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PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

AUSTIN, Texas – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting that ...Read More

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PHOTO: This photo, taken in 2010 following the Deepwater Horizon spill, shows an oil-covered pelican. Photo courtesy Louisiana Governor's Office.

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a new study says the disaster is far from over. Much research remains to be done, said Dr. Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, but the science shows that wildlife still are...Read More

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PHOTO: Ohio State University researcher Courtney D. Lynch says stress reduction techniques could be beneficial for women trying to conceive. Photo credit: Ohio State University.

AUSTIN, Texas - More than 6 percent of married women struggle with infertility, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and for the first time, researchers have data that links stress to a woman's inability to become pregnant. The Ohio State University study found...Read More

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PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of "big spenders" in the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

AUSTIN, Texas – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a single do...Read More

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PHOTO: A long-running legal battle over which water bodies are covered by the Clean Water Act could be coming to an end, with a proposed rule to provide clarity on which are eligible. Photo credit:  Robert Nunnally

AUSTIN, Texas - It's a plan to better protect the most vulnerable waters across the state and nation, and among those giving cheers are some Texas beer lovers. The proposed rule aims to end the long-running legal battle over how to apply the Clean Water Act by clearly defining which water bodies fa...Read More

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PHOTO: A new scorecard on the progress of children in Texas shows the need to create more opportunity for kids of color, particularly the Hispanic population. Photo credit: Greg Westfall

AUSTIN, Texas - As the face of Texas continues to change, a new report says the state has a lot of ground to cover to ensure that all kids, especially those of color, are positioned for success. Dr. Frances Deviney, director, Texas KIDS COUNT, said when it comes to childhood well-being, the state is...Read More

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PHOTO: There will be another major push for legislation in 2015 to reform the payday loan industry in Texas. Photo credit: A McLin.
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AUSTIN, Texas - As the tax deadline approaches, those who have to pay in but don't have the money may think a payday loan is a good option, but for many it can lead to a deep cycle of debt. According to the payday industry, it fills a need for those who have cash emergencies, but Dallas City Council...Read More

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PHOTO: The pelicans of Galveston Bay are among the birds affected by the oil spill from the crash of a ship and a barge carrying marine fuel oil. CREDIT: Mike Fisher

GALVESTON, Texas - As work continues on cleanup from the weekend oil spill in Galveston Bay, a civil investigation has been opened by the Texas attorney general. The office calls the spill a blow to the economy in terms of small business, fishing and recreation. Wildlife also is being affected, with...Read More

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