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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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IMAGE: A first step toward ending big money in politics? The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give Congress and states control of campaign spending limits, in response to recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Image credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr

AUSTIN, Texas - A constitutional amendment giving Congress and states control of political campaign spending is moving toward a vote on the U.S. Senate floor, after winning approval Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The goal of Senate Joint Resolution 19, said Jonah Minkoff-Zern, campaign...Read More

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PHOTO: A new survey finds the average fuel economy of new cars has increased by 20 percent over the past six years. Photo credit: futureatlas.com/Flickr

AUSTIN, Texas - Motorists who hit the roads for summer trips are likely to feel a pinch at the gas pump, but some will spend a lot less fueling up than others. New research from the Consumer Federation of America finds the average fuel economy of new cars has increased by 20 percent in the past si...Read More

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