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Watch a June 18 conversation on protecting Texas’ coastline

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by By Events Staff, The Texas Tribune – 2024-05-16 15:47:56

SUMMARY: Texans, wary of potential hurricanes like Harvey, Ike, or Rita, seek to bolster defenses for their 370-mile coastline. The “Ike Dike,” a proposed gate system across Bay, is a key focus, alongside the state's Coastal Resiliency Master Plan for environmental restoration. As hurricane season approaches, The Texas Tribune will host a discussion in Corpus Christi and online, featuring experts like environmental lawyer Jim Blackburn, Rep. Todd Hunter, and Dr. Kiersten Stanzel. will cover past storms' lessons, ongoing protection efforts, and community actions. Registration is open for the event moderated by reporter Alejandra Martinez.

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Texas STAAR test: Student math and science scores plummet

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by By Sneha Dey, The – 2024-06-14 12:47:49

SUMMARY: State testing data reveals significant declines in Texas students' math and science scores post-pandemic. Only 26% of fifth graders met science standards, a 21-point drop since 2019. Math scores also fell, with 41% of students demonstrating adequate understanding. The data underscores COVID-19's severe impact on learning, with concerns about lasting workforce implications. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath noted that disruptions have hindered students' math proficiency. However, bilingual students showed notable gains, surpassing pre-pandemic levels in reading and social studies. The story is developing, with upcoming appearances by political figures at The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.

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Austin gun shop owner wins fight to overturn bump stock ban

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by By Dante Motley, The – 2024-06-14 11:20:58

SUMMARY: An Austin gun shop owner, Michael Cargill, won a Supreme Court case overturning a federal ban on bump stocks. The court's 6-3 decision ruled that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) wrongly classified bump stocks as machine guns under legislation banning such weapons. Bump stocks enable semi-automatic rifles to fire rapidly. Cargill's case, supported by the New Civil Liberties Alliance, argued that ATF overstepped its authority. Justice Clarence Thomas stated that bump stocks do not make a semi-automatic rifle a machine gun. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, asserting bump stocks fit the machine gun definition.

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Texas Supreme Court denies case that could have imperiled IVF

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by By Eleanor Klibanoff, The – 2024-06-14 10:38:05

SUMMARY: The Texas Supreme Court declined to review a significant in vitro fertilization (IVF) case involving Gaby and Caroline Antoun, who divorced in 2022 and disputed over their frozen embryos. Despite Texas' abortion laws labeling embryos as unborn children, courts upheld the original agreement granting the embryos to Gaby Antoun. Caroline appealed, arguing the embryos should have the same rights as living children, but both the lower court and the Texas Supreme Court rejected this. Historically, courts have treated embryos as a unique category. This decision leaves Texas' IVF practices unchanged but highlights ongoing legal ambiguities around reproductive technology.

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