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Free Tours of Texas Solar Homes This Past Weekend

Free Tours of Texas Solar Homes This Past Weekend

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – This pat weekend, homeowners in Texas and all 50 states were opening their homes to friends, neighbors or anyone curious about adding solar energy to power homes. Texas ranks sixth nationally for total installed solar capacity, but most solar arrays are at utility scale,…

Texas Students Join Global Climate Strike

Texas Students Join Global Climate Strike

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by Eric Galatas COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden, Texas students are joining a global strike today calling for immediate action on climate change. Jacob Slaughter, organizer with the group Aggies for Climate Justice, says students’ aims include creating a glide path for workers to transition…

TX Children Living in High-Poverty Neighborhoods Top 1 Million

TX Children Living in High-Poverty Neighborhoods Top 1 Million

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – More than 10% of the nation’s children live in Texas, and the total number of children living in the state’s high-poverty, low-opportunity neighborhoods has dropped by 190,000, according to new data from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Researchers looked at neighborhoods where poverty rates are…

Federal Spending on Children at All-Time Low

Federal Spending on Children at All-Time Low

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – A new report shows the share of federal spending on children was at an all-time low in fiscal year 2019. The 13th annual Children’s Budget Book released this week by the group First Focus on Children shows the share of spending on children – at 7.21%…

Asylum Seekers’ Hunger Strike Reaches 60th Day

Asylum Seekers’ Hunger Strike Reaches 60th Day

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by Eric Galatas EL PASO, Texas – Today marks Day 60 of a hunger strike by three political refugees from India, detained for more than a year in an El Paso Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. The policy of indefinite detention began under the Obama administration, and has continued under…

Groups Push Paid Family Leave During National Breastfeeding Month

Groups Push Paid Family Leave During National Breastfeeding Month

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – August is National Breastfeeding Month, and children’s advocates are reminding lawmakers that paid family leave would help more babies get the bonding and nutrition they need from their moms. Lucy Sullivan, executive director of the group 1,000 Days, says moms are more than twice as…

TX Volunteers Frustrated as Migrants are Trapped in Mexico

TX Volunteers Frustrated as Migrants are Trapped in Mexico

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by Dan Heyman EL PASO, Texas – Volunteers who have been helping desperate migrants arriving in El Paso say they’re frustrated to see those people now being forced to stay in Mexico. The Trump administration pressured the Mexican government to stop migrants before they can ask for asylum in the…

Texas Kids’ Health Care, Nutrition Threatened by Public-Charge Policy

Texas Kids’ Health Care, Nutrition Threatened by Public-Charge Policy

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by Eric Galatas BELLAIRE, Texas – This week the Trump administration finalized a new rule that could deny green cards to immigrants if they access public benefits – including health care, nutrition and housing assistance – or if officials believe they might in the future. Dr. Cheasty Anderson, senior policy associate with…

Infant Care Not Affordable for Vast Majority of Texas Families

Infant Care Not Affordable for Vast Majority of Texas Families

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – A new Economic Policy Institute report shows how hard it is for Texas families to pay for early child care and education for one child – let alone two. Zane Mokhiber, data analyst with the Economic Policy Institute, said most people don’t think of infant care as…

Observers: Trump Created Migration “Crisis,” Stoking Racial Conflict

Observers: Trump Created Migration “Crisis,” Stoking Racial Conflict

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by Dan Heyman EL PASO, Texas – Close observers of the El Paso border accuse the Trump administration of manipulating migrant policy to create a crisis – with tragic results. Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network For Human Rights, has been close to the issue for 20 years. He…

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