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Plans for New Texas ICE Facility Get Cold Shoulder

Plans for New Texas ICE Facility Get Cold Shoulder

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – With Immigration and Customs Enforcement moving ahead with plans for a massive new for-profit family detention center in South Texas, many in the region are giving the proposed ICE facility the cold shoulder. The center will be located on a 50-acre site just outside…

Number of Texans in Poverty at 4.5 Million

Number of Texans in Poverty at 4.5 Million

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Latest figures show the poverty rate has dropped in Texas, although the change is minimal and in some parts of the state, the financial struggles for families are much more widespread. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the statewide poverty rate has dipped to 17.5…

Research: Few Benefits for Workers with Temporary Visas

Research: Few Benefits for Workers with Temporary Visas

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Immigrants from Mexico can fill the gap where there’s a need for agricultural or low-skilled work in Texas and other states. However, a new study finds little benefit for those who legally obtain a temporary worker visa. Indiana University researcher Lauren Apgar found that…

BP Found “Grossly Negligent” for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

BP Found “Grossly Negligent” for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

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Ruling Could Add Billions in Fines by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge has found that the “reckless conduct” of BP caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which left 11 people dead and became the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Thursday’s ruling concluded that the massive spill…

Passenger Pigeon: Painful Reminder of Needed Protections

Passenger Pigeon: Painful Reminder of Needed Protections

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Imperiled in Texas: Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Ocelot by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The commemoration is being used to urge protection of other species that may face the same fate and for the law that protects them. The Endangered…

Dove Forecast 2014

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September marks the opening of dove season bringing more than $300 million dollars to the state’s economy. Biologists say dove numbers have increased over last year which is good news for both veteran hunters and those who are new to the sport. A new app is now available that allows hunters to carry the Outdoor […]

Conservation Issues Among Top Priorities for Hispanic Voters

Conservation Issues Among Top Priorities for Hispanic Voters

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Latino Population is Fastest-Growing Segment in U.S. by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – As the mid-term elections approach, a new analysis shows that Latinos overwhelming support greater environmental protections, and such conservation issues could influence their voting decisions. The report is from the Hispanic Access Foundation. Its president, Maite Arce,…

A Thick Skin: Preparing Your Child for 21st Century Bullying

A Thick Skin: Preparing Your Child for 21st Century Bullying

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by John Michaelson (TNS) AUSTIN, Texas – Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts such as Peggy…

Texas State Park Youth Ambassadors

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How do you encourage young people to unplug and get outside? Here’s a hint: scrap the nature hike and host a concert instead. Young volunteers are coming up with creative new ways to get their friends outdoors. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. For more information about becoming a Texas State Park Youth Ambassador, […]

2013 La Feria Christmas Parade

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A small video of the La Feria High School Band at this year’s City of La Feria Christmas Parade. 🙂