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Texas Health Centers to Make Stable Funding Case in DC

Texas Health Centers to Make Stable Funding Case in DC

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by Eric Galatas DENTON, Texas – Thousands of community health-center advocates, doctors, nurses, professionals and patients are headed to the nation’s capital this week to urge their representatives to ensure long-term, stable funding. Doreen Rue, chief executive of the nonprofit Health Services of North Texas, said bipartisan Congressional investments in…

George Strait Closes Out Houston Rodeo

George Strait Closes Out Houston Rodeo

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by Tony Vindell/LFN George Strait, the legendary country music star, closed out the Houston Rodeo with a concert on Sunday, March 17. Performing before a record crowd of more than 80,000 people, the 66 years old Strait played some of his best known tunes like Amarillo by Morning, The Chair…

Texas Moms Testify to Keep Mercury Protections

Texas Moms Testify to Keep Mercury Protections

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by Eric Galatas SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mothers from 15 states including Texas traveled to the nation’s capital this week to testify against moves by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which set limits on mercury and other toxic pollution from coal-fired power plants. Dee…

Companies Pledge to Hire More Applicants with Criminal Backgrounds

Companies Pledge to Hire More Applicants with Criminal Backgrounds

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Leading companies in the United States, and trade groups representing more than 60 percent of the U.S. workforce, have committed to change their recruiting practices and embrace people with criminal backgrounds, which includes nearly one in three American adults. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president…

Report: Feds’ Biofuel Policy Produced Unintended Environmental Consequences

Report: Feds’ Biofuel Policy Produced Unintended Environmental Consequences

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – A new report says the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, created to spur ethanol production and cut air pollution, is responsible for a number of negative environmental impacts, including reduced water supplies in Texas and other drought-prone areas. Producing a single gallon of ethanol can require up…

Texas Joins National Spotlight on Social Workers

Texas Joins National Spotlight on Social Workers

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – March is National Social Work Month, and a rally is set for Thursday on the steps of the Texas State Capitol to highlight the ways social workers help Texans of all ages overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. Miriam Nisenbaum, executive director of the…

5 Tips When Driving Behind Farm Equipment

5 Tips When Driving Behind Farm Equipment

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by Julie Tomascik You left your house 15 minutes late, and you get caught in traffic. The reason? Large farm equipment. It’s that time of year again, when farmers are beginning to plant from the Rio Grande Valley to Central Texas. It won’t be long, and the rest of the…

Texas Parks, Wilderness Areas to Benefit in Conservation-Fund Revival

Texas Parks, Wilderness Areas to Benefit in Conservation-Fund Revival

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate last week passed a measure by a vote of 92-8 to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanently. Now, all eyes are on members of the House, who could vote on a public-lands package as early…

Calls to Boost Protection for Older Texans

Calls to Boost Protection for Older Texans

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by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – The number of Texans age 65 and over is expected to double by 2030, and advocacy groups say increased investments by the state would help ensure they are protected from exploitation. It’s estimated that older adults in the U.S. are exploited for tens of…

Cine Las Americas Presents the Riveting Border Thriller TEJANO by Harlingen Native David Blue Garcia at the Violet Crown Cinema

Cine Las Americas Presents the Riveting Border Thriller TEJANO by Harlingen Native David Blue Garcia at the Violet Crown Cinema

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AUSTIN, Texas – After a successful festival run, having won numerous awards including the 2018 Dallas International Film Festival Audience Award, TEJANO, a feature-length thriller will have its Austin premiere at Violet Crown Cinema on January 16, 2019 at 7:30pm. Additional screenings follow, with full schedule at www.cinelasamericas.org. TEJANO is the story of…