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PHOTO: Troopers with the Texas Highway Patrol are expected to arrest around 400 drunk drivers over the Thanksgiving weekend. Photo credit: Scott/Flickr.

HOUSTON, Texas - The Texas Highway Patrol will be out in full force for the Thanksgiving weekend, promoting safety and targeting dangerous drivers as the holiday travel season gets under way. One of their main focuses will be on drunk drivers, and John McNamee, executive director with Mothers Again...Read More

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PHOTO: When Texas lawmakers convene for the 2015 session, it's expected they'll be asked to step up in support of the state's growing number of unpaid family caregivers. Photo credit: Florian Richter/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - New figures show nearly 3.5 million Texans provide home health care for a family member, and as that number continues to grow, the Legislature is being asked to provide Texas family caregivers with support. Bob Jackson, state director of AARP Texas, says a proposal is expected to go...Read More

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PHOTO: A new analysis of the Earned Income Tax Credit shows its effects are more significant in small towns and rural areas than in bigger cities. Photo credit: Tax Credits/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas – A tax credit helping many low-income working families keep more of their earnings is proving to be especially important in rural areas and small towns across the state and the country, according to a new study by the Center for Rural Affairs. "The Earned Income Tax Credit was...Read More

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PHOTO: With no progress on immigration reform in Congress, President Barack Obama is moving forward on his own, with an announcement of his plans coming tonight (Thursday). Photo credit: US Army/Flickr.
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SAN JUAN, Texas – Residents across Texas and the nation will be watching closely tonight as President Barack Obama unveils his plans to reform immigration on his own, a move that could prevent the deportation of millions. At La Union del Pueblo Entero in San Juan, the advocacy group’s ...Read More

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PHOTO: The preterm birth rate in Texas continues to trend down, with seven straight years of declines to reach 12.3 percent as of 2013. Photo credit: César Rincón/Flickr.

HOUSTON - The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Texas continues to fall, but the progress is slow and that could hamper goals nationwide for healthier babies. As of last year, the U.S. premature birth rate had fallen to 11.4 percent. In Texas the rate was nearly a percent higher, says Dr...Read More

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PHOTO: There's been a significant drop in the number of Hispanic children without health insurance in the U.S., although racial disparities and other barriers to coverage remain. Photo credit: Beau/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Progress has been made in Texas and across the nation in reducing the number of Hispanic children without health insurance, but significant disparities still need to be addressed. A new study finds Hispanic kids remain twice as likely to be uninsured as their non-Hispanic white peer...Read More

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PHOTO: A dual focus on both kids and their parents is needed to ensure a brighter future for the millions of Texas children living in low-income families, according to new Annie E. Casey Foundation research. Photo credit: Wendy Piersall/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - For the millions of Texas children growing up in low-income families, a new report finds a two-generation approach is needed to give those kids the best shot at succeeding later in life. The KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says strengthening families will take m...Read More

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PHOTO: Texas is on the verge of receiving one billion dollars in damages stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the proper use of those funds is being called vital to the state's future ecology and economy. Photo credit: Stuart Seegar/Flickr.

GALVESTON, Texas - Fines paid by British oil giant BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will soon be flowing into Texas. Dozens of businesses and organizations say the state must focus the windfall on restoring wildlife habitat along the Gulf Coast. Texas is ...Read More

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