AUSTIN, Texas —
House Oks service dogs for veterans with PTSD
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has passed a bill allowing military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to have service dogs.
The proposal by San Antonio Democratic Rep. Jose Menendez was sent to the Senate on Wednesday by a 120-21 vote.
In addition to expanding who can get service dogs, the bill ensures that the animals are allowed into restaurants and food stores.
It includes a fine of $300 and community service for discriminating against a disabled person.
George W. Bush library opens to public
DALLAS (AP) — The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public Wednesday, with the 43rd president greeting 43 area schoolchildren who were its first visitors.
"It was amazing seeing one of our nation's leaders who left an eight year legacy behind him," said Eduardo Borrego, a 6th grader Mark Twain Elementary in Richardson. He added, "I was like, 'I can't believe he's here.'"
The library and museum, along with Bush's policy institute, are housed in the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The center was dedicated last week during a ceremony that featured Bush, President Barack Obama, and former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, who is Bush's father.
The 43 Dallas-Fort Worth area students were chosen by their superintendents to be the first visitors to the museum Wednesday, said library and museum spokesman John Orrell. He said about 300,000 visitors a year are expected.
The museum includes exhibits on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the Florida recount and other historical events. There is also a replica of the Oval Office, where the Bush met with the students.