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Beto O’Rourke, Willie Nelson Rally Austin

by Tony Vindell/LFN Senatorial candidate Beto Rourke is getting support from legendary country icon Willie Nelson. On Saturday, Sept. 29, O’Rourke addressed a crowd of thousands at Lakeshores Auditorium in Austin and was followed by Nelson and his band. The group played some of Nelson’s oldest tunes such as “On The Road Again,” “Mammas Don’t […]

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Unlike TX, Uninsured Rates See Major Drop in Medicaid Expansion States

by Eric Tegethoff AUSTIN, Texas – States that have expanded their Medicaid programs have seen a drop of more than three times in the number of uninsured rural residents, compared to states like Texas that opted not to expand coverage, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Patrick Bresette, executive […]

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Report: Time to Change the Odds for Young Adult Parents

by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – Finding their footing in life is a struggle for many young adults in Texas, and it’s especially challenging for those who are also raising children. A report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that 450,000 Texas kids have parents between the ages of 18 and 24, and 65 percent […]

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Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Methane Emission Rules

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, announced the agency will roll back rules that limit emissions of methane, benzene and other pollutants at oil and gas operations. The proposal comes after the Trump administration recently rolled back rules limiting pollution at power plants and clean-car standards. […]

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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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