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I.D. Needed for Record Number of Texans Registered to Vote

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – With the midterm election one week away, Texans are being urged to get out and vote – but they are also being reminded they will need appropriate identification in the wake of the state’s new voter I.D. law. After numerous twists and turns in the legal battle over the […]

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Two Minutes of Time: Escaping a House Fire in Texas

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Most people in Texas know smoke detector installation and testing is important, but according to a new survey, most are likely mistaken about how much time is needed to safely evacuate a burning home. Research from the American Red Cross shows many people think they have five minutes, but […]

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Technology Jobs Key to Unlocking Higher Starting Salaries

Not All Require Four-Years of Higher Ed by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – How can you boost your bottom line in 2015? A new report indicates the answer for some could be changing careers and entering the field of technology. Starting salaries for tech jobs are projected to rise almost 6 percent, according to the […]

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Ebola Patient Dies, But Risk for the Average Texan is “Zero”

by John Michaelson/TNS DALLAS – The first Ebola patient to be diagnosed while in the U.S. has died at a Dallas hospital, and while the death of Thomas Duncan has raised concerns, experts say the risk for the average Texan is slim to none. Dr. A. Scott Lea is an associate professor of infectious diseases […]

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Then and Now: Parenting Philosophies Over 20 Years

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN – While the times have changed tremendously for families in Texas and across the country over the past two decades, most of the main philosophies of parenting really have not. So says Janet Jendron, board president of Attachment Parenting International, a group celebrating its 20th anniversary. She says today’s parents have […]

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Mitigating Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Means Economic Growth

Texas Among States with Most to Gain by John Michaelson/TNS HOUSTON – As concern around oil and gas methane emissions continues to grow, those companies in Texas and across the country that provide solutions to reduce this industry’s pollution can also help spur economic growth A new analysis released by the Environmental Defense Fund identifies […]

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Not Ready to Retire: Many TX Women Have Little Saved

by John Michaelson/TNS HOUSTON – Across the state of Texas, many workers dream of the day when they’ll finally reach that age of retirement, but new research shows many of those getting closer to retirement are nowhere near ready financially. Cheryl Matheis, senior principal and counsel with AARP, says their new study found one quarter […]

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Some TX Health Centers Consider Job Cuts and Closings

Key Source of Funding Could Fall by 70% by John Michaelson/TNS FORT WORTH, Texas – For working families who struggle financially across the state of Texas, Community Health Centers are their only access to primary care, but closed clinics, job cuts and reduced services are all options being considered in the face of a looming […]

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Kids Moving Out of Booster Seats: Too Many Too Soon

Boosters 45% More Effective Than Seat Belts Only by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Children often want to act like grownups, but safety advocates say having children ride in cars the way mom and dad do is something that should be put off for as long as possible. A new study from Safe Kids Worldwide […]

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Adrian Peterson Case Reveals Divide on Spankings

AP Reactivated and Expected to Play for Vikings Sunday by John Michaelson/TNS HOUSTON – It’s a case that has revealed the deep divide across the country over the use of corporal punishment, and as of now, despite the allegations of child abuse out of Texas, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is back on the field. […]

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