Veronica Zaragovia

Veronica Zaragovia reports on state government for KUT News, and gets to team up with an extraordinary group of KUT journalists on how legislation affects the people of Texas. She's reported as a legislative relief news person with the Associated Press in South Dakota and has worked as a freelancer and intern with  the Agence France Presse, TIME, WDET Detroit public radio and PBS NewsHour, among others. She's dedicated much of her adult life to traveling, learning languages and drinking iced coffee. 

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Texas Legislature
5:05 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Appeals Court Upholds Most of Texas HB2 Abortion Law

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A federal appeals court has decided to uphold portions of a controversial Texas abortion law. As KUT’s Veronica Zaragovia reports, the U-S Supreme Court had temporarily blocked those portions until the Fifth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals made its decision yesterday. 

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Texas News
4:32 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Texas Employees Have One Month to Apply for Disaster Assistance Money

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Texas had the most violent weather in the country in May - including hail, tornadoes and severe flooding. That caused a lot of people to lose work. Some may qualify for government assistance through the Texas Workforce Commission. 

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Texas News
3:56 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Texas Plaintiffs Hope Federal Appeals Court Will Rule Against Gay Marriage Ban

Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss are plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Texas' same-sex marriage ban. They spoke at a Freedom to Marry event at the LBJ Library on Dec. 15, 2014.
KUT News

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 7:45 pm

In February, a U.S. district judge in San Antonio ruled that Texas’ gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia didn’t allow gay couples to marry right away, however. He issued a stay on his ruling pending an appeal from the state.

Next, three judges at the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments from both sides in this case challenging the same-sex marriage ban in Texas.

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Texas News
11:54 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Majority of Texas Voters Chose 2014 Candidates Based on Political Party

Straight ticket voting in Texas reached an all-time high in the 2014 elections, according to a new report.

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 10:12 am

Straight ticket voting in Texas reached an all-time high in last month’s elections, according to a new report released by the Austin Community College Center for Public Policy and Political Studies.

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Texas News
9:37 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Finding Health Care for Uninsured Latinas to Reduce ER Visits

Seton Survivorship Nurse Navigator Veronica Serrano, right, helps a purposely unidentified former cancer patient on Nov. 19, 2014.
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Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 1:11 pm

We've all heard the stories about how a lack of health insurance can force someone to ignore small health issues, until they end up in the emergency room with a more traumatic, and sometimes untreatable, problem. This is happening frequently with the country's uninsured Latina population.

In Austin and across the U.S., nonprofits are helping connect them with health care resources in their communities.

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