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These are the new Texas laws that take effect in January

January has brought a final flurry of new Texas laws, including limits on transgender student athletes and a ban on cruel restraints for dogs, that were approved by lawmakers last year. The transgender athlete law, which took effect Tuesday, was among the most divisive bills considered by lawmakers in 2021...
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Dan Crenshaw snaps at kid who asks him about Jesus quote

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Houston-area congressman best known for receiving an apology on SNL, was recently called a moron by a room full of conservatives after snapping at a 10-year-old girl who asked him to clarify something he said about Jesus. Speaking at what appears to be a campaign or...
HOUSTON, TX
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New Texas law restricts transgender students’ participation in school sports

A new Texas law bars transgender student athletes from competing on school sports teams that align with their gender identity. House Bill 25 is one of several laws that went into effect Tuesday, months after the Texas Legislature approved the measures during a third special legislative session last year. The...
TEXAS STATE
Houston Chronicle

Grieder: GOP campaign against 'critical race theory' taking a toll on Cy-Fair ISD

If newly elected Cy-Fair ISD Trustee Scott Henry was hoping to make a difference by running for school board, he certainly succeeded. Parents and educators across the state, and nation, have been looking at the Houston-area district a bit differently since Henry vaulted himself to viral infamy last week. Such episodes may become more routine now that Republicans have gone all-in on the fight against what they describe as “critical race theory,” essentially a focus on systemic racism in United States history.
HOUSTON, TX
Click2Houston.com

Judge Hidalgo responds to rise in rejected mail ballot applications

HOUSTON – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo will respond to the rise in rejected mail ballot applications and plan to call for a Federal Voting Rights Legislation. Hidalgo will make her announcement Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. to respond to voter registration and mail-in voting in Texas. She blames the Texas voting bill, SB 1, for the recent increase in rejected mail-in ballots.
HARRIS COUNTY, TX
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Judicial candidate fired as prosecutor says "I did nothing wrong"

HOUSTON - A former Harris County Prosecutor fired for allegedly leaking information about a prominent Houstonian is now running for judge and telling voters she "did nothing wrong". "I knew it was going to come out, at some point, and I think it will backfire," said Kate Ferrell, a U.S....
HARRIS COUNTY, TX
Houston Chronicle

Feds clawing back rent relief funds from programs slow to give out the money — with Texas leading the pack

The federal government is clawing back rent relief funds from city, county and state programs that have been slow to disburse the aid to renters. Six of the 14 programs that have already been forced to return money are in Texas — a sign of how the main Congressional measure passed to support renters and landlords impacted financially by the pandemic has in many cases failed to connect billions of dollars in aid nationwide with those who need it.
TEXAS STATE
Houston Chronicle

Opinion: My mail ballot application was rejected. That’s no way to treat a citizen.

Regarding “New Texas elections law, decried as vote suppression, leads to record number of rejected mail ballot applications,” (Jan. 15): Facts: I am an elder voter and have lived in Texas for over 50 years. I completed and submitted a mail ballot application in accordance with the terms of application as I have done in past years. I received call that submission by driver’s license number, rather than last 4 digits of social security number, was insufficient. The reason given was that the new Texas law requires that you must submit the particular identification number that was on your original registration. The original registration number utilized is not on the voter registration card. The original registration number utilized is not reflected on the look-up data presented by the Texas Secretary of State Office when you verify that you are correctly registered to vote, which you may verify by using any of various criteria, including VUID/TDL/Other/and Date of Birth. The information presented by the Texas Secretary of State Office does not indicate which number was used when registered, which is required. The result is that every voter has to call the Texas Secretary of State to determine how to complete the vote by mail application. What nonsense. I am thankful that the Harris County elections office called, left a message and advised that I must use the last for four digits of social security and refile my application. This is no way to promote democratic voting rights. Citizens will react.
HOUSTON, TX
Houston Chronicle

Pasadena invites neighborhood grant applications

The city of Pasadena is looking to bolster neighborhoods’ efforts to make it a better place and has more than $100,000 do so. The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program is designed to assist neighborhoods with beautification projects and help underwrite some expenses for special events. “The grant program began in...
PASADENA, TX
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HISD Board of Education Elects New Officers for 2022 and Approves Interlocal Agreement with Prairie View A&M

This past Thursday, January 13th, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) Board of Education elected new officers for 2022. Outgoing board president Patricia Allen transferred the gavel to District VIII Trustee Judith Cruz, who was unanimously selected as board president. Remaining officers elected for 2022 are: First Vice President Elizabeth...
HOUSTON, TX
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Houston hits new weekly record high in COVID-19 cases

HOUSTON (KIAH) — COVID-19 cases in Houston and the Harris County area continue to skyrocket. As of January 18, the new record high of 18,878 cases are being reported in the local seven-day average. New cases topped 6,320 new cases Tuesday alone. Additionally, METRO is reporting more than a...
HOUSTON, TX
CBS Austin

Texas doctor suspended for COVID 'misinformation' sues hospital

HOUSTON (TND) — Houston Methodist Hospital previously suspended Dr. Mary Bowden for spreading "misinformation" about COVID-19, and now the Texas doctor is launching a lawsuit in retaliation. Bowden, who runs a private practice as an ear, nose, and throat specialist, announced the lawsuit on Monday, according to KRIV News.
HOUSTON, TX