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Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


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Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - TX: Toxics

EPA warns slowing climate change will require action on global scale. Credit: EPA.

HOUSTON – A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compares health and economic outcomes based on whether the world moves forward to take action to confront climate change – or doesn't. According to the EPA document, hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of li

PHOTO: One thousand bottlenose dolphins have been found dead in an area stretching from the Florida Panhandle to the Texas-Louisiana border in the five years since the BP oil spill. Photo Credit: Courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

AUSTIN, Texas - Five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 workers and released at least 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists still are studying the environmental impacts. BP said its data shows the waters are returning to normal, but a new report by the Na

PHOTO: On Tuesday, the EPA proposed adding a contaminated groundwater site in the Texas hill country to the National Priorities List of Superfund Sites. Photo credit: Zereshk/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add a contaminated site in the Texas hill country to the Superfund National Priorities List. A plume of toxic tetrachloroethylene or PCE, was found in the groundwater one mile south of the city of Burnet, about 50 miles northwest

PHOTO: The House Energy Committee will hear a bill today that would make the state the sole regulator for all oil and gas activities. Photo credit: John Campbell/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – Oil and gas is a big part of Texas history, economy and culture, but so is the idea of protecting the home front and local control. A bill before the Texas House Energy Committee today would make the state the only government body that can regulate oil and gas. Sharon Wilso

PHOTO: On average, the U.S. sees at least two million accidental poisonings each year, so families are being urged to make sure any dangerous medications or household products are kept locked up or out of reach. Photo credit: Jamie/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - As National Poison Prevention Week continues, local experts say some simple steps around the home can help reduce the chances of accidental poisoning, especially among children. Poisoning is the leading cause of death from injuries in the U.S. Lizette Villarreal, assistant director

PHOTO: The penalty could be as high as $13.7 billion for BP, as the final phase in the trial over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico begins today. Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - The third and final phase in the civil trial over the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico begins Tuesday, and will determine the penalties which British Petroleum (BP) will ultimately receive for violations of the Clean Water Act. The company was al

PHOTO: The gavel comes down Tuesday to open the 2015 Texas legislature, and a battle is brewing over the ability of local governments to set their own rules. Photo credit: Stuart Seeger/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - Lawmakers convene at the state capitol in Austin today for the start of the 2015 legislature. Among the issues expected to be debated in this session is state versus local authority. Governor-elect Greg Abbott has proposed the elimination of what he calls a "patchwork quilt" of city

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

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