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Insured Rate for Parents: Texas Lingers as Other States Surge

Insured Rate for Parents: Texas Lingers as Other States Surge

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Differences Emerge with Optional Medicaid Expansion by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN – When it comes to parents who have health insurance, there is a growing gap among the states with a stark difference in coverage trends between those that have expanded Medicaid and those that have not. A new report finds…

Cattle Producers Can Add Revenue Through Cost-Effective Calf Management

Cattle Producers Can Add Revenue Through Cost-Effective Calf Management

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CORPUS CHRISTI – A new Farm Assistance study conducted by specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals cattle producers can add significant net cash farm income to their operations on top of already high cattle prices by implementing cost-effective calf management practices. As prices for calves continue to…

Cost of Excessive Drinking in Texas: $16 Billion

Cost of Excessive Drinking in Texas: $16 Billion

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 Added Dangers for Women Who Binge Drink by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that at least 38 million Americans drink too much. According to Texas experts, the costs and dangers of binge drinking are especially acute…

New Year’s Resolution for Parents: Discipline, Not Punishment

New Year’s Resolution for Parents: Discipline, Not Punishment

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Expert says Discipline Brings Connection, Punishment Brings Fear by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – It isn’t among the list of the usual New Year’s resolutions, like quitting smoking or losing weight. But one expert says a goal for 2014 of parenting through discipline instead of punishment can have life-long positive…

TWO MEN CHARGED IN SHOOTING OF TEXAS GAME WARDEN

TWO MEN CHARGED IN SHOOTING OF TEXAS GAME WARDEN

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AUSTIN – Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden earlier this week. Booked into the Delta County jail in Cooper were Eli Stephens, 18, and Dalton Haddix, 21, both of Illinois. Stephens has been charged with…

Secondary Scams to Follow Massive Data Breach at Target

Secondary Scams to Follow Massive Data Breach at Target

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Financial Info of 40-Million Shoppers Compromised by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – The massive data breach at Target Stores that exposed debit and credit information for millions of shoppers is leading to even more dangers ahead. Nancy Crawford, director of marketing and communications for the Better Business Bureau of the…

Flu Activity is on the Rise Across Texas

Flu Activity is on the Rise Across Texas

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H1N1 is Among Strains Circulating by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – With flu activity on the rise across the state, doctors are urging Texans to protect themselves by getting vaccinated. Chris Van Deusen, press officer for the Texas Department of State Health Services, says the primary strain doctors are seeing…

At Least 40% of Active Texas Landfills are Leaking Toxins

At Least 40% of Active Texas Landfills are Leaking Toxins

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by John Michaelson/TNS by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – As the battle over the site of a proposed landfill in central Texas continues, a new analysis is raising concerns statewide. The study finds that 40 percent of active landfills in the state that monitor their impact on groundwater are leaking…

Making Sure Gulf Coast Restoration Funding is Used for Intended Purpose

Making Sure Gulf Coast Restoration Funding is Used for Intended Purpose

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Fishing, Tourism and Oil Would Benefit from Healthy Gulf by John Michaelson/TNS PORT MANSFIELD, Texas – As plans are put in place to allocate restoration funds from the massive BP oil spill, Texans who depend on the Gulf Coast for their livelihood say its health is an economic priority. Once…

Border Patrol, Hospital Sued Over Cavity Searches

Border Patrol, Hospital Sued Over Cavity Searches

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Woman Repeatedly Probed and Then Billed $5,000 by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – A lawsuit has been filed against the University Medical Center of El Paso and a number of its doctors, along with Customs and Border Protection and several agents for alleged abuses against a U.S. citizen. Senior staff…