Hogs appear to be a problem for Texas football. Last December it was the Longhorns’ loss to some hogs from Arkansas in the Texas Bowl, but now it’s a more native problem. Actual feral hogs appear to be digging up the practice field of Liberty High School in Houston. It’s one of those sorta-amusing, only-in-Texas stories, worth watching at KHOU.
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Reopening — An abortion clinic in El Paso is reopening, making it the first to do so after the Supreme Court’s temporary order blocked 2013 restrictions requiring abortion facilities to have the same upkeep as emergency rooms. Those restrictions, put in place by the legislature in 2013, essentially closed half of Texas’s abortion clinics. “The temporary block will remain in effect at least until the high court decides whether to hear the clinics’ appeal of a lower court ruling refusing to put the restrictions on hold,” writes the Associated Press. “That isn’t expected before fall, but the June decision is a strong indication that the Supreme Court will hear the full appeal, which could be the biggest abortion case before it in decades.” The piece shrewdly notes: “The reopening of the Reproductive Services facility would mean the country’s second most-populous state has 20 abortion clinics — down from 41 in 2012.”
HERO to Zero —The Texas Supreme Court has proved to be a really tough referee in the controversy surrounding Houston’s anti-discrimination ordinance, HERO. Houston’s city council had “placed the issue on the ballot asking voters whether the city should repeal the ordinance,” writes the Texas Tribune. “But the court ruled the council must reword the language because the vote should be on whether to affirm the ordinance, not repeal it.” This follows a July ruling in which the Texas Supreme Court said the city had to put the ordinance up for a public vote. Perhaps anticipating arguments that it’s biased in favor of conservative efforts, the justices made it clear that just because they’re, you know, making people do their job, they aren’t supporting the effort: “Our decision rests not on our views on the ordinance — a political issue the citizens of Houston must decide — but on the clear dictates of the City Charter.”
G.I. (Texas) Jane — Texas women are tough. How’s tough? Tougher than even the most “manly” of men. The Washington Post takes a look at First Lieutenant Shaye Haver, a Copperas Cove native who was one of two women to graduate from the famously grueling Army Rangers School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Haver and Captain Kristen Griest were the only two women out of twenty to graduate the new “gender-integrated” class, which had 96 graduates total. “The women — like some of their male counterparts — faced an arduous process leading into graduation,” the story explains. “One of the 20 who qualified opted not to attend before the training even started, and the others were whittled to eight female soldiers within days following an initial four-day assessment that requirements ranging from chin-ups and push-ups to an exhausting 12-mile road march through Fort Benning’s hills while carrying a full combat load.” The Killeen Daily Herald, too, has a brief profile on the Copperas Cove High School graduate.