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Caregiving in Texas: A ‘Thank You’ for an Often Thankless Role

Caregiving in Texas: A ‘Thank You’ for an Often Thankless Role

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by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – In Texas, 3.4 million people are caregivers, a role they are thrust into whether they choose it or not. And new data quantifies the value of their efforts. According to AARP, Texas caregivers provided $35 billion worth of unpaid care in 2017. Rose…

U.S. Senate Considers Permanent Funding for Parks and Recreation Program

U.S. Senate Considers Permanent Funding for Parks and Recreation Program

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – After winning permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, public lands advocates are pressing leaders in Congress to fully fund the program that taps offshore oil and gas royalties for conservation and recreation projects. A Senate committee is set to vote on a…

Critics Worry AK Roadless Rule Exemption Could Affect TX Trees

Critics Worry AK Roadless Rule Exemption Could Affect TX Trees

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – The Trump administration is moving to reverse protections for the country’s largest national forest, and opponents fear national forests in Texas and other states could be next. A U.S. House committee is hearing testimony on a proposal to fully exempt the Tongass National Forest…

Plan Aims to Fund Health Care Delivered Outside Doctor’s Office

Plan Aims to Fund Health Care Delivered Outside Doctor’s Office

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by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A new initiative seeks to improve a patient’s health without a visit to a doctor or a hospital. The Factor Health program at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, funded by a $2.6 million grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation, aligns unconventional…

Texas Has Highest Rate of Uninsured Kids in Nation

Texas Has Highest Rate of Uninsured Kids in Nation

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Texas has the highest rate and number of children without health care insurance in the nation, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Last year, some 873,000 Texas children lacked coverage, and more than 120,000 lost coverage between…

Texas Schools Tap Container Farms to Fill Cafeterias with Fresh Produce

Texas Schools Tap Container Farms to Fill Cafeterias with Fresh Produce

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by Eric Galatas SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texas schools are using refrigerated freight containers converted into hydroponic farms as an extension of the classroom. At IDEA charter schools, students learn how to grow leafy greens and other vegetables, and deliver their harvests directly to the school cafeteria. Caroline Katsiroubas – director…

Medicare Open Enrollment: Help Available for Texans

Medicare Open Enrollment: Help Available for Texans

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by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – It’s shopping time for the 2.5 million Texans who have Medicare coverage. Open enrollment for the program starts today and runs through December 7. It’s the one time of year beneficiaries can review their plan, and switch coverage if needed. State Director of AARP…

Make Halloween Safer by Watching for Traffic ‘Goblins’

Make Halloween Safer by Watching for Traffic ‘Goblins’

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Staying safe can be tricky for children going through neighborhoods in search of treats — unless they stay aware of possible traffic dangers on the streets, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension expert. “This time of year, the days are beginning to get shorter, and with shorter days comes more low-light and…

The Lone Star State has Spiders, Bats and Pumpkins

The Lone Star State has Spiders, Bats and Pumpkins

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From bats and spiders to pumpkins, the Lone Star State is home to some of the most iconic symbols of Halloween. From bats and spiders to pumpkins, the Lone Star State is home to some of the most iconic symbols of Halloween. Here are some interesting facts about some of…

Study: Where Texans Live Can Affect Life Expectancy

Study: Where Texans Live Can Affect Life Expectancy

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – Where you live in Texas can be a determining factor in how long you live, according to new research. The map, developed by the Episcopal Health Foundation, analyzed census tracts to reveal significant differences in life expectancy in neighborhoods sometimes only a few miles apart. Brian…

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