Categories & Tags: texas

Faulty shale gas wells contaminated drinking water in two states   |   September 15, 2014
Drinking water has been contaminated in Texas and Pennsylvania as a result of shale gas drilling, and the cause was faulty gas wells, a new study has found. Scientists from Duke...

 

Students step up efforts to protect youth vote   |   August 29, 2014
Across the South and country, young voters -- including students -- are a key voting bloc: In 2012, voters under the age of 30 cast 20 million votes [pdf], according to the U.S....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The government program that's equipping police like an occupying military force   |   August 15, 2014
Year in which Congress initially authorized the Defense Department to give excess arms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies for counter-drug activities, leading to the...

 

'Know Your Power' engages young voters on racial justice through social media   |   August 7, 2014
A national coalition of young racial justice organizers has launched a public education campaign to change how young people think about voting and boost turnout for this year'...

 

Southern waters imperiled by toxic pollution   |   June 23, 2014
As summer heats up, many people's thoughts turn to jumping in the closest river or stream to cool off -- but industrial pollution in the water could endanger their health....

 

Happy Juneteenth!   |   June 19, 2014
Today marks the holiday known variously as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, or simply Juneteenth. It commemorates the day in 1865 that slaves in Texas...

 

'Conclusive link' between fracking, aquifer contamination found in Texas   |   June 9, 2014
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Independent scientists who have reviewed a water analysis conducted by state authorities of a Texas resident's drinking well say the chemical...

 

Wisconsin voter ID ruling a 'blueprint' for similar challenges in NC, TX   |   May 5, 2014
In a major victory for voting rights, a federal judge struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law last week, ruling that requiring voters to show a state-issued photo ID...

 

Family wins fracking suit in legal blow to industry   |   April 24, 2014
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams In what is being called a legal blow to the fracking industry, on Tuesday a Texas family was awarded $3 million in the first ever verdict to be...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's execution lust puts it in rare and brutal company   |   March 28, 2014
Of the 206 countries around the world, number in which executions were known to have taken place in 2013: 22 Number of executions that took place worldwide last year: 778...

 

Election 2014: Does climate change stand a chance against the oil boom?   |   March 10, 2014
By Greg Harman, The Daily Climate SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Work boots towered above Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as he moved down rows of shelving at Justin Boots'...

 

Voting rights advocates try to put oversight back on the map   |   March 5, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law....

 

Fossil fuel co. CEO: Fracking now, fracking tomorrow...   |   February 25, 2014
By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams Despite reports of a "shale bubble" as well as climate, public health and water consumption concerns associated with fracking, Ryan...

 

Communities resist as tar sands flow through KXL South   |   January 23, 2014
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams Tar sands oil began flowing through the the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday as operations commenced delivering the "the...

 

More evidence undermines industry claims of fracking safety   |   January 6, 2014
The frequently asked questions page of the oil and gas industry's website promoting fracking poses the query, "Is the groundwater safe?" This is the industry's...

 

Big voting changes coming to the South in 2014   |   December 23, 2013
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blogged in The New Yorker recently that voting rights cases will be one of the top seven legal stories of 2014. "After the Supreme Court gutted...

 

True the Vote denied entry into Texas voter ID trial   |   December 18, 2013
Months before the conservative vote-monitoring group Judicial Watch filed to intervene in the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against North Carolina's restrictive new...

 

Southern states stand to lose out on billions of dollars by blocking Medicaid expansion   |   December 10, 2013
The 20 states refusing to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will forgo billions of dollars in federal funds -- but their...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will Trayvon Martin killing bankrupt ALEC?   |   December 6, 2013
Number of companies that quit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after the 2011 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, whose assailant defended himself under...

 

Congressman's cocaine bust illuminates race and gender sentencing disparities   |   November 22, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines This week, freshman Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of probation after buying 3.5...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's unintended pregnancy problem drains public funds   |   November 20, 2013
Portion of U.S. births resulting from unintended pregnancies that were paid for by public insurance programs* in 2008: 2/3 Portion of U.S. births resulting from intended...

 

The war on women voting in North Carolina   |   November 8, 2013
It is well-documented that the heaviest burdens under strict photo voter ID laws fall on African Americans, Latino Americans and those of low income. Large numbers of people in...

 

The overlooked fight against voter ID in Tennessee   |   November 1, 2013
Often overlooked in discussions around state voter ID law battles is Tennessee. North Carolina and Texas currently warrant attention given the lawsuits that have been filed there...

 

The Affordable Care Act's most important date: not what you think   |   October 30, 2013
By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Many people have asked when we’ll know if the Affordable Care Act is a success or failure. Was it Oct. 1, the date of the federal health...

 

Government shutdown delays Texas voter ID challenge   |   October 4, 2013
A legal challenge to Texas's voter ID law was placed on pause this afternoon at the Justice Department's request, meaning the fight to protect hundreds of thousands of...