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DPS Highlights School Bus Safety Efforts

DPS Highlights School Bus Safety Efforts

AUSTIN – In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 16-20), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to comply with laws prohibiting drivers from passing school buses. During this period, DPS Highway Patrol Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate the law. It is illegal to pass any school bus […]

Study: Latinos Lag Behind Others in Earning College Degrees

by Mark Richardson SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Despite progress in recent years, earning a college degree remains a major challenge for Latinos both in Texas and across the country. A new study out Wednesday from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that only 21 percent of Latinos have a bachelor’s degree compared […]

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Experts Fear Obamacare Funding Cuts Could Gut Program

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – This week, the Affordable Care Act survived another repeal effort in Congress, but behind the scenes, the federal government is adding obstacles and making major cuts to its funding. The Department of Health and Human Services has slashed the ACA’s advertising budget, and significantly reduced the grant funds for groups that assist people […]

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Study Examines Effect of Funding Cuts on Texas Schools, Students

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Funding cuts by state lawmakers left a five-year, $5 billion hole in the budget for Texas public schools between 2011 and 2016. A new University of Texas study analyzes the effect of those cuts, made because of state revenue shortfalls, which forced many districts to operate with less money despite a growing […]

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CHIP Funding at Risk as GOP Pushes Another ACA Repeal

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Children’s advocates are concerned that health insurance for almost 400,000 children in Texas is being held prisoner by partisan politics. Senate Republicans, making a last ditch effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act, have put re-authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, on hold until their repeal measure passes. Patrick […]

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Food Banks: Harvey Victims May Need Help for Year or Longer

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – After the initial influx of food and other donations following Hurricane Harvey, southeast Texas food banks are preparing to serve the region’s long-term needs. While most of the emergency shelters have cleared out, thousands of people returned to flood-damaged or destroyed-homes, or lost their jobs and need help putting food on the table. […]

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Hurricane Harvey Decimates Wildlife Habitats on Texas Coast

by Mark Richardson EAGLE LAKE, Texas – Hurricane Harvey disrupted the lives of millions of people along the Texas Gulf Coast, but also may have damaged or destroyed as many as a dozen critical wildlife habitats. The massive storm, with 120-mph winds and rainfall measured in feet, is believed to have damaged nesting sites and eroded […]

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Watchdogs Take Global-Warming Message to Texas Cities

by Mark Richardson LAREDO, Texas – In the wake of devastating damage from Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast, the consumer group Public Citizen is touring cities across Texas to talk about climate change. The tour is designed to engage students, scientists, activists, elected officials and the public in a conversation about how to deal with global […]

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Report: TX Cities Need Policies to Control Stormwater Runoff

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Rain is the lifeblood of Texas, but a new study shows that when there’s too much of it, the state’s major cities need to do more to prevent stormwater damage. While incidents such as Hurricane Harvey are extreme examples of urban flooding, a report by Environment Texas shows that most Texas cities […]

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SCOTUS Ruling Blocks Redraw of Texas Congressional Districts

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas — A U.S. Supreme Court decision has put a temporary hold on two lower-court rulings ordering Texas to draw new Congressional districts by the 2018 elections. In a 5-4 decision, the court stayed rulings that found that the Texas Legislature had violated the federal Voting Rights Act by drawing districts that discriminated […]

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