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Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - TX: Environment

PHOTO: A number of projects along the Texas Gulf Coast are being recommended as top priorities for restoration from the effects of the 2010 BP oil spill disaster. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - As Texas and the Gulf Coast move toward what likely will be the largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history, a new report details what it calls the most important priorities in recovering from the massive oil-spill disaster of 2010. The recommendations come from the Nation

PHOTO: Texas is on the verge of receiving one billion dollars in damages stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the proper use of those funds is being called vital to the state's future ecology and economy. Photo credit: Stuart Seegar/Flickr.

GALVESTON, Texas - Fines paid by British oil giant BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will soon be flowing into Texas. Dozens of businesses and organizations say the state must focus the windfall on restoring wildlife habitat along the Gulf Coast. Texas is

PHOTO: As the federal government considers new limits on methane emissions, Texas is among the 10 states in the nation with the most to gain economically from the emerging methane mitigation industry. Photo credit: Alex/Flickr.

HOUSTON - As concern around oil and gas methane emissions continues to grow, those companies in Texas and across the country that provide solutions to reduce this industry's pollution can also help spur economic growth A new analysis released by the Environmental Defense Fund identifies 76 companie

PHOTO: There is contamination of drinking water associated with hydraulic fracturing, but a new study also finds the primary cause is from faulty shale gas wells, not migrating methane from the process itself. Photo credit: Roy Luck/Flickr.

FORT WORTH, Texas - A new study finds contamination of drinking water in parts of Texas from the extraction of shale gas, but the primary cause is not what some people had feared. Researcher Avner Vengosh says the contamination of the wells that they analyzed was not directly from the process of hy

PHOTO: Four years after the Gulf oil disaster, dolphins and sea turtles are still dying in high numbers in areas affected by the oil. Photo credit: Mandy Tumlin, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

AUSTIN, Texas - A federal judge has found that the "reckless conduct" of BP caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which left 11 people dead and became the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Thursday's ruling concluded that the massive spill in 2010 was the result of "gross negligence

PHOTO: Monday is the anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The bird once numbered around 5 billion in North America. Photo credit: Tim Lenz/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The commemoration is being used to urge protection of other species that may face the same fate and for the law that protects them. The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, but Jake Li, director of e

PHOTO: Immigration is an important issue heading into the fall's election, but another key when it comes to Latino voters is the stance that candidates have on conservation issues. Photo credit: Rob Boudon/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - As the mid-term elections approach, a new analysis shows that Latinos overwhelming support greater environmental protections, and such conservation issues could influence their voting decisions. The report is from the Hispanic Access Foundation. Its president, Maite Arce, said the r

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency has outlined a draft rule on reducing carbon emissions and its backers say for Texas, the effects would be cleaner air and a drive toward more use of renewaable energy. Photo credit: Peter Kratochvil/publicdomainpictures.net.

AUSTIN, Texas - Environmental leaders in Texas say the proposed rule on carbon emissions announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency will bring positive impacts to the Lone Star State. The goal of the rule is to clean up carbon pollution from primarily coal-burning power plants, said

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