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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: Census

A 1% undercount of the population from the 2020 census could translate to a loss of $300 million in federal funding for Texas. (texascounts.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- From the Gulf Coast to the Panhandle to the Rio Grande, Texas census organizers are hosting a virtual road trip this week to increase the state's response rate. As of June 17, only 56% of Lone Star residents had completed their census questionnaires, making Texas 41st among the 50

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

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

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

A national campaign to ensure all Latino children are counted in the upcoming 2020 census includes providing teachers with curriculum across subject areas with information kids can bring back to their parents. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas – This week, the leading nonpartisan educational group advocating for Latino participation in politics launched a national campaign to make sure all Latino children are counted in the upcoming 2020 census. Lizette Escobedo, director of the national census program for the NALEO

In Texas, 30 percent of kids younger than age 5 live in hard-to-count census tracts. These 582,000 children are at risk of being overlooked in the upcoming 2020 census. (AECF)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 43rd in child well-being – which makes it one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report ranks states for indicators of health, education, economic well-being and family and community.

Job losses in the oil industry have helped slow down the Texas economy, which was ranked ninth best among the 50 states in a recent survey by WalletHub. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas - Despite a few setbacks, the Texas economy still packs a punch, just not quite as much as it used to. The online survey company WalletHub ranked Texas ninth in its 2016 survey of state economies, saying that weakness in the oil industry and other factors have shifted the Lone Star Sta

Immigration and civil rights groups are fighting a judge’s order for the release of personal information on thousands of undocumented immigrants. (AlexStar/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Immigration and civil rights groups are asking a federal appeals court to block a Texas judge's order to release personal information on thousands of undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the Justice Department to turn over personal data for about

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