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Report: Number of Well Paid, Blue Collar Jobs Growing in Texas

Report: Number of Well Paid, Blue Collar Jobs Growing in Texas

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by Mark Richardson WACO, Texas – A new study just out shows that in Texas and around the country, the number of good paying jobs for workers with less than a bachelor’s degree is growing. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that over…

Texas Coalition Calls Gun Violence a Public Health Issue

Texas Coalition Calls Gun Violence a Public Health Issue

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas — Another deadly mass shooting, this time in a south Texas town, has some state legislators seeking to recast the debate over gun violence as a public health issue. At a news conference by the group Texas Gun Sense, lawmakers and others said the killing…

Texas’ CARE Act for Family Caregivers: It’s a Start

Texas’ CARE Act for Family Caregivers: It’s a Start

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A new state law went into effect this year to help Texans care for loved ones who are ill or have a disability, but advocates say more should be done to help family caregivers. Statistics show if the family members who assist ill or…

Health Journal Sounds Alarm Over Texas Cuts to Family Planning

Health Journal Sounds Alarm Over Texas Cuts to Family Planning

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON, Texas – A major public health journal says publicly funded family-planning programs are under attack, and Texas lawmakers are leading the charge. The American Journal of Public Health, in an editorial in its October edition, said it is alarmed by the number of legislative assaults on the…

New Earthquake-Monitoring System Tracks Texas Tremors

New Earthquake-Monitoring System Tracks Texas Tremors

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Many Texans think earthquakes are something they worry about out in California, but Texas officials have just installed a seismic monitoring network to study the frequency and intensity of earthquake activity across the state. The Texas Bureau of Economic Geology’s TexNet project will pinpoint…

Report Finds Disparities for Children of Color in Texas, U.S.

Report Finds Disparities for Children of Color in Texas, U.S.

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A new report finds significant disparities in public policies for children of color and those in immigrant families compared with other groups, in Texas and across the country. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Race for Results report measures key milestones in childhood development across racial…

Garden Network Aims to Preserve Endangered Butterflies and Bees

Garden Network Aims to Preserve Endangered Butterflies and Bees

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by Mark Richardson SAN ANTONIO, Texas – If you’ve ever watched the process of a caterpillar becoming a colorful Monarch butterfly, you’ll likely appreciate the challenge being issued by the National Pollinator Garden Network. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge calls on everyone – from horticulture professionals to schoolchildren and volunteers…

Budget Cuts Keep Texas Kids with Disabilities from Getting Therapy

Budget Cuts Keep Texas Kids with Disabilities from Getting Therapy

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by Mark Richardson TYLER, Texas – Funding cuts are forcing thousands of Texas children with disabilities and developmental delays to lose access to critical therapy. The Texas Legislature first cut funding several years ago to the state’s Early Childhood Intervention program, also called ECI, forcing a significant number of contractors…

Oil-Rig Map Identifies Pollution Risks to Texas Children

Oil-Rig Map Identifies Pollution Risks to Texas Children

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by Mark Richardson SAN ANTONIO – As the Environmental Protection Agency backs away from limiting toxic emissions from oil and gas wells, Texas environmental groups are stepping up calls to limit the pollution. Earthworks and Moms Clean Air Force have released an updated version of their interactive Oil and Gas Threat…

Texas Advocates Organize to Assist with ACA Enrollments

Texas Advocates Organize to Assist with ACA Enrollments

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – As the Trump administration moves to weaken the Affordable Care Act, advocacy groups in Texas and across the country are taking over the federal government’s role in helping people get health coverage. A coalition known as “Cover Texas Now” is stepping in to publicize…