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‘Toolkit’ Helps Caregivers Protect Seniors’ Money from Scams

‘Toolkit’ Helps Caregivers Protect Seniors’ Money from Scams

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas — Family celebrations during the holiday season often center around parents and grandparents. But the holidays are a time when con artists may also have have seniors in their sights. Family members who act as financial caregivers for parents or others often are the first…

Evidence Grows of Link Between Fracking, Texas Earthquakes

Evidence Grows of Link Between Fracking, Texas Earthquakes

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by Mark Richardson DALLAS – A new study is adding fuel to the debate over whether recent earthquakes in Texas are caused by oil and gas operations or natural geologic events. The study by Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey points to evidence that injecting wastewater into gas wells during…

Study: White Men Often Emotionally Attached to Guns

Study: White Men Often Emotionally Attached to Guns

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by Mark Richardson WACO, Texas – A new study on gun culture finds that a small, but influential group of Americans sees guns not as a problem, but as a way to solve a problem. The report, published in the journal Social Problems, analyzed gun owners in Texas and across the…

New Members of TSTC Board of Regents Sworn In

New Members of TSTC Board of Regents Sworn In

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(WACO) – Texas State Technical College recently celebrated the installation of three new members of the Board of Regents. A special meeting was held Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the John B. Connally Technology Center on the Waco campus and included a meal prepared by the TSTC Culinary Arts program. Tony…

Report Finds Ethanol Mandate Creates Carbon Pollution

Report Finds Ethanol Mandate Creates Carbon Pollution

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by Mark Richardson AMARILLO, Texas – A new report examines how the expansion of cropland in Texas and other states under the federal ethanol mandate has contributed to climate-change pollution. The mandate originally was enacted to cut energy imports, reduce pollution and lower fuel costs. But Collin O’Mara, president, and CEO of…

Foundation Aims to Improve Health, Not Just Health Care

Foundation Aims to Improve Health, Not Just Health Care

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – The Episcopal Health Foundation is shifting its focus to a five-year “big picture” plan that targets specific outcomes needed to address the root causes of poor health in Texas. The Foundation, which serves about 11 million people in a 57-county region of southeast Texas, aims to level…

Report: Number of Well Paid, Blue Collar Jobs Growing in Texas

Report: Number of Well Paid, Blue Collar Jobs Growing in Texas

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by Mark Richardson WACO, Texas – A new study just out shows that in Texas and around the country, the number of good paying jobs for workers with less than a bachelor’s degree is growing. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that over…

Texas Coalition Calls Gun Violence a Public Health Issue

Texas Coalition Calls Gun Violence a Public Health Issue

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas — Another deadly mass shooting, this time in a south Texas town, has some state legislators seeking to recast the debate over gun violence as a public health issue. At a news conference by the group Texas Gun Sense, lawmakers and others said the killing…

Texas’ CARE Act for Family Caregivers: It’s a Start

Texas’ CARE Act for Family Caregivers: It’s a Start

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A new state law went into effect this year to help Texans care for loved ones who are ill or have a disability, but advocates say more should be done to help family caregivers. Statistics show if the family members who assist ill or…

Health Journal Sounds Alarm Over Texas Cuts to Family Planning

Health Journal Sounds Alarm Over Texas Cuts to Family Planning

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON, Texas – A major public health journal says publicly funded family-planning programs are under attack, and Texas lawmakers are leading the charge. The American Journal of Public Health, in an editorial in its October edition, said it is alarmed by the number of legislative assaults on the…

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