UNT official sues state agency over benefits

Mon, Jun 22, 2015 - 1:18pm

Deborah Leliaert, a vice president at the University of North Texas, and her wife, Paula Woolworth, have sued the Employee Retirement System of Texas.

The federal lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Austin, claims the retirement system’s denial of benefits for Leliaert’s spouse is unconstitutional and that their marriage should be recognized for purposes of insuring Woolworth through Leliaert’s state-supported health and medical policy.

“Frankly, it’s distressing that the state I’ve worked for for 24 years treats me like a second-class citizen,” Leliaert said. “I want to be treated equally as other...

Law Allows More College Credits for High Schoolers

Fri, Jun 19, 2015 - 8:28am

Earning college credit may soon get easier for high school students who take Advanced Placement courses in Texas.

A bill signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott this month will require the state’s colleges and universities to give credit for scores of three or higher on many AP tests, which are graded on a five-point scale. The new rules could mean that high school students could get credit for thousands of hours not allowed before.

However, some classes that are a prerequisite for later courses...

Conservative lobbying group ALEC sets sights on local lawmakers

Thu, Jun 18, 2015 - 12:51pm

Moments before Adam Briggle was arrested in early June along with other protesters for blocking the entrance to a fracking site in Denton, Texas, police Sgt. Scott Jenkins approached him with a smile. “He shook my hand and thanked me for my years of service to Denton,” Briggle recalled. “I thanked him as well. And then they put me in cuffs.”

In Denton’s fight against fracking, Briggle, a philosophy professor at the University of North Texas, became an unlikely advocate in the fight for community control over corporate interests. “I hadn’t even heard of fracking until I...

We’re Denton Dammit

Thu, Jun 18, 2015 - 12:22pm

Deborah Leliaert, University of North Texas vice president for university relations and planning, has big guns representing her and her spouse, Paula Woolworth, in a federal lawsuit. Lambda Legal, a national organization that advocates for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans through litigation, is representing the couple in the suit against Employment Retirement Systems of Texas for denying health coverage for Woolworth. Check out the press release and text of the lawsuit here: http://bit.ly/1d2rWO0....

The Texas town that banned fracking (and lost)

Tue, Jun 16, 2015 - 1:23pm

When a Texas town voted to ban fracking inside city limits, it was a shock to the oil-friendly state. But the response from the Texas legislature and energy firm has residents questioning what power they have left.

The hydraulic fracturing has started again in Denton, and so too have the protests. 

Months ago, the town became the first in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in their area.

Fracking is a method of shale gas extraction that uses large amounts of water pumped at high pressure into channels drilled into rock to release gas.

It has been a...