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Should Expression on Campus Be Limited to Free Speech Zones?

Posted on · A young Blinn College student named Nicole Sanders wanted to start a student organization to advocate for gun rights on the Brenham campus. She was told she could only "engage in expressive activity" in a designated "free speech zone," which is roughly the size of a parking spot. Add this to other “free speech” questions […]

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Hazlewood Act, Missing Persons, and Chris Field: Tuesday’s show (February 3, 2015)

Posted on · The Hazlewood Act in Texas provides veterans (and some children of veterans) exemptions from some tuition and fee charges at public colleges and universities here. It’s awarded regardless of financial need. But historically, it has required the veteran to be a resident of Texas at enlistment. That wasn’t the case for Keith Harris. He enlisted […]

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The 28th Amendment, Healthcare Enrollment & Steve Tyrell: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 13, 2014

Posted on · There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen Amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes Prohibition, another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for […]

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Freedom of Expression? Using Religious Messages During Public School Games

Posted on · Kountze, Texas is 90 minutes northeast of Houston. The town of just over two thousand people has been at the center of a court case over the last year that pits first Amendment arguments against each other. It all started with the cheerleading squad at Kountze Independent School District. They decided to make and display […]