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Poll: Texans Want Government Involved in Health Care

Poll: Texans Want Government Involved in Health Care

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – An overwhelming majority of Texans believe that state government needs to take a major role in making the health-care system work well. According to recent polling by the Episcopal Health Foundation, at least eight of 10 Texans want the government to play a significant role in a functioning health-care system. Brian Sasser, […]

Texas Health Centers to Make Stable Funding Case in DC

by Eric Galatas DENTON, Texas – Thousands of community health-center advocates, doctors, nurses, professionals and patients are headed to the nation’s capital this week to urge their representatives to ensure long-term, stable funding. Doreen Rue, chief executive of the nonprofit Health Services of North Texas, said bipartisan Congressional investments in past years have helped centers […]

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Texas Moms Testify to Keep Mercury Protections

by Eric Galatas SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mothers from 15 states including Texas traveled to the nation’s capital this week to testify against moves by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which set limits on mercury and other toxic pollution from coal-fired power plants. Dee Dee Balmares, a San Antonio mom […]

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George Strait Closes Out Houston Rodeo

by Tony Vindell/LFN George Strait, the legendary country music star, closed out the Houston Rodeo with a concert on Sunday, March 17. Performing before a record crowd of more than 80,000 people, the 66 year old Strait played some of his best known tunes like Amarillo by Morning, The Chair and All My Ex’s Live […]

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Report: Feds’ Biofuel Policy Produced Unintended Environmental Consequences

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – A new report says the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, created to spur ethanol production and cut air pollution, is responsible for a number of negative environmental impacts, including reduced water supplies in Texas and other drought-prone areas. Producing a single gallon of ethanol can require up to two thousand gallons of […]

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Companies Pledge to Hire More Applicants with Criminal Backgrounds

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Leading companies in the United States, and trade groups representing more than 60 percent of the U.S. workforce, have committed to change their recruiting practices and embrace people with criminal backgrounds, which includes nearly one in three American adults. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Society for Human […]

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Texas Joins National Spotlight on Social Workers

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – March is National Social Work Month, and a rally is set for Thursday on the steps of the Texas State Capitol to highlight the ways social workers help Texans of all ages overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. Miriam Nisenbaum, executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Association […]

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Texas Parks, Wilderness Areas to Benefit in Conservation-Fund Revival

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate last week passed a measure by a vote of 92-8 to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanently. Now, all eyes are on members of the House, who could vote on a public-lands package as early as next week. Tracy Stone-Manning, vice […]

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Groups Sue Trump Over Border Wall Emergency

by Mark Richardson MISSION, Texas – Conservation groups are already challenging the Trump administration over its declaration of a national emergency to build border walls in Texas and other states. The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit Friday over President Donald Trump’s plan to bypass Congress and redirect funds from […]

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Calls to Boost Protection for Older Texans

by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – The number of Texans age 65 and over is expected to double by 2030, and advocacy groups say increased investments by the state would help ensure they are protected from exploitation. It’s estimated that older adults in the U.S. are exploited for tens of billions of dollars each year. Adult […]

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