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Past articles by Steffi:

Texas agencies will recognize out-of-state occupational licenses of military spouses

Senate Bill 1200 allows most out-of-state occupational licenses to be recognized in the state. → Read More

Texas law on surprise medical bills will go into effect Jan. 1

Experts say starting in the new year, Texas will have one of the strongest laws protecting patients from surprise medical bills. → Read More

Texas death sentences are on the decline, report says

It also shows Texas juries rejected the death penalty in half of the cases presented to them this year. → Read More

APD to provide update on missing mom, infant at 1 p.m. Tuesday; FBI assisting investigation

Austin Police will provide an update on the case of a missing mom and her infant daughter at 1 p.m. Tuesday. → Read More

How Texas sweethearts became world’s ‘oldest married couple’

Nearly 80 years of marriage later, Charlotte is still by John's side, the two sharing a life that has included everything from far-flung travels to countless favorite meals to, most recently, a Guinness World Record — in August, the Hendersons were named the oldest married couple on earth, with an aggregate age of 211 years. → Read More

Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll propose law where there’s ‘no bail for cop killers’

Advocates say the fundamental problem with Texas’ bail system is that whether a person is released from jail often hinges on how much money they have. → Read More

Border communities hope to build trust ahead of 2020 Census

“There are a lot of people who are complacent. They don’t see the importance of the census. They’re afraid to give out information about themselves, so what we’re trying to do is educate the people on how easy it is, how important it is and really, how safe it is.” → Read More

U.S. Census Bureau director promotes census job opportunities in Texas

Around half a million temporary employees are needed to conduct the upcoming census. Director Dillingham spoke with UT Chancellor James Milliken Tuesday about promoting the opportunity to college students. → Read More

Allies Against Slavery to host Allies Market on Dec. 8

Allies Against Slavery, a non-profit based in Austin, will host the 10th Annual Allies Market at Fair Market on Sunday, Dec. 8. → Read More

Proposed change to SNAP could cut program benefits by $4.5B over 5 years

The proposed rule change would eliminate flexibility at the state level to set utility allowances when figuring out the amount for SNAP benefits to give people, organizations say. There would be a standard federal rate. → Read More

Texas-based non-profit gets grant to study statewide data on human trafficking

Allies Against Slavery, a group that works to fight human trafficking, built a cloud-based platform called Lighthouse that launched earlier this year to try to compile data in a way where Texans can visualize the magnitude of the issue, study the causes and identify solutions. → Read More

Fire re-erupts at Wurstfest in New Braunfels

Firefighters are battling a fire at the Wurstfest grounds in New Braunfels Friday morning. → Read More

State Rep. Poncho Nevárez bonds out of jail after cameras catch him dropping cocaine at airport

State Rep. Poncho Nevarez, D-Eagle Pass, was caught on surveillance footage in early September dropping a white envelope with cocaine inside, according to an affidavit filed in Travis County. → Read More

More data needed to identify treatments for child sex trafficking survivors in Texas, experts say

In addition to providing psychiatric care to residents at The Refuge Ranch, Dr. Charles Nemeroff says researchers at Dell Med hope to conduct research in the future to get a better understanding of the treatments that work for individuals who are survivors of child sex trafficking. → Read More

Free legal aid clinics available to Texas veterans this week

Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week runs until Nov. 16. It is a statewide effort where legal aid programs, local bar associations, law schools and pro bono private lawyers will provide services through clinics hosted across Texas. → Read More

Project looks into whether drones could help with port security

An Austin-based company and the Borders, Trade and Immigration (BTI) Institute at the University of Houston are partnering to study whether the use of unmanned autonomous systems in maritime port security can help detect radiation, human trafficking and drug smuggling cases. → Read More

Austin biotechnology company hopes to help patients with vitiligo

Vitiligo is a medical condition where patches in the skin lose pigment. A person who has vitiligo can either have one patch or multiple patches of lighter skin on their face, arms, legs or other parts of their body. It can also affect hair. → Read More

Pain treatment plan leading to less opioid use in new moms, study says

A new study led by researchers at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin shows a standardized pain treatment plan for pregnant women led to reduced opioid use in these new mothers. It could also lead to reduced opioid addiction later, researchers concluded. → Read More

Opioids shouldn’t be reduced or discontinued rapidly, new federal guidelines say

Rapidly lowering or discontinuing a patient’s opioid prescription could be harmful and put them at risk, according to new guidelines published this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. → Read More

Poll: More than half of Texas voters support Prop 6

The poll, commissioned by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, also shows 72 percent of voters in Texas say it is important to continue funding the work that CPRIT is doing through state tax dollars than ending the program. → Read More