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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: Health

Texas has promised to test more than 230,000 residents and staff at the state's 1,224 licensed nursing homes by the end of May. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- It's estimated that about half of the people who have died from COVID-19 have been nursing home residents, and senior advocates want Texas to tackle the crisis at every level of government. AARP Texas state director Tina Tran said local and state officials, along with Texas legisla

For every 5% increase in the state's unemployment rate, an additional 725 Texans could die each year by suicide and drug overdose, according to a new study by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. (Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Home isolation due to COVID19 is causing some people to suffer anxiety and panic attacks -- both of which can lead to substance abuse. That's why a narcotics expert says if you have teens, this is the time to stay vigilant about drug use. With most people homebound due to the pa

Research shows children with health coverage are more likely to succeed in school, graduate from high school and attend college, earn higher wages, and grow to be healthy adults. (semeevent/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- The combination of COVID-19 job loss and employer-provided health insurance is hitting Texas families hard, but many are eligible for health coverage under Medicaid if they sign up and meet income eligibility guidelines. Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents and childre

Data show that over a prolonged period, the impact of social isolation is as harmful to an individual as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. (gerald/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Research shows too much social isolation has negative effects on people, and the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the problem. But there are many tactics to help you cope. Social isolation among seniors is common because they live alone after losing a spouse or friend, or have

Texas is home to nearly 5 million people without health insurance, but also is one of 17 states that has not expanded Medicaid. (Resprouk/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- If we didn't know before, we now realize how important personal protective equipment, or PPE, and respirators are to fighting a coronavirus pandemic. But awareness also has been raised that some groups in society are more susceptible than others. Brian Sasser, chief communicatio

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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

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