Stories by Ashley Lopez

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 by Ashley Lopez

Political groups in Texas prepare to reach out to Latinos ahead of the 2020 census

If counted accurately, the 2020 U.S. census is expected to show a boom in Texas’ Latino population. That’s why groups in the state say they plan to focus their efforts on making sure Latinos here fill out the form and…

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by Ashley Lopez

Austin could fund ‘logistical support’ for low-income women seeking abortions

Four Austin City Council members want the city to help low-income women obtain abortions – without the city actually paying for the procedure.At the urging of local reproductive rights groups, Austin city leaders are working to set aside up to…

Thursday, July 11, 2019 by Ashley Lopez

Texas’ strong economy is making it harder for officials to hire part-time census workers

The U.S. Census Bureau is having a tough time hiring workers in Texas for the 2020 census because the unemployment rate is so low – which means nonprofits and local governments may have to step in to make sure there’s…

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by Ashley Lopez

State lawmakers approve legislation shielding most Texans from surprise medical bills

Surprise medical bills may be a thing of the past for many Texans. In a unanimous vote, the Texas House approved a Senate bill banning health care providers from sending steep medical bills to insured Texans in emergencies.Senate Bill 1264…

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by Ashley Lopez

House Speaker Pelosi says attempted voter purge in Texas shows need for stronger federal protections

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a visit to East Austin on Tuesday to promote sweeping voting reform legislation currently before Congress.Among other things, House Bill 1 would ensure online voter registration or automatic registration for citizens across the country. The…

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Ashley Lopez

Civil rights group sues Texas over its call to remove alleged noncitizens from voter rolls

A Latino civil rights organization filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against Texas’ effort to identify noncitizens who are registered to vote.The lawsuit brought by the the League of United Latin American Citizens argues that state officials violated the…

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by Ashley Lopez

Sheryl Cole and ‘Chito’ Vela head to runoff in Texas House race, pushing Dawnna Dukes out

Democrats Sheryl Cole and Jose “Chito” Vela will move on to a runoff election for Texas House District 46 after pushing out embattled incumbent Dawnna Dukes in the primary on Tuesday.The district includes parts of East Austin, Manor and Pflugerville.Cole,…

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Ashley Lopez

Is it really legal to walk down the street with a beer in Austin neighborhoods?

Colter Sonneville had a hunch that it might be legal to walk down the street with an open beer in most of Austin’s residential neighborhoods. It started when he noticed some big signs around Chicon and East Cesar Chavez streets.“The…

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by Ashley Lopez

Democrats call on Dukes to step down for failing to show up

Democratic House Rep. Dawnna Dukes of Austin was already in hot water at the start of the legislative session. She had walked back a promise to resign and, soon after, was indicted.But Travis County Democrats say she then failed to…

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Ashley Lopez

The decades-old theory behind speed limits might make it harder to change them

High speeds are one of the biggest killers on our roadways. As city officials tackle an uptick in traffic fatalities here in Austin, speed limits come up a lot.But it’s unlikely that city and state officials will be able to…

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