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Marchers to Demand Texas Politicians “Respect Science”

Marchers to Demand Texas Politicians “Respect Science”

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Organizers of Austin’s annual March for Science hope to send a message to state lawmakers – stop politicizing, and start respecting science. The march and rally, scheduled for Saturday, will coincide with the city’s annual Earth Day celebration. Planners expect a crowd of several hundred to participate this year. Jose Medina, deputy […]

The Alamo Announces Statewide Roadshow

Join the Alamo at locations across the state to discuss the future of the Shrine of Texas Liberty Attendees will also be invited to bring historic artifacts and family treasures to discuss with historians and curatorial staff SAN ANTONIO – The Alamo will hit the road next week, kicking off a statewide tour across Texas, […]

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Report: Many Wildlife Species at Increased Risk of Extinction

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A new report warns that as many as one-third of America’s wildlife species are in crisis but says with funding, their recovery is possible. The report finds that more than 150 U.S. species have already gone extinct and 500 more haven’t been seen in decades and could be extinct. Bruce Stein, chief […]

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Fungus Causing White-Nose Syndrome Spreads into Central Texas

First Ever Detection in Popular Mexican Free-Tailed Bat AUSTIN — The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, detected for the first time in Texas in early 2017 in the Panhandle, has now spread into Central Texas. Though no bat deaths have been attributed to WNS in Texas, the syndrome has killed millions of bats […]

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Wildflowers and Blooming Plants Putting on a Show at Texas State Parks

AUSTIN— Texas State Parks have gone Technicolor with a show stopping display of bright blues, vibrant pinks, deep reds and rich yellows. Texas is the home to more than 5,000 species of wildflowers and recent rains are sure to usher in an explosion of color before the end of the season. More than90 Texas State Parks present some […]

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Study: Immigrants Bear Brunt of Hurricane Harvey Hardships

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – A new study finds that immigrants were almost twice as likely as non-immigrants to suffer unemployment and economic loss from Hurricane Harvey. Six months after the massive storm ravaged the Texas coast, an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation examined differences in how the storm affected immigrants and […]

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Texas Officials Warn School Districts Over ‘Illegal Electioneering’

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Educators and voting-rights advocates say a move by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to stop some school districts from helping students register to vote amounts to voter suppression. More than a dozen school districts have received information requests, followed by “cease and desist” letters from the state, demanding that they […]

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Sunshine Week: Group Works to Bolster TX Public Information Act

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – It’s Sunshine Week, and Texas open government advocates are calling for greater accountability from public officials. The Texas Public Information Act, created out of reforms made in the 1970s, was once considered a model for transparency in public institutions, but over time, its ability to provide access to government information […]

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Study: Texas Needs Alternatives to Sending Women to Prison

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Prison reform advocates say too many of the 12,000 women in Texas prisons don’t need to be behind bars. A study by the nonpartisan Texas Criminal Justice Coalition finds that more than two-thirds of the state’s female inmates were convicted of nonviolent offenses and recommends that lawmakers develop alternative policies that emphasize […]

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Childproof Your Medicine Cabinet for Poison Prevention Week

by Mark Richardson GALVESTON, Texas – Every nine minutes in this country, a child under age six arrives at an emergency room because of accidental medication poisoning – and every 12 days, that accident is fatal. The six locations in the Texas Poison Center Network receive more than 175,000 calls for help each year. March 18-24 […]

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