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Plan Announced to Reduce Antibiotics in Livestock

Plan Announced to Reduce Antibiotics in Livestock

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – The major players in the meat industry have developed what they’re calling a stewardship plan that they say will ensure that they use antibiotics in livestock only when necessary. At issue is the possible development of deadly super-bug infections that are resistant to antibiotics…

Texas Cities Leading Transition to Renewables

Texas Cities Leading Transition to Renewables

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by Eric Galatas GEORGETOWN, Texas – In 2018, Georgetown became the first city in Texas to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, and conservationists are pushing Austin, Bryan, Garland, San Antonio and other municipalities to join some 100 cities nationwide that have made commitments to transition away…

DOI Set to Change Wildlife Protections

DOI Set to Change Wildlife Protections

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas — The Trump administration is expected to finalize new rules that critics argue would weaken the Endangered Species Act. Hailey Hawkins is the Southern Rockies field representative with the Endangered Species Coalition. She said under current law, species listed as threatened automatically get the same…

AARP Warns of ‘Sticker Shock’ at Freestanding ERs

AARP Warns of ‘Sticker Shock’ at Freestanding ERs

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Confusion by Texas consumers over freestanding emergency rooms has left many families with unexpected and unnecessary high medical bills. A new AARP survey of Texas freestanding ERs finds that, unlike urgent care clinics, many of freestanding ER billings are out-of-network for most insurers. Patients report sticker…

Tips for Mitigating Holiday Depression and Stress

Tips for Mitigating Holiday Depression and Stress

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – While many people look forward to holiday festivities with friends and family, for others this time of year can intensify stress, sadness and depression. Some people have increased anxiety due to travel obligations, or the expenses of gift giving. Others neglect self-care, trying to…

Report: Most Uninsured Texans are Employed U.S. Citizens

Report: Most Uninsured Texans are Employed U.S. Citizens

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by Eric Galatas HOUSTON – Unless Texas lawmakers make significant changes to health policies, the number of Texans without health insurance is projected to rise, according to a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Foundation spokesman Brian Sasser says the report paints a clearer picture of just who lacks…

Biologists Warn of Border Wall’s Ecological Impacts

Biologists Warn of Border Wall’s Ecological Impacts

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by Eric Galatas EL PASO, Texas – As Congress pushes back a funding deadline to avoid a government shutdown, conservation groups are urging representatives to reject any spending bill that includes funding for a border wall. Sergio Avila, a wildlife biologist with The Sierra Club, said he believes the $22…

TSTC is Hiring Statewide, Positions to be Filled by the New Year

TSTC is Hiring Statewide, Positions to be Filled by the New Year

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by Amanda Sotelo (TEXAS) – With Texas State Technical College rapidly growing and the demand for a skilled workforce increasing, TSTC is hiring to fill more than 200 positions by 2019. “TSTC is expanding course offerings to meet employer demands within the state,” said TSTC Associate Vice Chancellor for Human…

Groups Rally to Help Texans Get Health Coverage Before Saturday Deadline

Groups Rally to Help Texans Get Health Coverage Before Saturday Deadline

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – To enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Texans must sign up at Healthcare.gov by no later than this Saturday. Stacey Pogue, senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, said community organizations across the state have experts standing by to help…

Texas Leads Nation in Number of Uninsured Kids

Texas Leads Nation in Number of Uninsured Kids

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – For the first time in a decade, the number of uninsured children in the United States has gone up. According to a new Georgetown University report, the number of uninsured kids rose by more than 275,000 in 2017, and nearly 4 million children in the…