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‘Toolkit’ Helps Caregivers Protect Seniors’ Money from Scams

‘Toolkit’ Helps Caregivers Protect Seniors’ Money from Scams

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas — Family celebrations during the holiday season often center around parents and grandparents. But the holidays are a time when con artists may also have have seniors in their sights. Family members who act as financial caregivers for parents or others often are the first line of defense against scammers. And […]

Evidence Grows of Link Between Fracking, Texas Earthquakes

by Mark Richardson DALLAS – A new study is adding fuel to the debate over whether recent earthquakes in Texas are caused by oil and gas operations or natural geologic events. The study by Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey points to evidence that injecting wastewater into gas wells during the process of hydraulic fracturing is […]

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Study: White Men Often Emotionally Attached to Guns

by Mark Richardson WACO, Texas – A new study on gun culture finds that a small, but influential group of Americans sees guns not as a problem, but as a way to solve a problem. The report, published in the journal Social Problems, analyzed gun owners in Texas and across the U.S. by factors such as sex, […]

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Report Finds Ethanol Mandate Creates Carbon Pollution

by Mark Richardson AMARILLO, Texas – A new report examines how the expansion of cropland in Texas and other states under the federal ethanol mandate has contributed to climate-change pollution. The mandate originally was enacted to cut energy imports, reduce pollution and lower fuel costs. But Collin O’Mara, president, and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, says in […]

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Foundation Aims to Improve Health, Not Just Health Care

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – The Episcopal Health Foundation is shifting its focus to a five-year “big picture” plan that targets specific outcomes needed to address the root causes of poor health in Texas. The Foundation, which serves about 11 million people in a 57-county region of southeast Texas, aims to level the playing field to give Texans […]

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Report: Number of Well Paid, Blue Collar Jobs Growing in Texas

by Mark Richardson WACO, Texas – A new study just out shows that in Texas and around the country, the number of good paying jobs for workers with less than a bachelor’s degree is growing. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that over the past 25 years, nearly half […]

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Texas Coalition Calls Gun Violence a Public Health Issue

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas — Another deadly mass shooting, this time in a south Texas town, has some state legislators seeking to recast the debate over gun violence as a public health issue. At a news conference by the group Texas Gun Sense, lawmakers and others said the killing of 26 people by a lone […]

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Texas’ CARE Act for Family Caregivers: It’s a Start

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A new state law went into effect this year to help Texans care for loved ones who are ill or have a disability, but advocates say more should be done to help family caregivers. Statistics show if the family members who assist ill or aging relatives were replaced by paid […]

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Health Journal Sounds Alarm Over Texas Cuts to Family Planning

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON, Texas – A major public health journal says publicly funded family-planning programs are under attack, and Texas lawmakers are leading the charge. The American Journal of Public Health, in an editorial in its October edition, said it is alarmed by the number of legislative assaults on the country’s family-planning safety net. It contends […]

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New Earthquake-Monitoring System Tracks Texas Tremors

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Many Texans think earthquakes are something they worry about out in California, but Texas officials have just installed a seismic monitoring network to study the frequency and intensity of earthquake activity across the state. The Texas Bureau of Economic Geology’s TexNet project will pinpoint and analyze the increasing number of […]

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