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Government Watchdog Groups: Pruitt’s EPA Exit “Long Overdue”

Government Watchdog Groups: Pruitt’s EPA Exit “Long Overdue”

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by Trimmel Gomes WASHINGTON – After allegedly overspending on everything from pens to lavish trips and accepting questionable deals from lobbyists, government ethics and watchdog groups say Scott Pruitt’s resignation as Environmental Protection Agency administrator is long overdue. During his one-year tenure, Pruitt was seen by conservatives as one of…

Struggling Texans Can Double Money at Farmers’ Markets

Struggling Texans Can Double Money at Farmers’ Markets

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by Eric Galatas LUBBOCK, Texas – One-in-four Texas children is food insecure, meaning he or she frequently doesn’t know where the next meal will come from. But a program launched in Detroit to help more struggling families access healthy food is starting to take root in Texas. “Double Up Food…

Texas A&M AgriLife Study Shows BPA Risk Factor for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Texas A&M AgriLife Study Shows BPA Risk Factor for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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by Paul Schattenberg COLLEGE STATION – A recent study in a preclinical model of inflammatory bowel disease shows dietary exposure to bisphenol-A, or BPA, found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, can increase mortality and worsen its symptoms. Dr. Clint Allred, a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher in the nutrition and…

Report: Dakota Access Pipeline Demonstrations Inspired Legislative Crackdown

Report: Dakota Access Pipeline Demonstrations Inspired Legislative Crackdown

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – A new Greenpeace USA report documents how the corporate sponsor behind the Dakota Access Pipeline continues to use a variety of surveillance, lobbying, and legal tactics to silence protesters. Project leader Molly Dorozenski with Greenpeace says in the wake of events at Standing Rock, Energy Transfer…

Texas Kids at Risk of Undercount in 2020 Census

Texas Kids at Risk of Undercount in 2020 Census

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 43rd in child well-being – which makes it one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report ranks states for indicators of health, education, economic well-being and family and community.…

Trump Signs Order to End Separations Condemned by Pediatricians

Trump Signs Order to End Separations Condemned by Pediatricians

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Following widespread outrage over the forced separation of children from their parents arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally along the southern U.S. border, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the practice. Trump previously had said he could…

Survey Recommends Policy Solutions for Bullied LGBTQ Youths

Survey Recommends Policy Solutions for Bullied LGBTQ Youths

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – A new survey shows high rates of depression and anxiety among LGBTQ teens nationwide. Advocates say lawmakers could do more to ensure kids aren’t bullied based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Human Rights Campaign surveyed 12,000 kids age 13-17 who identify as LGBTQ.…

Trump’s Inexpensive Coverage Could Come with a Price

Trump’s Inexpensive Coverage Could Come with a Price

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas — The Trump administration has cleared the way for an unprecedented expansion of inexpensive health insurance that critics say will drive up prices for more comprehensive plans. The new federal regulation allows small employers to join together to create so-called association health plans, which are…

$10 Million Going Toward Health Services in TX

$10 Million Going Toward Health Services in TX

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by Katherine Davis-Young HOUSTON – Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation, according to census data. So one nonprofit is launching a big effort to try to get more Texans access to health services. The Episcopal Health Foundation is investing $10 million in dozens of health programs in…

Mental-Health Tips Offered for Returning Santa Fe Students

Mental-Health Tips Offered for Returning Santa Fe Students

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by Eric Galatas SANTA FE, Texas – As Santa Fe High School students head back into the classroom today, mental-health experts want them to know that help is available. Holly Doggett, the executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says students headed back into…