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Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

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AUSTIN, Texas -- If you're having trouble getting your head around what part of the coronavirus pandemic we're in, a Texas public-health expert says it can be broken into five phases. Gerald Parker directs the Bush School's biosecurity and pandemic public policy program at Texas A&M. He said we've

Since 1950, the decline of union membership has been followed by a dramatic rise in the share of income brought home by the top 10% of earners. (Liz West/Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas is tied with Virginia for the third-lowest union membership rate in the country at 4%, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Report author Jonathan Lewis says the drop in the number of workers protected by unions has resulted in significant

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

Experts say brain-building can decrease the chances of a child developing serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression later in life. (antonioguillem/AdobeStock)

HOUSTON -- Research shows that early brain development gives young Texans a better chance in life. But the programs addressing that are not reaching enough children. The Episcopal Health Foundation has awarded $3.5 million in grants to implement timely, science-based practices for brain building

In a 2018 survey, nearly one in five high school students, and 6% of middle-school students, said they used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas - Several fatal incidents linked to e-cigarette use made headlines in 2019, and health advocates are hoping young people in Texas and across the United States will consider making a New Year's resolution to kick the habit. Marina Hench, senior government relations director for the Tex

Young children are more likely to be uninsured in states that, like Texas, have not expanded Medicaid to parents and other adults under the Affordable Care Act. (JCarter/Pexels)

AUSTIN, Texas - Children up to age 6 in Texas and across the nation continue to lose health coverage, according to a new Georgetown University report. Among 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured kids. Anne Dunkelberg, associ

Physical symptoms of stress due to long commutes range from headaches and backaches to digestive problems and high blood pressure. Mental ills include sleep disturbances, fatigue and concentration problems. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas — More workers are stressed out before they even get to the office, according to a new survey of 2,800 workers conducted by the staffing firm Robert Half. Half of the workers said driving to and from work is stressful. Stress has been linked to numerous negative long-term healt

Caregiving is a highly stressful and sometimes emotional experience, and a new report details just how complex caregiving duties can be. (Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas – In Texas, 3.4 million people are caregivers, a role they are thrust into whether they choose it or not. And new data quantifies the value of their efforts. According to AARP, Texas caregivers provided $35 billion worth of unpaid care in 2017. Rose Puente of San Antonio has

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