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Number of Texans in Poverty at 4.5 Million

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Latest figures show the poverty rate has dropped in Texas, although the change is minimal and in some parts of the state, the financial struggles for families are much more widespread. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the statewide poverty rate has dipped to 17.5 percent, although it’s double that in the […]

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Research: Few Benefits for Workers with Temporary Visas

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Immigrants from Mexico can fill the gap where there’s a need for agricultural or low-skilled work in Texas and other states. However, a new study finds little benefit for those who legally obtain a temporary worker visa. Indiana University researcher Lauren Apgar found that temporary workers hold jobs with the […]

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BP Found “Grossly Negligent” for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

Ruling Could Add Billions in Fines by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge has found that the “reckless conduct” of BP caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which left 11 people dead and became the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Thursday’s ruling concluded that the massive spill in 2010 was the result of “gross […]

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Passenger Pigeon: Painful Reminder of Needed Protections

Imperiled in Texas: Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Ocelot by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The commemoration is being used to urge protection of other species that may face the same fate and for the law that protects them. The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, […]

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Dove Forecast 2014

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September marks the opening of dove season bringing more than $300 million dollars to the state’s economy. Biologists say dove numbers have increased over last year which is good news for both veteran hunters and those who are new to the sport. A new app is now available that allows hunters to carry the Outdoor […]

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Conservation Issues Among Top Priorities for Hispanic Voters

Latino Population is Fastest-Growing Segment in U.S. by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – As the mid-term elections approach, a new analysis shows that Latinos overwhelming support greater environmental protections, and such conservation issues could influence their voting decisions. The report is from the Hispanic Access Foundation. Its president, Maite Arce, said the reason Latinos favor environment-friendly policies […]

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A Thick Skin: Preparing Your Child for 21st Century Bullying

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts such as Peggy Caruso, a life coach and author […]

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Secrets for Generating a Second Income

(StatePoint) In today’s tumultuous economic times, extra income is not just a luxury, but a necessary safety net, according to many financial experts. “Relying solely on a single employer to make ends meet is a surefire way to end up struggling, as so many Americans do,” warns Kimberly Palmer, senior money editor for U.S. News […]

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How do you encourage young people to unplug and get outside? Here’s a hint: scrap the nature hike and host a concert instead. Young volunteers are coming up with creative new ways to get their friends outdoors. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. For more information about becoming a Texas State Park Youth Ambassador, […]

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The “Unselfie” Introduced for 2nd Annual Giving Tuesday

Texas Diaper Bank Among Local Groups Taking Part by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – With Black Friday and Cyber Monday now in the books, people around the state and nation are being asked to think of others on this Giving Tuesday. Henry Timms, the event’s co-founder, says that can include donating money or time to […]

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