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Childproof Your Medicine Cabinet for Poison Prevention Week

Childproof Your Medicine Cabinet for Poison Prevention Week

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by Mark Richardson GALVESTON, Texas – Every nine minutes in this country, a child under age six arrives at an emergency room because of accidental medication poisoning – and every 12 days, that accident is fatal. The six locations in the Texas Poison Center Network receive more than 175,000 calls…

AARP Program Provides Free Tax Assistance for Texans

AARP Program Provides Free Tax Assistance for Texans

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by Mark Richardson FORT WORTH, Texas – If you haven’t filed your income-tax return yet and need some help, don’t worry – free, qualified assistance is available near you. The AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Program offers no-cost services to low- and moderate-income Texans at hundreds of locations for help in preparing…

Texas Teachers’ Group Balks at Carrying Guns in School

Texas Teachers’ Group Balks at Carrying Guns in School

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – After the recent deadly shootings at a Florida high school, gun advocates such as the National Rifle Association and others say arming teachers could avoid another massacre. However, with few exceptions, most teachers in Texas think that’s a bad idea, and that it isn’t…

LULAC Sues Texas, Others Over Electoral College Vote System

LULAC Sues Texas, Others Over Electoral College Vote System

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by Mark Richardson SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A coalition of activists and attorneys is suing Texas and three other states over their “winner-take-all” system of allocating Electoral College votes. The goal is to overturn a practice that they claim disenfranchises any voter who does not cast his or her ballot…

Study: GOP-Led Education Board Distorts TX History Lessons

Study: GOP-Led Education Board Distorts TX History Lessons

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A new report claims state education officials are favoring politics over facts in teaching Texas history. A Texas Freedom Network Education Fund study charges the Republican-controlled State Board of Education has altered significant parts of history texts, distorting passages on slavery and the Civil War,…

Study: Texas, U.S. Elections Vulnerable to Foreign Hacking

Study: Texas, U.S. Elections Vulnerable to Foreign Hacking

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by Mark Richardson DALLAS – When you cast your vote March 6 in the Texas primary, how will you know if your ballot is secure? A new study warns that most states – and particularly Texas – have done very little since 2016 to ensure that no one can tamper…

Opponents Say Bill Pending in Congress Weakens ADA Protections

Opponents Say Bill Pending in Congress Weakens ADA Protections

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A bill aimed at strengthening the Americans with Disabilities Act may not be what it seems. The U.S. House of Representatives could vote this week on HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, which would give businesses accused of not complying with…

Texas Health Clinics in Limbo Until Congress Renews Funding

Texas Health Clinics in Limbo Until Congress Renews Funding

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by Mark Richardson SAN ANTONIO, Texas – More than 1 million uninsured Texans are in limbo, waiting for Congress to approve funding for the neighborhood clinics known as Community Health Centers. Lawmakers face a Thursday deadline to approve a new budget to avoid another federal government shutdown. The Federally Qualified…

Texas Program Aims to Make Communities Healthier

Texas Program Aims to Make Communities Healthier

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – Some community clinics in central and southeast Texas are being asked to “improve health – not just health care” in their areas. A new grant program aims to help the clinics address the underlying conditions in their communities that cause health problems. The grants from the Episcopal…

Kids’ Advocates Blast State’s Appeal of Foster-Care Ruling

Kids’ Advocates Blast State’s Appeal of Foster-Care Ruling

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by Mark Richardson CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Children’s advocates are crying foul after state officials appealed a federal judge’s ruling mandating numerous changes to the state’s foster care system. The order describes the system as “still broken,” and lists additional steps to protect abused and neglected children. The Texas Legislature approved a…