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The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - TX: LGBTQIA Issues

A controversial bill on the agenda of an upcoming special session of the Texas Legislature would restrict where transgender Texans can use the bathroom. (Davis/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of rights groups is blasting Texas leaders for making anti-LGBTQ bills a priority when lawmakers convene this week in a special session. In a conference call with the media, the groups urged the Legislature to work on funding the state's public schools or repairin

Calif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a ban on state employee travel to Texas, with Texas' new state law legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ families in adoptions. (Angerer/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- The predicted economic backlash against Texas has begun in protest of the state's new laws that allow discrimination in the name of religious freedom. Last week, California banned official travel to Texas by state employees in response to a Texas state law allowing foster care and

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs one of dozens of bills passed by the Texas Legislature this session. Opponents already have begun filing legal challenges to many of them. (TexasGovermentOnline)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature passed some of the nation's most conservative laws during the current session, but political analysts say the real battle may just be getting started. The session is scheduled to end this weekend, but when the gavel comes down, oppo

Some are concerned that Texas could lose major sporting events, similar to this year’s Super Bowl in Houston, if the controversial SB 6 bathroom bill becomes law. (wellesenterprises/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Public records show several businesses that publicly oppose Senate Bill 6, the so-called "bathroom bill" in the Texas Legislature, have contributed thousands of dollars to the bill's Republican sponsors. Alex Kotch, an independent investigative reporter for the website Rewire

A new study shows that in states where same-sex marriage was legalized, fewer gay teenagers have attempted to take their own lives. (DoroO/iStockphoto)

HOUSTON – New research says state laws legalizing same-sex marriage have brought a reduction in suicide attempts among high-school students. The study particularly notes a decline in suicides among gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers in those states, prior to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling upho

Throughout the year, people in North Carolina protested HB 2, state legislation that restricts the rights of those who are transgender. (AwakenedEye/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Advocates for the LGBT community in Texas are voicing concerns that North Carolina's failure to overturn a controversial "bathroom bill" will encourage some Texas lawmakers to pursue a similar measure. North Carolina legislators met in a special session this week in an unsuccessful

A new report finds that major Texas travel and entertainment destinations, such as the Alamo in San Antonio, could lose billions of dollars if the state passes an anti-LGBT

AUSTIN, Texas – Some state leaders are prioritizing a so-called anti-LGBT bathroom bill for the upcoming session of the Legislature, but a new report warns that passage could cost Texas billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. The Texas Association of Business has released a study pointing

A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking Obama administration guidelines on transgender students' use of bathrooms. (Faull/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked Obama administration guidelines to public schools that allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. The order, issued just as millions of Texas children were returning to the classroom, puts the regulations on hold

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