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El Paso and Juarez: One City Interrupted by Tough Border

El Paso and Juarez: One City Interrupted by Tough Border

by Dan Heyman EL PASO, Texas – People in El Paso and Juarez often regard their communities as one big city. But recent research, as covered in the local press confirms that the hardening of the U.S.-Mexico border is getting in the way of that. A recently released survey of citizen perception confirms deep and longstanding ties that […]

“Princess Leia” to Help Texas Celebrate National Health Center Week

by Eric Galatas UVALDE, Texas – Families are invited to come out to Uvalde High School this Friday to meet Superman and Princess Leia, and get free immunizations, school supplies, backpacks and more. The Wellness Fair Carnival is part of a series of events across the nation celebrating National Health Center Week. Rachel Gonzalez Hanson, chief executive of Community […]

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Texas Group Calls for Prompt Passage of Drug-Pricing Reforms

by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – As efforts to bring down the cost of prescription medications intensify on Capitol Hill, some Texas groups say it can’t come fast enough. The U.S. Senate Finance Committee meets Thursday to debate the bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. Charles Cascio, associate state director of advocacy and outreach […]

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Bill Aims to Help Protect Hundreds of TX Wildlife Species

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – New legislation introduced in Congress could bring a lot of federal dollars back to Texas to preserve wildlife. Janice Bezanson, executive director at the Texas Conservation Alliance, said the funding would help protect imperiled species, including the Atlantic spotted dolphin, black bears and horny toads. If passed, money would be […]

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Tips for Pet Safety During Hot Summer Months

by Eric Galatas HOUSTON – With sweltering summer temperatures upon us, animal-advocacy groups are cautioning Texas residents about the dangers that heat poses for pets. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, there were 58 reported animal deaths related to hot weather in 2018. Zandra Anderson is a Houston attorney specializing in animal law who […]

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Move to Treat Separation, Detention of Migrant Children as Child Abuse

by Dan Heyman EL PASO, Texas – Social workers and mental health professionals are trying to have the detention of migrant children away from their families treated as child abuse. Almost 6,000 people have signed a petition started by social workers to file a “report of suspected abuse and neglect of migrant and refugee children” locked up by […]

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WWII Veteran: Ignorance, Indifference Greatest Threats to America

by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman NEW YORK – Seventy-four years after he saw the flag raised on Iwo Jima, a World War II veteran has an Independence Day message for America: The fight for liberty goes on, and today’s enemies are ignorance and indifference to justice. Ninety-four-year-old Bob Pennoyer saw the American flag raised on Iwo Jima. […]

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Texas Land Commissioner Emphasizes Value of TSTC

(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush toured the Texas State Technical College campus in Fort Bend County on Wednesday, June 26, to learn not only about technical education, but also how TSTC and its students contribute to the Texas economy and meet industry demand for skilled technicians. Bush visited with students and faculty and […]

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Texas Improves Flood Preparedness After Hurricane Harvey

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – The State of Texas, still reeling from damage from Hurricane Harvey and other recent storms, has taken a major step toward improving its flood preparedness. Two years ago, the Category Four storm left 89 people dead and caused some $125 billion in damage along the Texas coast. In its first opportunity […]

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Texans: Paying for Health Care is Toughest Living Expense

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – More than half of all Texans say they struggle on a daily basis to afford health care, according to a new survey. The findings come from the 2019 Texas Health Policy Survey from the Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation. Brian Sasser, chief communications officer with the foundation, said the poll illustrates a major health-care […]

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