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U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - TX: Early Childhood Education

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.<br />

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

PHOTO: In order for children in Texas and across the nation to succeed, it's critical that they have support in areas such as education and health in their first eight years. CREDIT: Bruce Szalwinski

AUSTIN, Texas – A new report details how the first eight years of a child's life are the most critical in determining if he or she will go on to succeed, and that's why investments are needed. Frances Deviney, director of Texas Kids Count, says the report verifies how important those first y

AUSTIN, Texas - With new signs that Texas is recovering from the recent recession faster than expected, social-services advocates are calling on lawmakers to reverse some of the more painful budget cuts implemented last year. But state leaders so far are showing few signs they will change course, wa

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HENDERSON, Texas - An east Texas high school senior who reported being raped on campus by a fellow student in 2010 was wronged when she was punished alongside her alleged attacker, according to a finding this week by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The decision clears th

DALLAS - Some Texas school districts could save considerable money simply by improving discipline strategies, according to a study being released today. The report by Texas Appleseed focuses on the Dallas Independent School District as a case study in "poor outcomes and high costs" associated with r

AUSTIN, Texas - The number of Texas children living in communities with high concentrations of poverty increased by 43 percent during the last decade, according to a report released today. Several factors are responsible, says Frances Deviney, senior research associate at the Center for Public Poli

AUSTIN, Texas - The original purpose of a state tax break that has been in place since 1989 was to encourage innovation and risk-taking by a struggling natural gas industry. Business boomed after new drilling techniques such as "fracking" became commonplace, tapping massive reserves of shale gas.

HOUSTON - The so-called "Green School" movement is helping more Texas children discover a love of science, technology, engineering and math - thanks, in part, to a combination of federal, state and local initiatives. National Wildlife Federation science education specialist Jennifer Hammonds, who w

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