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DPS Increases DWI Enforcement During Holidays

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols for a 21-day period that includes both the Christmas and New Year holidays. From December 13 – January 2, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. “Historically, the holiday season brings an […]

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HOUSTON – A county in Texas is leading the way in reforming juvenile justice in the state. Since 2007, Harris County has been using the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) model, a national strategy developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to improve outcomes for children in the juvenile justice system while ensuring public safety. […]

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World’s Last Flock of Wild Whooping Cranes Returns to Texas

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – The world’s last flock of wild whooping cranes is now arriving in Texas, as the endangered birds make their annual winter migration to the coast from northern Canada. The flock has been growing slowly and it now numbers around 300 – despite the troubles of five years ago, recalled […]

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Longtime Valley Football Coach Inducted Into Texas State University “T” Association

Rey Farias of Los Fresnos was inducted in the Texas State University “T” Association at ceremonies in San Marcos Nov. 22-23. He was among four inductees recognized at an Induction Ceremony Nov. 22 and at halftime of the Bobcats’ football game against Western Kentucky Nov. 23. Farias, who is retired, has lived in Los Fresnos […]

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Judge Strikes Down New Texas Restrictions on Abortion

Suit Possible Against Two Remaining Provisions of Law by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – New restrictions on abortion that were to begin in Texas today are now on hold, after a judge’s ruling on a challenge to the law. Rebecca Robertson, legal and policy director of the ACLU of Texas, said the judge determined that […]

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Patience Urged as Texans Deal with Healthcare Glitches

by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – It has been a far from smooth roll-out for the country’s new health care exchange, but fixes are under way, and those having troubles with enrollment have been told to keep trying. Trelisha Brown, managing attorney, Texas Legal Services Center, said despite the glitches, the marketplace will help many […]

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Senator Lucio Receives Voice for Children Award for Work on Childhood Hunger

AUSTIN – Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) was recognized with CHILDREN AT RISK’s “Voice for Children Award” for his work combatting childhood hunger, most recently by passing a bill to increase participation in public school breakfast programs. “I am deeply honored and humbled to receive the ‘Voice for Children Award.’ This award recognizes the hard […]

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Obey the Law: Don’t Pass Stopped School Buses

Troopers set to issue tickets to drivers breaking the law AUSTIN – As part of National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 21-25), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to obey state law by not passing any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal – either flashing red lights […]

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Affordable Care Act Provides New Tools in Fight Against Breast Cancer

15,000 New Cases Will Be Diagnosed in Texas This Year by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year’s event marks a major shift in women being able to access the health care they need. Under the Affordable Care Act, women cannot be denied coverage because of a […]

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A New Approach: Free Meals for All at Low-Income TX Schools

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – A new approach to school nutrition goes nationwide next year, and the shift is expected to reduce the number of Texas students who otherwise don’t get enough to eat each day. Under the U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative called a “community eligibility option,” said Rachel Cooper, senior policy analyst […]

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