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Ranchers Hindered in Efforts to Combat Cattle Fever Ticks

Texas Farm Bureau asks state agency to reconsider its actions (WACO, Texas)—Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) is disappointed in actions taken this week by the Texas Department of Agriculture that stopped the use of cattle spray boxes for the treatment of cattle fever ticks in South Texas. The state’s largest general farm organization supports the efforts […]

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Consumer Diets Contribute to Climate Change

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Researchers say they’ve tapped the most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions created by U.S. consumer food purchases, and those emissions are on par with other major contributors to climate change. Rebecca Boehm, lead author of the report from the University of Connecticut, says consumers are in a position to make a […]

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More Texans Have ACA Health Coverage in 2018

by Eric Galatas HOUSTON – Despite confusion over recent congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, shorter enrollment periods and reduced advertising and outreach, the overall number of Texans with health coverage is on the rise, according to a new report by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Brian Sasser, the foundation’s communications director, says 90 percent of […]

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TSTC Visionary Murray Watson Jr. Remembered for Service

(WACO) – Texas State Technical College mourned Wednesday the loss of former Texas legislator Murray Watson Jr., who filed legislation in 1969 to separate what was an arm of the Texas A&M University system into a stand-alone institution for technical education that would become TSTC. “If there was ever a Mr. TSTC, it would be […]

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Detention for Immigrant Children Swells to Billion-Dollar Industry

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – The cost to taxpayers for detaining immigrant children has grown from $75 million a year in 2007 to almost $1 billion today, according to new analysis by the Associated Press. Tom Jawetz, vice president for immigration policy with the Center for American Progress, said many of the costs to care for […]

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Struggling Texans Can Double Money at Farmers’ Markets

by Eric Galatas LUBBOCK, Texas – One-in-four Texas children is food insecure, meaning he or she frequently doesn’t know where the next meal will come from. But a program launched in Detroit to help more struggling families access healthy food is starting to take root in Texas. “Double Up Food Bucks” lets recipients of SNAP – […]

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Government Watchdog Groups: Pruitt’s EPA Exit “Long Overdue”

by Trimmel Gomes WASHINGTON – After allegedly overspending on everything from pens to lavish trips and accepting questionable deals from lobbyists, government ethics and watchdog groups say Scott Pruitt’s resignation as Environmental Protection Agency administrator is long overdue. During his one-year tenure, Pruitt was seen by conservatives as one of President Donald Trump’s most effective Cabinet […]

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Texas A&M AgriLife Study Shows BPA Risk Factor for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

by Paul Schattenberg COLLEGE STATION – A recent study in a preclinical model of inflammatory bowel disease shows dietary exposure to bisphenol-A, or BPA, found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, can increase mortality and worsen its symptoms. Dr. Clint Allred, a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher in the nutrition and food science department at Texas A&M […]

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Report: Dakota Access Pipeline Demonstrations Inspired Legislative Crackdown

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – A new Greenpeace USA report documents how the corporate sponsor behind the Dakota Access Pipeline continues to use a variety of surveillance, lobbying, and legal tactics to silence protesters. Project leader Molly Dorozenski with Greenpeace says in the wake of events at Standing Rock, Energy Transfer Partners worked with the pro-corporate American […]

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Texas Kids at Risk of Undercount in 2020 Census

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 43rd in child well-being – which makes it one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report ranks states for indicators of health, education, economic well-being and family and community. Kristie Tingle, research associate at the Center […]

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