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Lack of Affordable Housing Drives Economic Inequality in Texas

Lack of Affordable Housing Drives Economic Inequality in Texas

by Mark Richardson DALLAS – Despite a boom in home building in the state’s largest cities, advocates say affordable housing for low and middle income Texans is getting harder to find. Studies show more than 2 million Texas households, mostly those who rent, spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing, and about half of […]

Texas Groups Fight State Plan to “Cut” Local Tree Regulations

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Conservation groups, cities and business interests are fighting bills in the Texas Legislature that would strip municipalities of the ability to regulate the removal of old-growth trees. Dozens of people have testified before state House and Senate committees, with most speakers opposed to making the state the only entity that can regulate […]

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Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 11-13

AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-13. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers […]

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Cornyn, Cruz, Carter, McCaul, Vela Bill Will Rename Checkpoint After Fallen Agent Javier Vega

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Congressmen John Carter (TX-31), Michael McCaul (TX-10), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today introduced bills to honor the fallen U.S. Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr. for his service by renaming the Border Patrol checkpoint where he was assigned, along U.S. Highway 77 […]

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Report: UT System Grads Get Better Jobs, Make More Money

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Graduates from University of Texas System schools, on average, do better in their careers than students with degrees from other colleges – not just in Texas but across the nation, according to a joint study out today from Georgetown University and the University of Texas. The study also found that students’ […]

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Rights Groups Blast TX Leaders Over Special-Session ‘Bathroom Bill’

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of rights groups is blasting Texas leaders for making anti-LGBTQ bills a priority when lawmakers convene this week in a special session. In a conference call with the media, the groups urged the Legislature to work on funding the state’s public schools or repairing the state’s crumbling infrastructure […]

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AARP: Senate-Health Care ‘Fix’ Doesn’t Work for Older Texans

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Advocates for Texas seniors warn that if the U.S. Senate passes the new health-care plan revealed on Thursday, it could be both a financial and health disaster for older Texans. AARP predicts the bill, which could be voted on as early as next week, would raise annual health premiums for 50- […]

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DPS Urges Texans to Use Caution in Summer Heat

Tips help residents beat the heat, stay safe AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning Texas residents to be prepared for summertime temperatures, and to take precautions to stay safe as temperatures and heat indices hit 100 degrees and above in many parts of the state this time of year. Extreme temperatures increase […]

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Could Climate Change Accelerate Inequality in Texas, U.S.?

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – As the planet gets hotter, the playing field becomes more unequal for Texas and the rest of the country. Rutgers University Professor Robert Kopp, co-author of a new study published in the journal Science, says if efforts to reduce climate pollution aren’t successful, the poorest third of U.S. counties, many of which […]

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Report: Texas Rarely Fines Oil, Chemical Companies for Air Pollution

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas — While it may not pay to pollute in Texas, a new report finds it certainly doesn’t cost very much. A joint study by Environment Texas and the Environmental Integrity Project said that between 2011 and 2016, Texas regulators imposed penalties on fewer than 3 percent of the illegal air pollution releases reported […]

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