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New Tool Grades Integrity of Organic Labels

by Eric Galatas STRATFORD, Texas – Shoppers can now choose between organic dairy products produced by large-scale factory operations and those produced by family farms. Mark Kastel, co-founder and senior farm policy analyst with the Cornucopia Institute, said there are now essentially two organic product lines. One maintains original standards including better nutrition, care for the […]

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Report: Fracking Stresses Texas Water Supplies

by Eric Galatas AMARILLO, Texas – The oil and gas industry’s thirst for water – a critical component of hydraulic fracturing – has skyrocketed, according to a Duke University report. Industry use increased by more than 700 percent between 2011 and 2016. If current trends continue, Avner Vengosh, the report’s co-author, says there could be clashes […]

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Volunteers to Build Playground for Kids Affected by Hurricane Harvey

by Eric Galatas GONZALES, Texas – On Saturday, one year after Hurricane Harvey rocked southeast Texas, a group of 200 volunteers will install a new kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground at a children’s foster-care facility directly hit by the storm. Roxane Rucker, vice president for community impact with KaBOOM!, the group coordinating the effort, said kids at the Family […]

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Report Examines Failures to Protect Vulnerable Texans During Harvey

by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, a viral photo of residents sitting in waist deep water at a Texas assisted living facility made headlines. However, a new report shows that was just a glimpse of the failures to protect some of the most vulnerable Texans. The stories of assisted living residents who were […]

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Groups Say TX Military Detention Centers Riddled with Toxic Waste

by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – From the toxic stress of being separated from families, environmental and health advocates say they are now concerned about detained migrants being sent to two Texas military posts known to have actual radiological contaminants. The nonprofit legal group Earthjustice filed a Freedom of Information Request Wednesday to get the Trump […]

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Texas to Challenge DACA in Federal Court

by Eric Galatas HOUSTON – Texas “Dreamers,” young people brought into the U.S. when they were small children, are bracing for the next legal hurdle facing the Deferred Act for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. On Wednesday, a federal court in Houston will hear arguments by Texas and six other states seeking an injunction to end the program. […]

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Work Requirements Could Backfire for SNAP Recipients

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – As the U.S. House and Senate try to hammer out a final version of the Farm Bill, a new report shows that increasing work requirements for people receiving SNAP benefits, the program formerly known as food stamps, would end up hurting millions of Americans. Josh Bivens, research director at the Economic Policy […]

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Texas A&M To Lead NSF-Funded Water Insecurity Research Network

by Leslie Lee, Texas A&M University College of Geosciences COLLEGE STATION – Water insecurity is a reality for vulnerable households everywhere from Flint, Michigan, to São Paulo, Brazil — from the Texas-Mexico border colonias, to Cape Town, South Africa. “Water security means adequate, reliable, affordable water for a healthy life,” said Dr. Wendy Jepson, professor in Texas […]

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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 […]

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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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