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An Addiction Begins: Lottery Tickets as Gifts for Kids

An Addiction Begins: Lottery Tickets as Gifts for Kids

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – As the available shopping time left before Christmas quickly slips away, the National Council on Problem Gambling is reminding Texas parents lottery tickets should not end up as stocking stuffers in the last-minute rush for gifts. Psychologist and family therapist Sharon Davern says it…

Texas Projects Key in Gulf Coast Oil Spill Restoration

Texas Projects Key in Gulf Coast Oil Spill Restoration

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – As Texas and the Gulf Coast move toward what likely will be the largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history, a new report details what it calls the most important priorities in recovering from the massive oil-spill disaster of 2010. The recommendations come from…

Wage Theft Takes Billions from Texas Workers and Communities

Wage Theft Takes Billions from Texas Workers and Communities

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – It happens every month of the year, but the issue of wage theft in Texas is even more acute around the holidays, as impacted workers step up during the busy season but don’t receive the pay they’re due. Hector Guzman Lopez, coordinator with the…

TxDOT Reminds Texans to Give the Gift of a Sober Ride This Holiday Season

TxDOT Reminds Texans to Give the Gift of a Sober Ride This Holiday Season

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Sober Ride Sleigh glides across Texas to share safe, sober message AUSTIN – As holiday festivities get into full swing, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay safe and sober when traveling to and from parties and other celebrations. “We want drivers to have fun over the holidays,…

More Than 4,000 New HIV/AIDS Cases in Texas Each Year

More Than 4,000 New HIV/AIDS Cases in Texas Each Year

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – December 1st marked the observance of World AIDS Day, and while much progress has been made in treating AIDS, the number of new HIV infections in Texas remains high. Shelley Lucas, manager of the HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch of the Texas Department of…

Tips for Reducing Holiday Trash in Texas

Tips for Reducing Holiday Trash in Texas

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN – The end-of-year holidays aren’t just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum. The best way to cut down on the garbage generated over this time and year-round is…

Texas Key in Nationwide Effort to Reduce Premature Births

Texas Key in Nationwide Effort to Reduce Premature Births

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by John Michaelson/TNS HOUSTON – The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Texas continues to fall, but the progress is slow and that could hamper goals nationwide for healthier babies. As of last year, the U.S. premature birth rate had fallen to 11.4 percent. In Texas the rate…

Earned Income Tax Credit: More Common in Small-Town Texas

Earned Income Tax Credit: More Common in Small-Town Texas

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – A tax credit helping many low-income working families keep more of their earnings is proving to be especially important in rural areas and small towns across the state and the country, according to a new study by the Center for Rural Affairs. “The Earned…

Digitization of Rare Maps Help Save Texas History

Digitization of Rare Maps Help Save Texas History

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Earliest maps of Texas included in collection now available to the public (AUSTIN, Texas) — Christmas came early at the historic archives of the General Land Office with a gift Texans worldwide will be eager to share. A private collection of some of the oldest and rarest maps of Texas…

One Billion Dollars in BP Fines Creates Opportunity for Texas Gulf Coast Restoration

One Billion Dollars in BP Fines Creates Opportunity for Texas Gulf Coast Restoration

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by John Michaelson/TNS GALVESTON, Texas – Fines paid by British oil giant BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will soon be flowing into Texas. Dozens of businesses and organizations say the state must focus the windfall on restoring wildlife habitat…