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    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

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PHOTO: Local faith leaders gathered Wednesday in support of LGBT activist Sulma Franco, currently living in sanctuary at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin. They released a letter, with signatures from over 60 clergy, urging U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to stop deportation proceedings. Photo credit: Bethany Carson.

AUSTIN, Texas – A group of faith leaders and activists gathered at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin on Wednesday in an effort to stop the deportation of Sulma Franco, an LGBT activist from Guatemala. Franco has been living in sanctuary at the church for the past two months. Cri...Read More

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PHOTO: A satellite image captures the spiral bands of Hurricane Ike, which hit Galveston in 2008. Hurricane season is here, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is encouraging residents to be prepared. Historically, the most active months for storms are August and September. Photo courtesy of NASA.

AUSTIN, Texas - With more than four months left in this year's hurricane season, the state Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that now is the time to review emergency plans. DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said it's important to make plans before a hurricane or tropical storm enters the Gulf. ...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the nonpartisan group Maplight, California, New York, Florida and Texas top the list of states where 2016 presidential hopefuls received campaign contributions in the first half of this year. Photo credit: Susan Sterner/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is number four in the nation for states where residents have contributed just over $7 million to 2016's crop of presidential candidates, according to a new report by Maplight, a nonpartisan group that follows money in politics. California tops the list, contributing clos...Read More

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PHOTO: A new poll shows Gulf Coast voters still are concerned about the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and a majority support using BP settlement funds on Gulf restoration and conservation projects. Photo courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

AUSTIN, Texas - Voters along the Gulf Coast still are worried about the long-term impacts of the BP oil spill, and a majority want BP settlement money to pay for restoration and conservation projects, according to a new poll from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and The Nature Conser...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Episcopal Church is encouraging parishes to address climate change by reinvesting local portfolios, worth some $4 billion, in clean energy. The church's governing body passed a resolution to divest $380 million from fossil fuels at its national convention. Photo credit: Smallbones/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – To combat climate change, U.S. Episcopal Church leaders recently voted to divest $380 million in holdings it has in businesses involved with fossil fuels. Betsy Blake Bennett, an archdeacon from Nebraska, attended the recent convention in Salt Lake City. She says the next tas...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing is increasing. An average horizontal gas well consumed over five million gallons of water in 2014, up from around 177,000 gallons in 2000. Graphic courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

AUSTIN, Texas - Water used for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is on the rise across the nation, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey. The study found water use in horizontal drilling at gas wells was 28 times higher in 2014 than in 2000. Each gas well now taps over five m...Read More

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PHOTO: Texas' refusal to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid leaves 1.5 million uninsured Texans in a coverage gap. A statewide coalition says it hasn't given up on convincing Gov. Abbott to change that through a waiver plan. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – In the wake of the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, Texas health advocates are working to close the health care coverage gap for the state's 1.5 million uninsured adults. Anne Dunkelberg, associate director with the Center for Public Policy P...Read More

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PHOTO: Pelicans and many other species suffered in the 2005 BP oil spill. BP announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday. Texas' share would be $788 million. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of the Interior.

AUSTIN - Texas conservation groups say the BP settlement announced Thursday is a big step forward giving certainty that the funding will be there to restore the Gulf coast ecosystem. It comes just over five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and re...Read More

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