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Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Pollution: Texas Mom Shares Her Story

Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Pollution: Texas Mom Shares Her Story

by Mary Kuhlman Dallas – The Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department are rolling back regulations for pollution from oil and gas facilities, and a new report says that’s putting children at risk. The report, from Moms Clean Air Force, lays out what it claims are the consequences of pollution from oil and gas drilling, in the […]

Study: Most Republicans, Democrats Agree Climate Change is Real

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Democrats and Republicans agree on climate change more than they might think, according to a new University of Colorado study, but forging a unified action plan continues to be a major challenge. Leaf Van Boven, a psychology and neuroscience professor at the UC Boulder and lead author of the study, says […]

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Ranchers Hindered in Efforts to Combat Cattle Fever Ticks

Texas Farm Bureau asks state agency to reconsider its actions (WACO, Texas)—Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) is disappointed in actions taken this week by the Texas Department of Agriculture that stopped the use of cattle spray boxes for the treatment of cattle fever ticks in South Texas. The state’s largest general farm organization supports the efforts […]

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Consumer Diets Contribute to Climate Change

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Researchers say they’ve tapped the most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions created by U.S. consumer food purchases, and those emissions are on par with other major contributors to climate change. Rebecca Boehm, lead author of the report from the University of Connecticut, says consumers are in a position to make a […]

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More Texans Have ACA Health Coverage in 2018

by Eric Galatas HOUSTON – Despite confusion over recent congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, shorter enrollment periods and reduced advertising and outreach, the overall number of Texans with health coverage is on the rise, according to a new report by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Brian Sasser, the foundation’s communications director, says 90 percent of […]

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TSTC Visionary Murray Watson Jr. Remembered for Service

(WACO) – Texas State Technical College mourned Wednesday the loss of former Texas legislator Murray Watson Jr., who filed legislation in 1969 to separate what was an arm of the Texas A&M University system into a stand-alone institution for technical education that would become TSTC. “If there was ever a Mr. TSTC, it would be […]

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Detention for Immigrant Children Swells to Billion-Dollar Industry

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – The cost to taxpayers for detaining immigrant children has grown from $75 million a year in 2007 to almost $1 billion today, according to new analysis by the Associated Press. Tom Jawetz, vice president for immigration policy with the Center for American Progress, said many of the costs to care for […]

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Struggling Texans Can Double Money at Farmers’ Markets

by Eric Galatas LUBBOCK, Texas – One-in-four Texas children is food insecure, meaning he or she frequently doesn’t know where the next meal will come from. But a program launched in Detroit to help more struggling families access healthy food is starting to take root in Texas. “Double Up Food Bucks” lets recipients of SNAP – […]

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Government Watchdog Groups: Pruitt’s EPA Exit “Long Overdue”

by Trimmel Gomes WASHINGTON – After allegedly overspending on everything from pens to lavish trips and accepting questionable deals from lobbyists, government ethics and watchdog groups say Scott Pruitt’s resignation as Environmental Protection Agency administrator is long overdue. During his one-year tenure, Pruitt was seen by conservatives as one of President Donald Trump’s most effective Cabinet […]

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Texas A&M AgriLife Study Shows BPA Risk Factor for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

by Paul Schattenberg COLLEGE STATION – A recent study in a preclinical model of inflammatory bowel disease shows dietary exposure to bisphenol-A, or BPA, found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, can increase mortality and worsen its symptoms. Dr. Clint Allred, a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher in the nutrition and food science department at Texas A&M […]

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