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Two-Generation Approach Needed to Lift TX Kids Out of Poverty

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – For the millions of Texas children growing up in low-income families, a new report finds a two-generation approach is needed to give those kids the best shot at succeeding later in life. The KIDS COUNT report (http://www.aecf.org/) from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says strengthening families will take more […]

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Disparities Remain as More Hispanic Kids In Texas Gain Health Insurance

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Progress has been made in Texas and across the nation in reducing the number of Hispanic children without health insurance, but significant disparities still need to be addressed. A new study finds Hispanic kids remain twice as likely to be uninsured as their non-Hispanic white peers. Sal Valdez, chief […]

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One Billion Dollars in BP Fines Creates Opportunity for Texas Gulf Coast Restoration

by John Michaelson/TNS GALVESTON, Texas – Fines paid by British oil giant BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will soon be flowing into Texas. Dozens of businesses and organizations say the state must focus the windfall on restoring wildlife habitat along the Gulf Coast. Texas […]

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Abbott Names Valley Judge as His Pick for Secretary of State

AUSTIN –Attorney General Greg Abbott, who takes office in January, said in the Rio Grande Valley Tuesday he will name Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos as his secretary of state, a television station reported. Cameron County Commissioner David Garza told KGBT Action 4 News that Cascos will serve as county judge until he learns when […]

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Texans Told to Skip the Salt as Holidays Approach

AUSTIN, Texas – The election season had Texas voters taking it all in “with a grain of salt,” but with the coming holidays they’re being urged to go the other way and “hold the salt.” Those who have far too much sodium in their diets can be at an increased risk of health issues. Registered […]

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I.D. Needed for Record Number of Texans Registered to Vote

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – With the midterm election one week away, Texans are being urged to get out and vote – but they are also being reminded they will need appropriate identification in the wake of the state’s new voter I.D. law. After numerous twists and turns in the legal battle over the […]

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Two Minutes of Time: Escaping a House Fire in Texas

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Most people in Texas know smoke detector installation and testing is important, but according to a new survey, most are likely mistaken about how much time is needed to safely evacuate a burning home. Research from the American Red Cross shows many people think they have five minutes, but […]

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Technology Jobs Key to Unlocking Higher Starting Salaries

Not All Require Four-Years of Higher Ed by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – How can you boost your bottom line in 2015? A new report indicates the answer for some could be changing careers and entering the field of technology. Starting salaries for tech jobs are projected to rise almost 6 percent, according to the […]

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Ebola Patient Dies, But Risk for the Average Texan is “Zero”

by John Michaelson/TNS DALLAS – The first Ebola patient to be diagnosed while in the U.S. has died at a Dallas hospital, and while the death of Thomas Duncan has raised concerns, experts say the risk for the average Texan is slim to none. Dr. A. Scott Lea is an associate professor of infectious diseases […]

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Then and Now: Parenting Philosophies Over 20 Years

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN – While the times have changed tremendously for families in Texas and across the country over the past two decades, most of the main philosophies of parenting really have not. So says Janet Jendron, board president of Attachment Parenting International, a group celebrating its 20th anniversary. She says today’s parents have […]

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