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Archive for May 19th, 2009

NPT City: Melina Castro v. Carl Robinson, hosted by Pearson Forum tomorrow

News release just received:

The North East YMCA has requested that The Ray Pearson Forum host a forum for the District #4 candidates Melina Castro and Carl Robinson. We will therefore oblige their request by holding a special forum at 10:30 a.m. this Wednesday at their facility located at 5509 Will Ruth Ave. This will be one of only a few remaining opportunities to hear the candidates share the vision for El Paso and for their district before early voting begins on Tuesday May 26, 2009. Please bring your questions and concerns. The media and the public are welcome.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm

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NPT: TCRP: State must ask for parental consent before collecting newborn DNA

A news release from the Texas Civil Rights Project:


The federal lawsuit filed in March by the Texas Civil Rights Project on behalf of five parents has resulted in new state legislation to protect the state’s access to people’s genetic information. The legislature sent the law to the governor today for signature.

The lawsuit sought to end the practice of the Texas Department of State Health Services from collecting and indefinitely storing blood samples from the blood screening done at childbirth without parental consent or disclosure to the parent – a secretive practice the health department has engaged in since 2002. Currently, about 4 million samples stored at Texas A&M, taken from every person born since 2002.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm

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NPT Capitol: Dem Gov. candidate courts El Paso politicians

Tom Schieffer, a former U.S. ambassador to Japan who wants to run for governor as a Democrat, had breakfast this morning with a selection of State Reps including Chente Quintanilla and Joe Moody. The breakfast was a get-to-know you affair.

Though El Paso is a blue city, turnout at elections is traditionally low. Meeting up with Quintanilla and Moody suggests he is testing the waters to see how El Paso could figure in an run for governor. Could this mean, for once, El Paso plays an important role in a state wide election?

Well…also at the breakfast were a bunch of reps from the DFW metropolitan area which included Tarrant County. Schieffer said earlier this session, “”When you look at the last election and you analyze where Obama lost and won, he carried four out of the five largest urban areas, but he didn’t carry Tarrant County…Well I’m from Tarrant County.” [link]

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm

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