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Groups Sue Trump Over Border Wall Emergency

Groups Sue Trump Over Border Wall Emergency

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by Mark Richardson MISSION, Texas – Conservation groups are already challenging the Trump administration over its declaration of a national emergency to build border walls in Texas and other states. The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit Friday over President Donald Trump’s plan to…

Texas Snakes Are On The Move

Texas Snakes Are On The Move

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Warmer temperatures mean Texas snakes are out again, and some snakebites have already been reported. Two Texas A&M veterinary experts have tips to keep you and your pets safe by Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications It’s almost springtime in Texas, which means snakes are beginning…

Study: Climate-Friendly Foods Also Healthier

Study: Climate-Friendly Foods Also Healthier

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Foods produced with fewer greenhouse gas emissions are healthier than foods that create more climate pollution, according to new research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Diego Rose, the report’s lead author and a professor at Tulane University, says people typically think of…

Hot Tips for a Cool Spring Break in San Antonio

Hot Tips for a Cool Spring Break in San Antonio

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San Antonio – San Antonio is bursting with rich history and modern attractions. From the spectacular River Walk to thrilling theme parks, the city has activities for families with children of all ages. Combine that with an electrifying food scene, budget-friendly hotels and festive seasonal events, and family vacationers have all they…

Texas Gets F-minus Grade on Reproductive Health Care

Texas Gets F-minus Grade on Reproductive Health Care

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is one of 19 states to receive a failing grade on reproductive health, according to the latest Population Institute report card, which tracks multiple indicators, including access to family planning and abortion services. Delma Catalina Limones, communications manager for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, says she…

Foundation Awards Grants for Early-Childhood Brain Development

Foundation Awards Grants for Early-Childhood Brain Development

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – The Episcopal Health Foundation has awarded grants to 12 organizations across Texas for programs that focus on healthy infant brain development. The Houston-based group’s $3.4 million investment is aimed at implementing proven practices for early-childhood brain development during pregnancy and through the first three years…

After Nine Years, Watchdogs Still Push to Overturn Citizens United

After Nine Years, Watchdogs Still Push to Overturn Citizens United

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by Eric Galatas DALLAS – It’s been nine years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark Citizens United decision, and grassroots groups in Texas and across the nation are still working to limit the influence of money in politics. David Jones, president of the advocacy group Clean Elections…

Farm Bureau Supports Eminent Domain Reform

Farm Bureau Supports Eminent Domain Reform

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(AUSTIN, Texas)—Calling eminent domain reform “the property rights issue of our time,” Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening joined State Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) today in Austin to roll out the reform bill, HB 991. Burns is the House sponsor of eminent domain reform. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) introduced SB…

Watchdog Groups Oppose Interior Department’s FOIA Proposal

Watchdog Groups Oppose Interior Department’s FOIA Proposal

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Interior Department has taken steps to restrict public records requests allowed through the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. The proposal would allow the agency to deny requests that it deems “burdensome” or “vague,” and officials at the agency say it’s necessary…

Texas Folklife Announces 2019 BIG SQUEEZE Statewide Accordion Contest

Texas Folklife Announces 2019 BIG SQUEEZE Statewide Accordion Contest

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Showcases of Top Young Accordion Talent to Compete February Through May Across Ten Texas Cities AUSTIN – Texas Folklife announces the 13th annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest. The statewide youth accordion showcases and workshops will take place in ten communities across Texas, highlighting the state’s talented young accordion players in four traditional Texas…