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Public News Service - TX: Family/Father Issues

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has cut family-planning aid by two-thirds over the next two years - from $112 million to $38 million - and health clinics around the state already are feeling the pinch. They're reducing hours, laying off staff or closing their doors altogether. Sarah Wheat, in

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - There's a growing labor crisis in Texas schools, as districts respond to sweeping reductions in state education aid. From Corpus to Dallas, many districts have chosen to lay off some of their lowest wage earners, such as custodians and cafeteria workers. In Dripping Springs, t

SAN JUAN, Texas - Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, with nearly a quarter of the population lacking health coverage. In border regions, such as the impoverished Rio Grande Valley, the rate is even higher. For decades, many residents routinely went to Mexico for cheap health care a

AUSTIN, Texas - When youths act up, a new report says, locking them up usually makes things worse. The findings validate a recent turnaround in Texas' juvenile justice strategy, which now emphasizes community-based supervision and treatment over incarceration. The report from the Annie E. Casey Fou

HOUSTON - Just a few years ago, the Texas juvenile justice system was plagued by scandal and systemic child abuse. Now it's poised to become a national model. A transition team appointed by Gov. Perry recently started the process of abolishing two agencies overseeing youth incarceration and parole.

AUSTIN, Texas - A new toll-free hotline is providing low-income Texas veterans with free legal aid in civil cases. Today's returning veterans are more likely than the general population to face unemployment, homelessness and disabilities. While the Veterans Administration and Texas Veterans Commiss

WACO, Texas - Today marks implementation of most new laws passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature - a session famous for wrestling with a $27 billion budget shortfall. While Gov. Rick Perry and Republicans who dominated the House and Senate claim success in balancing the budget without raising revenues

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas ranks 35th among all states when it comes to the overall well-being of children, according to this year's national KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today. Texas has been in the bottom third for the past decade. The state also ranks ninth worst in terms of child poverty - a parti

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