State Attacks Whole Women's Health in Battle Over Anti-Abortion Bill

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Multiple clinics will be forced to close under House Bill 2.
Clinics continue to rail against the state's new abortion law in court, a law that has closed almost half the abortion clinics in Texas through more stringent facilities requirements and required hospital admitting privileges.

Whole Woman's Health has closed clinics in Beaumont, McAllen and Austin since House Bill 2 went into effect, unable to find hospitals willing to grant their doctors admitting privileges or find financing to upgrade facilities to ambulatory surgical centers. The costly ambulatory surgical center requirement, the real kicker in the bill, goes into effect on September 1. Similar requirements whittled Mississippi down to a single abortion clinic.

On the stand today, CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller said efforts to lease or finance an upgraded facility in Austin and Fort Worth had fallen through in the past year. A broker assisting Whole Woman in potential financing in Fort Worth told the clinic chain last week that 15 banks had passed on loans, and no one seemed interested in a short-term lease in hopes of a better bill in the upcoming session.

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World's First Commercial Launchpad Coming to Texas

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Photo from SpaceX.com
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft is super cute in orbit.

It's been a months-long courting process complete with millions of dollars in offered incentives, but private rocket company SpaceX finally gave in to Texas' incessant beckoning to establish the world's first commercial spaceport in Brownsville.

The San Francisco headquartered company has toyed with the idea of planting a launchpad in Texas, and CEO Elon Musk's decision leaves broken hearts in runner-up Cape Canaveral, home of Space Florida.

"We appreciate the support of Gov. Perry and numerous other federal, state and local officials who have partnered with us to make this vision a reality," Musk said in a news release. "In addition to creating hundreds of high tech jobs for the Texas workforce, this site will inspire students, expand the supplier base and attract tourists to the South Texas area."


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[PHOTOS] Stop Patriarchy Protests Outside Harris County GOP Office

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Photos by Aaron Reiss

If the War Against Women is a national battle, Texas is ground zero.

That's according to Sunsara Taylor, a leader of Stop Patriarchy, a movement that is attempting end to the enslavement and degradation of women -- notably when it comes to the right to an abortion and the production of pornography.

"Roe v. Wade began in Texas, and the (pro-life constituency) plan(s) on ending it in Texas," Taylor said. "We came here to stand up against that."


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Roy Andrew Langley: Officials Seeking Kin

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Officials seek family of Roy Andrew Langley.
Officials in Kentucky are seeking relatives of a Texas man who died there in 1994, but who was only recently identified as Roy Andrew Langley.

Langley was born 11/22/49 to parents Lee Andrew and Laura Faye Harvey Langley. Lee Langley's last known address was in Crockett, Texas. (His parents died in 2003 and 2001, respectively, and are buried in Evergreen Memorial Park, Crockett.)

Warning: The only available photo of Langley's face, in death, is on the jump.

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Texas Cities Top Rankings in Recession Recovery Study

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The Great Recession is a thing of the past in Texas, according to a study by Wallet Hub.

The website ranked the economic recoveries from the Great Recession of America's 150 largest cities by non-metro population, and Texas cities were atop the pack.

Wallet Hub used 18 metrics in its study, broken up into two categories -- economic environment and employment and earning opportunities. The data used for the study was compiled from nine different sources, including the U.S. Census and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Updated: Gay Marriage Would Be Big for Texas Economy, Study Finds

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Update: Christy Mallory, senior counsel at the Williams Institute, told us in an email that in 2009 the institute examined the actual economic impact of gay marriage on Massachusetts - $111 million over the first four years following legalization.

That's smaller than the number the institute estimates in its Texas study, but Mallory said Texas has more same-sex couples. Here's the concentration of gay couples in the United States broken down by county, plus some other interesting numbers about gay couples.

Original post: Gay marriage probably won't be legalized in Texas until the Supreme Court makes the state do so. We do have a governor who compared homosexuality to alcoholism, after all.

But according to a study by the Williams Institute, if gay marriage were legal here in the Lone Star State, it'd be quite the financial boom.

The institute, a think tank housed in the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law, released a study Wednesday estimating the economic boost gay marriage legalization in Texas could provide. According to the study, Texas gay marriages would add an estimated $181.6 million in spending to state and local economies over three years, a boost of $14.8 million in sales tax revenue.


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Law Calls BS on Allegedly Stolen Bull

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Photo by Linda Tanner

Back in the day, cattle thieving was one of the things you could be hanged for without much in the way of a trial. Things have changed, but cattle are still a serious business in the Lone Star State.

Pro tip: When you're going to steal someone's bull, you'd best make sure said bull doesn't belong to anyone you live real close to. Selling the animal at a livestock show with lots of witnesses with a good memory for four-legged creatures is also decidedly unwise.


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Medical Board Beefs up Burzynski Complaint

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"Maybe in three years I get Nobel Prize, and you'll look like a shit," the good doctor told us in 2009.
The Texas Medical Board has enhanced its complaints against controversial Houston doctor (for loss of a better word) Stanislaw Burzynski, beefing up an eight-page complaint filed in December 2013 to a whopping 200, the Chron reports.

Filed July 9, the amended complaint came on the FDA's bewildering decision to lift a suspension on Burzynski's clinical trials involving an alleged cancer-fighting drug he calls antineoplastons. The FDA had partially suspended trials after the 2012 death of a six-year-old patient involved in one of the studies; the federal agency had also accused him of inaccurately reporting patient outcomes and failing to obtain some patients' informed consent.

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What if Texas Split Into Separate States as California Is Proposing?

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NEW TEXAS! YEE-HAW! (larger version at bottom of the post)
Apparently, the folks in California have done lost it. There is a ballot initiative being circulated that would divide the Golden State up into six separate states, increasing the United States to 55 states in the process. The proponent of this plan is some venture capitalist who really just wants to make Silicon Valley its own state so he can, ostensibly, make even more money than he already does. Nice plan, weirdo.

Besides, you can't try to pull a crazy stunt like this. Texas cornered the market, packaged and sold that kind of crazy LONG ago. We're the state whose governor actually suggested secession from America was a viable option. Our first flag was a canon with the words "Come and Take It" on it. You can't out crazy us, California, but nice try.

So, before you start trying to make us look sane and rational, we've come up with our own plan to divide Texas into five separate states, a plan that we thought up before you were even a state, California. Take that, Hollyweird.

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Texas Pretty Uptight, Study Shows

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Photo by Stuart Langridge

We love Texas and all, but damn, can it be uptight -- at least according to research.

A recent study by psychology researchers at the University of Maryland-College Park ranked all 50 states (sorry, D.C.) by how uptight or loose they are when it came to enforcing rules and tolerating deviance. Texas came in as sixth most uptight.

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