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Farm Bill Expiration Stalls Conservation Efforts on Farms

Farm Bill Expiration Stalls Conservation Efforts on Farms

by Stephanie Carson SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas – While Senators were moving forward with the confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice, what wasn’t moving on Capitol Hill was the Farm Bill that expired a week ago. While the legislation largely stalled over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the people who grow the food and livestock that […]

Older Texans Need More Protection from Financial Abuse, Group Says

by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – Experts say almost every day, an older Texan is the victim of fraud, theft or another form of financial exploitation. And with the 65-plus population expected to double by 2030, it’s a crime that could get much worse without action. Tim Morstad, associate state director for advocacy and outreach […]

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Is U.S. Postal Service Too Popular to Privatize?

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – President Donald Trump’s announced intention in April to reform the U.S. Postal Service landed with a thud, and now – six months later – a White House-appointed committee report on the topic has been shelved. The Postal Service enjoys wide popularity, with a 90 percent favorable rating, and the reform […]

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Beto O’Rourke, Willie Nelson Rally Austin

by Tony Vindell/LFN Senatorial candidate Beto Rourke is getting support from legendary country icon Willie Nelson. On Saturday, Sept. 29, O’Rourke addressed a crowd of thousands at Lakeshores Auditorium in Austin and was followed by Nelson and his band. The group played some of Nelson’s oldest tunes such as “On The Road Again,” “Mammas Don’t […]

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Unlike TX, Uninsured Rates See Major Drop in Medicaid Expansion States

by Eric Tegethoff AUSTIN, Texas – States that have expanded their Medicaid programs have seen a drop of more than three times in the number of uninsured rural residents, compared to states like Texas that opted not to expand coverage, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Patrick Bresette, executive […]

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Report: Time to Change the Odds for Young Adult Parents

by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – Finding their footing in life is a struggle for many young adults in Texas, and it’s especially challenging for those who are also raising children. A report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that 450,000 Texas kids have parents between the ages of 18 and 24, and 65 percent […]

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Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Methane Emission Rules

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, announced the agency will roll back rules that limit emissions of methane, benzene and other pollutants at oil and gas operations. The proposal comes after the Trump administration recently rolled back rules limiting pollution at power plants and clean-car standards. […]

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New Tool Grades Integrity of Organic Labels

by Eric Galatas STRATFORD, Texas – Shoppers can now choose between organic dairy products produced by large-scale factory operations and those produced by family farms. Mark Kastel, co-founder and senior farm policy analyst with the Cornucopia Institute, said there are now essentially two organic product lines. One maintains original standards including better nutrition, care for the […]

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Report: Fracking Stresses Texas Water Supplies

by Eric Galatas AMARILLO, Texas – The oil and gas industry’s thirst for water – a critical component of hydraulic fracturing – has skyrocketed, according to a Duke University report. Industry use increased by more than 700 percent between 2011 and 2016. If current trends continue, Avner Vengosh, the report’s co-author, says there could be clashes […]

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Volunteers to Build Playground for Kids Affected by Hurricane Harvey

by Eric Galatas GONZALES, Texas – On Saturday, one year after Hurricane Harvey rocked southeast Texas, a group of 200 volunteers will install a new kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground at a children’s foster-care facility directly hit by the storm. Roxane Rucker, vice president for community impact with KaBOOM!, the group coordinating the effort, said kids at the Family […]

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