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Celebs ‘Love’ Texas But Hate ‘Bathroom Bill’

Lady Gaga, Lena Dunham, George Takei, Gloria Steinem, and Whoopi Goldberg were among the 100-plus outspoken entertainers and personalities to send a Valentine’s Day card to Texas leaders, saying they love the Lone Star State and its people, but not the proposed “bathroom bill.”

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Houston Schools Go ‘Sanctuary’

The board of trustees for the Houston Independent School District, the largest district in Texas, passed a “sanctuary” schools resolution written in carefully worded language, although it takes a swipe at Governor Greg Abbott and “anti-sanctuary” legislation.

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Baylor Students Petition for Sanctuary Campus Status

Baylor University joined the mushrooming list of American college campuses eager to declare sanctuary campus status. A handful of graduate students from the religion department petitioned to defy federal and state laws to provide a safe haven to students, faculty, and community members living in the United States illegally.

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Trump Org Launches New Concept Hotel in Dallas

A new hotel concept from the Trump Organization will launch nationwide in Dallas. The innovative four-star lodging may be the first of its kind in the United States and it will not bear the signature brand namesake but instead be called Scion.

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Texas University Researchers Lead Zika Border Project

Two University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) professors will lead Zika research along the Texas-Mexico border as part of a multi-institutional consortium to establish a Western Gulf Center for Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases. They hope to create an early warning system to curtail the spread of the virus.

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Homeschoolers Voice Concerns over Latest Texas ‘Tebow’ Bill

The Texas “Tebow bill” is back. Two lawmakers filed bills named for Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy-winning University of Florida football player who was homeschooled but played on his local public school team. While proponents express excitement over a third attempt to pass “Tebow”, homeschoolers voiced concerns over the legislation.

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U. Texas Anti-Trump Demonstration Promises Social Justice ‘Twerkshop’

An eclectic array of protests are scheduled to take place across Texas in response to Donald Trump’s inauguration, promising to galvanize a gamut of outrage in social justice marches, civil rights group demonstrations, college and high school student actions, women’s rights rallies, and feminist empowerment “twerking” sessions.

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‘Community Schools’ Bill Hopes to Derail Texas Charters

One Texas lawmaker’s bill, if passed during the 2017 legislative session, stands to derail school choice options for failing campuses by taking them down a progressive community schools path and bypassing existing options that include re-purposing a campus as a public charter school.