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Texas to Challenge DACA in Federal Court

Texas to Challenge DACA in Federal Court

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by Eric Galatas HOUSTON – Texas “Dreamers,” young people brought into the U.S. when they were small children, are bracing for the next legal hurdle facing the Deferred Act for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. On Wednesday, a federal court in Houston will hear arguments by Texas and six other…

Work Requirements Could Backfire for SNAP Recipients

Work Requirements Could Backfire for SNAP Recipients

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – As the U.S. House and Senate try to hammer out a final version of the Farm Bill, a new report shows that increasing work requirements for people receiving SNAP benefits, the program formerly known as food stamps, would end up hurting millions of Americans. Josh Bivens,…

Texas A&M To Lead NSF-Funded Water Insecurity Research Network

Texas A&M To Lead NSF-Funded Water Insecurity Research Network

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by Leslie Lee, Texas A&M University College of Geosciences COLLEGE STATION – Water insecurity is a reality for vulnerable households everywhere from Flint, Michigan, to São Paulo, Brazil — from the Texas-Mexico border colonias, to Cape Town, South Africa. “Water security means adequate, reliable, affordable water for a healthy life,”…

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Allows Bicycling for the Season

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Allows Bicycling for the Season

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Alamo, Texas— Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge will open the refuge for seasonal biking starting August 23rd, 2018 through December 22nd, 2018. This effort is part of a pilot program to evaluate visitor usage, interactions between diverse activities at the refuge, and the potential impacts (both positive and negative) of…

Marketing Students Gain First-hand Global Perspective on Sustainability Practices

Marketing Students Gain First-hand Global Perspective on Sustainability Practices

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by Steven Masso RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Eleven students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley traveled to Germany this summer as part of a two-week study abroad course in marketing. Dr. Reto Felix, assistant marketing professor in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship, taught the course,…

Study: Most Republicans, Democrats Agree Climate Change is Real

Study: Most Republicans, Democrats Agree Climate Change is Real

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Democrats and Republicans agree on climate change more than they might think, according to a new University of Colorado study, but forging a unified action plan continues to be a major challenge. Leaf Van Boven, a psychology and neuroscience professor at the UC Boulder and…

Lion Band Eyeing Third Consecutive State Trip

Lion Band Eyeing Third Consecutive State Trip

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by Billy Watson/LFN LA FERIA – “The first band advancing to the state marching contest, La Feria High School.” 2014 was a year the Mighty Lion Band would never forget: going to state for the first time in school history. Since then, the band has reached the state contest one…

SAU Saxophone Student Broadens His Horizons, Represents Arkansas with Performance in Croatia

SAU Saxophone Student Broadens His Horizons, Represents Arkansas with Performance in Croatia

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MAGNOLIA – Benjamin Facundo, a senior at Southern Arkansas University, recently participated in the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. Facundo performed with the Arkansas Saxophones Choir, an ensemble comprised of professionals, teachers and students of the saxophone. The La Feria, Texas native is attending SAU on a full band…

Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Pollution: Texas Mom Shares Her Story

Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Pollution: Texas Mom Shares Her Story

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by Mary Kuhlman Dallas – The Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department are rolling back regulations for pollution from oil and gas facilities, and a new report says that’s putting children at risk. The report, from Moms Clean Air Force, lays out what it claims are the consequences of pollution from…

Ranchers Hindered in Efforts to Combat Cattle Fever Ticks

Ranchers Hindered in Efforts to Combat Cattle Fever Ticks

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Texas Farm Bureau asks state agency to reconsider its actions (WACO, Texas)—Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) is disappointed in actions taken this week by the Texas Department of Agriculture that stopped the use of cattle spray boxes for the treatment of cattle fever ticks in South Texas. The state’s largest general…

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