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PHOTO: There were nearly 3.5 million visits to national parks in Texas last year, including Big Bend National Park. Photo credit: Robert Hensley/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - They are some of the most pristine areas in Texas, and a new study shows national parks are not just great places to spend the day but also major drivers of the local economy. Last year alone, said National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson, there were nearly 3.5 million visits t...Read More

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PHOTO: With the growing cost of child care in the country, efforts are under way in Washington to provide more financial supports for low-income and working families. Photo credit: Todd Hryck/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - As the cost of child care in this country continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, the cost of child care is one of their biggest monthly expenses and legislation to help ease that burden has been introduced in bot...Read More

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PHOTO: Those opposed to Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the southern border say humanitarian aid is needed, not more militarization. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.
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AUSTIN, Texas - The ongoing crisis over unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the United States has taken a new turn with local troops being ordered to the border of Texas and Mexico. Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley to...Read More

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PHOTO: The USDA's Community Eligibility Provision allows all students to receive free meals at those schools with a high percentage of children from low-income families. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
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DALLAS – Schools in low-income areas are able to try a new approach to their meal programs this fall, and in Texas, the shift is expected to reduce the number of students who otherwise don't get enough to eat. Rachel Cooper, senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, ...Read More

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PHOTO: Those opposed to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership protested during negotiations in March in Brussels, where the latest round of talks is underway this week. Photo credit: Greens/European Free Alliance/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas – With the latest round of talks on a proposed trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union underway in Brussels concerns are being raised here at home. The aim of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, is to remove barriers and make it easier t...Read More

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PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten free foods, those with celiac disease are finding many new options, but not all are equal. Some gluten free products are high in sugars and fats, used to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr

AUSTIN, Texas – As more and more food choices labeled as gluten free show up on store shelves across the state, a warning that just because it's free of gluten doesn't automatically mean it's a healthy choice. The founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, Mary Waldner, welcomes more options for those...Read More

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PHOTO: Tens of thousands of children from Central American countries have attempted to cross into the U.S., and a woman who has been in their shoes says violence and economic despair are the root causes. Photo courtesy of Toksave / Wikimedia Commons.

MCALLEN, Texas - The seemingly sudden, mass migration of thousands of Central American women and children who set off alone, risking their lives to migrate to the United States, has raised innumerable questions. One woman who made the journey wants to shed some light on the issue. Kenia Calderon wa...Read More

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PHOTO: It's the most common form of cancer in the country, but the risk of skin cancer can be greatly reduced with simple protections that include sunscreen. Photo credit: Robert Neff/Flickr

AUSTIN, Texas – From days at the beach to afternoons out biking and hiking, people across Texas are eagerly soaking up the sunshine. But doctors warn that sun lovers need to take steps to protect themselves from the most common form of cancer. Dr. Wei-Wei Huang is a dermatologist who says ma...Read More

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