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Senate hearing to learn more about lizard

April 30, 2012

By Lyxan Toledanes, Odessa American

As the decision on the dunes sagebrush lizard’s fate on the endangered species list looms closer, State Sen. Kel Seliger had a hearing at UTPB to learn more about the lizard and its potential listing.

The Texas Senate Natural Resources Subcommitee hearing at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and featured a panel that included State Sens. Robert Duncan and Carlos Uresti and State Reps. Tryon Lewis and Jim Keffer.

Originally scheduled to be announced in December, the lizard’s status was postponed six months and will be announced on June 15.

Committee hearing takes close look at impact of sand dune lizard listing

April 30, 2012

By Mella McEwen, Midland Reporter-Telegram

ODESSA — State and local officials, along with industry experts, gathered Monday at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin to closely examine the impact an endangered listing for the dunes sagebrush lizard would have on the local economy.

Sen. Uresti joins Cat in the Hat at Kids Day at the Park

April 20, 2012

"When Saturday comes, and there's no need to spin it,
Get down to the park; don't waste a minute!
There's a Cat in a Hat and a man from the Senate,
Dancers and games and sun without limit.
Tell your parents, call all your friends,
Get started now if you must make amends.
There's just one rule and all kids must obey it;
You have to have fun; that's all there is to it!"

Join Sen. Carlos Uresti, the Cat in the Hat and other guests for a day of fun and educational activities at Kids Day at the Park.

An annual Child Abuse Prevention Month event, Kids Days at the Park is expected to attract some 10,000 children and their parents for a day of learning and fun.

Sen. Carlos Uresti reacts to governor's Texas Budget Compact

April 16, 2012

"The governor's budget compact will be a blueprint for disaster if Child Protective Services programs are shortchanged even more than they were in the current budget, which slashed prevention measures by 44 percent," said state Sen. Carlos Uresti, noting that there were 65,948 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in Texas last year, and that 231 kids died at the hands of the parents or other caregivers.

"The compact as written does not acknowledge the fact that we can be good stewards of taxpayer dollars without sacrificing the health and well-being of Texas' youngest and most vulnerable citizens," Uresti said.

Forester Elementary students create human blue ribbon

April 9, 2012

By James Munoz, KENS5

SAN ANTONIO-- More than 900 Forester Elementary students created San Antonio's first human blue ribbon to fight child abuse.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The event attracted state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.

SAWS Board Approves Budget for former BexarMet, Appoints Advisory Committee Members

April 3, 2012

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Water System Board of Trustees today took action on several items that continue progress on the integration of the former Bexar Metropolitan Water District. The SAWS Board approved a new budget for the former BexarMet system as well as appointed members of an advisory committee that will help guide the integration process.

“While much work remains, it is exciting for our community to see the integration of the former BexarMet utility and SAWS moving forward so positively,” said Mayor Julián Castro. “A single, stable, reliable water system is the best solution for San Antonio families and our growing economy.”

‘April Madness' time to get angry about child abuse and neglect

April 3, 2012

By Sen. Carlos Uresti

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year I want people to get angry about the epidemic of child abuse and neglect in Texas and rededicate themselves to the central premise of this annual public awareness event: stopping abuse before it happens.

Every day life presents us with something to get mad at — rising gas prices, picking the wrong Lotto numbers, a close loss for the Spurs. But this month, let's get our dander up about something really important, like the deaths of four-year-old Jovonie Ochoa, 7-week-old Jayda De La Rosa, and all the other kids in our community who will never go to school, send a Valentine or unwrap a Christmas gift.

Let's call it “April Madness” and see what we can do about it.

Spotlighting help for local crime victims

April 1, 2012

By John W. Gonzalez, San Antonio Express News

Crime victims and advocates are planning a full month of events in April to call attention to issues faced by victims — and the help available for them — but the week of April 9 will be especially active.

Events include open houses at agencies that serve victims and families, a TV hotline and tributes such as a balloon release at Main Plaza and dove release at the San Antonio Police Academy.

Texas Tribune Hosts April 13 Symposium at University of Houston on Energy and Environment

March 30, 2012


HOUSTON, TX - Energy and the environment in Texas will be the focus of a symposium April 13 at the University of Houston hosted by The Texas Tribune and featuring UH President Renu Khator, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman and other elected officials and policymakers.

Legislative Update - Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 27, 2012

Dear Friends,

For child advocates across the nation, the first full month of spring means more than greening lawns and longer days. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month — a time to reenergize ourselves and focus the public's attention on the scourge of child abuse and neglect.

Last year, there were almost 66,000 confirmed cases of child abuse in Texas, resulting in more than 17,000 children being removed from their homes. A total of 231 kids died at the hands of their parents or other caregivers. That's an increase from 227 deaths in 2010 — which shows a need to strengthen our prevention strategies — as this is far too many for our state to sustain.