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Study: Texas Kids Face Major Social, Economic Challenges

Study: Texas Kids Face Major Social, Economic Challenges

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas — A new report on the “State of America’s Children” shows that large numbers of kids living in Texas confront poverty, homelessness, hunger and violence in their daily lives. The report by the Children’s Defense Fund found that in Texas, children face major challenges: 1-in-5 live in…

Texas Funds Renovations for Crumbling Mental Health Hospitals

Texas Funds Renovations for Crumbling Mental Health Hospitals

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – After decades of neglect, Texas has begun a two-year, $300 million project to rebuild and renovate the state’s antiquated psychiatric hospital system. In 2017, the Texas Legislature appropriated the funding to begin bringing the state’s network of 10 facilities up to current standards. Most of…

Texans Face New Voter ID Law for March 6 Primaries

Texans Face New Voter ID Law for March 6 Primaries

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – When Texans head to the polls March 6 for the first primary of the 2018 midterm elections, they’ll face a new Voter ID law. That law, which went into effect Jan. 1, keeps the same list of permissible forms of identification, but allows Texans…

More Than 100 Turtles Released on South Padre Island

More Than 100 Turtles Released on South Padre Island

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story and photo by Tony Vindell/LFN During an operation described by people as “awesome, “fantastic,” and “this is great,” some 120 sea turtles rescued after the brutal cold from of two weeks ago, were released this week into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Volunteers, game wardens with the…

UTRGV Experts Offer Tips to Avoid Dropping the Ball on Those New Year’s Resolutions

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by Maria Elena Hernandez EDINBURG, TEXAS – The clank of weight room equipment and the scuffling of shoes on the basketball court at the UTRGV University Recreation Center is louder than usual these days. Like gyms across the United States, membership gets a boost at the start of the New Year. “We’ll usually see the weight room […]

Bullying Topic of Special Presentation

Bullying Topic of Special Presentation

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Cameron County Sheriff’s Office Rep Speaks to La Feria Parents by Martha E. Ibarra/LFN Within the past several decades, the topic of bullying has become more prominent in society. Students are constantly warned about bullying and told how they should handle situations involving harassment and the possibility of violence. But…

LFISD Superintendent Presents Certificates of Appreciation

LFISD Superintendent Presents Certificates of Appreciation

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School Board Appreciation Month Observed at Latest Meeting Story and photos by Martha E. Ibarra/LFN January is school board appreciation month and on Monday, January 8, at a regularly scheduled school board meeting, Superintendent Cathy Lee Hernandez, presented school board members with certificates of appreciation highlighting their contribution and dedication…

Feds Grant Texas $25 Billion Extension of Medicaid Waiver

Feds Grant Texas $25 Billion Extension of Medicaid Waiver

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Health care providers in Texas are getting a $25 billion shot in the arm with the five-year extension of a Medicaid program by the federal government. The plan, known as an 1115 Demonstration Waiver is considered a low-cost alternative to traditional Medicaid. It provides hospitals and…

Study Links Emissions From Fracked Wells to Low Birthweight Babies

Study Links Emissions From Fracked Wells to Low Birthweight Babies

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by Mark Richardson ODESSA, Texas – Pregnant women living next to fracked gas wells in Texas and elsewhere are more likely to have a low birth-weight baby – that’s the finding in a new study from Princeton University. The researchers compared the locations of parents’ homes to hospital records in Pennsylvania…

5 Weight Loss Tips from a Woman Who Lost 128 Pounds

5 Weight Loss Tips from a Woman Who Lost 128 Pounds

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(StatePoint) Sometimes the best advice comes from someone who’s been there, done that. So, if you’re resolving to lose weight, why not consider the wisdom of someone who faced this challenge, and did so with great success? Morgan Root, an Army veteran, found that after the birth of her second…

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