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Abortion clinic bill stalled in Senate

April 15, 2013

 By Kolten Parker, San Antonio Express-News

AUSTIN — Texas Republicans are one vote short of passing a controversial abortion bill in the Senate — and the fate of the legislation now rests squarely on the shoulders of two South Texas Democrats.

Sens. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, and Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, oppose the bill, and without their votes it won't have the supermajority needed under Senate rules to get to a floor vote.

Urge la prevención para detener el abuso infantil

April 3, 2013

Por Roberto J. Pérez, La Prensa

Con la intención de que la sociedad entera participe en la prevención del abuso a los niños, 6 mil molinos de vientos de papel fueron plantados el lunes en los prados de ChildSafe en recuerdo de los seis mil niños que sufrieron abusos y maltratos durante el 2012.

19 de los seis mil niños murieron victimados por sus propios padres u otros miembros de la familia.

Pinwheels symbolize 6,205 child-abuse victims last year

April 1, 2013

By Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje

Thousands of pinwheels twirled in the wind on the ChildSafe campus Monday morning, each serving as a visual symbol of the 6,205 children who were confirmed victims of abuse and neglect in Bexar County last year.

A handful were white — a stark representation of the 19 children who died at the hands of their caregivers in 2012.

Viewpoint: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1, 2013

 By Sen. Carlos Uresti

If the 93 residents of Domino in Cass County were to suddenly disappear, it would make headlines around the world. Yet more than twice as many Texas children died of abuse and neglect last year, and I doubt you've seen much about them.

It is human nature to pay more attention to things that happen all at once and ignore them when they trickle out. Otherwise we'd be more appalled that 212 Texas kids died at the hands of their parents and other caregivers in 2012.

State Sen. Uresti Looking To Get More People Involved In Child Abuse Prevention

April 1, 2013

By Eileen Pace, Texas Public Radio

April is Child Abuse Awareness month, and San Antonio Sen. Carlos Uresti is calling for more volunteers to help increase the local message of saving children's lives.

Uresti said Bexar County showed an increase in the number of cases of child abuse in 2012.

"Sadly, last year we had 6,205 confirmed cases of child abuse just in Bexar County," Uresti said, adding that 20 of those children died from their injuries.

No Place for Scare Tactics in Immigration Reform Debate

March 28, 2013

By Sen. Carlos Uresti & Sen. Jose Rodriguez

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn recently sent out a tweet claiming that a friend's property was being overrun with illegal border crossers -- 300 each night. Sen. Cornyn has yet to identify the friend or substantiate the numbers, which would add up to 110,000 undocumented immigrants each year in this single soft spot, where ever it is.

Uresti supports Senate budget but calls for more child protection funding

March 20, 2013

 AUSTIN — Sen. Carlos Uresti on Wednesday voted for the Senate's $195 billion spending plan for the 2014-15 biennium, but expressed disappointment that it did not provide more money for child abuse prevention.

Uresti noted that the bill gave an overall 11 percent increase to Child Protective Services to reduce caseloads and address the agency's high turnover rate, but the amount for prevention represents only 3.5 percent of the agency's entire budget.

"We can never get our arms around the problems at CPS and protect our children from harm if we don't start putting more money where our mouth is," Uresti said. "As we move forward we must look at putting more money into these programs."

BREAKING: legislators stunned to find that anti-smoking bill causes reduction in smoking

February 19, 2013

 By Harold Cook, Letters from Texas

Strange things happen with the legislature comes to town.

The eyebrow-raiser today is a bill by state Senator Carlos Uresti, which would raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21.

Uresti co-sponsors resolution calling on Congress to enact immigration reform

February 13, 2013

 AUSTIN — State Sen. Carlos Uresti and other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus filed a Senate concurrent resolution Wednesday urging Congress to swiftly enact meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform.

SCR 15 notes that America is a nation of immigrants and that their story is woven into our social and cultural fabric. It states that we require an immigration system that "provides for public safety, national security, economic prosperity, and the well-being of all who live and work in the United States."

TSUS Provides $1.8 Million for Sul Ross Scholarships

February 13, 2013

 Sul Ross State University has announced the availability $75,000 in scholarships for area high school graduates and community college transfer students who are currently applying for the fall 2013 semester. The scholarships will be awarded at two levels.

Six students – one each from Alpine, Presidio, Marfa, Marathon, Fort Davis and Fort Stockton high schools who graduate in the top 25 percent of their class – will receive $3,000 scholarships.

Applicants will be submitted to the superintendents of each school district. The superintendent will select one student from his/her respective school to receive the $3,000 scholarship.