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$10 Million Going Toward Health Services in TX

$10 Million Going Toward Health Services in TX

by Katherine Davis-Young HOUSTON – Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation, according to census data. So one nonprofit is launching a big effort to try to get more Texans access to health services. The Episcopal Health Foundation is investing $10 million in dozens of health programs in Texas. According to Brian Sasser, communications […]

Could Rule Change Improve Rural Health Care in Texas?

by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – There are more than 300 medically under-served communities in Texas that some groups say could be better served by a change in regulations. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, known as APRNs, are fully trained to treat and diagnose acute and chronic illnesses, and practice full primary care. But rules in Texas […]

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Mental-Health Tips Offered for Returning Santa Fe Students

by Eric Galatas SANTA FE, Texas – As Santa Fe High School students head back into the classroom today, mental-health experts want them to know that help is available. Holly Doggett, the executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says students headed back into classrooms may experience PTSD symptoms similar […]

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Texas Communities Planting Seeds of Protection Before Next Big Storm

by Stephanie Carson SAN ANTONIO – Hurricane Harvey left its mark on the Houston area, tying with Hurricane Katrina for the most costly storm at $125 billion in damage. For the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), the storm is a cautionary tale of the dangers of not preparing for the next big storm, and SARA assistant […]

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Texas A&M Couple Overcomes Obstacles, Thrives On Road To Graduation

by Elena Watts, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications COLLEGE STATION — Hillary and Scott Oswald met in first grade at Pebble Creek Elementary School in College Station and married last December.  They have not only overcome obstacles but also excelled while pursuing their undergraduate degrees at Texas A&M University. Hillary, who is legally blind as […]

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Study: Texas Has High Rate of Food Insecurity, Hunger

by Mark Richardson LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas ranks among the top states in the country for food insecurity, according to a new report, with more than 4.3 million people who may not know where their next meal is coming from. The report, “Map the Meal Gap,” also finds that the Lone Star State has an especially […]

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Parents of Teen Killed in Car Crash Urge Texans to Buckle Up

TxDOT launches ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign to reduce unbelted injuries, fatalities AUSTIN – On the evening of Oct. 28, 2017, Kailee Mills was traveling with three friends to a Halloween party when the car she was riding in went out of control and flipped just 400 yards from her home. Kailee, the only one […]

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Texas Law Blocks Teachers From Striking for Better Pay, Benefits

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Statistics out this week show that teachers’ salaries in Texas now rank among the bottom third of all 50 states. Although teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona have walked out or are preparing to walk out of the classroom in protest, the more than 350,000 public school teachers in […]

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Study: Investing in Public Services Brings Improved Health Outcomes

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – Can building a library improve the health of the people who use it? Information in a new study shows that investments in those kind of social services can bring communities a significant “health dividend.” The report finds that when local governments in Texas increase spending for public services by just 10 percent, they […]

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Marchers to Demand Texas Politicians “Respect Science”

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Organizers of Austin’s annual March for Science hope to send a message to state lawmakers – stop politicizing, and start respecting science. The march and rally, scheduled for Saturday, will coincide with the city’s annual Earth Day celebration. Planners expect a crowd of several hundred to participate this year. Jose Medina, deputy […]

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