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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday April 14, 2024 ( 39 items )  

2024 NFF Hampshire Honor Society Sets New Record for Membership
IRVING, Texas, April 11 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release on April 10, 2024: The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today a record number of members for the 2024 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA and sprint football who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An elite group of 1,988   more

ACEP Statement Regarding Ascension St. John Hospital
DALLAS, Texas, April 13 -- The American College of Emergency Physicians issued the following statement on April 12, 2024: * * * As organizations that support emergency physicians and their patients and have advanced quality emergency care for over 50 years, we have closely followed the issues at Ascension St. John Hospital that may culminate in a strike next week. We are deeply concerned about these issues and their immediate impact on patient care, workplace safety, and physician well-being.   more

Arizona and Florida Abortion Bans the Latest Assault on Reproductive Justice: PHR
NEW YORK, April 11 -- Physicians for Human Rights issued the following news release on April 10, 2024: Recent state supreme court decisions in Arizona and Florida that uphold dangerous and draconian abortion bans seriously threaten the health of pregnant people and represent the latest attack on reproductive justice in the United States, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today. "PHR's research shows that from Louisiana to Oklahoma to Texas to Idaho and beyond, pregnant patients are facing  more

Army Career Fair Offers Rare Opportunity for Job-Seekers, Future Soldiers
WASHINGTON, April 9 [Category: National Defense] -- The Military Officers Association of America issued the following news: An upcoming Army career fair will showcase a total-force approach to filling much-needed civilian positions and finding future soldiers ... and it could make it easier for recent retirees to find a post-service job. The first-of-its-kind Total Army Career Fair takes place April 13 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, home of baseball's Texas Rangers. Recruiters at the  more

As Former President Trump and Speaker Mike Johnson Discuss Election Integrity, Texas Public Policy Foundation Applauds Congressman Roy's Legislation to Safeguard Our Elections
AUSTIN, Texas, April 13 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release: TPPF has been fighting for common-sense election and border security legislation for years. While millions of illegal aliens are flooding across our southern border, a record number of localities have recently allowed non-citizen voting in local elections. Those who say the threat of non-citizen voting is unfounded either aren't paying attention or worse, are intentionally being deceptive. As U.S. H  more

Becker's Hospital Review Ranks Methodist Health System Among the Top 150 Places to Work in Healthcare
DALLAS, Texas, April 12 -- Methodist Health System issued the following news release: Becker's Hospital Review ranked Methodist Health System among the top 150 places to work in healthcare in 2024, marking the 12th consecutive year the organization has achieved this honor. The healthcare trade magazine uses editorial research and nominations from nationwide to create a list that highlights exceptional employers that are committed to promoting diversity, work-life balance and well-being, and en  more

Boostlingo Introduces AI Product and New Brand Identity
AUSTIN, Texas, April 10 -- The Globalization and Localization Association posted the following news from its affiliate Boostlingo: * * * Boostlingo, a leader in language access technology, announces AI Pro - a new AI solution offering real-time captions, transcriptions, translations, and speech features in multiple languages. AI Pro empowers professionals to communicate on conferencing platforms regardless of language or hearing disabilities. In addition to the AI Pro launch, Boostlingo unvei  more

CAIR in the News, April 11, 2024
WASHINGTON, April 12 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following CAIR In the News on April 11, 2024: * * * CAIR-Austin: Muslim college student, friend attacked, Texas advocates say (https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article287553225.html) - McClatchy "No human being should feel unsafe wearing their traditional clothes in public. And when this happens in Austin, a city that cherishes cultural diversity, it is even more traumatizing," CAIR-Austin Operations Ma  more

Cardiovascular care centered on the patient is key and helps improve equity and outcomes
DALLAS, Texas, April 11 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Statement Highlights: Patient-centered care establishes a respectful partnership among the health care team, the patient and caregivers to make shared decisions about management tailored to the patients' beliefs, preferences and values. Person-centered care can boost health equity and improve patients' experiences and medical outcomes. Fully incorporating patient-centered care  more

CFA Statement in Response to U.S. Fifth Circuit Court Opinion in Chamber of Commerce's Lawsuit Attacking CFPB's Credit Card Late Fees Rule
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The Consumer Federation of America issued the following statement on April 8, 2023: * * * The Consumer Federation of America released the following statement in response to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court opinion in the Chamber of Commerce's lawsuit attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's credit card late fees rule. The April 5 order attempts to undo the Northern District of Texas's decision to send the case to the District of Columbia as a more appropriate ven  more

