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New abortion exception guidelines face criticism from attorneys

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www.kxan.com – Monica Madden – 2024-06-23 06:45:00

SUMMARY: The Texas Medical Board approved new rules for emergency abortions, requiring physicians to document the decision within seven days. Amy and Steve Bresnan, who petitioned for clearer guidelines, argued the changes are insufficient and don't enhance safety for women. The Board removed a provision requiring doctors to document attempts to transfer patients to avoid abortions but kept it in the disciplinary considerations. Following a lawsuit, the Texas Supreme Court upheld broad medical exceptions in the state's abortion ban. The Board's new guidelines mandate a second opinion and patient transfer attempt for emergency abortions. The Bresnans may petition again for further clarifications.

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Police still looking for mother of newborn baby found in Lubbock dumpster

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www.kxan.com – Caitlyn Rooney – 2024-07-21 22:33:30

SUMMARY: In Lubbock, Texas, a newborn baby was found in a dumpster near 4th Street and Cherry Avenue early Saturday morning. The Lubbock Police Department (LPD) issued a statement seeking the public's help to locate the mother. LPD has refrained from commenting on the baby's due to the ongoing investigation. Authorities expressed gratitude for the community's support and urged people to focus their efforts on aiding the investigation. Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact Crime Line at (806)-741-1000. Further details are currently unavailable.

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Mayor Whitmire and acting police chief rebuke councilman’s critique on Beryl response in Houston

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abc13.com – Alex Bozarjian – 2024-07-21 22:21:47

SUMMARY: Houston Mayor John Whitmire and acting Police Chief Larry Satterwhite criticized Councilman Edward Pollard’s remarks about the city’s Hurricane Beryl response. Pollard claimed unpreparedness led to the risk and death of HPD employee Russell Richardson, who drowned en route to work. Whitmire and Satterwhite defended the city’s mobilization efforts, asserting Richardson was following protocol. Whitmire emphasized the incident’s detrimental impact on the Richardson family and first responders, suggesting Pollard’s criticism was politically motivated and misdirected. Additionally, Whitmire argued that focus should be on CenterPoint Energy’s slow power restoration rather than the city’s preparedness.

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'Good moment for democracy': UT historian says there is precedent of presidents stepping aside

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www.kxan.com – Sam Stark – 2024-07-21 20:39:54

SUMMARY: A University of Texas at Austin historian, Jeremy Suri, commented on President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw from the 2024 reelection campaign, stating it aligns with a historical tradition of presidents stepping aside for the country's best interest. Suri highlighted examples, including George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, reflecting that voluntary resignation supports democratic principles. He praised Biden's courage and viewed the move as beneficial for democracy, noting Biden's consideration for voter concerns about his age. Suri emphasized that Biden's decision strengthens democratic processes by allowing party turnover without forcefully holding onto power.

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