more

TAB Statement on Texas Winning Governor's Cup for 12th Consecutive Year
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 -- The Texas Association of Business issued the following statement on March 1, 2024: * * * Texas Association of Business (TAB) President and CEO Glenn Hamer released the following statement today after Site Selection Magazine announced Texas as the winner of the Governor's Cup for a record 12th year in a row for attracting job-creating business investments: "Texas has cemented itself as a global economic powerhouse thanks to its low-tax and reasonable regulatory enviro  more

Texas Air & Space Forces Association Chapter Honors L3Harris Group as 'Organization of the Year'
ARLINGTON, Virginia, March 1 -- The Air and Space Forces Association issued the following news release: By Vance Clark AFA Chapter #416 in Northeast Texas presented the 2023 "AFA Texas Organization of the Year" to L3Harris' Employee Resource Group, SERVE (Serving Emergency Responders and Veterans Engagement). The Medal of Freedom was presented to Ashley Sneed, a member of the chapter and the SERVE Chairperson, at the ceremony, which was held at the L3Harris location in Greenville, Texas. SERV  more

Texas Freedom Network Congratulates Organized Community Members in Katy ISD as District Rejects Policy Hiring Unqualified Chaplains
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 28 -- The Texas Freedom Network issued the following news release on Feb. 26, 2024: The Katy ISD Board of Trustees tonight rejected creating a new policy under SB 763 allowing chaplains who are unqualified to act as school counselors to be employed or accepted as volunteers to serve as "mental health personnel and support" in the district's public schools. SB 763, which went into effect in September 2023, requires every school district in the state to take a vote on whethe  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Announces Tax, Spending, and Local Government Policy Priorities
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release: The Texas Public Policy Foundation's Taxpayer Protection Project released its full agenda for the 2025 89th Texas Legislative Session. The campaign focuses on tax, spending, and local government policies that reduce the government burden on Texans. In past sessions, it has successfully advocated for the largest property tax cut in state history, restoring individual liberty to help families and busin  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Commends Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dade Phelan on Their Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council Appointments
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 27 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott appointed members to Texas' Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council. This council stems from Rep. Giovanni Capriglione's House Bill 2060, which tasks this group of experts with taking inventory of state agency use of AI and determining the need for a code of ethics for AI systems used in state government. The members include John Bash, Mark Stone, Ph.D., Dean Teffer, Ph.D., and  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation: Court Concludes Congressional Proxy Voting Rule Is Unconstitutional
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Feb. 27, 2024: Today, a U.S. District Court issued its final judgment in Texas v. Garland, which was a challenge to the U.S. House's proxy voting rule under the Quorum Clause of the Constitution. In its final judgment, the Court concluded that U.S. House members must be physically present for their vote to comply with the Constitution's Quorum Clause. Attorneys from the Texas Public Policy Foundati  more

TPPF Statement on Senate Bill 4 Injunction
AUSTIN, Texas, March 1 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following statement on Feb. 29, 2024: * * * Following the state of Texas appealing a preliminary injunction announced today which would seek to temporarily prevent Texas from implementing Senate Bill 4, TPPF Secure and Sovereign Frontier Campaign Director Selene Rodriguez issued the following statement: "Senate Bill 4 creates new state offenses for entering or re-entering the state illegally from a foreign country and fo  more

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Freedom to Meet Migrants' Basic Human Needs Must Be Preserved, Says Bishop Rhoades
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement on Feb. 26, 2024: * * * Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for Religious Liberty, expressed solidarity with faith-driven ministries to migrants and noted the special need to protect religious liberty. His remarks commended the February 23 statement issued by the Catholic bishops of the State of Texas. "It is hard to imagine  more

Urgent need to develop best practices to advance use of AI in cardiovascular care
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 28 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: The American Heart Association encourages research and development of artificial intelligence (AI) and other related tools and services that may support and enable more precise approaches to cardiovascular and stroke research, prevention and care. Academia, industry and governments worldwide are pouring resources into developing AI-based tools to transform how and when health car  more

USA: Joint Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education
NEW YORK, March 1 -- Scholars at Risk issued the following news release: On February 12, 2024, SAR and the Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA) filed a joint submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education. The submission reviews legal protections for academic freedom in the United States - and their limitations - and details recent challenges to academic freedom and freedom of expression in educational institutions including: * The passing of leg  more

Vanderbilt University women's basketball team joins the Nation of Lifesavers
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 26 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: NASHVILLE, Feb. 26, 2024 -- On Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the on campus Memorial Gymnasium, members of the Vanderbilt University women's basketball team participated in an American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training to learn the correct rate and depth of CPR compressions to be confident and capable when faced with a cardiac emergency. Learning Han  more

Young Invincibles: Postpartum Medicaid Care for One Year Is Finally a Reality in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 -- The Young Invincibles, an advocacy organization, issued the following news release on March 1, 2024: Today, House Bill 12, a law to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to twelve months, went into effect. Young Invincibles has worked diligently for several years to get this legislation passed and implemented at its fullest potential. A previous version of this bill was signed in the 87th session to increase coverage to six months. However, the state did no  more