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Facebook removes a Trump post because of "deceptive" COVID19 claims; small businesses seek more pandemic relief.


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Iowa's governor has restored the right to vote for people with past felony convictions via executive order; and Tennessee has a primary election today.

Public News Service - TX: Environment

PHOTO: A lot of progress has been made in waste reduction since the first America Recycles Day in 1997, but much work remains, with only about one-third of trash in the U.S. recycled. Photo credit: M. Glasgow.

AUSTIN, Texas – This is America Recycles Day and, while there is much still to do to keep more trash out of landfills, there has been a major shift in thinking over the past couple of decades. Andrew Dobbs, program director of the Texas Campaign for the Environment, says when this event star

PHOTO: Day 30 of Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010. CREDIT: Green Fire Productions

AUSTIN, Texas - The second phase of the trial over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is in progress. This portion will include an attempt to determine just how much oil was spilled following the explosion and fire in 2010. According to Sara Gonzalez-Rothi Kronenthal, s

PHOTO: Texans are finding that keeping the lawn green can be an expensive proposition as mother nature has done little to help with the watering. But experts say by adding native species that are drought-resistant, folks can save money and keep the rivers flowing. CREDIT: Steven Polunsky

AUSTIN, Texas – With drought conditions persisting through the state, more Texans are discovering a solution in their backyards – and putting native plants into landscaping can pay off in more ways than one. Jennifer Ellis, senior project coordinator with the Texas Living Waters Projec

PHOTO: The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is being taken to court over the protection of the dunes sagebrush lizard. Defenders of Wildlife says the lizard's habitat is being damaged in 3 Texas counties, but the report from the state comptroller says not a single acre has been impacted. CREDIT: USFWS

AUSTIN, Texas - A plan that was touted as a way for Texas to retain control over and protect threatened and endangered species in the state is being called a failure by Defenders of Wildlife. According to attorney and endangered-species specialist Ya-Wei "Jake" Li, aerial photos and a review of dril

PHOTO: A first-of-its-kind Discovery Hill Outdoor Learning Center is now serving as a classroom for the Austin Independent School District. The habitat will be used for both teaching students and training teachers. CREDIT: NWF

AUSTIN, Texas - Most students across Texas are now back in class, but some of them will still get plenty of time outside. In the Austin Independent School District, the Discovery Hill Outdoor Learning Center is now open and serving as a classroom. It is the first Outdoor Learning Center to be instal

PHOTO: More than two-dozen groups from across Texas and the nation are calling on Rayovac to join in efforts to increase the recycling of old batteries, as their competitors are doing. In landfills, toxins from batteries can leach into the soil and water, threatening public and environmental health. CREDIT: Dean Johnson

AUSTIN, Texas - One of the nation's largest battery makers is being urged to plug in when it comes to recycling efforts in the state and across the country. Andrew Dobbs, program director, Texas Campaign for the Environment, said Duracell, Energizer and Panasonic are taking part in efforts to increa

PHOTO: A crowd gathered to watch the release of baby sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore. Credit: National Park Service

AUSTIN, Texas - Industries such as commercial fishing, shipping, and gas and oil often come to mind when thinking about the Texas Gulf Coast - but an even larger economic engine for the region is tourism. A new analysis finds that people who come to Texas to hunt, fish, hike and camp support thousa

PHOTO: CREDIT: Kate Ter Haar

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - After being pulled from the table over legal concerns, a proposed plastic bag ordinance in Corpus Christi is expected to be back before the city council before the end of summer. The plan was set aside this spring with worries that it could get caught up in a lawsuit against

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