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Who Really Gets Government Benefits In Texas? | Texas Oberserver Who Really Gets Government Benefits In Texas?
JOANNA WOJTKOWIAK Texas already has some of the strictest eligibility requirements of any state for poverty relief programs. More than 4 million Texans live in poverty — about 16 percent of the state’s population — but programs such as Medicaid, … The post Who Really Gets Government Benefits In Texas? appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | June 22, 2017
Lo que Necesitas Saber sobre la Batalla Legal de SB 4 | Texas Oberserver Lo que Necesitas Saber sobre la Batalla Legal de SB 4
Read in English here. La noche que el Gobernador de Texas, Greg Abbott, firmó el Proyecto del Senado 4 (SB 4) como una ley, Luis Roberto Vera no pudo dormir. En vez, el abogado de derechos civiles de 61 años, … The post Lo que Necesitas Saber sobre la Batalla Legal de SB 4 appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | June 22, 2017
Central Banks Are Driving Many to Cryptocurrencies | Austin County News Central Banks Are Driving Many to Cryptocurrencies
The experimental and destructive monetary policies of central banks are driving many to flee to cryptocurrencies in hopes of finding some stability. The post Central Banks Are Driving Many to Cryptocurrencies appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | June 21, 2017
Caught On Video: Russian, NATO Jets In Near Standoff After F-16 Buzzes Defense Minister’s Airplane [VIDEO] | Austin County News Caught On Video: Russian, NATO Jets In Near Standoff After F-16 Buzzes Defense Minister’s Airplane [VIDEO]
A day after a Russian fighter allegedly flew within 5 feet of a US reconnaissance plane traveling over the Baltic Sea, Reuters reports that a NATO F-16 fighter jet returned the favor when it tried to improperly approach a plane carrying the Russian defense minister, prompting a near intervention from a Russian Su-27. The post Caught On Video: Russian, NATO Jets In Near Standoff After F-16 Buzze...
Austin County News | June 21, 2017
How the Texas Legislature Reached a Dangerous Stalemate on Vaccines | Texas Oberserver How the Texas Legislature Reached a Dangerous Stalemate on Vaccines
It was mid-April, more than halfway through the legislative session, and Texans for Vaccine Choice was finally getting the fight it had been spoiling for. On April 11, a bill to require schools to report the number of unvaccinated kids … The post How the Texas Legislature Reached a Dangerous Stalemate on Vaccines appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | June 21, 2017
Getting Wise to Bad Air: North Texans Take Smog Monitoring Into Own Hands | Texas Oberserver Getting Wise to Bad Air: North Texans Take Smog Monitoring Into Own Hands
How bad is the smog problem in Wise County? Situated just west of the Dallas-Fort Worth sprawl, Wise County is in the heart of the Barnett Shale gas patch and since 2012 has been designated by the EPA as out … The post Getting Wise to Bad Air: North Texans Take Smog Monitoring Into Own Hands appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | June 21, 2017
What If Taxpayers Could Choose if Taxes Went to the State Level or Federal Level? | Austin County News What If Taxpayers Could Choose if Taxes Went to the State Level or Federal Level?
What if tax returns contained a check-off box where taxpayers could decide to send their taxes to state and local levels instead of Washington, DC.? The post What If Taxpayers Could Choose if Taxes Went to the State Level or Federal Level? appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | June 21, 2017
The Middle East Is Blowing Up | Austin County News The Middle East Is Blowing Up
Every day brings another scary headline from the Middle East — which makes it easy to treat them as background noise rather than a clear and present danger. But the latest batch is reminiscent of the Balkans circa 1914, which means it may be time to tune back in. The post The Middle East Is Blowing Up appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | June 21, 2017
“Try Before You Buy”: Amazon Launches Assault On Clothing Retailers With Prime Wardrobe [VIDEO] | Austin County News “Try Before You Buy”: Amazon Launches Assault On Clothing Retailers With Prime Wardrobe [VIDEO]
On Tuesday, in its attempt to corner the last elusive space of the retail market - clothing -  Amazon announced the launch of Prime Wardrobe, "A New Fashion Platform" which will be included in current and future Prime memberships, Amazon said on its website. Essentially Prime Wardrobe will allow users to try clothes on before they buy and receive discounts. The post “Try Before You Buy...
