AUSTIN - Wednesday the controversial sonogram bill goes before the House Committee on State Affairs for a public hearing. The The Texas State Senate has already passed the controversial sonogram bill, 21 to 10.
The bill would require a sonogram at least two hours before the abortion. The doctor would have to verbally explain the sonogram and let the woman hear the heartbeat.
The bill would also require doctors to give women information about medical assistance benefits for childbirth, as well as adoption options. Planned Parenthood said this sonogram bill hurts the relationship between a doctor and a patient.
Governor Rick Perry declared the bill an "emergency item" during a pro-life rally last month. Senator Dan Patrick of Houston said his intent with the bill wasn't to force a woman to view a sonogram or hear the heartbeat but rather help her make an informed decision.
Since the bill has passed in the Senate it now needs approval in the House.
Winter is invading Texas with a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice were unleashed on much of northern and western sections of the state.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.