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What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Con artists often seek out seniors during the holiday season with scams demanding they pay bogus tax bills, false pleas from

AUSTIN, Texas -- Family celebrations during the holiday season often center around parents and grandparents. But the holidays are a time when con artists may also have have seniors in their sights. Family members who act as financial caregivers for parents or others often are the first line of def

Ponds near oil rigs store wastewater from the fracking process, which is disposed of by injecting it back into the well. Some scientists believe this can cause earthquakes. (GettyImages)

DALLAS – A new study is adding fuel to the debate over whether recent earthquakes in Texas are caused by oil and gas operations or natural geologic events. The study by Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey points to evidence that injecting wastewater into gas wells du

Manufacturing and other industry jobs that pay well but don't need a four-year degree are growing in Texas and across the country, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

WACO, Texas – A new study just out shows that in Texas and around the country, the number of good paying jobs for workers with less than a bachelor's degree is growing. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that over the past 25 years, nearly h

Many Texas children with disabilities and developmental delays have lost access to critical therapy due to budget cuts in the state's Early Childhood Intervention program. (KidStock/GettyImages)

TYLER, Texas – Funding cuts are forcing thousands of Texas children with disabilities and developmental delays to lose access to critical therapy. The Texas Legislature first cut funding several years ago to the state's Early Childhood Intervention program, also called ECI, forcing a signifi

A new study shows that while more Latinos are earning college degrees, they still fall behind white and African American students in educational attainment. (HillStreet/GettyImages)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Despite progress in recent years, earning a college degree remains a major challenge for Latinos both in Texas and across the country. A new study out Wednesday from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that only 21 percent of Latinos hav

A new study examines the effects that a $5 billion funding cut had on Texas school districts and their students over a five-year period. (Raedle/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Funding cuts by state lawmakers left a five-year, $5 billion hole in the budget for Texas public schools between 2011 and 2016. A new University of Texas study analyzes the effect of those cuts, made because of state revenue shortfalls, which forced many districts to operate

The White House has severely cut the funding for community groups, often called Navigators, that help people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (Raedle/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – This week, the Affordable Care Act survived another repeal effort in Congress, but behind the scenes, the federal government is adding obstacles and making major cuts to its funding. The Department of Health and Human Services has slashed the ACA's advertising budget, and significa

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers almost 400,000 children in Texas, is being held up in Congress pending the passage of an Obamacare repeal. (FatCamera/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – Children's advocates are concerned that health insurance for almost 400,000 children in Texas is being held prisoner by partisan politics. Senate Republicans, making a last ditch effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act, have put re-authorization of the Children's Health In

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