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Texas, U.S. Families Still Waiting for Children’s Health Funding

Texas, U.S. Families Still Waiting for Children’s Health Funding

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Almost 9 million families – 400,000 in Texas alone – are anxiously waiting to hear if their children will have health insurance in 2018 and beyond. Congress has passed a two-week, stop-gap budget to avoid a government shutdown, but again failed to fund the Children’s…

Study Finds Long Road to Recovery for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Study Finds Long Road to Recovery for Hurricane Harvey Victims

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by Mark Richardson BEAUMONT, Texas — Three months after Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas, nearly half of the residents affected by the storm say they are not receiving the help they need to recover. A joint survey by the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that black and…

Credit Agency Warns Cities to Prepare for Climate Change

Credit Agency Warns Cities to Prepare for Climate Change

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – Municipal officials could be forced to deal with climate change sooner rather than later, or have their bond ratings downgraded. Moody’s Investor Services, a bond rating agency, says one element of how it now will determine a city’s credit rating in Texas and across the…

Texas A&M Entomologist: Insects Could Be Creeping In Your Christmas Tree

Texas A&M Entomologist: Insects Could Be Creeping In Your Christmas Tree

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by Blair Fannin, Texas A&M University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences During the holiday season, consumers should be aware of unwanted critters that may find their ways into homes by clinging to freshly cut Christmas trees, said Texas A&M University Entomologist David Ragsdale. “It should be no surprise that…

‘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…