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Wade Goodwyn : NPR

Wade Goodwyn is a NPR National Desk Correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states.

Last Build Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

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Texas Lawmakers Revive 'Bathroom Bill' With Proposal For Public Schools

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The Texas legislature is again considering a bathroom bill. This one would require children in public schools to use restrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates.

Texas Wants To Set Its Own Rules For Federal Family Planning Funds

Tue, 16 May 2017 21:58:00 -0400

In 2011, Texas gave up millions in federal Medicaid funding so it could exclude Planned Parenthood, which counts abortion among the procedures it provides, from its women's health program.

In Austin, Texas, Republican Lawmakers Promote State Governing Power

Thu, 04 May 2017 16:33:00 -0400

Texas lawmakers have long thought it was better for local municipalities to govern themselves rather than having the state or the federal government jumping in. But now Texas Republican leaders in Austin have begun to contend both in legislation and in speeches, that in many instances, the state knows best.

In Texas, Officials Probe Shooting Of Unarmed Black Teenager

Tue, 02 May 2017 05:10:00 -0400

Authorities in Balch Springs, Texas, are facing calls to charge the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager Saturday night. The officer is on leave.

Multiple Deaths Reported As Tornadoes, Floods Roll Through South, Midwest

Mon, 01 May 2017 16:40:00 -0400

Thunder storms ripped across Texas, the South and Midwest this weekend killing at least 15 and spawning tornadoes and floods that left parts of the countryside devastated.

Homeland Security Announces Decline In Illegal Mexican Border Crossings

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:34:00 -0500

The Department of Homeland Security announced a marked decline in the number of illegal border crossings from Mexico in recent months. It credits President Trump's tough stance on illegal immigration.

In Arizona, Program To Recruit Police To Help ICE Agents Gets Mixed Reviews

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:41:00 -0500

As part of President Trump's promised crackdown on illegal immigration, he wants to bolster a program former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio aggressively practiced.

Religious Conservatives And Pro-Business Republicans Split Over Texas 'Bathroom Bill'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

As Texas considers a bill to restrict transgender people's access to some restrooms, many in the state's business community question whether the measure is worth the business it might cost the state.

In Austin, A Boom In Short-Term Rentals Brings A Backlash

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:50:00 -0500

Like many fast-growing regions, the city of Austin and the state of Texas are grappling with the growing market for short-term home and condo rentals like those listed on Airbnb and HomeAway.

Baylor Sanctioned By Big 12 After New Revelations About Sexual Assault Controversy

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:28:00 -0500

After filing of another lawsuit against Baylor and the university's disclosure of text messages between coaching staff, the Big 12 reached a "tipping point," a conference official said.

Big 12 Votes To Withhold Revenue From Baylor Pending Review

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:21:00 -0500

The Big 12 Conference board has voted to withhold some future revenue from Baylor University pending a review of athletics operations. The development is the latest in a long-running sexual assault scandal.

'Bathroom Bill' Fight Brewing In Texas

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:40:00 -0500

Texas Republicans are divided over the need for — and political wisdom of — a bill similar to one that caused political turmoil in North Carolina.

Trump Nominates Rick Perry To Lead Department Of Energy

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:30:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump continues to announce his picks for key cabinet positions. On Tuesday, several media outlets reported that Trump has picked former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run the Department of Energy.

Funeral Directors Weigh In On Texas Rule Requiring Burial Of Fetal Remains

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:06:00 -0500

Abortion rights activists have filed a challenge to stop a new rule requiring clinics to bury fetal remains from abortions and miscarriages. The rule is also not sitting well with funeral directors.

U.S. Immigrant Youths Fear Deportation Under Trump

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:11:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump vows his administration will deport millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally. In Texas that has frightened hundreds of thousands of so-called "dreamers."