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Lack of Affordable Housing Drives Economic Inequality in Texas

Lack of Affordable Housing Drives Economic Inequality in Texas

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by Mark Richardson DALLAS – Despite a boom in home building in the state’s largest cities, advocates say affordable housing for low and middle income Texans is getting harder to find. Studies show more than 2 million Texas households, mostly those who rent, spend 30 percent or more of their income…

Texas Groups Fight State Plan to “Cut” Local Tree Regulations

Texas Groups Fight State Plan to “Cut” Local Tree Regulations

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Conservation groups, cities and business interests are fighting bills in the Texas Legislature that would strip municipalities of the ability to regulate the removal of old-growth trees. Dozens of people have testified before state House and Senate committees, with most speakers opposed to making the state…

Cornyn, Cruz, Carter, McCaul, Vela Bill Will Rename Checkpoint After Fallen Agent Javier Vega

Cornyn, Cruz, Carter, McCaul, Vela Bill Will Rename Checkpoint After Fallen Agent Javier Vega

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Congressmen John Carter (TX-31), Michael McCaul (TX-10), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today introduced bills to honor the fallen U.S. Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr. for his service by renaming the Border Patrol checkpoint where he was assigned,…

Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 11-13

Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 11-13

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(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-13. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100…

Report: UT System Grads Get Better Jobs, Make More Money

Report: UT System Grads Get Better Jobs, Make More Money

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Graduates from University of Texas System schools, on average, do better in their careers than students with degrees from other colleges – not just in Texas but across the nation, according to a joint study out today from Georgetown University and the University of Texas.…

AARP: Senate-Health Care ‘Fix’ Doesn’t Work for Older Texans

AARP: Senate-Health Care ‘Fix’ Doesn’t Work for Older Texans

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Advocates for Texas seniors warn that if the U.S. Senate passes the new health-care plan revealed on Thursday, it could be both a financial and health disaster for older Texans. AARP predicts the bill, which could be voted on as early as next week, would…

Rights Groups Blast TX Leaders Over Special-Session ‘Bathroom Bill’

Rights Groups Blast TX Leaders Over Special-Session ‘Bathroom Bill’

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of rights groups is blasting Texas leaders for making anti-LGBTQ bills a priority when lawmakers convene this week in a special session. In a conference call with the media, the groups urged the Legislature to work on funding the state’s public schools…

Texas Receives Funding to Combat White-nose Syndrome in Bats

Texas Receives Funding to Combat White-nose Syndrome in Bats

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AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will receive $30,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to research and combat white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease affecting bats across North America. The FWS grant, which consists of over $1 million divided among 37 states…

DPS Urges Texans to Use Caution in Summer Heat

DPS Urges Texans to Use Caution in Summer Heat

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Tips help residents beat the heat, stay safe AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning Texas residents to be prepared for summertime temperatures, and to take precautions to stay safe as temperatures and heat indices hit 100 degrees and above in many parts of the state this…

Could Climate Change Accelerate Inequality in Texas, U.S.?

Could Climate Change Accelerate Inequality in Texas, U.S.?

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – As the planet gets hotter, the playing field becomes more unequal for Texas and the rest of the country. Rutgers University Professor Robert Kopp, co-author of a new study published in the journal Science, says if efforts to reduce climate pollution aren’t successful, the poorest third…

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