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Unprecedented Number of LGBTQ Candidates on Texas Primary Ballot

Unprecedented Number of LGBTQ Candidates on Texas Primary Ballot

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – An unprecedented number of openly LGBTQ candidates will be on the ballot for the March 6 Texas primary elections. According to OutSmart, a Houston entertainment and advocacy magazine, at least 49 LGBTQ candidates – both Republicans and Democrats – will be on the ballot running for…

Texas Supreme Court to Settle Dispute Over Plastic Bag Ban

Texas Supreme Court to Settle Dispute Over Plastic Bag Ban

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A decades-old dispute between Texas cities and state officials over plastic grocery bags has finally made its way to the state Supreme Court. At least 10 Texas cities, including Austin, Brownsville and Lardeo, have passed ordinances outlawing single-use plastic bags in grocery and retail…

Trump Extends Religious-Refusal Protections to Health Providers

Trump Extends Religious-Refusal Protections to Health Providers

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – A Trump administration plan to protect healthcare workers who refuse to provide services on religious grounds is raising the concerns of civil rights advocates. A presidential order has authorized the creation of a “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” of the Department of Health and Human Services. Its…

Study: Number of Women Grows in Texas Prison System

Study: Number of Women Grows in Texas Prison System

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by Mark Richardson HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Prison populations are dropping in most states, but a new study finds the number of incarcerated women isn’t falling as fast as it is for men. And in Texas, it’s actually growing. Nationally, the total prison population peaked around 2009. The study, by the Prison Policy…

The BIG SQUEEZE Accordion Contest is Back for 2018

The BIG SQUEEZE Accordion Contest is Back for 2018

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Texas Folklife Will Search for Top Young Accordion Talent in Showcases Across the State  Grand Prize Winners will be selected in the following updated four categories:  Polka Grand Prize (Age 25 and under); Cajun & Zydeco Grand Prize (Age 21 and under); Anthony Ortiz, Jr. Conjunto Grand Prize (Ages 18-21);…

Study: Texas Kids Face Major Social, Economic Challenges

Study: Texas Kids Face Major Social, Economic Challenges

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas — A new report on the “State of America’s Children” shows that large numbers of kids living in Texas confront poverty, homelessness, hunger and violence in their daily lives. The report by the Children’s Defense Fund found that in Texas, children face major challenges: 1-in-5 live in…

Texas Funds Renovations for Crumbling Mental Health Hospitals

Texas Funds Renovations for Crumbling Mental Health Hospitals

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – After decades of neglect, Texas has begun a two-year, $300 million project to rebuild and renovate the state’s antiquated psychiatric hospital system. In 2017, the Texas Legislature appropriated the funding to begin bringing the state’s network of 10 facilities up to current standards. Most of…

Texans Face New Voter ID Law for March 6 Primaries

Texans Face New Voter ID Law for March 6 Primaries

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – When Texans head to the polls March 6 for the first primary of the 2018 midterm elections, they’ll face a new Voter ID law. That law, which went into effect Jan. 1, keeps the same list of permissible forms of identification, but allows Texans…

Feds Grant Texas $25 Billion Extension of Medicaid Waiver

Feds Grant Texas $25 Billion Extension of Medicaid Waiver

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Health care providers in Texas are getting a $25 billion shot in the arm with the five-year extension of a Medicaid program by the federal government. The plan, known as an 1115 Demonstration Waiver is considered a low-cost alternative to traditional Medicaid. It provides hospitals and…

Study Links Emissions From Fracked Wells to Low Birthweight Babies

Study Links Emissions From Fracked Wells to Low Birthweight Babies

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by Mark Richardson ODESSA, Texas – Pregnant women living next to fracked gas wells in Texas and elsewhere are more likely to have a low birth-weight baby – that’s the finding in a new study from Princeton University. The researchers compared the locations of parents’ homes to hospital records in Pennsylvania…