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Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing a savings bill for “school choice” policies.

Sign up for The Brief, The Texas Tribune’s daily newsletter that informs readers of the most important Texas news. For the first time since parental rights became a priority early last year, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday expressed his strongest support yet for “school choice” policies, saying Texas should create an education savings account program …

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South Dakota lawmakers push bill to ban foster care for transgender youth

AMANKAI BIRABEN Associated Press PIERRE, SD – A state House committee voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth in South Dakota. Supporters argued that the bill, banning young people from access to puberty blockers, hormones and surgery, would protect adolescents from irreversible damage, while opponents argued that it …

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OCU to host Black History Month event | Arts and entertainment

OKLAHOMA CITY – A panel discussion at Oklahoma City University will reflect on the historic sit-in movement and broader civil rights struggles during a Black History Month event at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Joyce Henderson, Marilyn Looper Hildreth, and Joyce Jackson will present “Reflections of the OKC Sit-In Movement” in Meinders School of Business’ …

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Trump enters 2024 race, says he’s ‘more committed’ than ever

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Former President Donald Trump launched his 2024 White House bid with stops Saturday in New Hampshire and South Carolina, events in early voting states marking the first campaign appearances since announcing his latest bid more than two months ago. “Together we will finish the unfinished business of making America great again,” …

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Trans and non-binary teens benefit from gender-affirming care, study shows

CP Hoffman, senior policy associate at the National Center for Transgender Equality, tells SELF that policies denying trans people gender-affirming care are especially dangerous for teens already going through a tumultuous puberty. “If you think about the general trauma of adolescence, there is so much body horror associated with it,” they say. “You watch your …

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“Allcove” will be an open door for youth in need | Matters of opinion

Joe Simitian Stephen Adelsheim Iat the Palo Alto Neighborhood Mall, an innovative model for youth mental health prevention and early intervention is opening its doors to young people. Dubbed “allcove,” it’s one of several such centers taking shape throughout California and the first of its kind in the United States. San Jose and Palo Alto …

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GOP lawmakers want Paxton to revise guidelines for transgender students

Sign up for The Brief, The Texas Tribune’s daily newsletter that informs readers of the most important Texas news. A far-right group of state lawmakers has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to revise the Texas School Boards Association’s guidelines on transgender youth, saying the guidance would “endanger children and encourage school districts to keep parents …

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Why GOP lawmakers want to stop doctors from prescribing gender-affirming care for Utah youth

Picking up where they left off last year, Republican lawmakers in Utah are starting their 2023 legislative session with bills targeting transgender youth. Senate Bill 16, sponsored by Sen. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine, seeks to completely ban surgeries on minors that are part of an effort to help them present publicly as a gender other than …

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Tuesday yoga in the library

Closing on holidays The library is closed Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Democracy Project: From the Atom to the Atmosphere – Replacing Nature with a Synthetic World with Christopher Preston The Democracy Project and Montana Humanities are pleased to host the Missoula Public Library’s teen-led civic engagement program …

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