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Armistice Day Remembered on 100-Year Anniversary

Armistice Day Remembered on 100-Year Anniversary

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – President Donald Trump is set to be in Paris this weekend to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I. Adam Hochschild wrote an award-winning book on what was then called ‘the War to End All…

Report Reveals Racial Disparities at Elite Texas Colleges

Report Reveals Racial Disparities at Elite Texas Colleges

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by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – Public college students in Texas are being split into two separate and unequal tracks, according to new research released today. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce showed that white students were disproportionately represented at selective public colleges, comprising 64 percent…

Texas Caregivers Need Some Care, Too

Texas Caregivers Need Some Care, Too

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by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – There are nearly 3.5 million caregivers in Texas whose invaluable contributions allow older relatives to age in place in their homes. And there’s a call to better support these folks, during National Family Caregivers Month in November. Unpaid caregivers often put their own needs…

Experts Warn ACA Waivers Could Hike Rates on Pre-Existing Conditions

Experts Warn ACA Waivers Could Hike Rates on Pre-Existing Conditions

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by Suzanne Potter AUSTIN, Texas – Some health experts are warning that insurance rates could rise significantly for people in the individual market who are between 50 and 64, or have a pre-existing condition – once states start taking advantage of new flexibility granted this week by the Trump administration. States…

Days are Numbered for Early Voting in Texas

Days are Numbered for Early Voting in Texas

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by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – The midterm election is about a week away, and Texans who want to avoid the polls on November 6 have just five days to vote early. On Election Day, voters can only cast a ballot at their assigned precinct. However, they can cast a…

Federal Drug Price Transparency Proposal Wins Praise

Federal Drug Price Transparency Proposal Wins Praise

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Consumer groups are praising a proposal by the Trump administration to require drug companies to put prices in many of their TV ads, but some worry it’s only a pre-election perk designed to attract voters – one that could be dropped after the midterm election Nov.…

Older Texans Need More Protection from Financial Abuse, Group Says

Older Texans Need More Protection from Financial Abuse, Group Says

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by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – Experts say almost every day, an older Texan is the victim of fraud, theft or another form of financial exploitation. And with the 65-plus population expected to double by 2030, it’s a crime that could get much worse without action. Tim Morstad, associate state director…

Farm Bill Expiration Stalls Conservation Efforts on Farms

Farm Bill Expiration Stalls Conservation Efforts on Farms

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by Stephanie Carson SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas – While Senators were moving forward with the confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice, what wasn’t moving on Capitol Hill was the Farm Bill that expired a week ago. While the legislation largely stalled over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the people who…

Is U.S. Postal Service Too Popular to Privatize?

Is U.S. Postal Service Too Popular to Privatize?

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – President Donald Trump’s announced intention in April to reform the U.S. Postal Service landed with a thud, and now – six months later – a White House-appointed committee report on the topic has been shelved. The Postal Service enjoys wide popularity, with a 90…

Beto O’Rourke, Willie Nelson Rally Austin

Beto O’Rourke, Willie Nelson Rally Austin

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by Tony Vindell/LFN Senatorial candidate Beto Rourke is getting support from legendary country icon Willie Nelson. On Saturday, Sept. 29, O’Rourke addressed a crowd of thousands at Lakeshores Auditorium in Austin and was followed by Nelson and his band. The group played some of Nelson’s oldest tunes such as “On…