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Consumer Diets Contribute to Climate Change

Consumer Diets Contribute to Climate Change

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Researchers say they’ve tapped the most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions created by U.S. consumer food purchases, and those emissions are on par with other major contributors to climate change. Rebecca Boehm, lead author of the report from the University of Connecticut, says consumers are…

Detention for Immigrant Children Swells to Billion-Dollar Industry

Detention for Immigrant Children Swells to Billion-Dollar Industry

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – The cost to taxpayers for detaining immigrant children has grown from $75 million a year in 2007 to almost $1 billion today, according to new analysis by the Associated Press. Tom Jawetz, vice president for immigration policy with the Center for American Progress, said many…

UTRGV STUDY ABROAD: Brazil Students Embrace Living in the Moment

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Students Embrace Living in the Moment ‘Study abroad changes you as a person, changes your perspectives, changes the way you see and the way you learn things in your major.’ – UTRGV graduate student Linda Torres by Maria Elena Hernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Linda Torres, a graduate student at The University of Texas Rio […]

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.…