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Could Rule Change Improve Rural Health Care in Texas?

Could Rule Change Improve Rural Health Care in Texas?

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by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – There are more than 300 medically under-served communities in Texas that some groups say could be better served by a change in regulations. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, known as APRNs, are fully trained to treat and diagnose acute and chronic illnesses, and practice full…

H-E-B Presents Juneteenth Heritage Celebration at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site

H-E-B Presents Juneteenth Heritage Celebration  at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site

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On the 19th of June 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and made a declaration of freedom ending the bondage of approximately 250,000 enslaved men, women and children in Texas.  Since that time, Juneteenth has been celebrated and remembered by picnics, parades, family reunions, pageants, barbecues and games.  The…

Texas Communities Planting Seeds of Protection Before Next Big Storm

Texas Communities Planting Seeds of Protection Before Next Big Storm

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by Stephanie Carson SAN ANTONIO – Hurricane Harvey left its mark on the Houston area, tying with Hurricane Katrina for the most costly storm at $125 billion in damage. For the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), the storm is a cautionary tale of the dangers of not preparing for the…

Texas A&M Couple Overcomes Obstacles, Thrives On Road To Graduation

Texas A&M Couple Overcomes Obstacles, Thrives On Road To Graduation

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by Elena Watts, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications COLLEGE STATION — Hillary and Scott Oswald met in first grade at Pebble Creek Elementary School in College Station and married last December.  They have not only overcome obstacles but also excelled while pursuing their undergraduate degrees at Texas A&M University.…

Study: Texas Has High Rate of Food Insecurity, Hunger

Study: Texas Has High Rate of Food Insecurity, Hunger

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by Mark Richardson LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas ranks among the top states in the country for food insecurity, according to a new report, with more than 4.3 million people who may not know where their next meal is coming from. The report, “Map the Meal Gap,” also finds that the…

Texas Law Blocks Teachers From Striking for Better Pay, Benefits

Texas Law Blocks Teachers From Striking for Better Pay, Benefits

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Statistics out this week show that teachers’ salaries in Texas now rank among the bottom third of all 50 states. Although teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona have walked out or are preparing to walk out of the classroom in protest, the more…

Study: Texas Foster Care System has High Teen Pregnancy Rate

Study: Texas Foster Care System has High Teen Pregnancy Rate

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Teen girls in Texas foster care are almost five times more likely to become pregnant than other teens, according to a new study. The “Fostering Healthy Texas Lives” report says the high pregnancy rate is jeopardizing teens’ health and education and puts them at high…

TX Seeks to Limit Federal Appeals of People on Death Row

TX Seeks to Limit Federal Appeals of People on Death Row

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Death-penalty opponents say a request by Texas officials to limit the amount of time people on death row have to appeal their sentences could result in some who are innocent being executed. Texas has asked the Justice Department to allow the state to use…

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…