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Volunteers to Build Playground for Kids Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Volunteers to Build Playground for Kids Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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by Eric Galatas GONZALES, Texas – On Saturday, one year after Hurricane Harvey rocked southeast Texas, a group of 200 volunteers will install a new kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground at a children’s foster-care facility directly hit by the storm. Roxane Rucker, vice president for community impact with KaBOOM!, the group coordinating the…

Report Examines Failures to Protect Vulnerable Texans During Harvey

Report Examines Failures to Protect Vulnerable Texans During Harvey

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by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, a viral photo of residents sitting in waist deep water at a Texas assisted living facility made headlines. However, a new report shows that was just a glimpse of the failures to protect some of the most vulnerable Texans. The stories…

Groups Say TX Military Detention Centers Riddled with Toxic Waste

Groups Say TX Military Detention Centers Riddled with Toxic Waste

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by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – From the toxic stress of being separated from families, environmental and health advocates say they are now concerned about detained migrants being sent to two Texas military posts known to have actual radiological contaminants. The nonprofit legal group Earthjustice filed a Freedom of Information…

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…