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Study: Investing in Public Services Brings Improved Health Outcomes

Study: Investing in Public Services Brings Improved Health Outcomes

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – Can building a library improve the health of the people who use it? Information in a new study shows that investments in those kind of social services can bring communities a significant “health dividend.” The report finds that when local governments in Texas increase spending for public…

Marchers to Demand Texas Politicians “Respect Science”

Marchers to Demand Texas Politicians “Respect Science”

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Organizers of Austin’s annual March for Science hope to send a message to state lawmakers – stop politicizing, and start respecting science. The march and rally, scheduled for Saturday, will coincide with the city’s annual Earth Day celebration. Planners expect a crowd of several hundred to…

Report: Many Wildlife Species at Increased Risk of Extinction

Report: Many Wildlife Species at Increased Risk of Extinction

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A new report warns that as many as one-third of America’s wildlife species are in crisis but says with funding, their recovery is possible. The report finds that more than 150 U.S. species have already gone extinct and 500 more haven’t been seen in decades and…

Fungus Causing White-Nose Syndrome Spreads into Central Texas

Fungus Causing White-Nose Syndrome Spreads into Central Texas

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First Ever Detection in Popular Mexican Free-Tailed Bat AUSTIN — The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, detected for the first time in Texas in early 2017 in the Panhandle, has now spread into Central Texas. Though no bat deaths have been attributed to WNS in Texas, the…

Bold Paintings and Historical Artifacts Tell the Story of Thriving Comanche Culture in New Exhibition

Bold Paintings and Historical Artifacts Tell the Story of Thriving Comanche Culture in New Exhibition

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Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic opens April 14 at the Bullock Museum AUSTIN, TX – The exhibition Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic, opening April 14, 2018 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, tells the story of a Comanche culture vibrantly alive in the modern world through 34 original…

Wildflowers and Blooming Plants Putting on a Show at Texas State Parks

Wildflowers and Blooming Plants Putting on a Show at Texas State Parks

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AUSTIN— Texas State Parks have gone Technicolor with a show stopping display of bright blues, vibrant pinks, deep reds and rich yellows. Texas is the home to more than 5,000 species of wildflowers and recent rains are sure to usher in an explosion of color before the end of the season. More than90…

Study: Immigrants Bear Brunt of Hurricane Harvey Hardships

Study: Immigrants Bear Brunt of Hurricane Harvey Hardships

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – A new study finds that immigrants were almost twice as likely as non-immigrants to suffer unemployment and economic loss from Hurricane Harvey. Six months after the massive storm ravaged the Texas coast, an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation examined differences in…

Texas Officials Warn School Districts Over ‘Illegal Electioneering’

Texas Officials Warn School Districts Over ‘Illegal Electioneering’

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Educators and voting-rights advocates say a move by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to stop some school districts from helping students register to vote amounts to voter suppression. More than a dozen school districts have received information requests, followed by “cease and desist” letters…

Sunshine Week: Group Works to Bolster TX Public Information Act

Sunshine Week: Group Works to Bolster TX Public Information Act

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – It’s Sunshine Week, and Texas open government advocates are calling for greater accountability from public officials. The Texas Public Information Act, created out of reforms made in the 1970s, was once considered a model for transparency in public institutions, but over time, its ability…

Study: Texas Needs Alternatives to Sending Women to Prison

Study: Texas Needs Alternatives to Sending Women to Prison

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Prison reform advocates say too many of the 12,000 women in Texas prisons don’t need to be behind bars. A study by the nonpartisan Texas Criminal Justice Coalition finds that more than two-thirds of the state’s female inmates were convicted of nonviolent offenses and recommends that…