Club for Growth: RINO Speaker Phelan Worked To Save DEI & Kill School Freedom In Texas
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Club for Growth, an advocacy organization, issued the following statement on April 8, 2023: * * * Last week, Texas House Rep. Brian Harrison spoke out against Speaker Dade Phelan's work to save DEI in Texas. Club for Growth Action President David McIntosh released the following statement. "RINO Speaker Phelan preserved DEI in Texas while at the same time killing school choice for Texans across the state. Phelan has consistently put the radical socialist agenda ahead of   more

Danna Leaman Receives ABC Steven Foster Botanical Conservation and Sustainability Award
AUSTIN, Texas, April 11 -- The American Botanical Council issued the following news release: The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) has presented its ABC Steven Foster Botanical Conservation and Sustainability Award for 2024 to Danna J. Leaman, PhD, a Canadian-American conservation biologist and ethnobotanist. Leaman is the co-chair (and former chair) and Red List authority of the Medicinal Plant Specialist Group (MPSG) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN's) S  more

Earthjustice: Biden Administration Approves Largest Offshore Oil Export Terminal in the U.S.
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- Earthjustice issued the following news release: The Biden administration gave formal approval Monday for a huge oil export project in Texas known as Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT), despite widespread opposition because of its impacts to public health and safety, the climate, and the environment. For the past four years, advocates led by Better Brazoria have protested the facility as contrary to national interests and have raised concerns to decision-makers about SPOT's th  more

Earthworks: Biden Administration Approves Largest Offshore Oil Export Terminal in the U.S.
WASHINGTON, April 12 -- Earthworks issued the following news release: The Biden administration gave formal approval Monday for a huge oil export project in Texas known as Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT), despite widespread opposition because of its impacts to public health and safety, the climate, and the environment. For the past four years, advocates led by Better Brazoria have protested the facility as contrary to national interests and have raised concerns to decision-makers about SPOT's thre  more

Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin Receives American Botanical Council Champion Award
AUSTIN, Texas, April 12 -- The American Botanical Council issued the following news release on April 11, 2024: The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) presented its ABC Champion Award for 2024 to Mark Plotkin, PhD, a renowned ethnobotanist, conservationist, author, and co-founder and president of the nonprofit Amazon Conservation Team. The ABC Champion Award, which was first presented in 2015, is given to individuals who have donated time and/or funds to support ABC's science-based nonp  more

Frost & Sullivan Issues Commentary: Ecosystem Collaborations Will Be Pivotal If Kick Scooter Sharing Services Market is to Overcome Safety Concerns
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 10 -- Frost and Sullivan, a provider of market research and analysis, growth strategy consulting and corporate training services across multiple industries, issued the following commentary on April 8, 2024: * * * Ecosystem Collaborations Will Be Pivotal If Kick Scooter Sharing Services Market is to Overcome Safety Concerns By Chanchal Jetha Almost a year to date in April 2023, citing reckless driving, haphazard parking, and safety issues, nearly 90% of Parisiennes v  more

HACU and NBCUniversal Telemundo renew partnership to increase Hispanic representation in broadcast media
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 9 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has reaffirmed its commitment with NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises to further expand the Telemundo Academy to five new markets for 2024-2025, bringing hands-on experience, access and professional knowledge to Latino students pursuing media industry careers. The program with HACU will connect Telemun  more

HACU hosts Emerging Leaders event with Southern Connecticut State University
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 12 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: * * * The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities hosted an Emerging Leaders' Summit on April 5, 2024, on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University. The event brought together over 75 students from area colleges and universities to meet with professionals and corporate representatives to learn more about career opportunities, tips fo  more

HACU releases 2024 Legislative Agenda
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 10 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: * * * HACU releases 2024 Legislative Agenda The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has released its 2024 Legislative Agenda for the 118th Congress to address Hispanic higher education needs, as well as PK-12 support, funding and pipeline issues into higher education. HACU's top priorities are: Equitable funding for Hispanic-Serving Ins  more

HACU supports ACCESS in Mental Health Act to increase diversity in the mental health workforce
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 12 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: * * * HACU supports ACCESS in Mental Health Act to increase diversity in the mental health workforce The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is among the organizations supporting the Advancing Culturally Competent and Equitable Supportive Services (ACCESS) in Mental Health Act, which would provide more Black and Brown mental health profes  more

