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An Addiction Begins: Lottery Tickets as Gifts for Kids

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – As the available shopping time left before Christmas quickly slips away, the National Council on Problem Gambling is reminding Texas parents lottery tickets should not end up as stocking stuffers in the last-minute rush for gifts. Psychologist and family therapist Sharon Davern says it may seem like harmless fun, […]

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Texas Projects Key in Gulf Coast Oil Spill Restoration

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – As Texas and the Gulf Coast move toward what likely will be the largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history, a new report details what it calls the most important priorities in recovering from the massive oil-spill disaster of 2010. The recommendations come from the National Wildlife Federation. David […]

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Wage Theft Takes Billions from Texas Workers and Communities

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – It happens every month of the year, but the issue of wage theft in Texas is even more acute around the holidays, as impacted workers step up during the busy season but don’t receive the pay they’re due. Hector Guzman Lopez, coordinator with the Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center […]

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Tips for Reducing Holiday Trash in Texas

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN – The end-of-year holidays aren’t just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum. The best way to cut down on the garbage generated over this time and year-round is through what Leslie Irlbeck, program-and-outreach […]

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TxDOT Reminds Texans to Give the Gift of a Sober Ride This Holiday Season

Sober Ride Sleigh Glides Across Texas to Share Safe, Sober Message AUSTIN – As holiday festivities get into full swing, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay safe and sober when traveling to and from parties and other celebrations. “We want drivers to have fun over the holidays, but more importantly, we want them […]

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Texas Key in Nationwide Effort to Reduce Premature Births

by John Michaelson/TNS HOUSTON – The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Texas continues to fall, but the progress is slow and that could hamper goals nationwide for healthier babies. As of last year, the U.S. premature birth rate had fallen to 11.4 percent. In Texas the rate was nearly a percent higher, […]

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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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