Andy East

Andy East is an intern for the Austin American-Statesman.

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In tie vote, racing commission defies state leaders
 The Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday defied Republican lawmakers, voting to keep rules that allow a controversial form of gambling known as historical racing. State leaders have threatened to cut off funding for the agency if the commission doesn’t repeal historical racing, a move that would shut down the state’s horse racing...

12:59 AM Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

The Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday defied Republican lawmakers, voting to keep rules that allow a controversial form of gambling known as historical racing. State leaders have threatened to cut off funding for the agency if the commission doesn’t repeal historical racing, a move that would shut down the state’s horse racing...
PolitiFact: Effects of 2011 Texas health changes aren’t as claimed
 Wendy Davis recalled recent Texas history while weighing in on the Republican push to defund Planned Parenthood. In an interview on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the former Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state senator responded to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who told a Des Moines...

6:00 AM Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

Wendy Davis recalled recent Texas history while weighing in on the Republican push to defund Planned Parenthood. In an interview on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the former Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state senator responded to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who told a Des Moines...
Safety advocates warn of potentially hazardous toys
 Three days before the biggest shopping day of the year, toy safety advocates gathered at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas on Tuesday to tout their annual list of “potentially dangerous toys” being sold at national retailers, drug stores and dollar stores — including some toys that may contain toxic metals...

12:11 AM Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Three days before the biggest shopping day of the year, toy safety advocates gathered at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas on Tuesday to tout their annual list of “potentially dangerous toys” being sold at national retailers, drug stores and dollar stores — including some toys that may contain toxic metals...
PolitiFact: Bill would’ve given teachers protection in deadly cases

6:00 AM Sunday, Nov. 08, 2015

A reader asked us to look into an article headlined: “This new bill would allow Texas teachers to kill their students if they felt it was needed.” Good thing Texas lawmakers are no longer in session, eh? The article, posted on a website called the Greenville Gazette, said the Teacher’s Protection Act “would allow teachers...
Texas execution drug shipment seized by federal authorities

11:47 PM Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration intercepted an international shipment of an unapproved lethal injection drug called sodium thiopental that was ordered by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a federal official said Friday. The shipment originated in India in July, according to the online news site Buzzfeed, which first reported...
Texas sought unapproved lethal injection drug
 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration intercepted an international shipment of an unapproved lethal injection drug called sodium thiopental that was ordered by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a federal official said Friday. The shipment originated in India in July, according to the online news site Buzzfeed, which first reported...

11:21 PM Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration intercepted an international shipment of an unapproved lethal injection drug called sodium thiopental that was ordered by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a federal official said Friday. The shipment originated in India in July, according to the online news site Buzzfeed, which first reported...
Forecast: Texas to see a $4.1 billion drop in oil and gas tax revenue
 State tax revenue over the next two years will fall short of expectations by $2.6 billion, largely because of sluggish oil prices, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Tuesday. Tax revenue is expected to total $110.4 billion — still more than the spending called for by the Legislature, which was capped at $106.2 billion. The revised estimate...

8:37 PM Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

State tax revenue over the next two years will fall short of expectations by $2.6 billion, largely because of sluggish oil prices, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Tuesday. Tax revenue is expected to total $110.4 billion — still more than the spending called for by the Legislature, which was capped at $106.2 billion. The revised estimate...
Texas veterans first to test new cyber rehab technology
 Starting in November, 25 Dallas-area veterans will be the first to try cutting-edge rehabilitation technology designed to transmit sensations of physical touch over the Internet, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas who are leading the initial six-month trials. The project, dubbed the Multi-modal 3D Tele-immersion...

8:45 PM Tuesday, Oct. 06, 2015

Starting in November, 25 Dallas-area veterans will be the first to try cutting-edge rehabilitation technology designed to transmit sensations of physical touch over the Internet, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas who are leading the initial six-month trials. The project, dubbed the Multi-modal 3D Tele-immersion...
Judge blocks Texas from slashing Medicaid for disabled children

2:48 AM Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2015

A Travis County judge said Tuesday he will block the state from cutting $350 million in Medicaid funding scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1. After two days of testimony, state District Judge Tim Sulak said the cuts represented an “imminent and irreparable injury” to children with disabilities. Parents told the judge the cuts would...
What Central Texans are doing to celebrate the pope’s visit to the U.S.
 People from Austin and surrounding areas are planning to travel to see Pope Francis or watch his historic visit to the U.S. this week from Austin. Here is what they are doing: • Austin-area bishops Joe Vásquez and Daniel Garcia will travel to Washington to attend a prayer at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and the canonization of...

5:00 AM Sunday, Sep. 20, 2015

People from Austin and surrounding areas are planning to travel to see Pope Francis or watch his historic visit to the U.S. this week from Austin. Here is what they are doing: • Austin-area bishops Joe Vásquez and Daniel Garcia will travel to Washington to attend a prayer at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and the canonization of...
Can Texas make its mark in nanosatellite field?

6:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

This past October, students at the University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering gathered around a computer screen to watch the Antares rocket take their latest creation, a satellite the size of a loaf of bread and designed to measure water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere, to the International Space Station. Although the rocket...