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Texas Colleges Staying Out of Bathroom Battles for Now

Jun 13, 2016
Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

At the University of Houston, transgender students can enroll in voice feminization or masculinization clinics. At the University of Texas at Austin, students can write a simple letter to change how their gender is listed in school records. And many colleges in the state have maps on their websites showing the locations of dozens of on-campus gender-neutral bathrooms.

 

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Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and forcing the closure of city offices and the suspension of public transit.

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Thursday was an uneasy day for schools in Dallas and others across the country. Two days after Los Angeles schools closed down because of threats, districts in Dallas, Houston and Florida decided to stay open after receiving similar threats.

Texas Campuses Under Federal Review Over Sexual Assault Investigations

Nov 18, 2015
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has opened three investigations this year into Texas universities — Texas A&M University, the University of Houston and Trinity University — over how they handled allegations of sexual violence on their campuses, documents obtained by The Texas Tribune show.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit is running the country’s first hybrid streetcar without the signature overhead cable from start-to-finish. Batteries power the car over the Houston Viaduct, where the bridge’s historic designation prohibits visible electric cables. Other cities want what Dallas has.

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An ordinance that would have established nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people in Houston failed to win approval from voters on Tuesday.

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Here's a new "oops" moment for a Texas governor: prematurely celebrating a Houston Astros playoff victory.

It was a sad day in Houston, as the family, friends and colleagues of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth attended his funeral Friday. In an apparent attempt to ease their grief, a couple who were at the gas station where Goforth was killed came forward Friday to tell the family that after he was attacked, they had sat with the deputy to wait for help.

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Six children and two adults have been found dead inside a Houston-area home and the 49-year-old man charged has a long criminal history that includes violence.

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Too much credit card debt is sometimes enough to push people over the financial edge.

According to a new survey, three of the five worst big cities for credit card debt are right here in Texas.

In addition to being the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston is also the most ethnically diverse city. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson took a tour of Houston with Rice University professor Stephen Klineberg, who is founding director of the Kinder Institute on Urban Research, to learn more about how this city went from a mostly white oil boomtown to what it is today.

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Update, 3:50 p.m. Thursday: Authorities say floodwaters from the swollen Brazos River are lapping at the foundations of 11 homes in a North Texas community west of Fort Worth.

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Update, 3:15 p.m.: Authorities in Hays County in Central Texas say they're trying to locate more than 40 people after the heavy rain and flooding.

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KERA News collected a half-dozen trophies last weekend, these from the Houston Press Club's Lone Star Awards. That brings the station's total award haul this year to 21 -- including second place for best newscast among large stations nationally from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. Here's a rundown of the station's awards this year.

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Baseball legend Nolan Ryan put his Houston Astros cap back on today. Back in October, he retired as chief executive officer of the Texas Rangers. And now he’s headed back down I-45 to be “executive adviser” for the Astros.

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A rare opera about the Holocaust written nearly half a century ago just received its U.S. premiere in Texas. The Houston Grand Opera is presenting The Passenger, based on a story by a Holocaust survivor, with music from a composer who lost his entire family in Nazi death camps.

Two people were killed and 22 people were injured late Saturday near Houston when gunfire erupted at a birthday party.

The Houston Chronicle reports most of the injured were between 17- and 20-years-old, and the party was billed on Twitter as an 18th birthday celebration. The Chronicle reports:

Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.

The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.

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Imagine waking up in Dallas, going to Houston for lunch, and being back in Big D for a 3 p.m. meeting.

Sound like a fantasy? It could be reality in just a few years, thanks to a fast-moving Texas company that plans to deploy fast-moving trains.

Texas Central Railway wants to build a Dallas-to-Houston corridor for a 200-mph electric train, like the ones that operate in Japan. It would be faster than any train operating in the United States. The bullet train could get from Dallas to Houston in about 90 minutes. Passengers could start boarding in seven years.

Texas was the first state in 1985 to pass a law requiring students to test and treat students with dyslexia, but many parents still feel schools aren’t doing enough to help dyslexic kids.

Scientists at the University of Houston are working on a new method of finding oil and gas deposits. By using hyperspectral satellite remote sensing, Dr. Shuhab Khan and his team have already combed areas of North Texas and Oklahoma. But they're not looking for oil oozing out of the earth. Instead, they're looking for tiny hydrocarbon leaks in rock to find oil.

A stunning new exhibit of war photography that was born at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston spurred this heartfelt essay by Kainaz Amaria on NPR's blog The Picture Show. "For me it's about the impact of war as it relates on a very basic human everyday life," says New York-based photographer Nina Berman, who took the photo below, of a Marine sergeant wounded in Iraq and his bride.

A proposed bullet train between North Texas and Houston is still years away from becoming reality, but Dallas and Fort Worth are already sizing up station locations. The idea is to build three: one each in Dallas and Fort Worth and another somewhere in between. But both ends of the Metroplex want to go first.

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Update, 6:25 p.m.: The man accused of stabbing 15 people on campus outside Houston is a 20-year-old student named Dylan Quick, the Houston Chronicle reports. The paper put together a profile of Quick based on a Lone Star College-CyFair blog that spotlighted him on April 1.

The debut of a blog about race, ethnicity and culture draws a little Texas-born star power from the singer, who cut her teeth in Houston. Embedded are two very different "the real Beyonce" videos. And by the way, "Code Switch" refers to the different personas many of us snap into in different family, social and work situations.

Texas Democrats Look For Momentum At Convention

Jun 8, 2012
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Democrats are meeting at the Brown Convention Center downtown will continue the process of rebuilding.

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Planned Parenthood groups in Austin, Waco and Dallas-Fort Worth are planning to merge into one organization.

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A survey finds retail gasoline prices across Texas have jumped a nickel in the past week.

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