Austin County News | June 20, 2017
Google Promises To Bury “Questionable” Content On YouTube [VIDEO] | Austin County News Google Promises To Bury “Questionable” Content On YouTube [VIDEO]
Google, owner of YouTube, stated that it will be adding a policy to screen "Questionable" videos. These videos will now come with a warning, be banned from featuring adds or collecting advertising revenue, or be recommended, endorsed, or commented on. Users will still be able to find the content once the policy goes into effect, but it will eliminate one of the most prominent means of transmi...
Austin County News | June 20, 2017
Remember When Ford ‘Cancelled’ That Plant In Mexico? Well, They’ve Just Moved It To China | Austin County News Remember When Ford ‘Cancelled’ That Plant In Mexico? Well, They’ve Just Moved It To China
Trump's victory lap back in January after Ford cancelled plans for a brand new $1.6 billion production facility in Mexico may have been premature. As it turns out, per a press release from earlier this morning, one of the first strategic actions taken by Ford's new CEO, Jim Hackett, will be to relocate the company's 'Focus' production to China rather than Mexico. The post Remember When Ford &#...
Austin County News | June 20, 2017
New Mexico Health Insurer Seeks 80% Premium Increase As Senate Ramps Up Repeal Efforts | Austin County News New Mexico Health Insurer Seeks 80% Premium Increase As Senate Ramps Up Repeal Efforts
As Democrats continue their efforts to ‘Resist 45,’ which apparently includes throwing their unwavering support behind Obamacare, we get yet another sign of just how broken the healthcare exchanges around the country are.  According to the Associated Press, New Mexico Health Connections will seek an 80% increase in premiums for the 2018 plan year: All four health insurance providers...
Austin County News | June 20, 2017
Is Competence Enough? Mike Collier is Counting on it in Race Against Dan Patrick | Texas Oberserver Is Competence Enough? Mike Collier is Counting on it in Race Against Dan Patrick
Congratulations! It’s campaign season again. On Saturday, at a public square in Round Rock, businessman Mike Collier made official his bid to unseat Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick in 2018. Texas Democrats are fired up this year, but they’re also weary … The post Is Competence Enough? Mike Collier is Counting on it in Race Against Dan Patrick appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | June 20, 2017
How Texas’ Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Win Even While Losing in Court | Texas Oberserver How Texas’ Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Win Even While Losing in Court
“Why don’t we just stop passing unconstitutional laws?” asked an exasperated Representative Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie. He spoke in May as the House debated a sweeping new anti-abortion bill that Governor Greg Abbott has since signed into law. Turner didn’t … The post How Texas’ Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Win Even While Losing in Court appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | June 20, 2017
BASEBALL: Three Former Blinn Baseball Players Selected in 2017 MLB Draft | Austin County News BASEBALL: Three Former Blinn Baseball Players Selected in 2017 MLB Draft
Three former Blinn College baseball players overcame obstacles in their playing careers to hear their names called during the 2017 Major League Baseball amateur draft. The post BASEBALL: Three Former Blinn Baseball Players Selected in 2017 MLB Draft appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | June 20, 2017
Loon Star State: Gerrymandering in Texas | Texas Oberserver Loon Star State: Gerrymandering in Texas
Ben Sargent In the latest Loon Star State, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ben Sargent takes on the Texas GOP’s practice of gerrymandering, which has been repeatedly found discriminatory against racial minorities. The Supreme Court decided Monday that it would consider a Wisconsin … The post Loon Star State: Gerrymandering in Texas appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | June 19, 2017
What You Need to Know About the SB 4 Legal Battle | Texas Oberserver What You Need to Know About the SB 4 Legal Battle
Cities and counties across Texas are standing up to the “sanctuary cities” ban, setting up a showdown with the state. The post What You Need to Know About the SB 4 Legal Battle appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | June 19, 2017
Behind the New Look of Houston’s Oldest Park, a Complex Racial History | Texas Oberserver Behind the New Look of Houston’s Oldest Park, a Complex Racial History
Behind the New Look of Houston’s Oldest Park, a Complex Racial History The oldest public park in Houston has been transformed by a $33 million renovation. But will it be enough to save the Third Ward? On a recent Saturday … The post Behind the New Look of Houston’s Oldest Park, a Complex Racial History appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | June 19, 2017
Sheriff Shows Aerial Footage Of Storm Damage At Commissioners Court [VIDEO] | Austin County News Sheriff Shows Aerial Footage Of Storm Damage At Commissioners Court [VIDEO]
Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes brought footage he took of the devastation that happened from the storm that ravaged Sealy on May 24th. The post Sheriff Shows Aerial Footage Of Storm Damage At Commissioners Court [VIDEO] appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | June 18, 2017