HACUas 29th Annual National Capitol Forum launches with Opening Plenary
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 9 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: * * * HACU's 29th Annual National Capitol Forum launches with Opening Plenary The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities kicked off its 29th Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education on April 9, 2024, featuring notable guest speakers during the largest Forum gathering to date. Approximately 400 participants were in attendance  more

HACUas 29th Annual National Capitol Forum participants prepare for Capitol Hill visits
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 11 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: * * * HACU's 29th Annual National Capitol Forum participants prepare for Capitol Hill visits The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities 29th Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education's second day on April 10, 2024, began with a Congressional Plenary featuring a number of members of Congress in attendance providing remarks,   more

Hall of Fame Receiver Tim Brown Joins MADD Sports as Advisor to Combat Impaired Driving
IRVING, Texas, April 11 -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving issued the following news release: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) proudly announces Tim Brown, a Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver and former Oakland Raiders legend, as a MADD Sports advisor. Tim Brown will leverage the voice of athletes to focus on ending impaired driving within the sports community. Tim Brown's illustrious career on the football field has made him a household name, but his commitment to making a difference off t  more

HARC, HETI, and Sallie Greenberg Consulting Launch Climate Equity Framework and Toolkit for an Equitable Energy Transition in Houston
THE WOODLANDS, Texas, April 9 -- Houston Advanced Research Center issued the following news release: The Greater Houston Partnership's Houston Energy Transition Initiative (HETI) in conjunction with HARC and Sallie Greenberg Consulting have launched the Climate Equity Framework and Toolkit for an Equitable Energy Transition in Greater Houston, providing comprehensive insights and best practices for engagement between energy companies and the communities they impact. John Hall, HARC's President  more

HITEC Announces Compelling Charlotte Headliner Sessions Schedule
AUSTIN, Texas, April 12 -- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals issued the following news release: Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) is stepping into its next era with three transformative Headliner Sessions in the form of Dr. Bryan K. Williams, Glenn Haussman, Anthony Melchiorri and another exciting installment of E20X. Produced by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), HITEC Charlotte will take place from June 24-27 at the Char  more

HOUSTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: INVENTORY CONTINUES TO BLOOM AS HOUSTON HOME SALES DIP IN MARCH
HOUSTON, Texas, April 11 -- The Houston Association of Realtors issued the following news release: As the spring homebuying season got underway in March, the Greater Houston housing market continued to blossom with a robust inventory ready to meet impending demand. Active listings remained strong year-over-year amid the first sales decline of 2024. According to the Houston Association of Realtors' (HAR) March 2024 Market Update, the Houston area saw a 7.5 percent dip in single-family home sale  more

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Maryland General Assembly Passes Fix to Noah's Law
IRVING, Texas, April 10 -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving issued the following news release: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a proud part of a Maryland highway safety coalition celebrating the Maryland General Assembly's passage of a fix to Noah's Law, passed in 2016 in memory of Montgomery County, Maryland, Officer Noah Leotta. HB 105 strengthens Noah's Law by requiring ignition interlocks for drunk driving offenders who plead down to Probation Before Judgement (PBJ), which accounted fo  more

NAFA Unveils Line-Up for Media Day at Upcoming Institute & Expo 2024
EDISON, New Jersey, April 11 -- The NAFA Fleet Management Association issued the following news release on April 10, 2024: NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry's largest membership association, today announced the line-up for its Media Day event at the upcoming Institute & Expo (I&E) in San Antonio, Texas. On Monday, April 22nd, starting at 3:00 p.m., Media Day will begin in the I&E Press Room (Room #215). Over a dozen companies will announce breaking news and n  more

National Sorghum Producers Seeks New Leaders For Board Of Directors
LUBBOCK, Texas, April 11 -- The National Sorghum Producers issued the following news release on April 10, 2024: National Sorghum Producers has opened applications for two positions on the 2024 board of directors. NSP is looking for new producer leaders who are passionate about advancing the crop and shaping the future of the sorghum industry. "Today, the sorghum industry stands at a crossroads of tradition and innovation, and as your board chairman and a fellow farmer, I'm reaching out to thos  more

