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VP Pence backs Trump on getting kids back to school as U.S. coronavirus cases top 3 million; PA state lawmakers call for a "just" economic recovery.

2020Talks - July 9, 2020 


The Green Party nominating convention begins today. The Supreme Court makes its final rulings this week; today, the case is whether Trump's tax returns will be released.

Public News Service - TX: Environment

Water conservation by Texas providers has stalled, but more utilities are submitting their required reporting and the accuracy of reporting generally is improving, according to the Texas Living Water Project. (danielsfotowelt/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas has some of the most progressive water-conservation laws and policies in the United States, but water conservation by municipal water suppliers has stalled in the past four years. According to Texas Living Waters Project Deputy Director Jennifer Walker, an update to the 2016

Texas is ranked first in the United States for variety and frequency of natural disasters, with 352 federally declared disasters since 1953, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (pewtrusts.org)

HOUSTON - Texas is set to receive a significant chunk of money this year from the federal government to repair damage from Hurricane Harvey and multiple years of flooding, and a new report says much of it should be invested in natural and nature-based solutions. Jessie Ritter is the director of wa

The Gulf of Mexico historically has been the largest producer of oysters in the nation. (photo-graphe/Pixabay)

HOUSTON -- The Texas oyster industry has struggled in recent years because of overfishing, hurricanes and floods, but a new program could be a boon for consumers and the Gulf economy. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission votes Thursday to adopt rules that govern how people are allowed to grow o

The Gulf Coast states include more than 17,000 miles of tidal shoreline. (fisheries.noaa.gov)

AUSTIN, Texas -- As another hurricane season approaches, many coastal communities could benefit from more natural infrastructure, or living shorelines. A new report says red tape can be an issue and states such as Texas could be doing more to change that. The National Wildlife Federation resear

Exposure to benzene, a carcinogen released at oil and gas refineries, can cause vomiting, headaches, anemia, increased risk of cancer and death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Patrick Hendry/Wikimedia Commons)

HOUSTON, Texas -- Ten U.S. oil refineries, including six in Texas, have released levels of cancer-causing benzene into nearby communities above Environmental Protection Agency limits requiring companies to take action to reduce pollution. An Environmental Integrity Project study used data from air

Nearly 12,000 species currently are at risk of becoming endangered or extinct across the country, including Texas sea turtles. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas — A bipartisan bill aimed at keeping wildlife populations healthy and off the endangered species list is set for markup by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee this week. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would allocate $1.3 billion to state wildlife agencies. And Jan

Texas has received more than $580 million in LWCF funding over the past five decades, protecting such places as Balcones Canyonlands, Big Thicket National Preserve, San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, and Padre Islands National Seashore. (USFWS)

AUSTIN, Texas – After winning permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, public lands advocates are pressing leaders in Congress to fully fund the program that taps offshore oil and gas royalties for conservation and recreation projects. A Senate committee is set to

Rooftop solar reduces the need to tap expensive power plants during spikes in demand, keeping prices down for all electricity customers and strengthening grid viability. (USAF)

AUSTIN, Texas – This weekend, homeowners in Texas and all 50 states are opening their homes to friends, neighbors or anyone curious about adding solar energy to power homes. Texas ranks sixth nationally for total installed solar capacity, but most solar arrays are at utility scale, not on in

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