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Top Stories: Longer Work Week For Texas House; Living With Congenital Heart Defects

Apr 17, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:  

With six weeks left in this legislative session, the Texas House today begins a longer schedule – working at least five days a week. There are still more than 6,000 bills up for consideration at the Capitol.

Today – the House Human Services committee holds a hearing on a bill against passing a pet off as a trained service animal. Service animals are trained to perform tasks difficult for people with disabilities. The bill from Victoria Neave of Dallas would make it a misdemeanor to use a fake service animal.

The committee will also hold a hearing on a slew of bills aimed at Child Protective Services.

Other stories this morning:

  • The number of Texas foster children sleeping in CPS offices or other temporary living arrangements more than doubled last month. Patrick Crimmins with the Family and Protective Services department told the Dallas Morning News it’s not clear why the count spiked, but he said department officials are studying that.
  • Each year, more than 35,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects – the most common form of birth defects. Chances for survival were slim not so long ago, but today more than a million adults live with congenital heart defects.

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