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Texas Children Encouraged to Turn Off the Screens

Texas Children Encouraged to Turn Off the Screens

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Average Preschooler has 32 Screen Hours a Week by John Michaelson /TNS AUSTIN, Texas – This is Screen-Free Week, an annual effort to get kids unleashed from the grip of electronic devices, even if only for a few days. According to Dr. Susan Linn, the director of the Campaign for…

State funding for Valley VA Hospital would have major economic benefit for Valley, Texas, says Rep. Martínez

State funding for Valley VA Hospital would have major economic benefit for Valley, Texas, says Rep. Martínez

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by David A. Díaz Legislativemedia@aol.com Seeking to secure state funding for a full-service Veterans Administration Hospital in deep South Texas, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, on Wednesday, April 17, said that state financial support for the long sought-after medical facility would eventually help create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of…

We’re not bees, if you please…

We’re not bees, if you please…

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Large paper nests in South Central Texas trees most likely home to honey wasps SAN ANTONIO – If there’s a large, gray ball-shaped nest in your tree, the insects inside likely aren’t bees but Mexican honey wasps, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist in San Antonio. “I’ve…

Time Outdoors Can Make You a Better Thinker

Time Outdoors Can Make You a Better Thinker

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by John Michaelson (Texas News Service) AUSTIN, Texas -As folks across the state celebrate Earth Month, research out of the University of Utah finds that some time in the great outdoors can improve a person’s creativity and problem-solving ability. Professor David Strayer said those tested after four days immersed in nature…

San Saba is Among America’s “Most Endangered” Rivers

San Saba is Among America’s “Most Endangered” Rivers

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by John Michaelson The 2013 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers is out – and the San Saba River in Texas is on it. The report from the group American Rivers cites excessive water withdrawals by landowners and irrigators. That has a negative impact on agriculture and the ecosystem, said…

Rio Grande Valley Suffers While Mexico Withholds Water

Rio Grande Valley Suffers While Mexico Withholds Water

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Commissioner Staples, Commissioner Rubinstein warn of devastating impact of federal government’s failure to act AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein today urged the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and the U.S. State Department to compel Mexico to deliver Rio Grande…

Oil and gas lease sale earns $9.2 million for Texas schools

Oil and gas lease sale earns  $9.2 million for Texas schools

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AUSTIN — Oil and gas exploration on state lands earned Texas schools more than $9.2 million today at the quarterly Permanent School Fund lease sale. Private oil companies competitively bid more than $11.5 million to explore for oil and gas on land owned by the state. Permanent School Fund tracts…

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS® “CANpaign” Gets New Look

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS® “CANpaign” Gets New Look

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Litter problem increasing with more than 1 billion pieces of trash collected annually You might think Don’t mess with Texas® is just a saying, but it’s way more. It’s a call to action created by the Texas Department of Transportation 27 years ago to stop litterers in their tracks. Today,…

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to focus on the protection and care of our most vulnerable and trusting resources – our children. Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. Since that time, individuals and organizations have joined during…

Texas food prices rise on heels of drought

Texas food prices rise on heels of drought

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Quarterly food basket increases to $46.40, according to TFB’s Grocery Price Watch survey WACO, Texas—Predictions last year that drought in Texas and the Midwest would eventually force food prices higher became reality in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Grocery Price Watch survey.…