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Top Stories: Day 1 Of Special Session In The Books; Breakthrough In Cancer Treatment

Jul 19, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

It’s Day 2 of the Texas Legislature’s 30-day special session.

Republicans are vowing to pass conservative priorities in record time as they consider a laundry list of topics, including abortion restrictions and a bill blocking transgender bathroom access.

Democrats are opposed to those additional items and began an effort to slow down work by using Senate rules to stall deliberation on a sunset bill. But, Republicans pushed back – suspending the rule and speeding up the process.

Other stories this morning:  

  • A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel opened a new era in cancer treatment last week. The panel unanimously recommended the approval of the first treatment to fight leukemia with a patient’s own genetically altered immune cells. As part of KERA's Breakthroughs series, exploring the leading edge of health, science and technology, Stephanie Kuo talked with Dr. Theodore Laetsch, a pediatric oncologist at Children's Health and UT Southwestern Medical Center — one of 13 project research sites in the U.S.

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