State of Reform: New Texas Department of Insurance website compares medical costs across the state

State of Reform: New Texas Department of Insurance website compares medical costs across the state . “The Texas Department of Insurance has launched a new website that provides cost information for 200 common medical procedures in Texas. The website… allows consumers to evaluate the costs for various inpatient/outpatient procedures, imaging services, lab tests, and office visits, and compare them by zip code throughout the state. The website also compares in-network and out-of-network claims data.”

Houston Chronicle: Rice University creating archive to preserve history of city’s Jewish community

Houston Chronicle: Rice University creating archive to preserve history of city’s Jewish community. “A few months ago, the banner was wrapped in plastic and tucked away in a garage, stowed for decades after being plucked from a storage closet in the long-since demolished Beth Jacob congregation. It might have been forgotten, its significance lost forever if not for Rice University’s newly created Houston Jewish History Archive. Now, the World War II-era service flag is part of a growing collection being assembled by Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at Rice, and Kean, the university’s centennial historian.”

My Statesman: Residents invited to share stories of discrimination to begin change

My Statesman: Residents invited to share stories of discrimination to begin change. “In a project designed to use storytelling to heal the effects of racial discord, the Truth and Reconciliation Oral History Project invites Austin residents of color to share their testimonies of racial discrimination. Students and professors from seven historically black colleges and universities in Texas, including Huston-Tillotson University, will gather at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary on March 24 to interview and video record participants’ testimonies that will be cataloged in an online archive.”

Chron [Texas]: Advocate, Dayton News archive project nearing completion

Chron: Advocate, Dayton News archive project nearing completion. “A two-year-long project to digitize the Cleveland Advocate’s archives is gradually coming online with records being added to the Portal of Texas History website… The Advocate’s archives, previously available only in microfilm and newsprint, include the Cleveland Advocate’s sister publications – Dayton News and Eastex Advocate, and two other defunct newspapers – Illustrated Paperboy and Cleveland Journal.”

Fold3: Texas and California Added to the WWII Draft Registration Cards Collection!

Fold3: Texas and California Added to the WWII Draft Registration Cards Collection!. “Fold3 has added two new states to its collection of U.S. WWII Draft Registration Cards! The collection (from the National Archives) now includes Texas and California. The cards in this collection are registration cards for the draft and do not necessarily indicate that the individual served in the military.”

Rivard Report: San Antonio’s Hidden Black History And The Struggle to Tell It

The Rivard Report: San Antonio’s Hidden Black History And The Struggle to Tell It. “When a small group of San Antonians interested in local African-American history approached the City’s Tricentennial Commission, its members hoped it would be their chance to share with the whole city the rich trove of stories they had uncovered. After two meetings with Tricentennial officials, they came away feeling unheard, although the Tricentennial’s new director, Carlos Contreras, says the commission is working to be more inclusive in its presentation of San Antonio’s diverse communities.”