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Study: Texas Has High Rate of Food Insecurity, Hunger

by Mark Richardson LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas ranks among the top states in the country for food insecurity, according to a new report, with more than 4.3 million people who may not know where their next meal is coming from. The report, “Map the Meal Gap,” also finds that the Lone Star State has an especially […]

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Parents of Teen Killed in Car Crash Urge Texans to Buckle Up

TxDOT launches ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign to reduce unbelted injuries, fatalities AUSTIN – On the evening of Oct. 28, 2017, Kailee Mills was traveling with three friends to a Halloween party when the car she was riding in went out of control and flipped just 400 yards from her home. Kailee, the only one […]

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Texas Law Blocks Teachers From Striking for Better Pay, Benefits

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Statistics out this week show that teachers’ salaries in Texas now rank among the bottom third of all 50 states. Although teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona have walked out or are preparing to walk out of the classroom in protest, the more than 350,000 public school teachers in […]

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Study: Investing in Public Services Brings Improved Health Outcomes

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – Can building a library improve the health of the people who use it? Information in a new study shows that investments in those kind of social services can bring communities a significant “health dividend.” The report finds that when local governments in Texas increase spending for public services by just 10 percent, they […]

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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 […]

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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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