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Foundation Awards Grants for Early-Childhood Brain Development

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – The Episcopal Health Foundation has awarded grants to 12 organizations across Texas for programs that focus on healthy infant brain development. The Houston-based group’s $3.4 million investment is aimed at implementing proven practices for early-childhood brain development during pregnancy and through the first three years of a child’s life. Katy Butterwick, […]

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Food Diversity Studies Give Aggies Taste of Different Cultures, Religions

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife COLLEGE STATION – Students at Texas A&M University in College Station are getting a taste of other cultures by learning about diverse foods, including those considered “fitting and proper” for various religious and ethnic groups. “Kosher and halal are terms that apply to foods deemed acceptable to and properly prepared […]

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After Nine Years, Watchdogs Still Push to Overturn Citizens United

by Eric Galatas DALLAS – It’s been nine years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark Citizens United decision, and grassroots groups in Texas and across the nation are still working to limit the influence of money in politics. David Jones, president of the advocacy group Clean Elections Texas, says the ruling has opened […]

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Watchdog Groups Oppose Interior Department’s FOIA Proposal

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Interior Department has taken steps to restrict public records requests allowed through the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. The proposal would allow the agency to deny requests that it deems “burdensome” or “vague,” and officials at the agency say it’s necessary because FOIA requests are bogging down […]

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Texas Motorists: Slow Down or Move Over for Stopped Emergency Vehicles

AUSTIN – After a recent outbreak of fatality and injury incidents involving tow truck drivers and other first responders, Texas motorists are asked to slow down or move over for stopped emergency vehicles including tow trucks, police cars and fire trucks. “Our tow truck licensees work hard every day to help people who are stranded on […]

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Trump’s Visit to Texas-Mexico Border Intensifies Wildlife Concerns

by Eric Galatas MCALLEN, Texas – As President Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to promote his proposed wall, wildlife conservationists are sounding the alarm. Paul Sanchez-Navarro, senior Texas representative of the conservation group Defenders of Wildlife, says millions of dollars invested in protecting critical habitat along the border are at risk if the […]

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Plan Announced to Reduce Antibiotics in Livestock

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – The major players in the meat industry have developed what they’re calling a stewardship plan that they say will ensure that they use antibiotics in livestock only when necessary. At issue is the possible development of deadly super-bug infections that are resistant to antibiotics and harmful to humans. The group […]

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Texas Cities Leading Transition to Renewables

by Eric Galatas GEORGETOWN, Texas – In 2018, Georgetown became the first city in Texas to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, and conservationists are pushing Austin, Bryan, Garland, San Antonio and other municipalities to join some 100 cities nationwide that have made commitments to transition away from fossil fuels. Cyrus Reed, conservation […]

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DOI Set to Change Wildlife Protections

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas — The Trump administration is expected to finalize new rules that critics argue would weaken the Endangered Species Act. Hailey Hawkins is the Southern Rockies field representative with the Endangered Species Coalition. She said under current law, species listed as threatened automatically get the same protections as those listed as endangered. […]

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AARP Warns of ‘Sticker Shock’ at Freestanding ERs

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Confusion by Texas consumers over freestanding emergency rooms has left many families with unexpected and unnecessary high medical bills. A new AARP survey of Texas freestanding ERs finds that, unlike urgent care clinics, many of freestanding ER billings are out-of-network for most insurers. Patients report sticker shock over surprise medical bills that […]

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