Texas Round Up: What’s Happenin’ Around Texas?

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) was granted $5 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to train workers facing long-term unemployment. Eight local workforce development boards will use the funding to provide work-based training opportunities in high-demand occupations to long-term unemployed workers, focusing on Unemployment Insurance (UI)…

“I’m Not A Whistleblower”- Ron Reynolds Recounts How He is a Victim of Just Doing Job

   By Darwin Campbell, African-American News&Issues Beaumont-When Ron Reynolds came to Beaumont Independent School District, he thought it would be a welcome change from television news. However, he quickly learned that he could not run far from the spotlight, because the BISD was under scrutiny for a number of things relating to district finances and…

Texas Round-Up: What’s Happenin’ Around Texas?

Austin – Is Austin unwelcoming to African Americans?A study by the University of Texas at Austin indicates that Austin is the only U.S. city with a shrinking African-American population.The African-American population dipped by 5 percent from 2000 to 2010, even while Austin’s general population grew by roughly 20 percent. Eric Tang, a UT professor who…

Texas Round Up: What’s Happenin’ around Texas?

Austin – Following is a statement from University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers regarding today’s court ruling in the case of Fisher versus University of Texas. The ruling relates to the use of ethnicity as one factor in determining college admissions. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling recognizing the constitutionality of…

H-E-B Plus Store Marching Into DFW

Dallas – Dallas-Fort Worth will soon have its first H-E-B Plus! store after a $14 million expansion in Burleson is completed. It will sell merchandise for the electronics, toys, housewares, grilling and outdoor furniture, apparel, party supplies, and plants in addition to groceries. It also will have an expanded produce department, a healthy living department…

Texas Round-Up: What’s Happenin’ around Texas?

Austin – Considering race and ethnicity can be critical when dealing with issues from mental health to juvenile delinquency.  Experts will discuss how to achieve equity across systems and community programs at the August 21-22 Cross Systems Summit presented by HHSC’s Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities. Registration is now open for the Summit,…

Texas Round Up: What’s Happenin’ around Texas?

AUSTIN– Recently, law enforcement officers across the U.S. geared up for Operation Dry Water – the nation’s boating while intoxicated (BWI) awareness and enforcement campaign. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths in the United States. In 2013, officers from across the country contacted 144,044 recreational boaters and made 290…

Commissioner John Wiley Price Stirs Reparations Debate

By: Darwin Campbell,   African-American News&Issues “The United States of America is derelict in its promise to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” to African American people. That dereliction has caused 400 years of significant wealth to millions and significant suffering to the descendants of those enslaves Africans who built this country is satisfied with…