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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,”…

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…

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…

More Texans Have ACA Health Coverage in 2018

More Texans Have ACA Health Coverage in 2018

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by Eric Galatas HOUSTON – Despite confusion over recent congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, shorter enrollment periods and reduced advertising and outreach, the overall number of Texans with health coverage is on the rise, according to a new report by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Brian Sasser, the foundation’s…

Consumer Diets Contribute to Climate Change

Consumer Diets Contribute to Climate Change

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Researchers say they’ve tapped the most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions created by U.S. consumer food purchases, and those emissions are on par with other major contributors to climate change. Rebecca Boehm, lead author of the report from the University of Connecticut, says consumers are…

Detention for Immigrant Children Swells to Billion-Dollar Industry

Detention for Immigrant Children Swells to Billion-Dollar Industry

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – The cost to taxpayers for detaining immigrant children has grown from $75 million a year in 2007 to almost $1 billion today, according to new analysis by the Associated Press. Tom Jawetz, vice president for immigration policy with the Center for American Progress, said many…

UTRGV STUDY ABROAD: Brazil Students Embrace Living in the Moment

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Students Embrace Living in the Moment ‘Study abroad changes you as a person, changes your perspectives, changes the way you see and the way you learn things in your major.’ – UTRGV graduate student Linda Torres by Maria Elena Hernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Linda Torres, a graduate student at The University of Texas Rio […]

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