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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - TX: Livable Wages/Working Families

A new AARP Texas survey shows that 82% of residents support new measures that would help them solve the puzzle of saving for retirement. (qimono/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Americans are living longer and working longer, but a new study shows the majority of Texans aren't socking away enough money for retirement, in part because their employers don't offer a plan for workers to save money. A survey of 500 small business owners conducted by AARP Texas

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

In 2010, around 25 million people lived in Texas, an increase of more than 4 million since the decade prior, according to U.S. Census data. (Adobe Stock)<br />

AUSTIN, Texas -- Nearly 100 days are left before the 2020 Census count begins, and advocates for Texans over age 50 say this massive undertaking is an opportunity for people looking for short-term work. Tina Tran, state director of AARP Texas, says her organization is helping older residents who w

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

Texas ranks 27th nationally in breastfeeding, where 83% of babies have been breastfed. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas – August is National Breastfeeding Month, and children's advocates are reminding lawmakers that paid family leave would help more babies get the bonding and nutrition they need from their moms. Lucy Sullivan, executive director of the group 1,000 Days, says moms are more than t

More than 1.5 million Texas children live in poverty, despite the state's booming economy. (AdobeStock)

AUSTIN, Texas – Compared with other states, Texas remains in the bottom 10 for the well-being of its children, according to a new report. The annual Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses 16 indicators to rank states in four areas: health, education, economic well-being,

More than 3 million children in Texas rely on Medicaid, and another 400,000 on CHIP, for health coverage. (U.S. Navy)

AUSTIN, Texas – After more than a decade of progress getting health coverage for more children in the U.S., a new report shows that nationally, more than 800,000 fewer children were enrolled in federal health programs at the end of 2018. Anne Dunkelberg, associate director at the Center for

In San Antonio, workers must earn at least $20 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Residents of Fremont, Calif., must earn a six-figure salary to rent a median-priced one-bedroom apartment. (Park Van Ness/Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas – As more Texans have turned to renting in the decade following the housing crisis, rising rents are pushing low-income families away from safe neighborhoods and good schools, according to a new report from Apartment List. To afford a median-cost two-bedroom apartment in Houston

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