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Free Tours of Texas Solar Homes This Past Weekend

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – This pat weekend, homeowners in Texas and all 50 states were opening their homes to friends, neighbors or anyone curious about adding solar energy to power homes. Texas ranks sixth nationally for total installed solar capacity, but most solar arrays are at utility scale, not on individual rooftops. Hanna Mitchell […]

Texas Students Join Global Climate Strike

by Eric Galatas COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden, Texas students are joining a global strike today calling for immediate action on climate change. Jacob Slaughter, organizer with the group Aggies for Climate Justice, says students’ aims include creating a glide path for workers to transition out of the fossil-fuel industry. He […]

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Federal Spending on Children at All-Time Low

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – A new report shows the share of federal spending on children was at an all-time low in fiscal year 2019. The 13th annual Children’s Budget Book released this week by the group First Focus on Children shows the share of spending on children – at 7.21% – is down 10% in the […]

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Asylum Seekers’ Hunger Strike Reaches 60th Day

by Eric Galatas EL PASO, Texas – Today marks Day 60 of a hunger strike by three political refugees from India, detained for more than a year in an El Paso Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. The policy of indefinite detention began under the Obama administration, and has continued under President Donald Trump. Previously, most asylum […]

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Groups Push Paid Family Leave During National Breastfeeding Month

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – August is National Breastfeeding Month, and children’s advocates are reminding lawmakers that paid family leave would help more babies get the bonding and nutrition they need from their moms. Lucy Sullivan, executive director of the group 1,000 Days, says moms are more than twice as likely to stop breastfeeding in the […]

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TX Volunteers Frustrated as Migrants are Trapped in Mexico

by Dan Heyman EL PASO, Texas – Volunteers who have been helping desperate migrants arriving in El Paso say they’re frustrated to see those people now being forced to stay in Mexico. The Trump administration pressured the Mexican government to stop migrants before they can ask for asylum in the U.S. Teva Gabis-Levine volunteered to coordinate […]

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Texas Kids’ Health Care, Nutrition Threatened by Public-Charge Policy

by Eric Galatas BELLAIRE, Texas – This week the Trump administration finalized a new rule that could deny green cards to immigrants if they access public benefits – including health care, nutrition and housing assistance – or if officials believe they might in the future. Dr. Cheasty Anderson, senior policy associate with the Children’s Defense Fund of Texas, says […]

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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 […]

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“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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