Nearly 100 students participate in HACUas 29th Annual Capitol Forum Student Track
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 12 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: * * * Nearly 100 students participate in HACU's 29th Annual Capitol Forum Student Track The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities held an inaugural "HSInnovators" Student Track for 98 participants from colleges and universities in 10 states as part of HACU's 29th Annual Capitol Forum, April 9-10, 2024, in D.C. Students of HACU's Voces Nuev  more

NYCLU ARGUES AGAINST NYC'S LAWSUIT AGAINST TX BUS COMPANIES TRANSPORTING IMMIGRANTS
NEW YORK, April 13 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following news release on April 12, 2024: At today's hearing on New York City's lawsuit against the bus companies that Texas Governor Greg Abbott hired to transport new arrivals to the city, the court granted the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) the ability to appear as amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," on the unconstitutionality of Mayor Adams' actions and participate in future arguments in the case. "It's just as u  more

PPI APPLAUDS THE INTRODUCTION OF PINK TARIFFS STUDY ACT TO INVESTIGATE GENDER BIAS IN U.S. TARIFF SYSTEM
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- The Progressive Policy Institute issued the following statement on April 10, 2024: * * * Today, Ed Gresser, Vice President and Director for Trade and Global Markets at the Progressive Policy Institute, released the following statement applauding Representative Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas) and Brittany Pettersen (D-Colo.) for introducing the Pink Tariffs Study Act (https://newdemocratcoalition.house.gov/imo/media/doc/pink_tariffs_study_act.pdf). This legislation directs the  more

Right On Crime Supports Bipartisan Policies of the Federal Prison Oversight Act - "Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant"
AUSTIN, Texas, April 11 -- 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 conservative criminal justice organization, supports the bipartisan and bicameral policies of the Federal Prison Oversight Act, H.R. 3019, which will increase transparency and accountability within the Bureau of  more

Sierra Club: Biden Administration Approves Largest Offshore Oil Export Terminal in the U.S.
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: The Biden administration gave formal approval Monday for a huge oil export project in Texas known as Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT), despite widespread opposition because of its impacts to public health and safety, the climate, and the environment. For the past four years, advocates led by Better Brazoria have protested the facility as contrary to national interests and have raised concerns to decision-makers about SPOT's  more

SwRI DEMONSTRATING ROBOTICS FOR IN-SPACE MANUFACTURING AT SPACE SYMPOSIUM
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 10 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release on April 9, 2024: Southwest Research Institute has invested in new space robotics capabilities to help the space industry pave the way for in-space servicing, assembly and manufacturing (ISAM) capabilities. SwRI's Intelligent Systems Division will demonstrate new ISAM-focused research at the 38th Space Symposium, April 8-11, in Colorado Springs. Visit SwRI at Booth #237. "SwRI is developing solutions  more

Texas Constructing Massive Anti-Migrant Military Base
NEW YORK, April 9 [Category: International] -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news: The Texas Military Department is constructing a massive new "Forward Operating Base" outside of the border community of Eagle Pass to house up to 1,800 national guard members. The base is part of the state's multibillion-dollar anti-migrant program, Operation Lone Star. Satellite imagery of the site examined by Human Rights Watch shows the massive clearing of land. A video I shot earlier this month sho  more

Texas Corn Producers: Next Generation in Aflatoxin Prevention Now Available
LUBBOCK, Texas, April 11 -- Texas Corn Producers issued the following news release: Texas Corn Producers (TCP) is excited to announce the availability of FourSureTM to mitigate the impact of aflatoxin on corn acres in the state of Texas. Texas farmers can locate distributors and learn more about this next generation atoxigenic at FourSureTX.com. FourSure received its registration for use on corn in Texas through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in fall 2023. This tool contains four st  more

Treating gum disease after heart rhythm ablation reduced risk of AFib recurrence
DALLAS, Texas, April 10 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Research Highlights: Treating gum disease within three months after a heart procedure to correct an irregular heart rhythm, known as atrial fibrillation (AFib), may lower the chances of it reoccurring. Inflamed gums may predict AFib recurrence after heart ablation, a procedure to fix the irregular heartbeat. AFib patients should be examined for gum disease and encouraged to se  more

Updated WIC packages will enhance support for women, young children
DALLAS, Texas, April 9 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced final revisions to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food packages. Nancy Brown, chief executive of the American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health that is celebrating 100 years of saving lives, issued the following statement: "More than 6 million infants, y  more